By Bernard Goward

Under the inspired leadership and skillful planning of Bruce Graham, a group of 16 hikers completed the 150 km walk from Bellwood Conservation Area, north of Fergus to St. Marys in 7 consecutive
days in June. Several were strangers to one another at the start but by the end we became trusted companions. Why would one undertake this venture, you ask? To celebrate Canada, a physical and mental challenge, an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful pastoral and woodland landscape and the sheer joy of it. Said Kate, one of our hikers, “My girl friend and I were planning a week away. I could spend a week on the beach in Mexico drinking margueritas or join the Canada 150 Challenge. I chose this”. Highlights: the Grand, Conestogo, Nith, Avon and Trout Creek waterways, historic Elora, the Wellington county Castle, the Kissing Bridge of West Montrose, cold water drops, watermelon and sliced oranges by generous volunteers, well-blazed trails and groomed footpaths, Lynn River Market ice cream, McCully’s Hill Farm butter tarts, champagne at Avon Trail Km 0.0, the camaraderie of Little Red’s Pub and Eatery. The C150C could not have happened without many volunteers: thanks to the organizing committee, the volunteer shuttle drivers, the ‘angels’ who delivered water supplies. It was a great “team effort”! Break time along the Grand River Overlooking Sunfish Lake in Schneiders Woods End of Day 2, we reach the Conestogo terminus of the Avon Trail

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