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 2016 Headwater Hikes will be shown on the calendar at Healthy Hikes.


Purpose:  Headwater Hikes provides descriptions and maps for a series of self-guided hikes to encourage people to get out into nature, explore our headwater areas, and get a better understanding of our headwater catchments, their small streams & wetlands, and the biodiversity they harbour. While the Hikes and the supporting information were designed to help anyone head out on their  own – recognizing that several of the Hikes have parking lots for as few as 6 cars and that others may require a small fee for parking – feel free to contact the OHI to discuss a guided Hike with your group.

Background: The Ten Original Headwater Hikes, 2015 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, all of which are on the Greenbelt and are listed after the next section. Background material, included in a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to develop the first ten Hikes, remains germane to all the Hikes and includes:




2016 Updates:  The OHI will work with our partners to stage community events on existing Hikes, and to add at least one new Hike a year.

New this year is a Hike at Robert Edmondson Conservation Area, Milton.  A fabulous inaugural Hike was held on May 15. The marsh marigolds were in bloom; and we experienced 4 downpours of ice crystals within an hour. It was exhilarating.

Community Events

Oct 15, 2016:  Alton Grange, with The Alton Grange Association. Please arrive by 10 am. Hike will be 10:15 sharp – 11:45. See the Hike description in the list below.

Oct 16, 2016:  Inaugural hike of the Michael Tucker Trail in Walker Woods, with the Durham Green Association. Please arrive by 10 am. Hike will be 10:15 sharp – 11:45. The OHI thanks the DGA for developing this Hike, and we will add it to our program after Oct 16. For more details, please head to www.greendurham.ca/.


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, and touching on 17 associated policy and regulatory initiatives –  was launched with a consultation on series of key questions posted to the Environmental Registry in 2015. Following public meetings and a report from a panel of experts, the Government posted its suggested direction in 2016, with comments open until October 31. Please see more at the website of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Please also note that many of our regional partners, as well as local municipalities and other organizations, have made submissions that you can find on-line. The OHI’s can be found under the blog, or here.