About our Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members and the public to meet new people and to explore our natural environment. However, we ask you to remember that the places we visit are special, so please do not pick plants or collect specimens on field trips. Leave dogs and other pets at home except for service dogs. Use your own judgement as to whether you bring a lunch and/or refreshments. Also, dress appropriately for the weather. Insect repellent is recommended for trips in May and June.

If you have any questions regarding field trips, please contact either the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator or the field trip leader directly. The club is always interested in new ideas, so don't hesitate if you would like to lead a field trip or workshop or have an idea for one. Watch for the "FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!" notice on specific outings and bring your children along!

If You Plan to Attend

Please, call or email the field trip leader to confirm the date, time and place and to hear of any updates or last minute changes a few days before the trip is scheduled to take place. The leader will also appreciate knowing the approximate number of participants ahead of time.

Please do not bring pets on our conducted hikes. Thank you for your consideration.

When our walk is taking place on a Lakehead Region Conservation Authority property, please note that parking fees apply. To help offset LRCA's costs of maintenance we encourage you to buy a season pass here: Explore Card or at the LRCA office or pay $2 for a one time parking fee. Thank you.

For other hikes in our area please check the Thunder Bay Hiking Association website by clicking here or check the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority website by clicking here.




TBFN Field trips and COVID-19 virus

The TBFN Board has authorized limited resumption of field trips, provided they follow practices to help prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. These include:

  • Open to members only
  • Limited numbers, 
  • Advance registration is mandatory in order to participate
  • Registration by email (no sign-in sheet)
  • No car-pooling unless all in a vehicle are part of the same household
  • Personal distancing (2 m) at all times
  • Masks to be worn unless there is a medical or personal reason for not doing so.


 Saturday, February 27 (or Sunday February 28 if weather is bad)

Winter Hike to the Caldwell Lake Nature Reserve

Join Sue Bryan for a winter hike to Caldwell Lake Nature Reserve on the Lake Superior shore. Look for winter birds, mammal tracks and sign in the snow, possibly very early signs of spring. Snowshoes are required. Bring a hearty lunch, water, and dress appropriately for the winter conditions considering level of physical exertion, wind and temperature. The hike into the site along a rough forest trail is about 1.5 hours. Depending on snow conditions it could represent a high level of physical exertion. If ice conditions on Lake Superior are suitable we may hike in through the forest on the trail but return along the Superior shoreline on the frozen lake. We hope to stop for an outdoor hot coffee or tea and eat lunches outdoors at the Bryan cabin on the Superior shore (half way mark in the total hike).

Please notify Susan Bryan at 807-345-6446 or bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)net of your intent to participate or with questions.

Special rules apply to this hike under TBFN Covid-19 protocols - members only, limit 12 participants, advance registration by email that contains contact information is mandatory, limited car-pooling unless all in a vehicle are part of the same household, participants encouraged to maintain 2m distancing or wear masks if distancing is not possible.

Meet at the Movati Centre Parking lot, at 9:20 am and depart together at 9:30. We will drive down to the starting point for the hike at Cloud Bay where cars will be left parked. Drive takes approximately 40 minutes.


Keep checking back as other outdoor events are arranged!