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Historial Hike through the homes off of Blenheim Road in Historical Galt.
This is a beautiful walk through the historical homes off of Blenheim Road in Galt, with a short hike through Victoria Park. December tends to be unpredictable weather and this hike will go during light rain, snow or sunshine. This hike goes for 1 hours and please dress accordingly. Guests and Friendly pets are welcome. I hope you will join me for the historical tour. I like to especially do this historical hike at Christmas time. All the houses are decorated and gives the hike a festive feel. The city of Cambridge was created in January, 1973. It was formed by the amalgamation of the city of Galt, the Towns of Hespeler and Preston, and parts of the Townships of Waterloo and North Dumfries. The history of the area is a diverse and interesting one. In 1816, a large block of land originally owned by the Six Nations Indians was purchased by William Dickson – a Scotsman who dreamed of founding a settlement to attract his fellow lowland countrymen. Scots from the “old country” immigrated to the village called Shade’s Mill. In 1827, the Canada Company Commissioner, John Galt, visited the area and, in his honour, the village was re-named Galt. John Erb, a Pennsylvanian, built a sawmill on land bordering the Speed River in 1806. He called his settlement Cambridge Mills. During the 1830’s, the village grew rapidly and when William Scollick surveyed the community in 1834, he renamed it in honour of his English home town – Preston. Originally a hamlet called Bergeytown, and then named New Hope by its Pennsylvanian settlers, a thriving town grew on the banks of the Speed River. One prominent citizen was Jacob Hespeler who built a dike and diverted the river to provide power to his gristmill. He also opened a sawmill, a distillery, a woolen mill and a coopershop. In 1859, the town adopted the name Hespeler. Today, the city of Cambridge is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with a population of approximately 129,000 and an average age of 36.4 years old. Located within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and the gateway to Canada’s Technology Triangle, Cambridge is minutes from major metropolitan cities and in close proximity to three international airports, as well as three US border crossings. Afterwards you are more than welcome to join me for coffee or light lunch after the hike at Melville Cafe. 7 Melville St. Cambridge, Ontario N1S 2H4. Directions are on their website: Happy hiking and I look forward to seeing you there! Brendalee...your Organizer

Highland Public School

125 Salisbury Ave. N1S 1J8. · Cambridge, ON


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Greetings ... Welcome to this Beginners Hiking group. Please post a recent picture of yourself due to security reasons. If you get lost, we need a recent picture. Thanks!

The hikes go rain, shine or snow. Thunder Storms, snow storms and freezing Temperatures are the only time the hike will be canceled. If the hike is canceled, you will receive an email if you are going and also it will be posted on the message board.

This meetup group hikes once every 3-4 weeks. Hikes start at 10am, fall, winter and spring. In summer, hikes start at 9:30am due to the heat. Most hikes are for 1 hour unless specified on the hike, or about 3.8km. Most hikes we hike for 1/2hr and then turn back. Some hikes we do a loop, but all hikes we return to where we start.

Afterwards you are more than welcome to join us for coffee or a light lunch. All information is posted on the hike.

All you need is a pair of running shoes or boots in winter and water. Please dress appropriate for the weather. Since this is a beginner group nothing more is required. Bug spray and sun screen is suggested in the summer months. Water is also suggested.

Directions with GPS are posted right along with the hike under map.

There is $2.00 fee per hike to help maintain this site, only if you are going for that particular hike.

You do not need to post on the hike if you are not going.

Please feel free to contact me Brendalee, your Organizer, with any ideas you have with regards to hikes that are of interest to you and also how to improve this site.

Transportation is your responsibility, you may post on the hike if you are looking for a ride.

So welcome, join us for some fun and trekking around this beautiful area. The hikes are easy and well maintained.

Bring your friends/guests along and friendly pets are welcome too. Kids are free.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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