Upcoming Events

    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Five Winds Area
    • 5
    Register

    We will hike at an easy pace learning basic navigational techniques.

    Organizer:  Iva K.
    Maximum Participants:  12
    Last day to register:  December 11, 2021

    • 27 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Held via Zoom
    • 12
    Register

    We will discuss map features and learn to set a compass bearing to map for your travel.  This will be a hands-on workshop.

    Organizer:  Iva
    Maximum Participants:  20
    Last day to register:  Sunday, December 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

    • 29 Dec 2021
    • 02 Jan 2022
    • West of Carnarvon
    • 4
    Register

    We will do day trips out of a base camp near Big East Lake.  The base camp is 4km from the parking lot, accessible via a forest road.  You can load up your sled with gear and test it for the upcoming season.  We will both cross-country ski and snowshoe.  There are lots of forest roads and trails in this area to explore in case the ice is not yet solid enough.  You can join us for just a few days if you have other holiday plans.

    Organizer:  Iva K.
    Maximum Participants:  10
    Last day to register:  December 26, 2021

    • 02 Jan 2022
    • Five Winds Area - Ski & Snowshoe

    Our Winter Bus will be running every Sunday starting:  January 2 or 9 (TBD) to end of March or until the snow is gone (sometimes in April).

    Events will be posted mid-December for sign-ups.

    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 05 Feb 2022
    • Queen Elizabeth Wildlands PP
    Register

    We will do a loop around the park pulling our gear on sleds.  We will snowshoe about 5 hours every day following the park's many picturesque lakes and marshes.  Some areas will have snowmobile trails, otehr areas will require us breaking trail.  (Dates are somewhat flexible)

    You may join for half of the trip January 29 to February 1 or February 2-5

    Organizer:  Iva K.
    Skill Level:  You have experience winter camping for two or more nights in a row
    Maximum Participants:  8
    Last day to register:  January 22nd

    • 05 Mar 2022
    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 5-10 hour drive from GTA
    • 8
    Register

    We will explore a new area combining day hikes from a base camp and pulling our gear on sleds on other days.  We will snowshoe about 6 hours each day.  If you have an area in mind you would like to explore, please let me know.  Dates are flexible.  The trip can happen later in March or even in April.  Expect a 5-10 hour drive to our winter camping location.

    Organizer:  Iva K.
    Skill Level:  You have experience winter camping for two or more nights in a row
    Maximum Participants:  8
    Last day to register:  February 11, 2022

    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 21 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Five Winds Area
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Winter camping in March is awesome because the days are getting longer and the weather is usually milder than in the early winter.    The Muskoka area is a gorgeous setting for this activity.

    We will be going to an area Louise traditionally backpacks to each March with a small group.      Guests of members are welcome; the member will be responsible for their guest(s).  Well-behaved dogs with gentle temperaments are welcome, but must be on leash if/as requested by the leader or other members or if approaching other hikers on a trail.

    We will hike in a short distance from the parking lot and set up a basecamp.    We will then set out on 8-16 km day hikes without all the heavy camping gear.  Anyone who does not want to hike can relax in camp. Anyone who wants to camp for fewer nights is welcome, as long as they are able to navigate with a map +-GPS and travel independently to and from camp.

    Please wear a hunter's (blaze) orange hat and vest (you must be visible 360 degrees).  WINTER GEAR LIST: https://www.mec.ca/en/explore/winter-camping-gear-checklist.  Bring rain gear, waterproof boots, snowshoes and icers.  Meals are independent. 

    More information will be forthcoming later to those registered.

    Attendees must be double vaccinated against Covid if they are car pooling and must adhere to Covid protocols set out by the Ontario government at all times.

    This event will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

    Event Organizers: Louise L.

