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  • grantleigh 3:18 PM on June 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Toronto Bruce Trail Club Members Day at Mountain Equipment COOP 

    Thursday, June 6
    Toronto Bruce Trail Club Members’ Day Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Toronto!

    Present your valid BTC membership card and enjoy a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise all day long.
    Not a member yet? No problem. Sign up online at https://brucetrail.org/store/membership and bring along your proof of payment, or sign up at MEC.

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  • grantleigh 7:22 PM on May 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club 

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    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    May 14, 2013 Click Here for the PDF     Version

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

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    News from the Bruce Trail Conservancy

    The 2013 Photo Contest is over.

    Over 100 images were submitted in this 5th Annual     Bruce Trail Photo Contest, highlighting “People on the Bruce Trail”.     Check out the winners below.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo and     all who voted online.

    At Left: 2013 Grand Prize Winner Observe and Absorb (Location: Mount Nemo)
    By Sheryl Johnston

    Sheryl’s Grand Prize winning image will appear on the front cover of the Summer 2013 issue of Bruce Trail Magazine. All 10 finalists images will  appear inside the magazine.

    This Week’s Feature Hike

    Rockway   Falls: Follow the course of Fifteen Mile Creek as it   tumbles over alternating layers of dolostone and shale — including Rockway   Falls — from the heights of the Niagara Escarpment down to Lake Ontario.

    Full Details


    This Weekend’s Group Outings May 18-20

    To inquire about a specific walk/hike , please email   information@torontobrucetrailclub.org,   or call the INFO Line at 416-763-9061 (you may also leave a message for a   return call;.

    Urban Walks  Please read General Information on   Urban Walks

    Saturday, May 18
    Toronto,     Leslie Street Spit

    Sunday, May 19
    Toronto

    Monday, May 20
    Toronto,     Four Parks

    Bus Hikes  To learn how the program works   and where to catch the bus
    please read General Information on Bus   Hikes.

    Saturday, May 18
    Caledon     Hills, Forks of the Credit
    Saturday, May 18
    Iroquoia,     Upper Spencer Creek
    Monday, May 20
    Dufferin     Hi-Land, Mono Cliffs

    Car Hikes  Please read General Information on Car   Hikes

    Saturday, May 18 Oak Ridges Trail, King City |

    Saturday, May     18 2013

    Car hike Level     II/III – Peninsula, Tobermory (Maps 41/42) Members  and guests

    Sunday, May 19     2013

    Car hike Level     II/III – Peninsula, Dyer’s Bay (Maps 40/41) Members  and guests

    Monday, May       20 2013

    Car hike       Level II/III – Peninsula, Smokey Head (Maps 39/40) Members  and guests


    Toronto Bruce   Trail Club Garage Sale
    May 25th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Proceeds   from the sale will go towards the Escarpment Legacy Campaign.

    We   are still accepting donated items for the garage sale.
    Items can be dropped off by contacting Gabi at 416-266-4009 or email: brucetrail50@hotmail.ca.

    Please   call first before dropping off items!

    Garage   sale location around Kingston Road/Guildwood Parkway area

    (62   Rowatson Road, Scarborough).

    Happy   spring everyone!!!!


    Toronto Bruce   Trail Club – Spring Trail Maintenance 2013

    Excerpted from   the Trail Maintenance Volunteer Newsletter. Not a Trail Maintenance Volunteer   yet?

    Hello Trail Maintenance   Volunteers!

    Because   we did actually get some snow this winter and it’s stayed on the ground all   through April we are starting very late this year. But at last it really does   look like spring – and it feels like summer already!

    I   would like to welcome any volunteers who are new to this Trail Maintenance   Volunteer list. We have a dozen or so new contacts added since September of   last year.

    There   were a number of work parties last spring working on the Credit Valley   Footpath and on the Main Trail at 4th Line. We were finally able   to build the big bridge in the Silver Creek CA and two smaller bridges   immediately to the north of the Silver Creek Bridge. Trail Maintenance crews   were out almost every weekend during the spring and fall cutting tall grass,   clearing downed trees, doing minor structure repairs, and painting blazes.

    This   spring we hope to complete moving the Main Trail off the farm fields and into   the row of trees between 4th and 5th Line. We will be   doing more work on the Credit Valley Footpath and moving some trail off of   the 17th Sideroad road allowance. There is sidelogging needing   repair north of Heritage Road and we may be building one new bridge later   this year. We will also be doing a lot of blaze painting on the Main Trail   later in the spring and in the summer.

    More   information will be sent closer to the actual date regarding each work party   with directions and any other relevant information.

    If   you are new to this list please read the information at the end of the   letter. Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.

    Rose-Mary


    News from Conservation Halton

    The weekly MTB race series is back at Kelso for 2013

    The weekly Mountain Bike series at Kelso   Conservation Area is back this summer with races starting on May 21 and   running every Tuesday until the Finale Event on August 27 (last series race   August 20).

    About Kelso Conservation Area

    Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor   enthusiasts. It is located at 5234     Kelso Road, off Tremaine Road, with the park entrance   just north of Steeles Avenue   and south of Highway 401. In summer you can have a swim at a sandy beach,   fish for trout in the glistening lake or in winter get energized with some   great downhill skiing or snowboarding at Glen Eden.

    Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails   on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged BruceTrail. You can also rent kayaks,   paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape   and shelters are available for company and family picnics.


