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  • grantleigh 11:46 AM on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Tuesday November 8 Join The Flying Squad and Ontario Streams to plant trees at St. Francis Centre 

    Here’s a  great opportunity to return a favour.
    St. Francis Centre, one of our landowners, in conjunction with the non-profit NGO, Ontario  Streams, is going to be planting about 235 trees next Tuesday, November 8th, starting at 10 a.m.
    Some trees are potted, some are bare-rooted.
    St. Francis Centre  has been quite supportive of our efforts to maintain the trail in their area,  and this is a useful conservation effort.
    Ontario Streams  will provide shovels and gloves and even some rubber boots, although hiking  boots should be adequate.
    St. Francis Centre is located on the north side of Hwy 9, 1 km east of Airport Road.
    Please  let me know if you can come over for awhile to help out.
    Bring a friend.
    Joan  Richard CHBTC Trail  Coordinator joanr55@hotmail.com

    To inquire about the Bruce Trail’s “Flying Squad” Volunteer Group contact Jackie Randle 

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  • grantleigh 9:45 AM on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hike The Bruce Trail with The Halton Hills Chapter this weekend. 

    News from the Halton Chapter

    Sunday, November 6th LOCAL BRUCE TRAIL
    Level 2, 8 km carpool hike. Depart at 10:00 a.m. Bring water, snack, lunch and
    boots.
    Leader: Paul Vanhanen 905-877-1294

    Sunday, November 13th Silver Creek and Roberts Side Trail – Irwin Quarry Side
    Trail
    Level 1, 8  – 9 km loop hike.
    Depart at 10:00 a.m. Join us for a hike through mature woods in one of Ontario’s oldest and least disturbed forest ecosystems. Some of the
    ancient white cedars, clinging to the cliff edges, are more than 800 years old.  Enjoy the fresh autumn air – close to home! Bring water and
    snack.

    Leader: Angelika 905-877-7805 asgk.canada@sympatico.ca

    WEDNESDAY HIKES October 26, November 2, 16, 30, December 14, 2011 and January 11th, 2012
    Slow paced, short hikes on local trails. Depart at 9:30 a.m. Join us for lunch at a  local eatery.
    Maureen
    Smith 905-873-9757
    haltonhillshikers@yahoo.ca

    Full Halton Hills Chapter Program

    PLEASE  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011.
    TURN CLOCKS BACK ONE  HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BED ON SATURDAY EVENING.

     
  • grantleigh 9:36 AM on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hike The Bruce Trail and others on a group Bus, Car or Urban Hike this weekend! 

    This weekend’s Bus Hikes

    Please refrain from joining the Bus Hikes on the trail in
    your car. To learn how the program works and where to catch the bus please read
    General Information
    on Bus Hikes

    Saturday, November 5 2011 Bus hike Level II – Caledon Hills, Glen Haffy (Map 17)

    No dropout, Hiking boots, Refreshments after,Pre-registration by Email to Leader.
    Depart 9 am, York Mills.
    Steve McLean, smmclean@rogers.com
    We will be hiking from the Humber Valley through Glen Haffy Conservation Area,
    then we will take the Palgrave Side Trail into Palgrave.

    Sunday, November 6 2011
    Bus hike Level I/II – Iroquoia, Dundas Valley (Map 8)LENGTH OF
    Dropout, Beginners, Families,
    Hiking boots, No dogs, Refreshments after.
    Depart 10 am, York Mills.
    Hiking through Dundas Valley Conservation Area, a scenic section with 3
    waterfalls: Canterbury, Sherman and Tiffany Falls.


    This Weekend’s Car Hikes

    Saturday, November 5 2011 Car hike Level II/III -Caledon Hills, Hockley Valley (Maps 18/19)

    LENGTH OF HIKE      23 km  PACE  4.5km/hr       TERRAIN Hilly, Challenging

    No dropout, Hiking boots, No dogs, Pub stop after.
    Depart 8:30 am, Map 19, Km 70.0.
    Roadside parking on 3nd Line EHS.
    Ron Granger, (519) 485-0879 7-10 pm
    We car pool to Km 47.2, map 18, then hike back through the Hockley Valley.

    Looking Ahead

    Sunday November 20: Rouge Valley….join Stephen Kamnitzer, your webmaster. Cedar Trail and Hawk Hill Meet 1:30 p.m at the Rouge
    Valley Conservation Centre
    (just east of the Zoo, accessible by TTC bus). This is a special addition to the RVCC’s normal series of Sunday afternoon hikes.

     
  • grantleigh 9:05 AM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    November 1, Tuesday Hikes with The “Walking Wounded”: The Bruce Trail in the Albion Hills 

    TORONTO BRUCE TRAIL CLUB PUBLIC CAR HIKE

    Tuesday, November 1 2011
    Car hike Level II – Caledon Hills,
    Albion Hills
    (Maps 15/16)
    LENGTH OF HIKE PACE TERRAIN
    15 km 3 km/hr Variable

    Dropout,
    End to End #4 of 5, Hiking boots, No dogs, Pub stop after.
    Depart 9 am,
    Trailside Cafe, Caledon East.
    15943 Airport Rd, on the east side beside the
    Rail Trail.
    Vladimir Bosnar, (905) 273-7569 7-9 pm
    A “Walking Wounded”
    gently paced hike through pleasant country.