    Maximum:  8-10 people

    Registration closes on:  Monday March 14, 2022


Past events

24 Sep 2021 Trailclear/Canoe/Camp - Interior Section of our Trails (4 days/3 nights)
13 Apr 2021 Five Winds Annual General Meeting (via Zoom)
12 Jan 2021 Five Winds Mushrooms and Mushroom Identification - Zoom Presentation
05 Oct 2020 Five Winds Covid-19 and the 2020/2021 Season - Zoom Call
04 Sep 2020 Canoe and Trail Clear - Gravenhurst Side of Trails - Labour Day Extended Weekend
03 Jul 2020 Annual Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia - 60th Anniversary - Cancelled due to Covid 19
27 Apr 2020 Five Winds Annual General Meeting (via Zoom)
29 Mar 2020 2020 Winter Bus #13 - Ski & Snowshoe - Cancelled due to COVID-19 Concerns
22 Mar 2020 2020 Winter Bus #12 - Ski & Snowshoe - Cancelled due to COVID-19 Concerns
21 Mar 2020 TRIP IS FULL: Overnight Winter Camp Snowshoe and Backpack/Sled
15 Mar 2020 2020 Winter Bus #11 - Ski & Snowshoe (400 side)
08 Mar 2020 2020 Winter Bus #10 - Ski & Snowshoe (400 side)
01 Mar 2020 2020 Winter Bus #9 - Ski & Snowshoe (Crossover Postponed-Regular Ski/Snowshoe Day)(400 side)
23 Feb 2020 2020 Winter Bus #8 - Ski & Snowshoe (Gravenhurst side)
16 Feb 2020 2020 Winter Bus #7 - Ski & Snowshoe (Special Snowshoe Family Day Discount) (400 side)
09 Feb 2020 2020 Winter Bus #6 - Ski & Snowshoe (Gravenhurst side)
02 Feb 2020 2020 Winter Bus #5 - Ski & Snowshoe (400 side)
26 Jan 2020 2020 Winter Bus #4 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
25 Jan 2020 Overnight Winter Camp Snowshoe and Backpack/Sled
19 Jan 2020 2020 Winter Bus #3 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
31 Dec 2019 4 day/3 night Winter Camp Snowshoe Backpack/Sled
14 Dec 2019 Overnight Winter Camp Snowshoe and Backpack
10 Dec 2019 Holiday and Winter Season Celebration
16 Nov 2019 Backpack Trip _ Five Winds Trails
14 Nov 2019 Five Winds Safety Training Workshop
19 Oct 2019 Pretty River/Lost Channel
18 Oct 2019 (copy) Gravenhurst Cottage Trail Clearing Wknd - or Come Up for the Day
05 Oct 2019 Severn River Explore Hike
05 Oct 2019 Five Winds Trail Clearing
29 Sep 2019 Mushroom Hike - Five Winds Trails
28 Sep 2019 Five Winds Trail Clearing
22 Sep 2019 Five Winds Trail Clearing
05 Jul 2019 Annual Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia
04 May 2019 Five Winds Trail Clearing Weekend/Camping - 400 side
25 Apr 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
20 Apr 2019 Hike: Lost Channel Cross-Over Challenge - Approx. 18-20 km.
10 Apr 2019 Pub Night & Spring/Summer/Fall Event Planning
07 Apr 2019 2019 Winter Bus #14 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
31 Mar 2019 2019 Winter Bus #13 - Ski & Snowshoe - Gravenhurst
24 Mar 2019 2019 Winter Bus #12 - SKI CROSSOVER & Snowshoe
23 Mar 2019 Overnight Winter Camping Trip - Snowshoe
17 Mar 2019 2019 Winter Bus #11 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 side - ANNUAL BBQ
10 Mar 2019 2019 Winter Bus #10 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 side - Cancelled
03 Mar 2019 2019 Winter Bus #9 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
24 Feb 2019 2019 Winter Bus #8 - Ski & Snowshoe - BUS CANCELLED
17 Feb 2019 2019 Winter Bus #7 - Ski & Snowshoe - Snowshoe Special - Gravenhurst Side
13 Feb 2019 Seminar: Club Night with 10% discount at MEC for Five Winds (paid) Members
10 Feb 2019 2019 Winter Bus #6 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 side
05 Feb 2019 World Tour - Paddling Film Festival Premiere
03 Feb 2019 2019 Winter Bus #5 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
27 Jan 2019 2019 Winter Bus #4 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
20 Jan 2019 2019 Winter Bus #3 - Ski & Snowshoe - (Gravenhurst)
13 Jan 2019 2019 Winter Bus #2 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
06 Jan 2019 2019 Winter Bus #1 - Ski & Snowshoe - 400 Side
13 Dec 2018 Holiday and Winter Season Celebration
01 Dec 2018 Torrance Barrens Hot Tenting
25 Nov 2018 Late Fall Ramble (McCrae Lake Day Hike)
15 Nov 2018 Five Winds Training Workshop 2018
03 Nov 2018 Gibson River Classic Adventure Hike
27 Oct 2018 Five Winds Trail Clearing - 400 side
20 Oct 2018 Overnight Backpack Trip: Five Winds Area
12 Oct 2018 Gravenhurst Cottage Trail Clearing Wknd - or Come Up for the Day
