A First Day Hike Along Canadice Lake

The Hike:

A First Day hike along Canadice Lake.

Start the New Year the way you mean to go on – come for an inspiring hike along Canadice Lake! This is an easy, 1.8-mile hike along the shore of the lake; the trail is level and well-maintained and the lake views are lovely. For most hikers it will be a walk along the lake for an hour or so, and then back the same way; more enthusiastic hikers can veer off on Rob’s Trail that leads over the ridge and down to Hemlock Lake – this is a moderate to hard trail with several steep uphill and downhill sections. We’ll take a roll call the day of the hike if anyone wants to walk Rob’s Trail. We’ll arrange for transport back for those who only want to walk one way. Dress appropriately for the weather, carry water and some energy food, and carry a walking pole if it helps. Leashed pets are allowed.





A First Day hike along Canadice Lake.

This is not a “routine” Sunday hike – for a start, it’s happening on a Wednesday! The hike is promoted by the NYS DEC, and is part of a larger program of First Day Hikes to encourage people to get out and experience the magnificent Sate of New York that they live in. As an extra enticement, there will be a raffle at the start of the hike; DEC is giving away a free Empire Pass to one lucky hiker who has the winning raffle ticket. We’ll be giving every hiker who shows up before the 10:00am start time a raffle ticket; naturally, DEC employees and any organizers of the hike will not be offered tickets – that would be way too suspicious!





The Meet-Up Location

All First Day hikers should meet at the parking area off Purcell Hill Road, Town of Canadice, Ontario County. Google Maps (leaves this website)

The Social

There won’t be an organized social on this hike.


The Naples Ecumenical Christmas Concert

We have decided not to hike the hills and dales this Sunday. Instead, by popular demand, we shall gather at St. Januarius church on Main Street in Naples, and enjoy the stunning annual Christmas concert. For those with concerns about the separation of religion and hiking, this is a secular event. While there may be plenty of traditional christian Christmas music, there will not be any proselytizing.

St. Januarius is 180 North Main Street in Naples, NY. It is on the northern side of the village, a 100 yards or so south of Roots restaurant and on the opposite side of the street.

There’s no meeting places as such. We’ll just show up at the church and find seats. It would be wise to come early – this is a popular concert.

The concert starts at 2:00pm.