Alumni Association (Ontario)
The North Tract (York Regional Forest)
is the venue for the first CUHKAAO hike of 2015. This 332 ha forest was first
planted in 1925. The tract is located in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville on
the west side of Hwy 48, North of Vivian Road, and south of Davis Drive. The
trails are generally well maintained. About 1 km of the trails is wheelchair
accessible. The trails wind through a variety of areas, including mixed wood
forest, red pine forest and hardwood forest. The trail is relatively flat with
some gentle rolling hills. The trail surface is sandy with some muddy uneven
sections because of the horse riding activities in the park. Please wear proper
hiking boots with good traction. Poison
Ivy is common along trail edges. For your protection, please wear long pants. Insect
repellents are also recommended. Please
also note that there is no washroom facility in the park.
In general this is a
very easy hike and will serve as a good warm up for the new hiking season.
hike will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive at the assembly point 15
minutes before start time.
May 2015 (Saturday)
time: 9:30 am
Duration of hike: approximately 2.0-2.5 hours
Assembly point: North Tract Parking lot
48 Whitchurh-Stouffville, Ontario)
Registration: Please e-mail Peter
Li (李 斌) at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide him with the
names, e-mail address, and cell phone number of the participant(s).
Please also submit, electronically, a
completed and signed waiver form for each participant.
What to wear: hiking boots, hat, comfortable clothes, long pants, rain gears
What to bring: sun screen, water, energy bar and snacks, sunglasses, insect
repellent, walking stick (optional)
Updates or Trip
The hike will take place rain or shine. If high winds or
thunderstorms are in the forecast, the hiking trip will be cancelled. Please
check your email or the CUHKAAO website for any announcement regarding
potential hiking trip cancellation or postponement. http://www.oaacu.com/index.php
Direction to North Tract Parking
Lot (from Toronto)
North Tract is located in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Take Hwy 404 to Vivian Road. At the
exit, turn right and go east on Vivian
Road for 9.6 km to Hwy 48. Turn left (north) at
Hwy 48 and drive 0.9 km to the entrance of North Tract (17054 Hwy 48) which is located
on your left (that is, the west side of Hwy 48). The entrance of North tract is
marked by the sign shown below. Turn left and follow the entrance road to the
Parking lot and report to the hiking leaders stationed at the notice board near
the trail head.
From Markham and Richmond Hill,
please take any convenient east west route to Hwy 48. Go north on Hwy 48. After
passing Vivian Road,
drive for an additional 0.9 km to the entrance of North Tract on your left.
Sign at Entrance of North
Tract Entrance of North Tract from Hwy 48
North Tract Parking Lot Notice
board at trail head (Report to leaders here)
The following link
has a road map to North Tract. Please zoom out to see connecting roads. Please
print a copy for reference.