22 Sep 2018 Overnight Backpack - Five Winds Trails
16 Sep 2018 Mushroom Hike - Five Winds Trails
14 Sep 2018 Algonquin Backpack - September 14 to 16
31 Aug 2018 Labour Day 4-Day Weekend - Canoe and Trail Clear - Gravenhurst Side of Trails
19 Aug 2018 Craft Beer Tasting & BBQ
21 Jul 2018 Cycling/Hiking/Car Camping
06 Jul 2018 58th Annual Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia
12 May 2018 Gibson River to Big Chute Cross-Over Hike -- approx. 17-20 km.
05 May 2018 McCrae Overnight Canoe and Trail Clear
29 Apr 2018 President Day Hike
25 Apr 2018 Spring/Summer/Fall Trip Planning Event - Aboriginal Restaurant - Register ASAP
21 Apr 2018 Overnight Backpack Trip: Five Winds Area - Group B
21 Apr 2018 Overnight Backpack Trip: Five Winds Area - Group A
11 Apr 2018 2018 Annual General Meeting
25 Mar 2018 Bus #12 (Last Bus) - Ski & Snowshoe/Hike - 400 Side of Trails
18 Mar 2018 Bus #11 - Ski & Snowshoe/Hike - GRAVENHURST SIDE
11 Mar 2018 Bus #10 - Ski & Snowshoe/Hike - McCrae Area - Daylight Savings (Clocks go forward one hour)
04 Mar 2018 Bus #9 - Ski, Snowshoe and BBQ
25 Feb 2018 Bus #8 - Ski -- Snowshoe (subject to leader availability)
18 Feb 2018 Bus #7 - Ski - Gravenhurst Side
17 Feb 2018 Queen Elizabeth 2 Park Hot Tenting
11 Feb 2018 Bus #6 - Ski, Five Winds Snowshoe, and Snowshoe (Bruce Trail Bus Share)
10 Feb 2018 Snowshoe - Winter Camping - "Glamping" - Algonquin Park
04 Feb 2018 Bus #5 - Ski, Ski Navigation & Snowshoe - GRAVENHURST SIDE
28 Jan 2018 Bus #4 - Ski - BUS CANCELLED THIS WEEK - CAR POOL OPTION
22 Jan 2018 Queen Elizabeth 2 Park Traverse and Return Loop Explore Winter Camping - Snowshoe
21 Jan 2018 Bus#3 - Ski & Snowshoe
14 Jan 2018 Bus #2 - Ski, Ski Navigation & Snowshoe
07 Jan 2018 Bus #1 - Ski & Snowshoe
19 Dec 2017 Holiday and Winter Season Celebration
07 Dec 2017 Five Winds Training Workshop
22 Nov 2017 TEST FOR ADMIN ONLY: Winter Bus Reservations with Payment 2017-18
04 Nov 2017 Snowfest
20 Oct 2017 Gravenhurst Cottage Trail Clearing Wknd - or Come Up for the Day
13 Oct 2017 400 Side - Cottage Trail Clearing Wknd (Sat/Sun - Fri. Night Arrival Option) - or Come up for the Day
01 Sep 2017 Canoe and Trail Clear - Gravenhurst Side of Trails
07 Jul 2017 57th Annual Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia
24 Jun 2017 Cycle & Studio Art Tour Loop - 34 to 43 km
07 May 2017 President Day Hike
06 May 2017 McCrae Overnight Canoe and Trail Clear
24 Apr 2017 Annual General Meeting
14 Apr 2017 Good Friday Day Hike - Pretty Channel Loop Hike - approx. 10 km.
05 Apr 2017 Spring/Summer/Fall Trip Planning Event - Restaurant/Pub
26 Mar 2017 Winter Bus #12 - Ski - CANCELLED - END OF WINTER BUS
19 Mar 2017 Winter Bus #11 - Ski/Snowshoe - Hot Dog & Bonfire Day
12 Mar 2017 Winter Bus #10 - Ski
05 Mar 2017 Winter Bus #9 - Ski
26 Feb 2017 Winter Bus #8 - BUS CANCELLED - Ski & Snowshoe (Bruce Trail - Toronto)
23 Feb 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival
19 Feb 2017 Winter Bus #7 - Ski & Snowshoe
12 Feb 2017 Winter Bus #6 - Ski
05 Feb 2017 Winter Bus #5 - Ski & Ski Navigation Group
04 Feb 2017 Overnight Hot Tenting & Snowshoe
29 Jan 2017 Winter Bus #4 - Ski & Snowshoe
22 Jan 2017 Winter Bus #3 - Ski & Snowshoe (Bruce Trail - Toronto)
21 Jan 2017 Overnight Hot Tenting & Snowshoe
15 Jan 2017 Winter Bus #2 - Ski / Ski Navigation / Snowshoe Groups
08 Jan 2017 Winter Bus #1 - Ski & One Snowshoe Group
05 Jan 2017 Five Winds Ski and Snowshoe Safety Training Workshop
18 Dec 2016 Snowshoe (Sun) - (10-14 km) - Get to Know Your Trails
12 Dec 2016 Holiday and Winter Season Celebration
10 Dec 2016 2016 12 10-11 Long Lake Adventure Hike
03 Dec 2016 Hike - (10-14 km) - Get to Know Your Trails
26 Nov 2016 MEC Snowfest (Barrie)
26 Nov 2016 Gibson River Classic Adventure Hike - Overnight Backpack
19 Nov 2016 Hike - (10-14 km) - Get to Know Your Trails
12 Nov 2016 Hike (Sat) - (10-14 km) - Get to Know Your Trails
06 Nov 2016 Hike/Ski/Snowshoe (Sun) - (10-14 km) - Get to Know Your Trails
05 Nov 2016 Bearshead Lake Backpack
05 Nov 2016 MEC Snowfest (Toronto)
22 Sep 2016 (copy) Sample Winter Bus Sign-Up Sheet
21 Sep 2016 FW Executive Meeting - 7:30 p.m.
11 Sep 2016 McCrae Lake Campsite Cleanup with Barrie Canoe Club

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