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Parkbus invites you to come out and explore the late fall forest of Dundas Valley
75 km From toronto
1 hour 15 minutes
This pilot run is for passengers using mobility devices and requiring wheelchair-accessible bus. Please let us know if you are an ambulatory or wheelchair passenger when registering.
Parkbus and Active Days are venturing outdoors for an inclusive hiking event for people looking for accessible hiking. We will be heading to the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. This conservation area contains forests, meadows, rivers and unique geological formations. The Dundas Valley lies within Hamilton, but you would never know it. There is a 450 million year old geologic history here and we will be travelling through the biodiverse Carolinian Forest that can be found nowhere else in Canada.
We will be chartering an accessible bus that can accommodate both wheelchair and ambulatory passengers. The Dundas Valley Trail Centre has an accessible washroom and there are a variety of trails that can suit different hiking needs. Both trails can be lengthened and shortened to suit individual needs.
The Main Trail Loop is hilly but in good condition. It is a compact gravel trail. Devices need to be able handle rough trails and support persons need to be able to push wheelchairs uphill and slow them down coming down hill.
There is also the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail which is level, flat and straight.
This is an opportunity to come outside, explore and push your comfort zone in your own way. Everything we do - sleeping, working, going to school, hobbies and past time activities — all have the potential to strengthen and heal. Movement is crucial in that respect, as it allows for non-verbal experiences that bypass intellect and fixed beliefs.
This is not a guided hike. We are here to provide transport to and from the Dundas Valley. We will be there while the hike is ongoing but we are not support workers. You are responsible for your time on the trail.
It is going to be a cool fall day. Bring a rain coat and lots of warm layers. You can always take an extra layer off if you are too hot.
This is a trip not to be missed. Come out and make new friends, visit new places and see how the outdoors is closer to the city than you think.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ACTIVEDAYS
To us, this event is about creating an environment that you can engage with in your own way. This is your experience and everyone has their own relationship with the outdoors and their bodies. We want to meet you where you are at, you can explore by yourself or in a group. We will have a variety of groups exploring at different paces. We're not geological experts though we will share all we know about the forest and landscape.
ActiveDays is also a community. This is an inclusive space to meet new people, share stories and have fun! To us, there is no better place to get to know someone than the outdoors. We all share a desire to get out and explore.
We will also be providing everyone a map and some information on some of the geology of the region.
We will return to Toronto by 4:45pm.
- Lunch (nut free please!)
- Good shoes
- Warm Clothes and Rain Coat
- Whatever else you need to have fun on the trail :)
Pickup Locations In Toronto
1126 Bloor Street West
The pick up location is on the north side of Bloor to the East of Dufferin (1126 Bloor St West) - TTC subway station Dufferin.