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Trail Reroutes have been updated


We have updated our Trail Re-routes!

The only section of the Thames Valley Trail that currently has a re-route in place is Section 10 - GIbbons Park to Kilally Meadows.


Check it out here


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2020 AGM - Thursday, November 14

Log in to the Member pages for details!

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Hike Ontario Summit - Oct. 18-20 - Register now!

45th Hike Ontario Summit

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It's working again - Login not working

Update:  Aug 27 10:32am


The login is working again.  

What caused the outage?  We changed a password that we didn't realize was required on our website.


Thank you everyone for your patience and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  



We are currently experiencing a problem logging into our website.  We have our technical supports looking into the problem and hope to have it resolved soon.


This blog post will be updated when the issues are corrected.


We aplogize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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New Board Members Still Needed

 New Board Members Still Needed
We are pleased to report that Alex Vanderkam has agreed to stand for President. Mike Robertson will assist the board as past president and as the Comings and Goings Editor. 


That leaves the following positions unfilled: 

  Vice President


  Activities Director

  Public Relations Director


If you are looking for a way to give back to TVTA, please consider applying for any of these roles which may suit you.  Contact Mike at  or any member of the Board.

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Warning: Possible Giant Hogweed on TVTA Trail inside London

This picture of a potential Giant Hogweed plant that was growing along the edge of our trail.  These were very close to the Adelaide St. Bridge, on the south west side of the bridge.
Giant Hogweed is a very dangerous plant.  At this time, we have not confirmed that it is a Giant Hogweed.  It could be another member of the group of Giant Hogweed wannabees. Most of these wannabees are also capable of causing nasty rashes in susceptible people. 
We will be assessing these plants soon.  In the meantime, if you encounter them, stay clear of them.

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2017 Don't Miss a Step Event!

Get the details about TVTA's 2017 Don't Miss a Step End-to-End Hike! In celebration of Canada's 150 anniversary, TVTA is offering a special draw for hikers who complete an End-to-End (E2E) during 2017. Download a PDF with all event details. Contest is open to both TVTA members and non-members.


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Trails in London - Your Guide to London's Best Hiking for Health

Spring is coming.


While we are also enjoying the rest of all that the winter season has to offer out on the trails, we wanted to reshare a great article published last year by Dr. about Trails in London - Your Guide to London's Best Hiking for Health.

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Finding new volunteer leaders for TVTA

Are you interested in developing your skills or trying something new? Have you thought about taking on a volunteer position with our Thames Valley Trail Association Board of Directors?


By Judy Kwasnica


My plan as Past President during 2017 is to help fill vacant Board of Director positions through succession planning and finding new committee volunteers so that our organisation can continue to run smoothly. We're 80% of the way there now, but we do have some immediate portfolios open that we are working through with succession planning. At the same time, we need new volunteers to come forward to tell us if they are interested in joining as a board member, helping in another capacity, or just learning more.


Time commitment

Much of our work can be done by email correspondence now. We have defined roles and responsibilities for each director portfolio and other positions.  Three people currently chair the ten monthly board meetings held on Monday nights.  All members are invited to observe at these meetings if you would like to come out to get a sense of who we are and what we do.


We have also identified some jobs and duties available below to if you aren’t ready to commit to becoming a Board member just yet. This will not only assist the TVTA Board to continue to develop and meet the needs of the association but give you a chance to get involved with no set commitment other than the particular task at hand.  


Board positions also come with training and transitional information sharing from the

previous person who held the position. What a great opportunity for people to learn something new, share expertise or take on a leadership role!


It's important for TVTA to plan and prepare for succession planning so that the work of our volunteer board members, liaison, hike leader or other, continues to help our organisation to thrive.


What are your interests?

Let us know if you are interested in any of the following volunteer Board positions or jobs with TVTA.

