Best of Bayfield River, 3 Trail Hike with The Avon Trail
Event Date: Saturday Mar. 30th, 2019
Event Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Distance: 4 to 6 km total. Pace: Medium. Terrain: Moderate-Challenging. Duration: 5 hours (2 travel, 3 hiking). MEET AT 9 am AT GIANT TIGER parking lot to carpool (approx. 45 mins) to Bannockburn Conservation Area east of Varna. All three trails are loops with parking at trail heads. Hike 1: Bannockburn is a rugged hike over stunning countryside including meadow, marsh, scrubland, cedar forest, and deciduous forest. Then short carpool to Hike 2: Mavis-Taylor, between Varna and Bayfield. Mixed terrain including pine forest with a gorgeous view of the Bayfield River Valley. Then short carpool to Hike 3: (dependent on conditions) Sawmill, north side of the river, east of Bayfield. Historical, forested trail descending into the valley. Includes the site of a ford used by First Nations people and early settlers and “Heart Break Hill,” named in honour of a jilted early resident. These trails are beautiful and feature plaques with info on ecological and historical features. Optional lunch in Bayfield. Please bring water and snacks and dress in sturdy boots and layered clothing. Back in Stratford around 2 pm.
Location: Giant Tiger (Northwest parking lot), Stratford, 477 Huron Street, Stratford
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