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Our History


Pine Ridge Hiking Club's history is entwined with the history of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail.  Read all about it here.

Helpful Links

The Pine Ridge Hiking Club is one of nine clubs who make up the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association. 

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority owns and operates some of the conservation areas that we visit during scheduled hikes. 

The 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis.  Pine Ridge members do not need to purchase day passes when joining Club group hikes in the Ganaraska Forest.

Several of our members are also members of the Oak Ridges Trail Association.  Their website has a good newsletter and a variety of hiking articles.

The Bruce Trail provided the inspiration for the Ganaraska Trail.  It is Canada's oldest and longest footpath and provides the only continuous public access to the Niagara Escarpment.

The Ontario Trails Council promotes the creation, development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. 

Canada Trails provides one of the largest directories of trail clubs on the web including information on the Trans-Canada Trail.

Northumberland Tourism provides information on the variety of distinctive shops, cultural attractions, and fabulous places to eat and sleep in the County.

Port Hope is nationally acclaimed for its designated heritage downtown.  You can shop for antiques, fish the Ganaraska, have a pleasant meal, hike or see a show. 

Cobourg is a good centre for exploring the county's hiking and biking trails.  It has a fabulous beach, good restaurants and many charming accommodations.


Hike Ontario has a mandate to encourage the development of hiking trails in Ontario.  Its website provides a list of every hiking club in the province.

The Grand Valley Trails Association website provides excellent Hiking resources, including topics on safety, footwear, clothing, bugs, poison ivy, giant hogweed, medical emergencies, and GPS systems. Go to: 


Hiking Safety Tips: How to Plan for Your Next Outing

Tick and Mosquito Project provides information about mosquitoes and ticks, two creatures that are very real public safety issues. It cover everything from mosquito repellent to range maps of specific ticks and mosquitoes. 

Hiking Guide for Beginners – If you are new to hiking, this USA-sourced guide provides very helpful advice.

Hiking with kids - Here is an interesting webpage that provides guidance about hiking with children.

Field Trip Safety for Kids - Here is further advice for teachers, parents, and kids, for keeping children safe when out on a field trip with classmates.

ONDAGO - Download the ONDAGO app on your smart phone.  The app is available for free, as are the nine Ganaraska Hiking Trail maps – just search for Ganaraska!

What Three Words - Download the What Three Words app on your smart phone.  Following the three word coordinates will help you find hike locations.

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