April 8, 2017
2017 Hike Leader Training.
The annual Hike Leader Training Course will be held on April 8th and 9th 2017. Anyone interested in participating in the planning and leading of hikes on behalf of the Club or who would like additional information on the training program should email the Hiking Director, Wayne Crockett at email@example.com.
Participants will complete a two day course in class and outdoors on the practical aspects of planning and managing hikes. They then help run a minimum of four 'practice' hikes led by a certified hike leader. The final qualifying step is to plan and carry out a hike, co-led by a certified hike leader. All participants must have a Level C first aid certification.
April 22, 2017
Plan to Attend Our Annual General Meeting!
2017 Annual General Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kortright Centre, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, ON, 905-832-2289.
This year your Toronto Bruce Trail Club Annual General Meeting will be held once again at the Kortright Centre. Parking will be free and the gate will be opened at 9:00am.
Participants will be asked to contribute $10 per person towards covering a portion of the cost of lunch and the venue rental.
There will be three hikes featured:
1- A free bus will be provided to pick up hikers at the York Mills meeting point at 9:00 am. Wayne Crockett will captain the bus and lead a 2.5 hour stroll along the trails in the Kortright Centre.
2- A second free bus will depart from Islington meeting point at 8:30 a.m. Barbara Euler will lead a brief hike on the Oak Ridges Moraine trail, and the bus will then arrive at Kortright Centre in time for lunch.
3- For those who arrive at the Kortright Centre on their own, a 10 km guided hike led by Lucy Leung will leave from just outside the Visitor Centre at 9:45 AM. The Kortright trails are also available for short hikes for anyone to hike on their own. See details in the hiking section of this edition of Footnotes, or on our website.
Please note that space is limited, and all hikes will require online pre-registration.
THE AGENDA OF THE DAY
Meet and Greet
11:30am to 12:30pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Keynote Speaker & Questions
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Our Keynote Speaker
Executive Director, Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature is one of the oldest conservation charities in Ontario, having been founded as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931. Through its many local chapters, Ontario Nature works to preserve the natural habitat of Ontario and protect its endangered species. The charity has also acquired numerous nature reserves to protect representative habitat areas across the province.
The Federation of Ontario Naturalists was a guiding force behind the creation of the Bruce Trail Association more than fifty years ago. Since then, the two organizations have worked together toward the protection of the Niagara Escarpment, most notably through their joint $2 million purchase of the Malcolm Bluff Shores nature reserve on the Bruce Peninsula in 2012.
Caroline Schultz has worked in conservation for more than twenty years. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Ontario Nature in 2005, she worked with Nature Conservancy of Canada as Program Manager for Eastern and Central Ontario, and Director of Conservation for Nature Canada. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Botany from Trinity College, Dublin, a M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Management Degree from McGill University in Voluntary Sector Management.
Directions to the TBTC 2014 Annual General Meeting at the Kortright Centre
By car, the Kortright Centre is located 3km west of Highway 400, north of Rutherford Road and south of Major Mackenzie Drive on Pine Valley Drive.
Personalized directions are available online at: http://www.kortright.org/visitorinformation/
By transit: take the Yonge Subway to Finch. Walk to the York Region-Go Transit Transfer Station and take the VIVA Blue line bus to Yonge St. and 16th Avenue, remember to get a transfer. At 16th Avenue, take the Rutherford/16th Avenue #85 Bus westbound to Pine Valley Drive. Hike North on Pine Valley Drive 1.5 km to the entrance Kortright Centre. Alternate Route is #13 Islington TTC Bus to 16th Avenue. Pine Valley Drive is approximately 1 km east of Islington. You will have about a 20-minute walk up Pine Valley Dr. and into the site.
April 22, 2017
Registration for the TBTC AGM Luncheon
Please open the attached document to register for the luncheon at the Toronto Bruce Trail AGM on April 22.
May 6, 2017
Point Pelee Festival of Birds
Join Victor Ramautar and Fred Berktin for a two day trip to Point Pelee National Park at the height of the bird migration.
June 10, 2017
Coach Trip to the BTC 50th Anniversary Celebration, Tobermory
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Join us for the Bruce Trail Conservancy's 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Tobermory, commemorating 50 years since the official opening of the Bruce Trail. Take in the full day of programs at this unique event, including: the formal ceremony at the Bruce Trail Northern Terminus Cairn, lunch at the Tobermory Community Centre, Bruce Trail historical displays, a silent auction, your choice of a short (1 hr, 2.5 km) or long (2 hr, 7 km) hike to Burnt Point Loop, and a ticket on one of the 90-minute chartered Boat Cruises on Georgian Bay. Transportation will be by restroom-equipped coach bus.
Event details on the BTC website: brucetrail.org/events/135
All inclusive cost:
$46 for members
$60 for non-members.
June 30, 2017
2017 HIKER INITIATION PROGRAM (HIP)
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club will be offering our introduction to hiking and the Club's program again in 2017.
The HIP includes an evening session to provide new members and those interested in hiking with a basic grounding in the use of the Bruce Trail, the kind of equipment needed and the hikes we offer
The second part will be an evening at Mountain Equipment Coop where you will be able to speak to the knowledgeable and experienced staff about the gear they have available.
The final part is an introductory hike to a scenic part of the Bruce Trail, guided by our experienced and well trained hike leaders.
Please keep an eye out here for dates and additional information which will be posted soon.
Halton Hills Newsletter: April 9 to July 2, 2017
Halton Hills Chapter Newsletter - Jan 8, 2017 - April 1, 2017
Remembering Todd Bardes: late president of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Ontario hiker hiked the entire Bruce Trail - 50 times over - setting a new record for Bruce Trail end-to-ends
Market Research study completed.
The strongest interest in hiking was from those aged 18 to 34, in the Halton Region and/or with higher
incomes. There was also a high level of interest from persons involved in related activities such
as tree planting and among south Asians in the GTA.