Current open Board positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Trail Development Director
  • Trail Captains and Trail Maintenance Workers


Possible TVTA Volunteer Jobs - 2017

  • Assist with our upcoming June picnic – ticket sales, supplies, setting up, BBQ lunch
  • Assist with Public Relations – we always need help with our Twitter, email newsletters, blogging and more!
  • Help to assist with our Trails Open event in April
  • Help us apply for awards
  • Volunteers are needed to help with our AGM to be held on Thursday, November 7 at the Riverside United Church.
  • Join our Constitution Committee
  • Represent TVTA at the London Environmental Committee meetings (4 times per year plus attend a free workshop)
  • Trekker Newsletter – seek advertisers, proofread, and help us drop off newsletters to Canada Post
  • Pick up and help distribute mail from Grosvenor Lodge (once per week)


Contact Judy Kwasnica ( or our webpage to learn how you can get involved.


About Judy Kwasnica, past president, TVTAPictured: Judy Kwasnica, past president, TVTA


Judy has served on the TVTA Board for five years and has been a member since 2008 when she first began hiking with the group and then helping to lead Tuesday Rambler Hikes. She is an active and avid hiker. Her favourite TVTA trail hike is Komoka Park.


Judy has also helped to update and distribute TVTA Guidebooks and became a Certified Hike Leader in 2011.


She is a retired elementary school teacher (since June 2008) and enjoys the outdoors and nature.


She encourages everyone to come out to the TVTA AGM meeting to hear about the club's accomplishments and contact her if you are interested in getting involved by emailing

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Suggestions to reduce TVTA's Overall Footprint - by Teresa Rutten


1. Offer ONE monthly hike in 3-4 neighbourhoods, where the expectation was for people to walk or cycle to the hike destination.

We have several members that actively pursue long hikes (Camino, etc.) and cycle long distances outside of TVTA events.


London, has been actively attempting to strengthen neighbourhoods and invested heavily in developing trail systems adjacent to neighbourhoods.  We could start within neighbourhoods that have the highest membership and availability of leaders. 


TVTA offers numerous options to hike. Splitting the groups up once a month, does not significantly reduce hiking options and has the potential of acquainting ourselves with our neighbours.


Social media, the Urban League, London Environmental Network, various local media and the city - would have a strong interest in RECOGNIZING & SUPPORTING such an endeavor.


The TVTA is a member of the London Environmental Network - what is our focus?


Congestion in London in an ongoing problem.


If we set a specific day of the month and time - coordination would be easy. i.e. The first Sat., or Sun. of each month beginning at 10 am so as to give people time to reach the hike destination.


I would be willing to lead either Sat. or Sun. from Thames Park.


2.  Either have reusable (dishes, utensils) on hand OR habitually have members BYO reusables (food container, plate, cup, bottle & utensils - tupperware works well!



  • This would empower individuals to habitually reduce their waste.
  • Place pressure on businesses to incorporate the PLANET, people and profit within their business plans.
  • Offer inspiration to others!
  • Normalize aiming for ZERO waste.   Waste and recycling contribute pollution and green house gases during every step of their life cycle. As well as uses non-renewable resources throughout the life cycle of each product.  Conflict over resources will escalate given rising population and poverty rates. Waste, recylcable, and litter do not add value. If we developed a contagion in this area, how many value items could London target as a result of the savings?


3. Source local, organic, seasonal, non-packaged produce for our TVTA functions, as this has a lower footprint.  We have lots of creativity within the TVTA membership. This could be a fun challenge.  Suggestion: Hire a member or a local business to provide this service, as they would be able to reuse containers. 

4. Have individual hikers bring a plastic bag, so as to pick up small items of garbage along the hikes.

5. Other?

Most IMPORTANTLY! It is my hope for TVTA to adopt these suggestions as POLICY.  I believe, TVTA would be commended for taking the lead and inspiring other groups within the London Environmental Network to replicate some of our efforts. As well as encourage OTHER LEN groups to provide additional creative ACTION oriented initiatives.


These suggestions would take very little effort, and over time would become second nature.


Your feedback would be appreciated.  I am not techno savvy, yet made an attempt at the following short survey. Hopefully - it works.

Reducing TVTA's Overall Environmental Footprint Survey

Thanks for your time, attention and consideration.





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Sue Clifford
November 22, 2019
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