Hey, adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts! Do you have a passion for long-distance hikes and breathtaking views? Well, we have the perfect event for you! Join us for the Merritthon 45 km hike along the Welland Canal, a special event organized by Niagara Bruce Trail.
This event self guided hike goes from Port Dalhousie to Port Colborne and is open to hikers or runners: Includes a shuttle bus to the start, finishers badge, and aid stations every 10-12km. Celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Welland Canal and earn a prestigious Limited Edition Merritthon Badge. Here are all the exciting details you need to know:
Date: November 11, 2023
Time: Bus leaves at 7:00 AM sharp Meeting Point: Port Dalhousie Parking Lot, St Catharines Check-In Time: 6:40 AM
- Route: The Merritthon is a 45 km hike along the Welland Canal, from Port Colborne to Port Dalhousie. Follow the yellow blazes marking the trail, leading you back to the parking lot. You can find the trail map here under the Merritthon badge section.
- Badge: Complete the entire route and pass all checkpoints to earn the Limited Edition Prestigious Merritthon Badge. Only 100 badges will be awarded this year and 100 next year, so don’t miss your chance to earn this exclusive badge.
- Support a Cause: Your registration fee of $50 includes bus transport to the start of the hike, checkpoints, badge, and contributes to supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy in preserving a ribbon of wilderness for everyone, forever.
What to Bring:
- Water and Snacks: Bring your own water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the hike. Extra water and snacks will also be available at the checkpoints.
- Footwear and Clothing: Wear comfortable sturdy shoes suitable for walking long distances. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
- Bus Departure: The bus leaves at 7:00 AM sharp. Latecomers will need to check in and make their own way to Port Colborne or the start point after checking in at Port Dalhousie.
- New Hikers: Please note that if you are new to hiking, this event might not be suitable for beginners. Instead, check out our calendar for a variety of hikes ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours.
- Registration Deadline: All registrations close 24 hours before the event. Hurry and secure your spot before it’s too late!
- Refunds and Transfers: There are no refunds or transfers for registration fees, so make sure you’re committed to the event before registering.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to challenge yourself, celebrate the Welland Canal’s rich history, and earn an exclusive Limited Edition Merritthon Badge.
Register now and embark on an unforgettable adventure along the picturesque Welland Canal! See you on the trail!
Members – $50.00
Child Members – $50.00
Non-Members – $60.00
Child Non-Members – $60.00