Spring is in the air. Time to get outside and investigate as birds return, shoots begin to appear and nature, once again, turns green.
Inside this guidebook, you will you find trail descriptions with scale maps for the 280 km of trail maintained by the Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA), a history of the Moraine and it’s inhabitants, a trail user’s guide as well as trail safety recommendations.
The hikes also reveal some hidden history. Along 16th Sideroad between Jane and Keele you will see an entry point for one such area. Starting at Pine Farms (point of interest 11) on ORTA Map 2 is a trail that leads to a site which was once the country property of Henry Pellatt, original owner of Casa Loma in Toronto. As you walk the trail you will see a historic brick barn (point of interest 15) once owned by Pellatt as well as the vista across Mary Lake (point of interest 14), a kettle lake, formed when the glaciers retreated.
Check out the ORTA website for scheduled group hikes.