The Elgin Hiking Trail Club
C/O Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
44015 Ferguson Line
St. Thomas ON N5P 3T3
Elgin Hiking Trail Club 2017 Executive
President: Cathy Johnstone
Past President: Loretta Vaughan
Vice President: Gary Lowe
Secretary: Open position
Treasurer: Brian King
(resigned at 2015 AGM but continuing while still looking for replacement)
Maintenance Director: Tom Beharrell
Membership: Allan Sharpe
Hike Ontario Representative: D J Smale
Director and Social Convener: D J Smale
Director: Al Sharpe
Director: Richard Wright
Director: Dave Kirkpatrick
For Hikers Only
The public may use it AT THEIR OWN RISK.
The purpose of the club is:
To encourage walking as a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.
To administer, maintain and promote the Elgin Hiking Trail.
To promote the principles of the trail users code and safe hiking practices.
To allow all responsible hikers access to our unique trail.
To encourage and nurture new members.
In 2002 the trail was extended the final 2 kms in Port Stanley, Ontario to Mackies on the beach for a total of 41 kilometres. Then it travels through the village and heads into the trees north of the town. There is some road work, but most of the trail follows the Kettle Creek spillway valley to the west side of St. Thomas, Ontario with some hills as high as 60 meters. In some cases where the slopes are steep, steps have been put in but some rough terrain can be expected.
Midway of the trail is the trestle bridge at Sunset Drive and Fingal Road, the trail veers northwest.
The path follows Dodd Creek to Paynes Mills. North of Paynes Mills the trail follows scenic roads, and goes through two wooded areas. The trail ends on Southdel Drive connecting with the Thames Valley trail providing another 110 km of trails through London to St Marys. There it connects to the Avon Trail.
Users are required to follow the marked trail. No bicycles, no camping, and no littering are common sense requests in the Trail User’s Code.
The Elgin Hiking Trail is marked by blazes. The blazes are painted white on main trail and blue on side trails. They are 5 x 15 cm (2 x 6 inch) and about 5 feet off the ground on the right side.