Choosing a hike

To help hikers decide which hike is suitable for them, GVTA sponsored hikes are described according to distance or length of the hike, level of difficulty or hike rating, hike speed or pace level, or whether it is a family hikes.

Hike rating system

To determine the level of difficulty, GVTA uses Hike Ontario’s rating system to help hikers decide which hike is suitable for their level of fitness.


Level 1: Well-defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots are not required but trails may be wet. Is suitable for beginners. This level is recommended for newcomers to club activities.


Level 2: Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Hiking boots are recommended.


Level 3: Rough terrain with one or more of the following: extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams, rock scrambling or other obstacles. Hiking boots required. Level 2 experience and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and long sleeves recommended.


Hike speed or pace levels

Leisurely: Hike leader will lead the hike at less than 2 km per hour.

Slow: Hike leader will lead the hike at 2-3 km per hour.

Moderate: Hike leader will lead the hike at about 3-4 km per hour.

Fast: Hike leader will lead the hike at 5 km or faster per hour.


Family hikes

Hikes identified as ‘Family hikes’:

  • Are lead at a leisurely pace
  • Require no car shuffle or car-pooling
  • Run between ½ hour to 2 hours, depending on the age of the children
  • Require that each child’s name be written separately on the waiver and that an emergency contact name and telephone number be provided
  • Will indicate in the description if the trail is stroller-friendly.