Sunday Rambles

The Sunday Rambles are at the heart of FoRT's sense of community. Originated in 2008 by Beth Madole and the committee - the idea was to explore little known sections of the 34 km Haliburton County Rail Trail in the company of Friends.

Rambles are family-friendly, social outings, encouraging all ages and abilities to find a comfortable pace. Rambles develop a flow. Because they are out and back on a linear trail, no one can get lost or left behind. Children can run up ahead to explore around the next bend, or get caught up in trailside tadpole research. Dogs especially love the Sunday Rambles and tend to find a level of comfort with new people and other dogs.

Guests may join the group offering snippets of pioneer history or insights into the ecology of the corridor. There's always a social "Après" - a lunch get-together to continue the conversation with newly met friends after the walk. Each week has its own character. Each section of trail is unique, and the lunches vary from week to week: a visit to a local cafe, pub or pancake barn, picnic lunch under a park shelter or in an old-style community centre, or a potluck.

Rambles try to set off at 11:00 am sharp. Please arrive in time to accommodate a smooth group departure. Thanks.

2019 Schedule - quick view - call 705 457-4767 for more info

  • April 7 - Rails End > South
  • April 14 - Gelert Cemetery > South, Après: Wintergreen Pancake Barn
  • April 21 - Lochlin Community Centre > S to Ritchie Falls, Après: McKeck's (Eater Sunday)
  • April 28 - Tory Hill Crossroads + I,B&O Rail Trail, Après: Cheong's Chinese Restaurant, Gooderham
  • May 5 - Francis Rd, past the historic Sedgwick Farm, Après: potluck picnic on the riverbank
  • May 12 - Koshlong Lk Rd, Donald, Après: McKecks, Haliburton
  • May 19 - Geeza Rd > South, Après: Dominion Hotel, Minden
  • May 26 - Howland Jct Rd, For the Dogs! Après: Picnic at high trestle bridge or Dominion patio
  • June 2 - Kinmount, Après: Picnic in Austin Sawmill Heritage Park
Sunday Ramblers share a sighting on the HCRT
Sunday Ramblers share a sighting on the HCRT