Headwater Hikes

The OHI is part of Healthy Hikes, a program of Conservation Ontario, Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, and other partners. The OHI’s 2017 Headwater Hikes will be shown on the calendar at Healthy Hikes.


Purpose:  While the OHI will lead Headwater Hikes from time to time, the self-guiding descriptions and maps listed below, along with the background information and safety guidelines and disclaimers, are provided as a public service to encourage people to get out into nature and get a better understanding of our headwater catchments, their small streams & wetlands, and the biodiversity they harbour. Please note that a few of the Hikes have gate fees, while others have parking lots for as few as six cars. Please contact the OHI to discuss a guided Hike with your group.

The OHI thanks the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and our 19 regional partners for help to develop and launch the original ten Hikes in 2015 and the three documents listed below. One Hike was added in 2016, and we intend to launch another every year. Regardless, the three background papers remain germane to all the Hikes.



Public Hikes, 2017

10 am Monday, Victoria Day, May 22

Join us at the Robert Edmondson Conservation Area, Milton, and we will hopefully see a million Marsh Marigolds in bloom, as we did on the inaugural hike here in 2016. To access a Hike description, photos, the address, and a hike map see Robert Edmondson. Please arrive by 10 am so we can begin this 75-minute Hike at 10:15 sharp. Our thanks to Conservation Halton for waiving the gate fee for this activity.

Coming in the Fall –  An autumn Hike of the Michael Tucker Trail with the Durham Green Association.

The Ten Original Hikes

The OHI will work to maintain the accuracy of the information from 2015 so that people can experience these Hikes at any time on their own. You can see where these Hikes are located at 2015 Greenbelt Hikes Map and List of Partners . If you do head out on a Hike, please read and adhere to the Safety Guidelines and Disclaimers above.

The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

This Review – on the Niagara Escarpment plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation plan, the Greenbelt, and the Growth Plan, was launched in 2015 and has important ramifications for the headwaters of south-central Ontario. Following public meetings and a report from a panel of experts, the Government posted its suggested direction to the Environmental Registry in 2016, with comments open until October 31. Many of our regional partners in the creation of Headwater Hikes made submissions, and ours can be found here.

We await both the final decision from the Province on the review, and look forward to promised on-going discussion on key issues such as the protection of “significant surface water contribution areas”, which we anticipate being highly aligned with our mandate to help protect Ontario’s headwaters.