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Welcome to Trakkers!

Trakkers is a volunteer, non-profit, recreational ski club dedicated to the support and enjoyment of cross-country skiing and has been providing Sunday ski trips in luxury highway coaches to Southern Ontario ski resorts for over 30 years.

Trakkers welcomes members of all ages and all skill levels, from novice to the expert. Trakkers is the club for you if you want to learn to ski or improve your skills.

Members are entitled to free ski lessons taught by CANSI certified instructors. Lessons are for all ages & levels!

Membership registration for the 2017-18 ski season is now open! See our Join page for details.

Upcoming Off-Season events

Fantastic Bike Rides

The rides below are very generously facilitated by Jim Girling and Jannette Porter.

Sunday, July 15th - Spokes & Spigots - our annual guided bike tour of wineries in the Niagara region

Sunday, August 26th - Sites & Cycles - a guided bike tour of historic sites in Hamilton and Burlington

For more information about these rides please visit our Facebook page.

Sites & Cycles: The August Bike Tour with Jim & Jannette

Sunday, August 26th* 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Event Description

A guided bike tour encircling Hamilton and Burlington, with stops at historic sites such as the Hamilton Lift Bridge, the Beach Canal Lighthouse, H.M.C.S. Haida, and Dundurn Castle. This is a trip designed for Trakker members with at least moderate cycling experience. Options also available include driving a Go Kart and a post-tour supper.

Route

This moderately-paced bike tour will travel on both pavement and hard-packed trails as well as on paved roads and streets, many with designated bike lanes. The total distance is approximately 40 km., broken into 7 segments. Although much of the route is relatively flat, there are 4 uphill grades which can be walked if need be.

What to Bring

  • A multi-speed bicycle (road, touring, mountain, or hybrid style) in good condition,
  • A bike helmet, bike lock, and a pannier or backpack for your food and drink,
  • A picnic lunch,
  • A water bottle and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Start and End Point

The bike shelter in the South Parking Lot of Aldershot GO station.

Getting There

If you don’t have a car, our tour is scheduled around the GO train leaving Toronto’s Union Station† at 9:13 a.m. and a return train departing Aldershot’s GO Station at 6:31 p.m. Most of the train’s coaches have places for two (and sometimes four) bicycles.

Cost

The deadline for registration and payment of the $10 registration fee is August 10th, but if you participate in the tour, that fee is fully refunded to you. On the day of the tour, there are additional fees for those who wish to take the following options:

  • Guided tour of H.M.C.S Haida: $5 ($4 for seniors),
  • Guided tour of Dundurn Castle: $12 ($10 for seniors),
  • Go Kart rental.

Contact & Register

There are fourteen (14) spots currently available. If you are interested in this trip and would like to join us, please e-mail us at jannette_jim@yahoo.ca or phone us at 416 921 7737. We look forward to spending an enjoyable day out in the fresh air with you. Jim & Jannette

Important Notes:

* In case of a heavy rain forecast for Sunday, August 26th, our alternate date is Sunday, September 9th.

† Please note that this is the regularly scheduled train which may be boarded at stations other than Toronto’s Union Station. For full details of train times and station stops, see the schedule and for the cost of the return train fare, see GO Transit’s fare calculator.

Participants will be asked to sign a waiver.

 

Spokes & Spigots: the 7th Annual Winery Bike Tour with Jim and Jannette

Sunday, July 15th*

Event Description

A guided bike tour with fellow Trakkers to wineries† and a lavender farm near Niagara-on-the-Lake, with an optional supper at restaurant en route. This is a new route and new destinations not visited on our tours.

Photo by seb on Pexels.com Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Route

Starting from St. Catharines GO train station, this moderately-paced bike tour will be on flat terrain, mainly on paved roads and streets, many with designated bike routes and lanes. We will be visiting 4 wineries and a lavender farm, before returning to our starting point. The total distance is approximately 40 km broken into 6 easy segments.

