Welcome to Toronto Hikes Etc. This is a group for people who love hiking at an invigorating pace and who believe in supporting the associations that maintain the trail systems in Ontario. We organize carpool hikes at intermediate and advanced levels on the Bruce Trail, Ganaraska Wilderness Section, McCrae Lake, and other trails. We're also about snowshoeing, backpacking, trekking overseas, and other outdoor activities.
Please note that our hikes tend to go at a quicker pace with fewer breaks than is typical of other hiking groups, our members are drawn to us because they like to pick up the pace and prefer longer distances and hillier terrain. If you prefer slower hikes or have difficulty on hills, this is definitely not the hiking group for you.
Also note that at about 360 members, we're very quickly reaching our capacity to get all our regular hikers out on weekly events. We're still adding members, but very sparingly, so don't be surprised if you stay on the pending list for a long period of time. In the meantime we suggest other outdoor groups such as the Toronto Bruce Trail Association, the Toronto Outdoor Club, and COWS.
Generally, our model is that drivers and passengers meet at a predetermined carpool location in Toronto, usually Downsview or Kipling station, and commute from there to the event. Unlike some other meetup groups, passengers are not required to make their own arrangements with drivers, rather, the event host takes responsibility for ensuring that there is the right balance between the number of passengers and the number of drivers willing to take passengers. Occasionally, "meet at event" can be accommodated.
Toronto Hikes Etc supports the volunteer associations that maintain the various trails systems in Ontario, particularly the Bruce Trail Association and the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association. All donations collected on an event go to the association that provides stewardship for that trail. Members who already have a current paid membership in the association are exempt from donating on that event, that's our way of encouraging members to support these associations.