Camino Misterioso: The Truth About Laura Secord
Covid Measures: Group size limited to 10 and only one person per car, the driver.
Date: Sun., Jul. 26, 2020
Time: Start walking at 8:00 a.m., but try to arrive by 7:45 a.m. to get meet-and-greet and “paper work” out of the way.
Location: Queenston the village and Queenston Heights Park
Mandatory Registration: Maximum number of hikers including the leader is 10. Registration closes at midnight on the Thursday preceding the hike.
Meeting Place: The public parking lot at the corner of York Rd. and the Niagara River Pkwy. in Queenston village.
Type of Hike, Length, Duration, and Pace: A 10 km loop hike, roughly 2-2.5 hrs long and conducted at a pace of about 4 kmph and 6 feet apart (this latter condition being a Covid measure).
Description of Route: This hike covers Queenston Heights Park, Queenston the village, including a pause by Laura Secord's former home, and 5 kms of the Bruce Trail. There is some high priced real estate here.
Terrain: Mostly easy but one steep ascent of unsure footing on the Bruce Trail.
Requirements: Wear boots and clothing appropriate to the weather of the day. Bring snacks and plenty of water, and I do mean plenty. As a Covid measure, it's probably wise to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer as well in case of close encounters of the yucky kind.
How to Get There: Some people who live on the north side of Lake Ontario seem to think that the south side is in a distant country. It isn't, and on Sunday mornings it's a fast drive because the traffic volume is low. Google says the meeting place is 46 min. (73 km) from Burlington. If you are using my written directions below and are prone to take a wrong turn or two, better make it an hour.
- Follow the QEW around the head of the lake to the Glendale Ave. exit north, about a km or two after you cross the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines.
- Exit the QEW onto Glendale north, which means a left turn at the top of the ramp
- You'll cross over the QEW and come to a traffic light where you'll turn right onto York Rd. (also known as Regional Rd. 81)
- Follow York Rd. (passing through the town of St. David's on the way) till you come to a T-intersection where York Rd. ends at the Niagara River Pkwy.
- Park in the public lot on your left at this corner.
Leader: Richard Reble at email@example.com or 905-945-0536 anytime before 9:00 p.m.