    Looping   Through Sydenham

    The   Sydenham Club has released the 2nd edition of its highly regarded loop and   short hike guide. Updated and expanded to include 25 enjoyable walks with   maps, notes and narratives, this handy, pocket sized reference is available through   the club.

    Each   hike description includes key details such as the trail length, the estimated   time of completion, the degree of difficulty, access routes, and parking   locations. It also explores the human and natural history of the area, such   as nineteenth century grist mills, and the flora, fauna, ferns, and fossils   found along the way. All proceeds from the book will support the Bruce Trail   Conservancy in its mission to secure in perpetuity a conservation corridor   and public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment.

    It   sells for $20.00 and is available at some of the local bookstores in the Owen   Sound area such as Ginger Press downtown. You can also buy them from our Club   Board members, or at Sydenham Club Open House events in the area. Quantities   are limited.


    E-Notes the Periodic E-Mail Newsletter of The   Toronto Bruce Trail Club

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    Editor: Grant Leigh information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

     
  • grantleigh 12:58 PM on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    E-Notes April 1 : 51st AGM Updates; Open House at Cedar Highland; Bus, Car and Urban Hikes in abundance this weekend! 

    E-Notes    of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org | Facebook | Twitter

    51st Annual General Meeting Saturday April 27 2013

    Notes from our Guest Speaker, Jill Hewlett:

    “Change is meant to bring in needed upgrades that are timely, relevant and for the better, but as humans we are creatures of habit and our routines become automatic and comfortable.  Because of this, change can feel threatening.”

    Learn Brain Fitness strategies to make transitions and change smooth and successful. Join Jill Hewlett Educational Kinesiologist of Brain Works Global at the Toronto Bruce Trail Club AGM On April 27th as she presents “Brain Fitness for the Trail and when you can’t get to it”.

    Food Bank Support

    We will also continue with our support for the food bank and we encourage you to bring your cheque book instead of food boxes and cans, although food will also be gratefully accepted. Cheques are a more convenient way of donating and allow the food bank to buy their own food at a lesser cost. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10.00.Cheques should be made payable to “Second Harvest”. Please assist in passing this on to your fellow members. Last year we raised a notable sum of $712 with an attendance of about 140 members and it would be fantastic to be able to beat $1,000 thisyear.

    Open House & Hikes at Cedar Highland Sunday April 21,10:00 AM—03:00 PM

    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.

    Social event (Lunch and refreshments), Long Hikes, Short Hikes  and Property Viewings Hikes

    For details, including schedule and directions click here.

    Walker/Hikers also may be interested in this item  From The Globe and Mail April 1

    How to do your duty and still run your personal best.

    Bus, Car, and Urban Hikes  coming up this weekend.

    Please be sure to read the General Information link on the TBTC Website t

    Friday, April 5 2013 Car hike Level II/III – Caledon Hills, Hockley Valley (Map 18)

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    16 km 4.5 km/hr Hilly

    No dropout, Refreshments after, Pre-registration by Email to Leader. Depart 9:30 am, Glen Cross Side Trail access point on 3rd Line EHS. From Hwy 9 (east of Orangeville), drive 5.5 km north on 3rd Line EHS to Hockley Rd, turn right and then left at the jog, then continue north on the 3rd Line for a further 1.1 km to the parking area on your right. Charlie Atkinson, (905) 642-2408 before 9 pm or CAhikes@bell.net A series of loops, combining the ever popular Isabel East, Tom East, Cam Snell and Glen Cross Side Trails, plus we will go a little further on the main trail to the highest point in the nature reserve.

    Saturday, April 6 2013 Car hike Level II – Oak Ridges Trail, Long Sault Conservation Area (Map ORTA 7)

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    15 km 4 km/hr Hilly, Rocky

    Dropout, Families, Hiking boots, No dogs, Refreshments after, Pre-registration by Email to Leader. Depart 9:30 am, We will meet at the parking lot in the Long Sault Conservation Area. Hwy 401 Exit 431 at Waverly Rd. Travel north for 17 km on Regional Rd 57. Turn right at Regional Rd 20. After 2 km, turn left at Woodley Rd and travel 2 km to conservation area parking lot. Bring some toonies/loonies for the parking meter. Remi Fahy, 416 903-7572 before 9:00pm or bgfahy@mccain.ca Brandon Fahy, (416) 903-7572 before 9:00pm or bgfahy@mccain.ca A loop hike in forest-covered rolling hills, typical of the Oak Ridges Moraine. No car shuttles required. We return to the parking lot for lunch so that people can leave if they only want to hike half day. After the hike, a  refreshment break to Tim Horton’s for some hot coffee or hot chocolate.

    Saturday, April 6 2013  Bus hike Level II – Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    12 km 4 km/hr Variable

    Dropout, Hiking boots, Late return (after 6pm), Long distance bus fare applies, Pre-registration Online using Website. Depart 8 am, York Mills. Lucy Leung, (647) 280-8868 7- 9 pm or hikeontario@gmail.com Elmira’s Maple Syrup Festival is considered a true sign of spring, come and join the fun. We start the day wandering along trails in Woolwich Township, winding through an oasis of rural tranquility, and make our way to Elmira where we explore a local sugar bush and take in all the sights and aromas at the 49th annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest maple syrup festival. Admission to Festival is free. Pre-registration started: Mon Mar 25 2013 8:00 pm. Pre-registration cancellation and cutoff deadline (no changes or cancellations after this): Thu Apr 4 2013 8:00 pm. Other information: Pre-registered seats are guaranteed until 20 minutes before departure, i.e. 7.40 a.m. and will be given to the next in line if not taken by then. Members who do not have access to the Internet can pre-register by calling Lucy Leung (647) 280-8868. Maximum number of participants 48 One of the following must be selected: Bus fare for Members $22.00 , Bus fare for Guests & Non-Members $28.00

