Interest Groups

The club encourages the formation of groups of members who share a special interest. Contact the coordinator of a group to find out about the nature and frequency of its activities. Contact information for coordinators is available when you click/tap on the name 

 

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INTEREST GROUP LIAISON - Rosemary Carrington

As we progress through COVID-19 some Interest Groups have been successfully by Zoom. Other Groups have met keeping numbers small and with Social Distancing in place. If you decide to do this please keep Provincial guidelines in mind.

As Liaison I keep track of all Interest Groups, keep Newsletter and Website updated, so please contact me with your group news, items of interest etc., All members are welcome to join an Interest Group and if you would like help forming a new group please get in touch with me. 

Book Club

Jackie
Book Club

Fellow Readers!

The PCCM Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 10 am.   During the Pandemic, the Book Club has been successfully meeting via ZOOM teleconferences. New members are always welcome.  Contact Jackie Heptinstall for more details or to get an invitation to the next Book Club ZOOM meeting. 

 

 

Breakfast Club

 

The Breakfast Club (aka the "Hot Air Club")Breakfast Club

The Discussion Group is taking a break for

now - Watch this space for future meetings

WE NEED A NEW CONVENOR FOR THIS GROUP.

TO VOLUNTEER PLEASE CONTACT ROSEMARY

Bridge Club

Bridge Club

Bridge Club has a new convenor: Eleanor Lewis

Members are succesfully enjoying Real Bridge on line.  Recent meetings have attracted 15 members. More information will be updated as things progress through the summer  months. You can also check the Newsletter for details.

 New members are welcome and should contact Eleanor directly:

Please refer to Members Directory to access Eleanor's email and phone number

Computer Group

Leanne and RickThe Computer Group has logged off for the summer months.

During the pandemic it has been meeting by Zoom. Under normal circumstances the group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the home of Rick and Leanne Lamoureux.  Technical expertise is shared among the group as we explore how to make the best use of our computers, laptops, tablets, phones and peripherals.  Members suggest topics for meetings and we cover everything from apps to scams, best computing practices and problem solving strategies. 

New members welcome!  If you have questions or would like to be added to this group please contact: Leanne Lamoureux

 

Dining In

If you would like to join a Dining In Group please contact Rosemary who will either put you in touch with an existing group or help you form a new group

Garden Club

Muskoka Gardening GroupThe gardening group has an annual event in spring or fall.

In June, the spring garden tour took place at Carol Alanko's. With well organized in groups of no more than four people, the tours took place over 2 days. Carol's beautiful gardens feature shade, rock, sun and lakeside. As a Master Gardener Carol was able to answer the many and varied questions.Thank you Carol, Louise and Jan

 

 

Outdoor Activities

Happy Wanderers and Ramblers 

With new Provincial guidelines in place allowing 25 people to meet outdoors, we hope to resume our hikes and rambles in September.

To help keep you motivated we have posted suggestions for Easy walking - strolling - hiking routes in or close to town.Scroll down Interest Group page. 

Under normal circumstances :

HIKING

"HAPPY WANDERERS"  -

1. Longer distance, faster pace

2. Option for a shorter distance at an easier pace
  

"RAMBLERS"  - 

  1. With an easy pace and distance
  2. Small groups - safe distancing
  3. Registration required for all rambles

Contact: Rosemary Carrington

GOOD NEWS: Our walking holiday in England has now been rescheduled to June 2022

7 day guided hiking at Malhamdale, Yorkshire

7 day guided hiking at Alnmouth, Northumberland

Contact Rosemary if you would like more information

Holiday information Meet & Greet Tea is being organized for Thursday 12th August

at the home of Jan & Ed.

CYCLING

Dust off the bikes, grease the chain, pump the tyres and get ready for when we can cycle together as a group

PADDLERS

We hope to dip our oars in the water very soon.


Pot Luck Groups


Pot Luck Groups

Pot Luck group meets on the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy a pot-luck meal together.

Our dinners begin at 5:30 pm (spring to fall) and take place at a members home.

Our lunches begin at 1:00 pm for the winter months. 

Contact Debby Andrews or Renee Lefebvre 

 

WALK area parks and trails

The Tree Museum

www.thetreemuseum.ca

Open 10 to 6 May 1st to Oct 31st

car park off Doe Lake Road, Gravenhurst

follow the trail to see sculptures and installations

Upjohn Nature Reserve

www.muskokatrails council.com

off Nichols Rd, Bracebridge. Limited on road parking. Nichols Rd is located between Manitoba (High Falls) and South Monck

Two scenic trails, bird watching

www.muskokalakes.ca (website has details of trails in Muskoka)

Hardy Lake Provincial Park

www.muskokalakes.ca

car Park off Hwy 169 between Gravenhurst and Bala

A popular place year round. Picturesque trails taking in Hardy Lake and Lake Muskoka

Walk A Disc Golf trail

PEAKE FIELDS

Enjoy with the family, dogs or a small group of friends.

