You are cordially invited to join the Elgin Hiking Trail Club on October 3rd in Port Stanley as we celebrate 40 years since the inception of our trail. From our humble beginnings in 1975 when Brian Henson proposed establishing a walking trail in Elgin County, the 5 km trail was officially opened on September 27th in 1975 from then Woodland Farms Market (now car wash on Sunset Drive) to County Road 45 (John Wise Line). The trail is now 41 kilometers long and links Port Stanley on Lake Erie with the Thames Valley Trail at northern boundary of Township of Southwold.
This years events will start at ten thirty with a train ride aboard the scenic Port Stanley Terminal Rail train to White’s Flats and return to Port Stanley. People will have the opportunity to disembark at Union Station and hike the eight kilometers back to Port Stanley. This is hilly terrain, boots and poles recommended. The route back will take you along the west side of the harbour in Port Stanley and newly opened iconic main beach pier (after being closed for 16 years).
There will be a short ceremony in the west room at Mackie’s at one thirty with 40th anniversary cake and Mackie’s menu available. Fellowship will follow with past, present and prospective new members.
To participate on the train and hike please send $10 per person (cheque made out to Elgin Hiking Trail Club) care of Brian King, 28 Taylor Crescent, St Thomas ON N5R 5J4. We need you to reserve by September 23rd for booking sufficient seats on train. All who register for the train will receive a 40th anniversary badge as shown above. Hope to see you there.