    Saturday, April 6 2013 Car hike Level II – Iroquoia, Stoney Creek (Maps 5/6)

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    14 km 3 km/hr Hilly, Variable

    Dropout, End to End #1 of 10, Beginners, Hiking boots, No dogs, Pub stop after. Depart 9 am, McDonalds in Grimsby. Exit 71 south from the QEW, right onto Livingston (Hwy 8) and right again into McDonalds parking lot. Peter Tomlin, (905) 791-9156 Mon-Wed, 7-9 pm Vladimir Bosnar, (905) 273-7569 7-9 pm With more relaxed hikers in mind the “walking wounded” group is planning a gently paced and moderate distances end-to-end. We plan to do four hikes this spring and the remainder this fall. This first hike has fine views and very little roadwork.

    Saturday, April 6 2013  Urban walk Level I – Toronto, Toronto Island Photo Walk

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    5 km 1 km/hr Flat, mostly paved

    Dropout at any time, No dogs, Refreshments after, Walking Shoes. Depart 9 am, Toronto Island Ferry Terminal. At the bottom of Bay St. Taizo Shinkoda, (416) 423-4454 7-9 pm Johanna Lanfranco, (416) 961-4701 7-9 pm Join us for a leisurely photo hike amongst the homes of Ward’s Island, the parks of Centre Island and the boardwalk on the south shore of the island. #7

    Saturday, April 6 2013 Car hike Level II/III – Niagara, Grimsby (Maps 4/5/6)

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    22 km 4.5 km/hr Variable, Challenging

    No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Pub stop after. Depart 8:30 am, km 9.2, Map 5/6. Roadside parking at the top of the Escarpment on Fifty Rd. Ron Granger, (519) 485-0879 7-10 pm We car shuttle to km 66.9, Map 4, and hike back through Mountainview, Thirty Mile Creek, Beamer and Woolverton Conservation Areas. #8

    Sunday, April 7 2013 Car hike Level II – Iroquoia, Rattlesnake Point, Crawford Lake (Map 11)

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    16 km 3.5 km/hr Hilly, Variable

    No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Backpacking training. Depart 9 am, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area upper parking lot. Enter from Appleby Line, 1 km north of Derry Rd. Parking fees. Brenda Dalglish, (416) 601-0378 between 7 pm and 10 pm Are you thinking of going on a backpacking trip but don’t know if you can carry the weight? Do you need to train for an upcoming backpacking trip? Do you just want to get more of a workout from a regular hike? If yes, this is the series for you! Hikers are encouraged to bring along a fully loaded pack for increasingly longer hikes over varied terrain. All are loop hikes to avoid having to shuttle packs as well as people. Of course, any hiker is welcome – regardless of the size or contents of your backpack. If you haven’t yet purchased a backpack, don’t run out and buy one for this series. Get a large day pack and fill it with books, rocks, bottles of water, etc. (with something soft but firm against your back) and it will be heavy enough. See what backpacks people have and talk to other hikers about the pros and cons of various backpacks. Today’s hike is through Rattlesnake Point and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas. Subsequent hikes are April 14 and 21.

    . Join or renew today and support the Trail you love.


    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


     
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      E Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail… 

    E-Notes March 24_image001  E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org
    http://www.facebook.com/TorontoBruceTrailClub | https://twitter.com/TO_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.
    Read the Full Article

    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

     

     
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                                                               E Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail… 

                                                              E-Notes March 7_image001

    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org   | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

    Remote   for detachment, narrow for chosen company, winding for leisure, lonely for   contemplation, The Trail leads not merely north and south, but upward to the   body, mind and soul of man.

    from an Appalachian Trail folder

    Update to the Bruce Trail Ambassadors Workshop   notice in last E-Notes

    Here   in Toronto it’s on Thursday March 21, not as given earlier. Sorry for the mix-up   folks. Laura says the workshop is filling up fast so if youd like to find out   more about how you can show your support for your favourite Trail as a BT   Ambassador, call Laura to sign up.
    See you there!  Grant      Click here for Full   Details .


    Space is still available

    Saturday, March 9   2013 Bus hike Level II – Iroquoia,
    Stoney Creek (Map 6)

    LENGTH OF     HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    16 km 4 km/hr Variable

    Dropout, Beginners, Families, Hiking boots,   Refreshments after, Pre-registration Online using Website.
    Depart 8:30 am, York Mills.
    Steve McLean, 647-391-3971 or smmclean@rogers.com
    Larry Haigh, (416) 432-1239 before 8 pm
    We will hike from McDui Drive Access Trail to the beginning of the Iroquoia   section We will skip the road walking and walk down to the lake on the Forty   Mile Creek Side Trail.


