2022 Ancestor's Trail Hike   

Tracing our common ancestry with all other multicellular life 
over the last billion years of evolutionary time. 
A 12.5k hike where each average stride = 60,000 years. 

What time does the event start?

'Multicellular Metazoans' will start the hike from the Erindale Park at 8:00am.  We will meet up with more developed life forms as the hike north along the Culham Trail to end at the PineCliff Drive Park as Humans.  Please arrive earlier to register, pick up rewards and get instructions.  Registration opens at 7:30am.

When does this event take place

The event is usually scheduled for the last Sunday of June, annually.

Do you have a time frame for other 'concestors' to join the 'Metazoans' as they hike forward into time?

All times are approximate:

 Placazoans join at Burnhamthorpe around 9:00am. (Parking at the Fisherman's Parking off Riverwood)

 Jellyfish join just before the 403 at the west end of the Riverwood property around 9:15am (parking at the Riverwood Conservancy)

 Flatworms join at Wellesborough Place cul-de-sac around 9:30am (parking along Wellesborough Place)

 Lamprey and Hagfish join at Eglinton at 9:45am

 Sharks join at 10:00am near the ADM Milling plant and Ray-finned fish join at the Barber House Restaurant at 10:15am.

 Amphibians join at the Vic Johnson's Park at 10:45am and Reptiles join just south of Bristol Road at 11:00am.

 Dinosaurs flourish (and join) after the 3rd Major (Triassic-Jurassic) extinction at the Rivergrove Community Centre at 11:30am (parking at Rivergrove Community Centre.) 

 Marsupials join on the Britannia Bridge over the Credit River around 12:00pm (parking at Talisman Crt.)

 From Sir Monty's Park, Laurasitheres concestors will join the evolving pilgrims at 12:15pm on the east side of the Credit River before enduring the 5th Major Extinction which killed off the dinosaurs. (Parking at Sir Monty's Park)

Are there washroom facilities along the trail?

Washrooms are available in Erindale park.  The next available private washrooms would be at the Portico Church on Barbertown Rd almost in Streetsville.  We aim to reach there by 10:30am.  After that there is the Vic Johnson's Arena (around 11:00am) and Rivergrove Community Centre (around 11:45pm) with public washrooms and water filling stations.

What is planned for the end of the trail?

At the end of the hike, there will be a free hotdog lunch (limited veggie dogs) with juice and water available for participants.  We may have dessert bars available too.

How do we get back to the starting point?

There will be a school bus to take participants back to Erindale Park with stops along the way for those who join later and need to get back to their vehicles.  The bus will leave Pinecliff at 2:00pm aiming to return to Erindale by 2:30pm for those who need a pick-up from there.

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