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Ancestor's Trail Hike & Barbeque

  • Jun 23, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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If a single human stride (0.75 meters) is equivalent to 60,000 years, then 6.25 centimeters represents the duration of human civilization, which is only 5,000 years old. That means a 12.5-kilometer hike would cover approximately one billion years of evolutionary time, back to the beginning of multi-cellular life on Earth. But who would make such a calculation and why? Kevin Saldanha did. He’s a veterinarian in Ontario, Canada, and the founder of the Ancestor’s Trail Hike in Mississauga, Ontario.

The hike is an opportunity to combine education about the natural world. A pre-set route is mapped against a specific timeline in Earth’s history. During the hike there are stops, called milestones, where hikers learn about different developments in the lifecycles of creatures on the planet. The goal is to go back in time to learn about human ancestors that didn’t look like people but are still part of our biological family.

Join us on Sunday, June 23rd, at 8:00am in Erindale Park in Mississauga for a hike through the last billion years of geological time along the scenic Culham Trail in Mississauga to Pinecliff Dr. Park in Streetsville for a barbeque lunch.  If 12.5k is not for you, consider joining us anywhere along the trail at rendezvous times provided at The Ancestor's Trail Hike was inspired by a similar event in the UK and the 2004 book on evolution by Richard Dawkins titled "The Ancestor's Tale".
See for more details and download your own passport and poster from the documents section.

Below is an article recently published by the AAAS that outlines the premise for the hike:


If you approach the world from a scientific analytic position without the use of supernatural entities and act with compassion and accept responsibility for your acts of commission and of omission, you are probably a Humanist. H-PHC is part of the Humanist Association of Canada and meets on the 21st day of each month for socializing and discussion.

For information contact either Past President, Kevin Saldanha at [masked] [masked]) or H-PHC President, John Jackson, at [masked] [masked]). Humanists and those wishing to learn about Humanism are welcome. Admission is free.

The Halton-Peel Humanist Community holds regular meetings,  in the Halton-Peel Region (from Caledon to Burlington). If you are interested in joining the H-PHC, please send a message to Kevin Saldanha or John Jackson to get details and agenda.

Please also check our website for an updated calendar of upcoming meetings and events; go to:

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Kevin Saldanha
Immediate Past President
Halton-Peel Humanist Community

Kevin Saldanha
Immediate Past President
Halton-Peel Humanist Community

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  • Amanda G.

    Sorry I have a family reunion!

    June 17, 2013

  • Seylon

    looking forward

    June 17, 2013

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