    Saturday, March 9   2013Car hike Level I – Kortright Centre for Conservation

    LENGTH OF     HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    6 km 3 km/hr Variable

    Dropout, Beginners, Families, Refreshments after, No   Dogs.
    Depart 10:30 am, at Kortright Center for Conservation parking lot.
    3 km west of Hwy 400, north of Rutherford Rd and south of Major MacKenzie Dr   on Pine Valley Dr. Call leader a few days before the hike re road   construction in the area. There is no access to Kortright on Pine Valley from   Hwy 7.
    Fred Berktin, 416 520 3797 or fberktin@rogers.com
    Parent/Guardian/Child(ren) Ages 4 and up, event: It’s a sure sign of spring!   Come out and ‘tap into nature’. We will do a hike to the Marsh area and   return to participate in demonstrations, wagon rides, live entertainment and,   of course, pancakes and maple syrup! Special March Break activities. This   event is held at Kortright Centre for Conservation, which is a breathtaking   area – 325 hectares of pristine woodlands, a natural oasis – that is   conveniently located just 15 minutes North of Toronto in Woodbridge.   Admission is $9.00, Seniors $6.50 Children 4 and under Free, Parking $4.00. A   donation to the Escarpment Legacy Fund would be much appreciated. Please   dress for the weather.


    Sunday, March 10   2013Urban walk Level I/II  Toronto

    DURATION     OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    3.5 hrs 3.5 km/hr Mostly     flat

    Dropout, Beginners, Families, Hiking boots, Ice   footwear recommended.
    Depart 11 am, Leslie subway station, SW corner of Sheppard and Leslie.
    Monica Feran, (416) 736-6636 7 – 9 pm
    We will walk from Leslie subway station, north along the East Don River to   Steeles. Lunch at Cummer Community Center. The walk will continue with a   loop, north of Steeles, finishing at Steeles and Don Mills. Bring lunch.   Note: THE CLOCK IS SET TO SUMMERTIME.


    News from   Sydenham Club

    Looping Through   Sydenham

    The Sydenham Club has released the 2nd edition of its   highly regarded loop and short hike guide. Updated and expanded to include 25   enjoyable walks with maps, notes and narratives, this handy, pocket sized   reference is available through the club.

    Each hike description includes key details such as the   trail length, the estimated time of completion, the degree of difficulty,   access routes, and parking locations. It also explores the human and natural   history of the area, such as nineteenth century grist mills, and the flora,   fauna, ferns, and fossils found along the way. All proceeds from the book   will support the Bruce Trail Conservancy in its mission to secure in   perpetuity a conservation corridor and public footpath along the Niagara   Escarpment.

    It sells for $20.00 and is available at some of the   local bookstores in the Owen Sound area such as Ginger Press downtown. You   can also buy them from our Club Board members, or at Sydenham Club Open House   events in the area. Quantities are limited.


     

    Blaze Board

    Thursday  March 21
    7-9 PM

    Bruce Trail Ambassadors Workshop


    Feb.,   March 2013
    Dates to be Determined

    First Aid Training


    April 6-7
    Hike Leader Training


    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


    You can help
    Promote and Educate
    use of The Bruce Trail

    Does your favourite access point to The BT have these   signs that explain what the BT is all about and how to use it?

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    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club 

    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club
    One of the nine member/volunteer clubs of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org
    Click Here for the PDF Version in The E-Notes Archives

    IMG_1686Lunch break on the New Year’s Day 2012 Hike at Hilton Falls . See below for a choice of Three 2013 New Years Day Hikes/Walks .

    _______________________________________

    Celebrate The Season with a Winter Hike, Urban Walk. or Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing
    Saturday, December 29 2012 (CAR POOL EXISTS) Car hike Level II/III – Iroquoia, Dundas Valley (Maps 7/8)
    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    22 km 4.5 km/hr Hilly, Challenging
    No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Pub stop after.
    We will car shuttle to Km 33.4, Map 7 and hike back through Chedoke Park and Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Full Details________________________________________
    Sunday, December 30 2012 Car hike Level II – Iroquoia, Waterdown(Maps 8/9)LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    20 km 3.5 km/hr Rocky, Variable
    No dropout, Hiking boots.Depart 9 am, Km 55.2 on Woodley’s Lane in Dundas, near the end of King St West, the main street of Dundas.
    Iroquoia can be beautiful in the winter – maybe the waterfalls will be iced over. We will shuttle the cars to the start near Km 75 on Kerns Rd, and walk back through Grindstone Creek, Clappison Woods, and Borer’s Falls Conservation Area. Bring your icers for the trail and a thermos of hot tea or soup. Full Details
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    Hike The Bruce Trail on a New Years Day Hike with the Halton Hills Chapter
    Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 TERRA COTTA
    Level 1, 6 – 8 km loop hike. Depart 10:30 a.m. from meeting place Georgetown. Bring in the new year with a
    hike on the Bruce Trail and Terra Cotta Trails with a lunch/ refreshment stop on the trail. Bring water, snack,
    lunch, boots, etc. Full Details and Schedule
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    Tuesday, January 1 2013 Car hike Level II – Toronto Section, Hilton Falls DURATION OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    3.0 hrs 3.5 km/hr Mostly flat, Variable
    Dropout, Families, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Bring ice footwear, a snack lunch (turkey sandwiches optional) and something to drink.
    Depart 11 am, Meet in the parking lot of the Hilton Falls Conservation Area. Note that an admission fee will need to be paid in accordance with Conservation Halton policy.
    Exit Hwy 401 at either Guelph Line or Halton 25, and take Campbellville Rd, 5th Sideroad.
    Bob Humphreys, (519) 883-1840 7-10 pm or walk2tobermory@gmail.com
    An opportunity to keep that New Year resolution to get more exercise, and walk off some of the excess of the night before! (Note the late start time.) Join us for the annual loop hike around the many paths and trails in the conservation area. Dogs permitted, but must be leashed and owners scoop the poop. After the hike those who want to can repair to a local franchise of “Canada’s coffee shop” for some of their delicious hot beverages. We will have earned it.________________________________________
    Tuesday, January 1 2013 Urban walk Level II – Toronto, Leslie Street SpitLENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    12 km 4 km/hr Mostly flat
    Dropout, No dogs.
    Depart 1 pm, Leslie Street Spit.
    Leslie St at Unwin Ave, gate at entrance to Spit. Lots of parking spaces or walk down south from the Queen streetcar.
    Larry Haigh, (416) 432-1239 before 8 pm
    Repeat of an annual event to start the New Year off on the right foot. There is usually quite a crowd, so arrive at least a half hour before departure so we can leave on time. An opportunity will be provided to make a donation to the Escarpment Legacy Fund
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    Thursday, January 3 2013 Car hike Level II – Peninsula, Colpoy’s Bay (Maps 35/36)LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    8 km 3 km/hr Variable, Snowy
    No dropout, Dogs welcome, Refreshments after, Pre-registration by Email to Leader.
    Depart 9 am, Tim Hortons, Wiarton.
    Hwy 6 north to Wiarton.
    Smadar Junkin, (905) 881-6080 or smadarjunkin@hotmail.com
    Doug Sloan, (416) 661-9217 or dougsloan@sympatico.ca
    Loop snowshoe hike involving Colpoy’s Bluff Side Trail and the main trail. We will car pool from Tim Hortons in Wiarton.
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    E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club 