This scenic woodland trail leads through 18 holes of Disc (Frisbee) Golf

About 2 km with hills and uneven underfoot. A pretty creek runs through it - not a good place for your disc to end up. Unless it happens to float downstream towards the next hole!

Peake Fields is located on Taylor Rd immediately after crossing Highway 11 Turn Right. Plenty of parking, a large covered picnic shelter and washrooms.

Walk Along Lilac Lane

A pleasant walk that is about 5km that can be shortened if you wish. You can also do this route in reverse but I think this is the easiest way to do it.

Start from the Sportsplex Car Park on Clearbrook Trail.

Turn Right out of the car park and follow Clearbrook to Douglas Drive - Turn left

After a short distance Turn Right on Little Ryans Way to the end of the cul de sac.

Follow the well defined track that is straight ahead to Gostik Park

At Gostick Park Turn Right and follow track to road.

Go straight ahead (Hamblin Drive)and between the houses there is a nicely mown grassy area (Gas Line) Turn left. Follow this grassy path to Manitoba Street. 

Turn left and then Turn right on Gibbs Rd (unpaved road) Turn Right on Lilac Lane. Follow Lilac Lane to a well defined track on the right (by the cemetery), follow this track to a wire fence where you keep left along a short path that leads to South Monck trail.

Turn left along South Monck Trail (two hills) to Meadow Heights Drive. Turn left to Manitoba St at Traffic Lights. You can either turn left along Manitoba and then right on Douglas back to car park or go straight across and follow Clearbrook Trail to the Sportsplex.

A nice add on: On Clearbrook Trail turn right on to Windsong Cres. Take second left and at the end of the court locate a footpath that goes between the houses. This nicely wooded area  leads through to the next road - go straight across and continue along the path. You will eventually arrive at the High School/Sportsplex 

Shorten the route: After Gostick Park and the grassy path along the Gas Line, Turn left and keep on Manitoba until you reach Douglas where you turn left and back to the car park

 

WALK Easy Matthiasville

MATTHIASVILLE an easy flat walk alongside the river.

DIRECTIONS: from Bracebridge take Hwy 118East, crossing Hwy 11. Suggest you take the second Matthiasville  Rd exit so that you can park at the Dam. 

WALK from the dam where there is a small parking area, just follow the road with the river on your left. Walk as far as you like before returning to your car.If you walked from one end to the other and back it would be about 10 Km!

This also makes for an easy flat cycle ride.

WALK Easy Three Mile Lake Rd

NEAR RAYMOND:  

favourite walk (almost bug free!) along a quiet country road. Lovely views  across 3 Mile Lake. One hill out, one back.

DIRECTIONS: from Bracebridge take Muskoka Rd 4 to Hwy 141 = approx 17 km.

Keep left and in approx 2.4 km turn left 3 Mile Lake Rd. In approx 1 km turn left on to Cove Rd.

There is a turning circle at the end where you can park at the side of the road or choose a safe spot

closer or on 3 Mile Lake Rd. (This will shorten your walk) 

WALK:  from Cove Rd turn left and walk along 3 Mile Lake Rd. If you go to the end and return it will be a distance of about 6 km. Or turn round at any point to shorten your walk.

 

 

 

WALK Hunters Bay, Huntsville

A flat, easy walk alongside Hunters Bay at Huntsville. If you walk the trail from end to end and return it is a distance of 9 km but as it is an linear trail, you can easily adjust. The highlight of the trail is the impressive floating boardwalk and that is why I suggest you start fromm the Lakeshore Rd Car Park.

DIRECTIONS: Highway 11 North to Aspdin Rd (Muskoka Rd 3) Turn left off the ramp on to Aspdin Rd.Almost immediately turn right on to Lakewood Park Rd, then after about 1 km turn right on Lakeshore Rd. to car park.

TRAIL: from car park the trail leads down hill and under Highway 11. You will then follow the boardwalk, cross a car park area, picking up the trail alongside the river, going through Avery Beach Park. Keep going, river on your left. The trail ends at Centre Street, Huntsville, but return at any point back to Lakeshore Rd. Car Park.

