2018 El Camino Event

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The Mait­land Trail As­so­ci­a­tion (MTA) is a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished in 1975 with the mis­sion of main­tain­ing and de­vel­op­ing trails in the Mait­land Val­ley for dis­cov­ery and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The Mait­land Trail As­so­ci­a­tion is pleased to an­nounce the 2018 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49-km hike along the Mait­land Trail will take place over the weekend of Septem­ber 29-30.

There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pants to com­plete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49-km. Each year this chal­leng­ing, fam­ily-friendly event at­tracts hik­ers from all across the prov­ince.

The hike be­gins in Auburn and fol­lows the scenic, wind­ing route of the Mait­land River, fin­ish­ing in beau­ti­ful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Di­rec­tors says, “The lower Mait­land River is an area of eco­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, with many unique species that are rare provin­cially and even glob­ally.”

Hik­ers on the Mait­land Trail tra­verse wide ram­bling trails and chal­leng­ing hills, hik­ing through tow­er­ing forests, past farm­land, river vis­tas and au­tumn mead­ows.

Shut­tles are pro­vided to the start­ing point each day, and along the route there are check­points where en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers will pro­vide wa­ter and snacks to hik­ers. A “Lo­ca­vore” Sup­per will be held on the Satur­day evening, fea­tur­ing fresh lo­cal food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted, Not So Naughty Hum­mus, and Red Cat Bak­ery.

“The sup­per is a chance to kick back and re­fuel af­ter a suc­cess­ful hike, share sto­ries, and meet other hik­ing en­thu­si­asts from across the prov­ince.”

Reg­is­tra­tion is now open at www. mait­land­trail.ca and spa­ces are fill­ing up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $25 for adults and $10 for chil­dren, which in­cludes shut­tles, trail maps, wa­ter and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon com­ple­tion.

The Lo­ca­vore Sup­per is $25. Reg­is­tra­tion closes Septem­ber 21, or when the reg­is­tra­tion cap is reached.

Visit the MTA’s web­site or con­tact mta.goderich@gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion about this ex­cit­ing event.

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