Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather, sounds of nature and scenic fall displays that this very cool and largely unknown trail has to offer.
This will be a social walk of sorts through an established trail surrounding Bond Lake. Please wear proper footwear and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
So who is this Bond guy anyways? Well he’s not 007. His full name is Sir Francis Bond Head (1 January 1793 – 20 July 1875). For a couple of years he was Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada but apparently the British government wasn’t too happy with how he dealt with Mackenzie’ s brief rebellion (in Toronto) back in December of 1837. However, talking about Sir Francis Bond Head in this context would be like talking about Ted Rogers and his connection to Rogers Reservoir in 150 years. It was named after him – that’s it. Interesting, there use to be a hotel located right on Bond Lake??
"At Bond Lake, comfort of another sort awaited travellers at the well-known Bond Lake Hotel. Built in 1834, the hotel boasted twenty overnight rooms, plus a grand ballroom, and provided the setting for local dances and sleigh-ride parties."
Above is an actual photo of this hotel built right at the edge of Bond Lake. Amazing.
Following Daisy’s lead (assistant organizer) from a recent walk here in May:
We will start the walk from the trail access at the small parking lot east of William Bond Park, walk to Bond Lake, walk around the lake and then head back to the parking lot. The distance is about 6+ km and should be completed in about 1.5+ hours.
The trail surface is gravel up to Bond Lake, short sections of asphalt near Bond Lake and natural packed soil around the lake. The walk will be mainly in the open up to Bond Lake and in the wooded area around the lake.
We will meet at the parking lot on the south side of Old Colony Road, east of the William Bond Park and just west of the trail. Please see map for the locaton.