Hiking in the Hills
Discovering Mono on foot is by far the best way to take in nature's splendour and her changing seasons. The Bruce Trail threads right through the town starting at the south eastern corner and heading up Airport Road (County Rd 18). A left turn in Hockley Valley and then the trail proceeds north to Mono Centre, Mono Cliffs Park and exits Mono at Hwy 89 near Violet Hill.
The Bruce Trail is Canada's longest footpath and travels along the Niagara Escarpment meandering through Ontario ending in Tobermory. The Bruce Trail Association which covers over 850 kilometres of trail was founded in the early 1960s. In 1990 the Niagara Escarpment was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. We have two clubs that maintain the trail in Mono. The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club covers Cheltenham to Mono Centre and Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club is responsible for Mono Centre to Lavender.
Island Lake Conservation Area, operated by Credit Valley Conservation, is in the south east corner of Mono with trails designed for hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling and nature study. The trails are beautiful, diverse and some are multi use. Always respect nature, private property and others using the trail system. In 2013 CVC will enforce unsanctioned entrance to the Island Lake trails. Please enter the Vicki Barron trail from either the Highway 10 and 4th Avenue entrance or the Hockley Road entrance across from the Mono-Amaranth Public School. Extend your stay in the hills a few days at one of the many B & B's, most are within walking distances to the Bruce Trail.
Parking is available for 15 cars at the 7th Line parking lot east off Airport Road and north of Highway 9. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park has a large lot that takes cash or credit card for payment, it's on the 3rd Line north of Mono Centre Road (County Road 8). Parking at the trail heads is not recommended - there is limited to no parking and the roads can be busy. Hockley Valley Resort is also on the Bruce Trail as are many of our B & Bs.
Other trails can be found in our Municipal forests have trails that may be hiked. Some trails that you can find all over Mono include:
- 1926 Tract
- First Line Trail (1st Line EHS)
- Aikins Tract
- Anderson Tract
- Hockley Trail
- Monora Park Trail system (18km)
- Watermark Trail
You can explore more trails in Mono on the Parks and Recreation map.
Visit our parks page for a full listing of parks in Mono
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Dufferin.Biz is a champion of local business and local ideas that support the growth of existing business community and provide an avenue for investment from outside our community.
Dufferin Farm Fresh
Linking farmers & producers with consumers & businesses.
Here in Dufferin County we are proud of our agricultural history. We have some of Ontario's best soil, now famous for our potatoes. We are a county of very large farms and very small farms, farmers who have been here for generations, and others who are coming to Dufferin to farm for the first time. Famous for potatoes, we are also large dairy farmers, cattle and calf operators and of course grow hay, corn, soy and many other market vegetables, fruits and plants.
Headwaters Communities in Action
Building A Better Quality of Life Together
Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) is a citizens group that fosters leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of community well-being for the Headwaters Region. They do this by helping to inform and engage citizens about issues affecting the well-being of our community. By hosting community conversations and encouraging people from different sectors and municipalities to work together, they help to coordinate effective responses to shared issues.
Visit HCIA for more information including:
- Local Food
- Listing of transportation options in Dufferin County
- Headwaters Community Well-Being Report
My Dufferin Service Directory
My Dufferin Service Directory includes organizations offering services to families in Orangeville, Shelburne, Grand Valley and surrounding areas in Dufferin County, with a focus on non-profit, municipal/government and other community services that support the well-being of children and families.
Further details are available on their website.
Ontario One Call
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It’s getting pretty crowded underground. There could be gas pipelines, electrical services, telephone and cable TV as well as water and sewer connections. In addition to these types of buried services to your home, there could be distribution networks for utilities that serve your neighborhood and community. In some cases, such as pipelines and fiber optic cables, they may even be part of a national feeder route.
Ontario One Call (ON1Call) was formed in 1996 to establish a call centre that receives excavation locate requests and notifies registered owners of underground facilities within the vicinity of the dig-site of the planned excavation.
PROBUS Club of Orangeville
PROBUS Club of Orangeville, serving Orangeville and area, is a not-for-profit social club open to retired and semi-retired professionals, business and like-minded people, and their spouses. No fund raising or commitments other than a low annual membership fee.
Meets at 10:00 am on the second Thursday of every month in the Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre to socialize, hear about club activities, enjoy refreshments, and listen to an interesting guest speaker. Various interest groups meet throughout the month to take part in activities and share their knowledge. Further details are available on their website.
Road Watch is a joint police and citizen program that makes it easy to report dangerous and aggressive drivers to the OPP while remaining anonymous. Forms are available at Mono Plaza, the OPP detachment in Primrose and on the Mono Community Policing web site.
Please consider making use of this program as it can, and has, saved lives.
Did you know that you can dial *OPP (*677) on your cell phone to contact the OPP for non-emergency purposes?
Make Contact. Build Strength
TeleCheck Dufferin is dedicated to:
- supporting seniors who wish to live independently, longer and safely, in their homes;
- offering relief to caregivers in their roles with aging loved ones;
- filling the gaps in service by providing patient and client support to service providers and health care professionals;
- supporting seniors experiencing memory issues with gentle medication and appointment reminders; and much more!
Their expanded check-in service in Dufferin and Orangeville is now providing coverage in the mornings and afternoon/evenings - 7 days a week - year round - delivered by skilled volunteers who are dedicated to serving seniors and their community.
TeleCheck Dufferin/Torchlight is reaching out to interested people of all ages to train as volunteers. This is a unique opportunity to put your years of wisdom and experience to use and to learn new skills - that are transferrable to school and studies; work; personal life, interpersonal relationships and other volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Dufferin, a Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) project, is a web-based platform that matches volunteers with a broad range of opportunities in Dufferin County.
As one of the pillars and indicators of Community Well-Being, our mission is to strengthen the volunteer base in Dufferin and increase community involvement and connectivity by engaging and mobilizing citizens in volunteering in Dufferin.
Whether you're an organization looking for volunteers or an individual looking to contribute to the community, it is the "go to place" for volunteering in Dufferin.