Kolapore Wilderness Trails 50th Anniversary - Geology Hike
We've been putting on a series of "Heritage Hikes" this year as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. I sold a few more of our fundraiser toques before the hike.
We were privileged to be guided by Beth Gilhespy, the former longtime CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, who is now the Executive Director of the Toronto Zoo. She trained as a geologist and recently wrote a geology-themed hiking guide for the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail.
The route was the Duncan Escarpment Provincial Park loop, one of our favourites, so it was cool to see it from a different perspective. I learned that in Kolapore and Pretty River, we've mostly been mountain biking over an ancient coral reef that is very irregular and broken apart. No wonder I like the Palgrave trails better! I also learned that there's an important archaeological site across the road from us. They think indigenous people travelled here to collect chert for arrowheads from the cliff at the end of our road but they probably didn't live here full time.
There are some fossils. This used to be a tropical ocean area, hence the coral reef.
It was a beautiful day and there were lots of great people to chat with.
I had to bail a little early to rescue Stephen from his crate so I ran home 1.7 km. I've deducted an hour for stops but it's just a guess. It was not a speed hike!