Become a Hike Leader

UPDATE: The course is now full for 2021 hike leader training. If you would like your name added to the wait list, please email Jacquie Van Dyke at

If you are someone who loves to hike and you enjoy sharing that love with others, consider signing up for hike leader training that is being offered by the TBTC in conjunction with Hike Ontario. Dates will be: July 12 (Short introductory zoom meeting if you can make it), July 14 and 21 6:30-9:30 pm with a break in the middle, an outdoor session to be arranged when restrictions permit, a mandatory training session on leading bus hikes, offered online in the evening with two weeks of the Hike Ontario training, assisting on three Apprenticeship hikes, and one Graduation hikes within one year of HO training.

  • First Aid

    Level C" first aid training, including CPR/AED must be completed. Ordinarily this is a prerequisite for participating in the hike leader training program, but for this year only, in light of pandemic restrictions, participants may elect to take the course after the training. It must be completed, however, in order to qualify for leading TBTC hikes.
  • Practical experience

    For this year only, in light of pandemic restrictions, we are encouraging potential leaders to make a point of being familiar with all, or parts of, the Toronto section of the Bruce Trail. Normally, we would ask potential hike leaders to make a point of going on at least three or four hikes offered by the TBTC to gain some practical experience about the hiking program.
  • Qualifying hikes

    After completing the hike leader course, you are expected to serve as an assistant leader on three hikes. Then one further hike which you plan and lead but with a certified leader in attendance.
  • The Cost

    The cost of the course is $60. This will be covered by the Bruce Trail Conservancy if you are a member. Up to $75 of the First Aid training costs will be reimbursed once successful Apprentice and Graduation hike documentation has been reviewed by the Hiking Director.

Become a Hike Leader today!

For more information contact: Jacquie Van Dyke

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