April 11, 2018
2018 Annual Hiker Initiation Program
For those who would like to know more about hiking the wonderfully scenic trails in Southern Ontario, the Toronto Bruce Trail Club is offering a Hiker Initiation Program (HIP) again this year.
April 21, 2018
2018 Annual General Meeting
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:
A 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. Bus fare is discounted at $10.
A bus will depart from Islington meeting point at 8:30 a.m. Barbara Euler will lead a 9 km hike through the Eaton Estate (Seneca College) and the Mary Lake Augustinian Monastery. Participants will arrive at the AGM for lunch before the meeting starts. Bus fare is discounted at $10.
For those who arrive at the Kortright Centre on their own, a 10 km guided hike led by Ted Iseman will leave from just outside the Visitorâ€™s 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
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Our Keynote Speaker
Director of Communications & Fund Development, Bruce Trail Conservancy
We are delighted to welcome senior BTC staff member Marsha Russell. She will be giving us a presentation on the BTCâ€™s new strategic plan for the years 2018 through 2025.
Please support your club with your attendance and keep checking E-Notes and our website
www.torontobrucetrailclub.org for additional information.
Directions to the TBTC 2018 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/directions.
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 hilly walk up Pine Valley Dr. and into the site.
Remembering Bill George
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club (TBTC) has lost a valued supporter, volunteer, and friend with the passing of Bill George on August 26, 2017.
Bill was an avid hiker and no doubt out on the Bruce Trail for what may seem like forever. Larry Haigh recalls hiking with Bill since the early 1990's. Bill's involvement with the TBTC predates the hike leader certification requirements that came into effect in 1992. Bill worked on the Training Committee in 1994 to help map out the skills development that would be used during the training sessions. He was among the first groups to be certified as a hike leader.
Bill's leadership extended to work on the TBTC Board where he served as Vice-President (1996) and then as Hiking Director. As Larry Haigh told me, work on the board is where he got to know Bill much better. He was pleased to pass his role as Hiking Director on to Bill, whom he considered a friend.
During his tenure as Hiking Director, Bill took the opportunity to introduce hike leaders to the membership through articles he wrote for Footnotes. Under the â€œMeet the Hike Leadersâ€ series, he profiled the motivations and personalities of just what made each TBTC hike leader so unique. Bill also supported the production of Footnotes through his role as Activities Editor.
But Bill was best known as an active hike leader. He was an early and sustaining supporter of the cross-country ski highway coach program, leading many a busload of happy skiers out on the winter trails.
Bill was partial to leading easygoing hikes in the Iroquoia section, usually for beginners, families, and nature lovers. One of his hike descriptions actually stated: â€œno speedsters.â€ But he was open to leading Mystery Hikes via TBTC buses as well as club hikes on the Toronto section. A memorable date for me was July 16, 1994 when Bill gave me my Toronto chevron for my completion of the Toronto section. This was during a celebration after a TBTC bus hike in the Silver Creek area. And it was at a pub.
Pubs were a common theme for Bill's urban hikes. Through the Don Valley, Belt Line, Toronto ravines, or in areas like Garrison Creek, Bill led hikes that opened up the hidden beauties of the city. But he scouted out fitting rewards for the end of these hikes. He helped his hiking group explore the then growing group of craft and artisanal beer establishments. Mill Street Brewery (touted by Bill as offering the first organic and low carb beer!), Granite Brewery, Steam Whistle Brewery, and the now defunct Bow and Arrow Pub were favourite endings to a day out on the urban trail.
Bill was also a gentle teacher. He helped initiate beginners and families to the Bruce Trail, perhaps in hopes that such an easy introduction would lead to avid future hikers. Bill also included web links in his hiking descriptions, such as to the website about reclaiming the Don River, to give context and allow hikers to learn more about their hiking environment.
Deepest condolences are being sent to Bill's wife, Barbara Jackel. Barbara is also a keen hiker. Like Bill, she was a volunteer with the TBTC and Activities Editor on Footnotes.
A celebration of Bill's life is being held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1 â€“ 4 p.m. at the GSU Pub, University of Toronto, 16 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto, M5S 1C1
Come out and raise a glass of beer to Bill.
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