    Celebrating 50 Years

    BRUCE TRAIL QUOTATIONS   1962 -1967 Source : Bruce Trail news or  club newsletters edited by Ross McLean

    “It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched, so that a tree will rotwhere it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan will float on uncontaminated water – and we may at least see what our ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.”

    Bernard de Voto


    E-Notes December 5_image001E-Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    One of the nine Member Clubs of The Bruce Trail Conservancy

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org| 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org     https://twitter.com/TO_Bruce_Trail | https://www.facebook.com/TorontoBruceTrailClub
    Click Here for the PDF Version in The E-Notes Archives

    December 5, 2012

    Winter 2012/2013 Ski and Snowshoe Program

    On winter Saturdays in 2013 the Toronto Bruce Trail Club will be offering ski and snowshoe trips to resorts across south-central Ontario. We will travel in comfortable highway coaches to resorts like Highlands Nordic, Horseshoe and Scenic Caves. Enjoy snowshoeing? Then let our experienced leaders show you their favourite winter wonderlands. Or come discover the magic of winter on skis. Glide through forests and fields on trails groomed for classic and skate skiing. Most resorts offer ski lessons. All resorts rent skis and snowshoes. So invite your friends and join us for some wonderful winter days in the woods. Beginners welcome.    Click Here for Full Details


    Online registration for TBTC events.

    An increasing number of hike leaders are making use of the online registration system for their hiking trips.

    To ensure that you get a spot on a hike you are interested in take advantage of this quick and easy process.

    Click here for a step by step description of how a member can register. Take a look and give it a try!


    Bus Hikes This Coming Weekend

    Please be sure to review how the program works and where to catch the bus at General Information on Bus Hikes.

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    Felker’s Falls

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    Devil’s Punch Bowl

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    Albion Falls

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    Buttermilk Falls

    From Cascades and Waterfalls of Hamilton

    Saturday, December 8 2012  Bus hike  (Note Departures from Clarence Square and Islington)Level II Winter Hike to Discover Four Hamilton Waterfalls  Map 7 Purchase the Map

    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    14 km 4 km/hr Variable

    Dropout, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Pre-registration by Email to Leader. Depart 9 am, Clarence Square. Islington at approximately 9:20 am Sima Patel, essvpatel@gmail.com Did you know the Hamilton area has over 100 waterfalls? Join us as we embark on a winter hike to discover four of these hidden gems.

    We will visit Buttermilk Falls, Albion Falls, Felkers Falls and Devil’s Punchbowl. Refreshment stop afterwards.

    We will start the bus at Clarence Square at 9am and do a second pick up at Islington at approximately 9:20am.


    News from the Halton Hills Chapter

    Sunday, December 9th

    CHRISTMAS HIKE AND PUB STOP

    Level 1, 5 – 6 km loop hike. Depart 10:00 a.m.

    Work up an appetite with an invigorating Mystery Hike, followed by lunch at the St. George Bar & Grill.

    Come for the hike and/or meet us at the pub at 12:00 p.m. for some Christmas cheer!

    Please bring a non-perishable donation for the local Food Bank if you wish.

    Please RSVP by December 2nd to Maureen Smith 905-873-9757mosmith@cogeco.ca  Leader: Heinz Rusche 905-877-3298  



    NEW BOARD MEMBERS WANTED

    We are seeking new board members to help with the duties of the club.

    The Board’s mandate includes:

    • ·        managing club affairs;
    • ·        relations with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and other local clubs;
    • ·        development of the hiking, ski and snowshoe programs:
    • ·        land stewardship, conservation
    • ·        trail maintenance.

    Descriptions of the Board positions and areas of responsibility can be found in the Members-only section of the website under CLUB ADMINISTRATION.

