The Halton Outdoor Club offers an extensive hiking program to a variety of destinations with options for various levels of hiking. This sport is a year-round activity in the Halton Outdoor Club. We welcome adults of all ages to actively explore destinations near and far on foot with us.
Our day hikes are posted on the “Events Calendar” on the Halton Outdoor Club website. Regular reminders to check the website are emailed to all members via the Club’s Updater. Members must pre-register for all hikes; registration opens two weeks before the hike date. HOC day hikes are led by experienced volunteer members. We try to offer a variety of hikes in order to appeal to as many members as possible. The vast majority of our day hikes take place in the Golden Horseshoe within a 30-minute drive of Burlington.
Local day hikes are free of charge unless a fee is required to enter a Conservation Area in order to access the trails.
Bus Day Hikes
The Halton Outdoor Club sometimes hires a bus to take hikers to slightly more distant trails in areas such as Niagara, Caledon or the Oak Ridges Moraine. A fee is charged to cover the cost of the bus. To ensure that both beginners and more experienced hikers enjoy themselves, both a short and a longer hike are usually offered on each trip. When the number of registrants warrants, a medium-distance hike may also be offered. Participants bring a lunch and plenty of water as well as proper footwear, rainwear, bug repellent and sunscreen as appropriate.
Extended Hike Trips
HOC extended hike trips always involve an overnight stay. While they usually take place within Ontario, we sometimes explore national and international destinations.
The Club offers shorter hiking holidays of 2-5 days, usually designed to accommodate a wide range of hiking abilities. We travel by coach and stay in comfortable hotels in such places as Leamington, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Huntsville and Kingston. Our volunteer trip leaders work very hard to keep the cost of these short holidays as affordable as possible. Registration is done on the HOC website on a first-come, first-served basis. The signup process for each trip is described in its Trip Information Sheet, found on the “Extended Trips” page of the HOC website once the trip has been posted.
If adventure travel is your style, the Halton Outdoor Club has also offered trips to more distant destinations – for example, to Great Britain, the Grand Canyon, Italy, Newfoundland, Chile and Argentina. These trips are planned and led by experienced Club members. The hikes are well-researched and led by our own members and/or by professional guides.
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