Walk in Town

Bracebridge Town Walk

A circular route approx 3.5 km - easy to adjust distance

It can be joined anywhere but the Chamber of Commerce car park is a good starting point.

this is a nice walk taking in a woodland trail, views of the river, enjoy the streets in the historic downtown core.

walk over the bridge on Entrance Drive 

turn left on trail leading to Woodchester Villa

continue through woods to Bird Lane, turn left

turn left on Taylor Rd, walk down hill to River Rd

turn right alongside river

turn left on Ann St  and follow to traffic lights at Manitoba St

Straight across and along McMurray St

turn left on Quebec and right on Kimberley sts

turn left on Ontario St returning back to the Chamber of Commerce

 

WALK Port Sydney

There are several walks that can be adjusted for distance. All start at Mary Lake Beach Parking.

For details of the many historic buildings check A Walk Through Time

The Long Loop 10.5 km

Take sidewalk into village and after the General Store, on the left take pathway leading down to the falls/rapids/river park area. Go through park and cross over Rd #10 to Deer Lake Rd. Follow this road as far as Hughes Rd where you turn left.  At Clearwater Lake Rd turn left and return to Deer Lake Rd. Turn Right and either go back through the park or turn left on #10 and cross the road bridge into Port Sydney and car park

(Check Indian Landing park and the Blessing Tree on left after crossing the road bridge)

To shorten walk:

1. Turn back anywhere along Deer Lake Rd. Or if you go to Hughes Rd and return 7km

2. From the Falls, go onto Ontario Street, go up Falls View Rd to Road #10 turn left and then right on to Bridgedale Rd follow to end where you turn right on Bridgedale Crescent. Turn right on to Clearwater Lake Rd and follow route described above 5 km

Park at Falls area this will shorten the walks by a total of 2 km

 

 

 

 

 

WALK STAGECOACH ROAD

Another out and back route:

Stage Coach Rd  take the steep hill  from the car park - or the trail from the back of the car park will take you over to Stage Coach Rd(right turn)

Follow Stage Coach Rd  There are a few sidetrails that run parallel to the road.

Turn left on Stephens Bay Rd.   Good views across Lake Muskoka and Strawberry Point. See some of the new builds and marvel at their amazingly steep driveways.

You can return at any point as it is an out and back route.

Directions take Muskoka Beach Rd to intersection of StageCoach Rd and Ennis Bay Rd.

Small car parking area. 

Walk up The Rock the Easy Way

An easy way up Huckleberry Rock?! Chosen this time of year for the outstanding views and if you are lucky not so many bugs,

DIRECTIONS: Drive out on Highway 118 West and turn left on Beaumaris Rd.

Park:

1.at Milford Bay Community Centre on Right

or alternatives

2. on roadside at Wray Rd (this will shorten the walk)

3. At the official Huckleberry car park located on Milford Bay Rd (the steeper route)

From Milford Bay Community Centre:

Turn right on Milford Bay Rd and after 900 metres

Turn right on Butter & Egg Rd 

Turn left on Wray Rd then at the end of road take the trail that winds gently upwards through the woods. It brings you out to the top of the rock. Lots to explore, the fake tree, the road rock cut and if course the great views of Lake Muskoka. At this point you can return the way you came or take the main trail (it is up from the last view point, on the left) follow the trail down to Milford Bay Rd

Turn left and return to either Wray Rd or the Community Centre, where you chose to leave your car.

A distance of 5-6 km depending how much you explored up top.

in " normal" times we generally stop for refreshments at Milford Bay cafe located close to the car park.

Check out if they have take out service - there are picnic tables outside.

 

 

 

WALKS IN GRAVENHURST

A few suggestions for the Gravenhurst Area:

CHAMBERLAIN TRAIL:

Trailhead: junction of Muskoka Rd North and Chamberlain Drive

Trail leads from peaceful forests, craggy rock cuts to the lawns and flowerbeds of Gravenhurst

Circular route approx 5km

BRYDON BAY TRAIL

Trail head: 1060 Old Portage Rd off Brydon Bay Rd (off Muskoka Beach Rd)

This is a short loop trail wandering through red and white pine. If you wish to extend your walk then park at the side of Brydon Bay Rd and Chamberlain Drive. Enjoy walking along a quiet country road (it is a dead end road) It has great views across Lake Muskoka. Check out the impressive rocky cliffs at the side of the road. You can access then Trail at the junction of Old Portage Rd & Brydon Bay Rd.

If you wanted an even longer walk you could combine Chamberlain and Brydon Bay Routes.

www.gravenhurst.ca

 

Woodworkers

 

We meet every second Tuesday of the month but not July or August.

Group is meeting face to face but outdoors and socially distanced

Contact: Gary Hammond