    Non-members can contact the webmaster or Rebecca Waddell by email as below. If you are interested, please contact the Nomination Committee:  Rebecca Waddell, waddellrebeccacca39@gmail.com


    From Treadway, December

    Trimble Trail Reno by Joan Richard

    During the third week of August, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), a Bruce Trail landowner in the Caledon Hills section, undertook a major revamping of the Trimble Side Trail on the part of the trail that overlooks Forks of the Credit Road. The Trimble Trail is a very busy section and travels steeply up from the road. Erosion has been an ongoing problem. A new product called Envirolok was used. Essentially bags were filled with soil and used as a retaining wall. Plantings will conceal the wall in the future. Some steps and a boardwalk were also rebuilt by CVC. CVC used community youth, as well as their maintenance staff, for the project. We thank CVC for their commitment to repairing an important side trail in our network.  Click Here forFull December Edition of Treadway


    It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched, so that a tree will rotwhere it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan will float on uncontaminated water – and we may at least see what our ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.

    Bernard de Voto


    The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

    E-Notes Subscribers are most welcome to forward E-Notes to a friend.

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    E-Notes   of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club
    One of the nine member/volunteer clubs of the Bruce Trail Conservancy

    Click Here for the PDF Version in the E-Notes Archives

    May 28, 2012

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

    Morning Sun by Kevin Dribnenki2012 Photo BTC Photo Contest Finalist Click Here to See All The Winners

    Celebrate International Trails Day (US National Trails Day) this weekend with a hike on Canada’s first and longest footpath The Bruce Trail.


    Friday, June 1 2012 Car hike Level III – Blue Mountains, Pretty River (Map 23)LENGTH OF HIKE: 21 km, PACE: 4.5 km/hr, TERRAIN: Hilly, with rocky sections No dropout, Refreshments after. We will start off in the Pretty River Valley, gradually climbing to some of the high points in the area as we make our way to the turnaround point at Osler Bluff. The return route will include the Petun, John Haigh and Pretty River Access Side Trails plus a few unmarked trails. Full Details under Hiking Schedule in the Members Login Section at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    Saturday, June 2 2012  Bus hike Level II/III – Dufferin Hi-Land, Black Bank (Maps 20/21)LENGTH OF HIKE: 19 km, PACE: 3.5 km/hr, TERRAIN: Variable Dropout at TBA, End to End #3 of 3, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Pub stop after, Pre-registration Online using Website. Meet 8:00 AM Depart 8:30 am, York Mills. Alex Brown, (905) 764-0812 or thumperhead@sympatico.ca Larry Haigh, (416) 432-1239 before 8 pm This is the 3rd of 3 in end to end series. We start at Km 36.9 and end at 55.3. Refreshments in Creemore after hike. Pre-registration started: Sat May 19 2012 12:00 pm (noon). Pre-registration cancellation and cutoff deadline (no changes or cancellations after this): Fri Jun 1 2012 12:00 pm (noon). Other information: Three seats reserved for end to enders not yet registered as of 24 May. Maximum number of participants 42


    Saturday, June 2 2012  Car hike Level II/III – Blue Mountains, Nottawasaga Bluffs, Devil’s Glen, An Adventure to Tobermory (Maps 22/23) LENGTH OF HIKE: 21 km  PACE: 4 km/hr, TERRAIN: Hilly, Challenging No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Bring 2 litres of drinking water, a snack lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent. Hike #22 of 50, in the second of a three year series that takes us from Niagara to Tobermory.Full Details under Hiking Schedule in the Members Login Section at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    Saturday, June 2 2012  Bus hike Level I/II – Niagara, Queenston, Brock Side Trail (Map 1) LENGTH OF HIKE: 12 km , PACE: 3.5 km/hr, TERRAIN:, Mostly flat, Variable

    Queenston Heights Park into Niagara on the Lake, followed by historical walk of Niagara on the Lake with Old Town Tours, who will give us the history of Niagara on the Lake and talk about the town before and after the War of 1812. Full Details under Hiking Schedule in the Members Login Section at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    Saturday, June 2 2012 Car hike Level II – Dufferin Hi-Land, Full Moon Night Hike (Map 19)LENGTH OF HIKE:  15 km  PACE: 3 km/hr, TERRAIN: Variable, Challenging

    Dropout, Hiking boots, Breakfast afterwards, Pre-registration Online using Website. Depart 9:30 pm, A parking lot somewhere. Ted Iseman, 416 219 1663 cell phone or ted.iseman@gmail.com Sarah Hopton, 416 319-3736 before 10 pm ‘If you go out in the woods tonight you’re in for a big surprise.’ Experience the sounds, sights, and scents of the night on this hike by the light of the June full moon. Sometimes called the Strawberry Moon, this moon has also been known as the Rose Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Planting Moon. We are going to hike all night. Meet before sunset on Saturday, watch the sunrise Sunday morning. Pre-registration started: Tue May 1 2012 9:00 am. Pre-registration cancellation and cutoff deadline (no changes or cancellations after this): Thu May 31 2012 9:00 pm.Other information: Maximum number of participants 20


    Saturday, June 2 2012  Car hike Level II/III – Niagara, Ball’s Falls (Maps 3/4)LENGTH OF HIKE: 22 km, PACE: 4.5 km/hr , TERRAIN: Variable, Challenging                                                          

    No dropout, End to End #3 of 4, Hiking boots, No dogs. Depart 8:30 am, Kinsmen Community Park, Km 68.1 Map 4. Ron Granger, (519) 485-0879 7-10 pm We car shuttle to Km 46.3, Map 3, and hike back through Louth and Ball’s Falls Conservation Areas.  


