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Treemendous'' hike in the Morgan Arboretum

Date of the hike:    Sunday 28 September 2014

Location:                Arboretum Morgan

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  “Treemendous” Hike in the Morgan Arboretum

Leaders : Barb and Alan Gibb

Level : EasyBeginner  Levels of difficulty for hikes

Distance: 6-8 km 

On Sunday September 28, join Alan and Barb Gibb on a hike on the trails in the Morgan Arboretum, with its 245 hectares of indigenous and exotic species of trees and shrubs. We have the good fortune to have Christopher Cloutier, a naturalist, who will lead us on a 1.5 hr. 3 km trail while wowing us with some “tremendous” facts on tree identification. After we complete this portion of the hike, you have the option of joining us for another 3.5 km loop and test out your new found knowledge.

http://www.morganarboretum.org 

Please click here if you are planning on attending so the naturalist will have an idea of the number of participants. 

Distance :Approx. 7 & up to 8.4 km.  with the option to cut out early if participants wish. 

Level: Easy -  Note -Trails can be muddy in areas so wear appropriate footwear. 

$ Stop at the gatehouse and mention that you are part of the Ramblers hiking group. You will be given a pass (no payment necessary – RARA is covering the entry fee for fully paid members). Then proceed to the 2nd parking lot.  With this pass you are able to spend the entire day at the park (if it is nice weather, you may want to bring a picnic lunch). We will start the hike around 9:15 a.m.

Facilities: There is a washroom in the building by the 2nd  parking lot.

Carpool:

If you wish to carpool, meet at the Designer outlet parking lot on Hwy 342/Harwood (Fashionwear side) in time for an 8:35 am departure.  Dress for the weather, in layers and bring your water bottle.  

Directions:   Morgan Arboretum

                    150 chemin des Pins,

                    Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9

Note: There is a lot of construction in the area. You have the option of entering from the Morgan exit (off  Hwy 40) or off the Anciens Combattants exit,  along  the service road towards John Abbott College then L at the stop sign.

http://www.morganarboretum.org/fma/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=44        

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2014-09-28 ''Treemendous'' Hike in the Morgan Arboretum_Report

Date:  Sept. 28/14

Leaders:  Alan & Barb Gibb with a record number - 52 members and guests including Christopher Cloutier, naturalist with the McGill Morgan Arboretum.

Description:  It was a perfect fall day – sunny and warm.  Chris Cloutier, a naturalist with the Morgan Arboretum led us along the orange and part of the yellow trail with numerous stops to view trees, leaves and bark and to learn tricks and fun facts for tree identification.  Barb and Alan then led a group of 12 along the “rainbow” trail – a combination of the green, yellow and orange trail.  Afterwards, a group stayed for a picnic lunch in the pavilion area.   There was an incident of disturbance of a yellow jacket wasp nest resulting in 4 people (including the naturalist) being stung.

Points of Interest:  There were numerous stops along the route for fun facts on tree identification. At the pavilion area after the naturalist’s portion of the hike, there was an explanation of the rare Biscuit Maple – found in urban areas with edible leaves that are double layered held together with a sweet sticky substance.  We all got to try some as I had found some in downtown Montreal.  (see photos)  Many hikers expressed an interest in having Chris do another hike with our group – perhaps on birds in the springtime. 

Distance:  We completed the interpretive part of the hike, a distance of approx. 2.9 Km in 2 hr. 40 min.  Barb and Alan then led a group of 12 along the “rainbow” trail – a combination of the green, yellow and orange trail for a distance of another 3.6 km. in approx. 50 min.   This is an easy hike.­

Facilities: There are washrooms in the heated interpretive centre.

$ Note: We are grateful to the Ramblers Club sponsoring this event at a cost of $250 which covered 2.5 hrs. of naturalist’s fees and entry to the park for the 52 members and guests.

Barb & Alan Gibb      

Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver and the participant guidelines, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted theClub’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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