Ontario N0H 1J0
Loree Forest Loop is an easy to moderate 7.1 km trail located near Blue Mountains and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking and snowshoeing as it is accessible all year-round! Many also cross country ski on this trail. It is not maintained but the terrain is relatively flat and excellent for beginners and moderate skiers. There is no fee for skiing here.
This trail exposes the beauty of Georgian Bay and the beautiful Beaver Valley. It is especially stunning in the fall with the array of colours.
When you walk into the trail, it branches off into 3 separate trails that eventually all loop back together. Each trail ends up at the top by the chairlift and deck overlooking the Georgian Peaks Ski Club.
The trail we took was the straight one called the Loree Access Trail, it had the most footprints in the snow so we followed what most travelers take. The other 2 trails are called the Loree West Loop, and the Loree East loop. If you take the Loree East Loop it eventually branches off into another looped trail called the Loree Forest Len Gertler Loop which is 2.1 km.
The Ontario Government announced the renaming of the area as the Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, a tribute to the man whose Gertler Report in 1968 first focused public attention on the need to protect the Niagara Escarpment. Len received the Ontario Nature’s escarpment protection award for 2003.
Len Gertler was the founding director of the University of Waterloo’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. He was Canada’s guru of the environment. One of his main goals was to keep the city apart from the countryside. By this he meant he wanted to protect the farmlands, woodlands and the wetlands from the mammals cruellest to our environment: Humans.
Len’s 1968 Niagara Escarpment Study, commissioned by then-oremier of Ontario John Robarts, is so legendary that it is referred to as the “Gertler Report” in laying out a plan for a continuous undeveloped corridor along the escarpment, the report spawned many provincial initives that culminated in the 1985 passage of the Niagra Escarpment Plan. Len unfortunately passed away in 2005 after he was diagnosed with throat cancer at the age of 81. If you are looking for a new place for an adventure then the Loree Forest is right up your alley!