    Sunday, June 3 2012  Bus hike Level II – Iroquoia, Ball’s Fall            LENGTH OF HIKE: 16 km, PACE: 4.5 km/hr , TERRAIN: Mostly flat Dropout at 14 km, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Pre-registration Online using Website. Depart 9 am, York Mills. Steve McLean, (905) 898-3183 or smmclean@rogers.com Larry Haigh, (416) 432-1239 before 8 pm Starting in Jordan, we will hike up the Jordan Side Trail and then take the Bruce Trail into Ball’s Fall. We will then continue through Cave Springs to Mountain Rd. Pre-registration started: Sat May 19 2012 9:00 am. Pre-registration cancellation deadline (without penalty): Fri Jun 1 2012 11:00 pm. Pre-registration cutoff deadline (no changes of any kind after this): Sat Jun 2 2012 9:00 am. Other information: Maximum number of participants 48


    Sunday, June 3 2012  Car hike Level II/III – Caledon Hills, Hockley Valley (Maps 17/18)LENGTH OF HIKE: PACE: : 4 km/hr, TERRAIN: Hilly, Challenging No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Refreshments after. We will car shuttle to Hwy 9 and hike back through the Tai Chi Centre and Hockley Valley. Bring plenty of water. Full Details under Hiking Schedule in the Members Login Section at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org

    Founders’ DinnerThursday June 28, 2012

    Come one come all to a celebration of the beginning of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. The Founders Dinner will be held back where it all started June 28, 1962 at Edwards Gardens , now Toronto Botanical Gardens


    Sunday June 24 Celebrating 50 Years sinceThe First Toronto Bruce Trail Club Hike June 24, 1962 50km Trailblazers’ Challenge One day. Fifty kilometres. 3,100,000 steps closer to a protected Niagara Escarpment.

    Full Details


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    E-NOTES   of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club One of the nine member/volunteer clubs of the Bruce Trail Conservancy May 24, 2012 http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

    2012 Grand Prize Winner Great Falls(Location: Waterdown)by Daniel K. Wilson Click Here to See All The Winners

    Thursday, May 24 2012 Urban walk Level I/II – Toronto, Toronto IslandsDURATION OF HIKEPACE  TERRAIN 3.0 hrs               3 km/hr        Mostly flat Dropout at 3 kms, Beginners, Families, No dogs. Depart 6 pm, Toronto Islands Ferry Docks – inside waiting area. From Union Station take the LRT to the docks, then walk over to the ferry on the south side of Queen’s Quay at the foot of Bay Street. Miriam Stevens, (416) 443-6242 6-10 pm After a day’s work “cool off” on the Islands where there are no fumes, and enjoy the view of the lake and the magnificent Toronto city skyline. This program takes place every Thursday…

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    E-NOTES   of The Toronto Bruce Trail Club One of the nine member/volunteer clubs of the Bruce Trail Conservancy May 24, 2012 http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org

