E Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail…

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Twisted trees tell stories of Ontario’s past

Hamilton man says First Nations people modified trees to marked trail, burial sites. Read The Article.Watch The Video from CBC News

Open House & Hikes at Cedar Highlands
Come see for yourself why Cedar Highlands is worth protecting! Join the BTC and the

Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club on April 21st  and be among the first to explore the new route of the Bruce Trail at Cedar Highlands.The Bruce Trail Conservancy is working hard to preserve Cedar Highlands so that its majestic trees and sensitive ravines, with their rich plant and animal life, are protected forever. At this fundraising event you will enjoy early spring wildflowers, fabulous scenery, a great hike and good company. No registration required. Full Article

Blaze Board

April 15, 18, 28

Hiker Initiation Program

Saturday April 27 Toronto Bruce Trail Club Annual General Meeting at the

Kortright Centre

Spring 2013

Bruce Trail Geology Hikes

From The American Hiking Association

10 Essentials

Foraging for a feast along the Bruce Trail – Cottage Life
And at this time of year, a hike along the Bruce Trail reveals a smorgasbord of edibles. Heading to the woods is a spring ritual for anyone who loves the outdoors.  To the untrained eye, the green sprouts of undergrowth look no different from a houseplant, but ginger, garlic, and leeks are ready for the plucking. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll see just how incredibly abundant these foods are.
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Saturday, March 30 2013 Car hike Level I – Caledon Hills, Palgrave, Tree Identification (Map 17)

DURATION OF HIKE                                    PACE                                                             TERRAIN

3.5 hrs                                                              3 km/hr                                                        Mostly flat

Dropout at about 1/2 way, Beginners, Families, Hiking boots, Dogs welcome, Non-members must pre-register by calling or emailing Leader. Members can login and register online. See below for pre-registration start and cutoff dates and times.. Depart 11 am, Palgrave Wilderness Forest. Directions will be provided upon registration. Luis Costa, costalm@yahoo.ca A leisurely loop hike through the quiet lands of the Palgrave Wilderness Forest, stopping numerous times to identify coniferous (evergreen) tree types using a “Tree Key” guide. Contact hike leader for advance copy of guide. Pre-registration started: Tue Jan 1 2013 6:00 am. Pre-registration cancellation and cutoff deadline (no changes or cancellations after this): Fri Mar 29 2013 5:00 pm. Other information: Maximum number of participants 30

From the Halton Hills Chapter –A Rare Alton Side Trail Hike!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

ALTON SIDE TRAIL (Map 15) “second time lucky”

Level 2 hike, 14 km loop hike. Depart 9:30 a.m. from new meeting place, Georgetown Marketplace. Trailhead at Charleston Sideroad and McLaren Sideroad. This will be a loop hike totally on the Alton side trail to the scenic view of the Pinnacle, then lunch at the Alton Inn (this is the 1/2 way point) before returning to the cars. Terrain: Relatively level and straight. Dropout 1/2 way, refreshments after. Wear hiking boots, bring icers, a snack and something to drink.

Leader: Rob Currie 905-877-0634 rob.currie@sympatico.ca

Treadway March 2013  March break

Why would anyone want to fly off to some faraway place when we have an abundance of serenity and beauty to discover each time we set foot on the trail.? And it’s right here in our own back yard.

Saturday, April 13 2013         Bus hike Level II Tiffany Falls to the Dundas Valley

LENGTH OF HIKE          PACE                    TERRAIN

16 km                              4.5 km/hr             Variable

Dropout at 12 km, Beginners, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Non-members must pre-register by calling or emailing Leader. Members can login and register online. See below for pre-registration start and cutoff dates and times.. Depart 8:30 am, York Mills. Steve McLean, 647-391-3971 or smmclean@rogers.com We will pick up where we left off in March at the Wentworth Steps Side Trail. We will stop to take a look at Tiffany Falls. We will end at Mineral Springs Rd in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Pre-registration started: Mon Mar 25 2013 9:00 am. Pre-registration cancellation deadline (without penalty): Thu Apr 11 2013 11:00 pm. Pre-registration cutoff deadline (no changes of any kind after this): Fri Apr 12 2013 11:00 pm. Other information:  Maximum number of participants 48

Trekking the Optimum Route: Hiking the Bruce Trail’s Bayview Escarpment Reroute

I was sitting on the edge of a limestone cliff overlooking the broad wooded plain of the Bighead River Valley. I was watching seven turkey vultures circle in the sky. One swept so close I could see his speculative eye and the angry red of his featherless head. . His wingtip almost brushed my outstretched arm. I had been walking the Bayview Extension, a 69-km reroute of the Bruce Trail just east of Owen Sound. If I had needed an excuse to justify my leisure, the vulture had just supplied it. But I was still thinking of the “why” of the reroute. the Bruce Trail was already the longest and oldest hiking trail. After all, at 840 kilometres, the Bruce Trail was already the longest and oldest hiking trail in Canada. Why add 69 new kilometres? To answer that question, I reflected on the evolution of the trail.

In 1960, four men sat around a kitchen table looking at a map of Ontario. They called themselves the Bruce Trail Committee, and they were there because one of the men, Ray Lowes, a metallurgist at Stelco, had a dream, a long-distance hiking path from Queenston to Tobermory along the Niagara Escarpment. Seven years later, with the help of hundreds of volunteers divided into nine local clubs, the dream had become a reality, and the Bruce Trail was born.

But, as Beth Kümmling, executive director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, explains, “When the Trail was first laid out in the late 1960s,

there was urgency to get the trail on the ground in time for the 1967 official opening of the Bruce Trail.” The optimum route would have been to follow the Niagara Escarpment as closely as possible. But, because of the deadline and the fact that much of this public trail had to pass over private land, the best route was not always available at the time.

In 2002, four other visionaries around a different table and looked at a different series of maps. They were looking at the peninsula that jutted into Georgian Bay between Owen Sound and Meaford. The Escarpment looped up into this peninsula as far as the Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve, but the Bruce Trail cut straight across the bottom of this loop. If they could reroute the trail up into the peninsula, they could add 69 kilometres Click Here to continue