Toronto Club Celebrates Bruce Trail Day Oct. 1 with Special “Welcoming” Hikes

Each year, the Toronto Club, along with its 8 sister clubs, holds special hikes and events to celebrate Bruce Trail Day. This year, on Oct. 1, 2023, as our President David Royle noted above, the theme is inclusion and “welcoming.”

Bruce Trail Day is especially geared to those new to the trail, who might want to learn more. For this year’s theme, we want to emphasize “belonging” for all; so that everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, physical limitation, or age, feels welcome to connect to nature and to your community of hikers.

As this newsletter reaches many members and regular supporters, we encourage you to invite a friend that might benefit from our theme of “welcoming.” We’ll also be reaching out to various special interest organizations and media and influencers to introduce the trail to non-members.

If you want to learn more about our people, our clubs, and the Bruce Trail, there are special hikes and displays Oct. 1 in Limehouse (near Georgetown). Limehouse Memorial Hall is open for refreshments, displays and washrooms. Toronto Club members will be on hand to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New this year, is an emphasis on urban Toronto, the multicultural capital of Canada where we can make hikes more easily accessible, by transit, for many more people. Our hike leaders will take special care to “make you feel welcome,” and talk about how we want to build an inclusive hiking community.

Details and Registration for Bruce Trail Day Hikes

Mississauga Urban Hike:  Come out and celebrate Bruce Trail Day in Mississauga with a beautiful walk high above the Credit River on University of Toronto (Mississauga) trails followed by an end to end of the attractive Sawmill Valley Trail. The hike will originate and finish at Erindale Park with a loop on each end. The Credit River Valley is a significant feature of the Bruce Trail and the Credit Valley Footpath, an unfinished side trail that, once completed, will extend all the way to Port Credit. The river valley was a major trading route for native peoples as well as home and hunting grounds for the Mississaugas of the Credit. The terrain is relatively easy without any major hills. We will be walking on a variety of dirt, packed gravel, and paved paths with some grass and boardwalks. Public washrooms available at Erindale Park only, but nature stops will be offered during the hike.
Distance: 12k. Cost: Free. Click here to register.

Toronto Urban Hike – Rosedale Ravines Join us to celebrate Bruce Trail Day with a hike on trails right in the heart of Toronto through the scenic Rosedale Ravines, Evergreen Brickworks, and Mount Pleasant Cemetery. This will be an opportunity to hear and learn about the Bruce Trail, the conservation work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, and the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s year-round hiking program. Beginners and families are welcome on this Level 1 Hike.  There will be a break at the Evergreen Brickworks for lunch and washrooms, before continuing  on to the Moore Park Ravine. Bring lunch, water, and raingear (if applicable). Sturdy walking shoes or runners recommended.
Distance: 10k.  Cost: Free.  Click here to register.

Scotsdale Farm Bus Hike. We will start the hike just east of Scotsdale Farm (near Georgetown) and follow part of the Great Esker side trail to the new Trafalgar side trail. There will be two possible drop-out points — after 5 km and after 7 km. We will go through Limehouse Conservation Area and the “Hole in the Wall”. The hike will end at Limehouse where snacks will be available as part of Bruce Trail Day. But bring lunch and water. The bus fare is subsidized by the Toronto Club — It is the same for both members and non-members: $20 for adults, $10 for children. No charge for parking at Kipling Station. Current Toronto Bruce Trail Club members are welcome to join but are asked to wait until Sunday September 17th (two weeks prior to the hike) before registering so we can allow priority for non-members wishing to join the hike.
Distance: 11k. Cost: (see above). Click here to register.

Biodiversity Car Hike (Limehouse). This hike will be led by members of the TBTC Biodiversity team. It will be a nature walk through two of the Bruce Trail Conservancy properties. It will follow the main trail and some of the blue side trails. There is lots to see as the seasons change and the fall colours come into their beauty. The leaders will explain the iNaturalist app and how to identify plants and trees along the trail. We will meet at the Limehouse Community Centre (22nd Side Road and Fifth Line – Halton Hills)
Distance: 6-8 k.  Cost: Free. Click here to register

Questions? Contact us: