Sunday Rambles

SUNDAY RAMBLES 2021 / "The COVID Edition"

Pre-registration and screening required • See proposed Schedule below. Note: All details are subject to change!

Call or Text: 705 457-4767 • Email: pamela.marsales@gmail.com

Background: 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 34km Haliburton County Rail Trail (HCRT) in the company of Friends. We have led over 100 Sunday Rambles!

Rambles are family-friendly, social outings, welcoming all ages and abilities to find a comfortable walking pace along a flat rail trail. 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 ahead to explore, or slow dow for trailside tadpole research. Dogs especially love the Sunday Rambles and tend to find comfort with new people and other dogs.

In past years, a social "Après" followed - a lunch get-together to continue the visiting. Due to COVID, there will be no such get-togethers.

Since each section of trail has its own character, each Sunday Ramble is unique. You will enjoy scenery, nature, and a safe outing in fresh air.

Rambles try to start off at 11:00 am sharp. Please arrive in time to complete the COVID screening. Wait by your car until you're directed to leave in a staggered start. We will follow physical distancing guidelines. Walk closely only with those in your household. Maintain 6' or 2m with anyone else. Wear a mask appropriately. Well socialized dogs are always welcome!

Proposed 2021 Schedule - quick view - call 705 457-4767 for more info. Note: there is no cell signal at some departure points.

  • April 4 - Parking Lot at 7286 Gelert Rd > this is the unsigned car park off County Rd 1 just S of the Village of Haliburton
  • April 11 - Gould Crossing Rd > this is the road to Barnum Creek Nature Reserve - but park before the rail trail crossing
  • April 18 - Koshlong Lk Rd, Donald > park beside the road near the crossing
  • April 25 - Lochlin Community Centre, 4713 Gelert Rd > lots of parking here, also childrens playground and Johnny-on-the-spot
  • May 2 - Follow Ritchie Falls Rd to the waterfalls + HCRT crossing > parking may be tricky here
  • May 9 - Francis Rd off Sedwick Rd East of Gelert Rd > if this sounds confusing, we're happy to clarify when you pre-register
  • May 16 - Cemetery Rd > off Gelert Rd, park alongside road without blocking driveway to Cemetery gates
  • May 23 - Milburn Rd > off Gelert Rd, park beside roadway without blocking driveways
  • May 30 - Geeza Rd > this is the road to Dahl Forest - but park near the rail trail crossing
  • June 6 - Howland Jct - the trestle bridge > Follow Howland Jct Rd to end and park being careful you do not block driveways
  • June 13 - Boundary Rd > this runs E off Rd 121 just N of Kinmount - it marks the boundary between Haliburton County and City of Kawartha Lakes
  • June 20 - Kinmount Austin Heritage Sawmill Park > there is municipal parking by the sawmill and further S near the playground and picnic shelter
  • June 27 - "Rails End" > park in Dysart Municipal lot near the Town Docks and Welcome Centre or along York St - Meet us in the picnic patio outside Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre - Haliburton's restored 1878 railway station
Sunday Ramblers share a sighting on the HCRT
Sunday Ramblers share a sighting on the HCRT