What to Bring

  • A multi-speed bicycle (road, touring, mountain, or hybrid style) in good condition,
  • A bike helmet, bike lock, and a pannier or backpack for your food, drink and any purchases that you may make,
  • A picnic lunch,
  • A water bottle and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Start and End Point

The bike shelter at the south end of the St. Catharines train station.

Getting There

If you don’t have a car, our tour is scheduled around the GO Bike train leaving Toronto’s Union Station‡ at 9:00 a.m. and a return train departing St. Catharine’s train station at 7:41 p.m. This special excursion train has at least two dedicated coaches with bike racks on the lower level. Most of the train’s other coaches have places for two (and sometimes four) bicycles.

Cost

The deadline for registration and payment of the $10 registration fee is July 6th for the bicycle tour itself, but if you participate in the tour, that fee is fully refunded to you. And, of course, if you want to indulge in any winery tours or tastings, each winery levies its own charge. The fee for the optional lavender farm tour is $5 per person.

Contact & Register

There are fourteen (14) spots currently available. If you are interested in this trip and would like to join us, please e-mail us at jannette_jim@yahoo.ca or phone us at 416 921 7737. We look forward to spending an enjoyable day out in the fresh air with you.

Jim & Jannette

 

Important Notes:

* In case of a heavy rain forecast for Sunday, July 15th, our alternate date is Sunday, July 22nd.

† Some wineries on route: Small Talk Vineyards, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Strewn Winery, and Southbrook Vineyards.

‡ Please note that this is a special excursion train, so it does not stop at all stations along its route. If you wish to use a station other than Toronto’s Union Station, please confirm that it is a station serviced by this train. For full details of train times and station stops, see the schedule and for the cost of the return train fare, see GO Transit’s fare calculator.

Participants will be asked to sign a waiver.

 

Dufferin End-to-End Hike

This beautiful section of the Bruce Trail is 56.3 kms long, goes through the Dufferin Hi-Lands and spans from Lavender to Mono Centre. The terrain of this hike is varied and offers long views over the Mulmur Hills to the east, as well as pleasant walks through mixed forests and farmlands. The trail also goes through the Mono Cliffs and Boyne Valley Conservation Provincial Parks.

The hikes will be divided into three sections, as outlined below; The pace will be brisk. Please bring plenty of water and a lunch. Appropriate footwear, wicking socks and a hat are strongly recommended, as are sunscreen and insect repellant. Just think, if you are considering hiking the whole Bruce Trail, you will have completed 1/9 sections by the end of these hikes.

Feel free to participate in any or all of the hikes. Friends welcome.

The hikes are divided as follows:

Hike 1/3:Happened on June 9, 2018

Hike 2/3:

July 7, 2018: km 37.7-km 18.7l (BT map 20) Kilgorie to Primrose
Hike leaders: Katja Lutte and Doug Seaborn
To pre-register please contact Katja Lutte at: Turn on JavaScript!

Directions: Take Hwy 410/10 Hwy 89 (Primrose). Turn right (E) for a short distance until at the top of a hill , on the left you will see a radio tower. There you will find a driveway. Turn left and park a short way in, making sure you don’t block the gate to the tower. We will shuttle from there to Kilgorie and hike back down.

We meet at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. sharp departure.

Hike 3/3:

August 11, 2018: km 18.7 – km 0 (BT maps 19&20); Primrose to Mono Centre
Hike leaders: Florence deLannoy and Katja Lutte
To pre-register please contact Katja Lutte at: Turn on JavaScript!

Directions: Meet at Mono Centre. Take Hwy 410/10 to Mono Centre Rd (not too far north of Orangeville). Turn right (E) and at a large bend in the road this becomes Dufferin Rd. This takes you N to Mono Centre. At Mono Centre turn right (E) and go to 3 rd line EHS. Turn right and park at side of road. We will shuttle to Primrose and hike back south to Mono Centre.

We meet at Mono Centre at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. sharp departure.



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