When: Saturday, December 7, 2019

What: Best Of Bayfield River, 3 Trails – Bannockburn, Mavis-Taylor, and Sawmill

When: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm

 Meeting Location: NW corner Giant Tiger parking lot (477 Huron St, Stratford, N5A 5T8)

Time: 8:45 am arrival & organization. 9 am sharp departure to carpool to the starting point. All trails are loops with parking at trailheads. Return to Stratford around 3 pm.

 Distance: Approximately 8 km

Pace: Medium

Terrain: Moderate to Challenging

Duration: Approximately 6 hours (1 hour drive each way, 1 hour for snack/lunch between hike 2 and 3 about 3 hours of hiking)

Hike Route Overview:

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.

Lunch in Bayfield at the Docks.

Hike 3: Sawmill Trail, a riverside trail on the northside of River Road, Bayfield featuring heartbreak hill, named for a spurned, Victorian-era sweetheart.

Recommendations: Likely to be muddy or icy and slippery. Please bring water and snacks if you need them and dress in sturdy, waterproof boots and layered clothing. Also, bring money for lunch at The Docks.

 Contact: To join the hike or for more information, please contact Hike Leader Renee Lehnen 905-616-0454 (call or text) or reneelehnen@hotmail.com