    2012 Grand Prize Winner Great Falls(Location: Waterdown)by Daniel K. Wilson Click Here to See All The Winners

    Thursday, May 24 2012 Urban walk Level I/II – Toronto, Toronto IslandsDURATION OF HIKEPACE  TERRAIN 3.0 hrs               3 km/hr        Mostly flat Dropout at 3 kms, Beginners, Families, No dogs. Depart 6 pm, Toronto Islands Ferry Docks – inside waiting area. From Union Station take the LRT to the docks, then walk over to the ferry on the south side of Queen’s Quay at the foot of Bay Street. Miriam Stevens, (416) 443-6242 6-10 pm After a day’s work “cool off” on the Islands where there are no fumes, and enjoy the view of the lake and the magnificent Toronto city skyline. This program takes place every Thursday in May and June. Bring dinner for a sit down picnic, a warm jacket and a flashlight. Ferry return fare $6.50 adults, $4.00 seniors. A donation for the Escarpment Legacy Fund would be much appreciated. Will return to the city between 9 – 9:30pm, depending on the ferry schedule. This hike takes place rain or shine. ________________________________________ Saturday, May 26 2012 Bus hike Level II – Mount Nemo to Waterdown (Maps 9/10) LENGTH OF HIKE  PACE      TERRAIN 17 km                       4 km/hr  Rocky, Variable Dropout at 6 and 12 km, Refreshments after, Pre-registration Online using Website. Depart 9 am, Islington. Wayne Crockett, (416) 621-8085 6-9 pm or WayneHikersHistory1@yahoo.ca Nijole Mockevicius, (416) 783-5282 Join us for a combination of rolling hills and meadows and one rocky descent as we walk from Mount Nemo to Waterdown. We will cut out the 3.5 km of road walking around Walker’s Line by picking up the bus after about 6 km. There will be one drop out after that. We will walk into beautiful downtown Waterdown for refreshments. Pre-registration started: Sat May 12 2012 12:00 pm (noon). Pre-registration cancellation and cutoff deadline (no changes or cancellations after this): Fri May 25 2012 12:00 pm (noon). Other information: Maximum number of participants 46 One of the following must be selected: Members bus fare $17.00 , Non-members bus fare $23.00 ________________________________________ Saturday,
    May 26 2012 Bus hike Level II – Toronto, Speyside (Map 12) LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 15 km 4 km/hr Variable No dropout, Refreshments after, Pub stop after. Depart 9 am, York Mills. Fred Berktin, 416 520 3797 Martina Furrer Spring flowers, historic lime kilns and powder house circa 1850, rushing creek and rapids, rock formations, fissures, and a cave-like passage are what make this section another favourite on the Bruce Trail. We will start on 15th Sideroad entrance to the trail and hike north, take the recently established Canada Goose Side Trail and continue to the Limehouse area. We will also include the very scenic Black Creek Side Trail (great group photo spot), climb the hole in the wall and end our hike at the Limehouse Public School Parking Lot. Refreshments will be in the Hamlet of Glen Williams, where the Credit River runs through (Timothy Eaton was an apprentice there in the late 1800s) and where there is a café/bakery, an ice cream caravan, a pub, an artisans glass blowing shop and gallery, an art gallery, and an antique book store. ________________________________________ Saturday, May 26 2012  Urban walk Level I – Toronto  LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 10 km 3 km/hr Mostly flat Dropout at Any time, Beginners, Families. Depart 10 am, Glendon College entrance, SE corner of Bayview and Lawrence Ave E. Metered parking is available. Or by TTC: from Lawrence subway, take Bus 124 eastbound; from Davisville subway, take Bus 11 northbound; or from Bayview subway, take Bus 11 southbound. Victoria Arshad, (416) 781-7339 or ilfo@yahoo.ca Glendon College is a campus of York University with beautiful and labelled trees. We walk inside the college and continue through Glendon Forest, take the connection to Sunnybrook Hospital, and walk along the Don River Valley. ________________________________________ Saturday, May 26 2012 Car hike Level I/II – Oak Ridges Trail, King CityLENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 13 km 3.5 km/hr Mostly flat, Variable No dropout, Beginners, Families, Hiking boots, No dogs, Refreshments after. Depart 8:30 am, Roadside parking on Keele St, about 2.5 km north of King Rd, King City. Habibeh Kazemnia, (905) 770-9954 Mina Kazemnia, (905) 770-9954 We will hike Eaton Hall and Mary Lake and stop at Pine Farms for refreshments. This is a joint hike with the Oak Ridges Trail Association. ________________________________________ Sunday, May 27 2012 (CAR POOL EXISTS)Car hike Level II – Iroquoia, Mount Nemo (Map 10 LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 16 km 3 km/hr Hilly, Rocky No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs. Depart 9 am, km 82.1 map 10. From Hwy 401: exit 312, go south through Campbellville on Reg. Rd 1/Guelph Line (Main St in Campbellville) for about 16.6 km to where the trail meets Guelph Line. Gregory Vincent, gvincent@golden.net Jeanette Vincent, jmacdermott@hotmail.com Today we walk the top of the “scarp” at Mount Nemo, a shore feature formed 450 million years ago by a warm tropical sea and since etched by glacial and fluvial episodes. Mount Nemo provides spectacular lookouts varying from 30m in the north to 10m in the south. The hike includes road walking before and after Mt. Nemo. ________________________________________ Sunday, May 27 2012 Bus hike Level II – Caledon Hills, Hockley Valley (Map 18)LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 16 km 4 km/hr Challenging Dropout, Families, Hiking boots, Refreshments after. Depart 8 am, York Mills. Brandon Fahy, (416) 903-7572 before 9:00pm or bgfahy@mccain.ca Larry Haigh, (416) 432-1239 before 8 pm A hike into the Hockley Valley area. Come along for some fresh air and exercise. ________________________________________ Thursday, May 31 2012 Urban walk Level I/II – Toronto, Toronto Islands DURATION OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN 3.0 hrs 3 km/hr Mostly flat Dropout at 3 kms, Beginners, Families, No dogs. Depart 6 pm, Toronto Islands Ferry Docks – inside waiting area. From Union Station take the LRT to the docks, then walk over to the ferry on the south side of Queen’s Quay at the foot of Bay Street. Miriam Stevens, (416) 443-6242 6-10 pm After a day’s work “cool off” on the Islands where there are no fumes, and enjoy the view of the lake and the magnificent Toronto city skyline. This program takes place every Thursday in May and June. Bring dinner for a sit down picnic, a warm jacket and a flashlight. Ferry return fare $6.50 adults, $4.00 seniors. A donation for the Escarpment Legacy Fund would be much appreciated. Will return to the city between 9 – 9:30pm, depending on the ferry schedule. This hike takes place rain or shine. Founders’ Dinner Thursday June 28, 2012 Come one come all to a celebration of the beginning of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. The Founders Dinner will be held back where it all started June 28, 1962 at Edwards Gardens , now Toronto Botanical Gardens ________________________________________ Saturday June 9 Calling all past and Current volunteers to Celebrate  50 Years of Volunteering ________________________________________ Sunday June 24 Celebrating 50 Years  The first Toronto Bruce Trail Club Hike 50 km challenge hike plus shorter hikes and celebratory events Watch this space for details! ________________________________________   ________________________________________ Your Spring Cleaning can help The Bruce Trail Saturday May 26 Rain Date May 27  My Junk could be Your Treasure TBTC Garage Sale New & Used hiking poles, boots, kitchen stuff, luggage, lots of really cool stuff. 8 AM – 4PM 26 Ringwood Cr. (W of Don Mills Rd & S of Sheppard) Donations can be dropped off at the same address. Please call (416-494-8584) All proceeds will be donated to The Bruce Trail Conservancy. ________________________________________ http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org E-Notes Subscribers are most welcome to forward E-Notes to a friend. To Subscribe/Unsubscribe to E-Notes  Click Here To change your address please reply to this E-Notes Toronto Bruce Trail Club E-Notes Editor, Grant Leigh ________________________________________“

     
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