Niagara Escarpment Hike – Duke of Ed. Trip
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualification Level: Silver
- Foster discovery, self-reliance and an appreciation of the natural environment
- Complete all the required conditions of the Adventurous Journey portion of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Learn essential skills during Preliminary Training
- Embark on a Practice Journey to ready yourselves for the ultimate Qualifying Journey
- Put all your new skills and practice to the test during your culminating Qualifying Journey
- Study the beautiful Bruce trail, considered by David Suzuki to be one of Canada’s most beautiful ecosystems.
- Visit Inglis and Williams escarpment waterfalls and explore the cool rock caves and tunnels created by erosion.
- Travel through “The Glen” conservation area, a beautifully diverse, deciduous ecosystem
- 5 days of fun and challenging hiking.
- Tracking and identifying exquisite wildlife.
- Fish with hand made line and foraged bait.
- Identify wild edibles and forage for a meal while learning how to responsibly pick wild foods
- Start a fire using a bow-drill made from found materials
- Construct your own natural shelter from found material
Challenge yourself in a demanding outdoor journey designed to foster discovery, self-reliance and an appreciation of the natural environment. Complete all the required conditions of the Adventurous Journey portion of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In addition to the Duke of Ed. Award, this trip is designed to get your students developing individual leadership skills, team building and outdoors skills. Your group will return more cohesive, mature and ecstatic about the environment.
All Evolve Tours itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Niagara Escarpment, Preliminary Training
Arrive at Harrison Park, a beautiful and expansive park located in Owen Sound where we will conduct the Preliminary Training and Practice Journey parts of our expedition. Preliminary training will cover these items and more:
- Safety Precautions and Emergency Planning
- Wilderness First aid
- Map reading
- Compass work
- Wilderness Code of Behaviour
- Back-country Cooking
- Equipment knowledge
- Site selection
Depart on our Practice journey!
Day 2 - Qualifying Journey Begins
Hiking distance: 17.8 km
Hike north up to the heritage rail trail in the Georgian Bluffs. This abandoned rail line will offer an opportunity for a conversation about the industry of Owen Sound and the process of “greening” old industrial spaces. We’ll arrive at our site for the night in a remediating field. Here we will talk briefly about conventional agriculture, sustainable alternatives and will have an introduction to wild foraging.
Day 3 - Qualifying Journey: Indian Falls and “The Gap”
Today we’ll pass through the sparse forest that lines the escarpments edge and will find ourselves face-to-face with ancient fossils embedded in the escarpment wall. These fossils hint at the escarpments geological heritage and offer a window into the process of the escarpments formation and some of the critters it’s now made of! We end the day in The Glen conservation area, a beautiful and diverse deciduous ecosystem.
Day 4 - Qualifying Journey: Bass Lake
Walk out of The Glen through a section of fissures and crevasses. These fascinating geological features will give us a chance to talk about erosion as we explore. We’ll come out into a brief section of the Lindenwood back roads where we’ll discuss the origins of the Bruce trail network and the barriers that the trail faces in conserving the areas it passes through. We’ll end the day on the shore of Bass Lake with time for swimming and a lesson on lake ecosystems.
Day 5 - Qualifying Journey: Coles Side Road
Review day! Students have time this morning to work with leaders on skills they have learned throughout the trip. We will have a debriefing of the expedition that will allow students to reflect on their newly gained experiences and accomplishments of the last few days. Pack up camp and complete the short hike to our take out to end our trip.
BusPrivate Coach Transportation to/from hike drop off point
CampingCamp sites along the trek
Three meals a day included in trip. All meals will be prepared by our group in the back country under the supervision of Evolve staff.
The escarpment began its formation 450 million years ago!
Places You’ll Visit
Enjoy mutli-day hike through the Niagara Escarpment