     
  • grantleigh 8:41 AM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    November 12 Cataract, Brimstone and the Devil’s Pulpit hike 

    Saturday November 12. Cataract, Brimstone and the Devil’s Pulpit hike. 9 am
    departure from the Islington stop. Parking at the Islington TTC lot is free on
    weekends.

    We will be walking north to south today, taking in Cataract and the

    Forks of the Credit area. As a section of the trail south of here has

    been re-routed onto road we will take advantage of a couple of the

    side trails at Brimstone including the Crow’s Nest Side Trail and the

    Ring Kiln Side Trail before taking the climb up the Devil’s Pulpit. It

    just takes a few good breaths to get to the top.

    Click here for additional details.

     
  • grantleigh 7:29 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hike the Bruce Trail This Weekend 

    This weekend’s Bus Hikes (October 22-23)

    Saturday, October 22 2011 Bus hike Level II – Blue Mountains, Blue
    Mountain (Maps 23/24)

    Make your day! Experience the
    challenge of hiking the highest point on the Bruce trail! Magnificent Georgian
    Bay views! Prettiest lunch spot in Ontario! Completes our end to end of the
    Blue Mountain section. Badges will be presented to those who completed all 4
    hikes. Email leader if you want a badge. Don’t miss a great day.
    Full Details


    Sunday, October 23 2011—Bus hike Level I/II—Toronto, Rouge Valley

    Come to discover the secrets and
    the history of the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North
    America! We’ll be guests of the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, with one of
    their hike leaders guiding us on an environmental and historical exploration of
    the park.
    Full Details


    Sunday, October 23 2011    Bus hike Level I/II – Toronto Section,
    Speyside (Map 12)

    We will start at Speyside and hike north to Limehouse using
    a combination of Main Trail and side trails. Fall colours should be
    spectacular. Full Details


    Mid-Week Car Hikes

    Friday, October 21 2011 Car hike Level II/III – Dufferin Hi-Land, Mono
    Cliffs (Map 19)

    By utilizing a variety of trails in
    this scenic area, we will create a large loop. Stops will be made at specific
    points of interest.


    Looking ahead

    Tuesday, October 25 2011   Car hike Level II – Caledon Hills, Glen
    Haffy (Map 17)

    Join the “Walking Wounded” group for our
    moderately paced shorter hike through this scenic section. Full Details

     
  • grantleigh 5:24 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    No Parking near Bruce Trail entrance on Hockley Road 

    From the Orangeville Banner

    Motorists and trail users be warned — the area in front of the Bruce Trail entrance on Hockley Road is now a no parking zone.
    After receiving a number of complaints throughout the years about vehicles parking on Hockley Road in the vicinity of 2nd Line near the Bruce Trail, county council decided to prohibit parking on both sides of the road. Hikers using the trail are being encouraged to use the public parking lot located nearby.
    Concerns raised to the county have primarily been subjected to the south side of the road where there are a number of mailboxes are located. A few years ago, a sign was installed by the Bruce Trail asking drivers not to park near those mailboxes, but problems have still materialized.
    In order to allow residents in the area to get their mail safely, county council decreed No Parking signs be installed on 2nd Line at its last meeting on Thursday (Oct. 13). County officials hope the decision will improve motorists’ visibility on 2nd Line before turning onto Hockley Road.

     
  • grantleigh 4:10 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Toronto Bruce Trail Club celebrates 50 years on April 21, 2012 

    Celebrating 50 years of The Bruce Trail

    Over the next five years The Bruce
    Trail Conservancy and its nine member/volunteer clubs will be celebrating 50
    years of The Bruce Trail.

    The celebrations start with the 50th Annual General Meeting of The
    Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    Watch for updates from The Bruce
    Trail Conservancy and other clubs as we all celebrate together 50 years of The
    Bruce Trail over the next five years (2012-2017)


    From The Presidents Pen (Peter Leeney) Winter Footnotes

    Saturday April 21, 2012

    50th Annual General Meeting of

    The Toronto Bruce Trail Club

    Next year, 2012, is the 50th Anniversary of the
    founding of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. The Annual General Meeting is planned
    for Saturday, April 21 at the exact same location as the very first meeting—the
    Floral Room at Edwards Gardens (now known as “Toronto Botanical Gardens”). Of
    course, 2012 is the first year of a notable five-year period for the Bruce
    Trail Conservancy leading to the 50th anniversary in 2017. Over that five year
    span: several Bruce Trail Clubs were founded; the first blazes were painted;
    the first hike took place; and finally, in 1967, The Trail was officially
    opened at a ceremony in Tobermory.


    From The Bruce Trail Conservancy—Save the date!

    Saturday June 9, 2012

    Celebrating 50 years of Volunteering

    Calling all current and past volunteers. Join us Saturday June 9th at
    the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (time to be determined) to celebrate all
    the volunteers who have given their time and effort to the BTC.

    To register for this event or to get more details, please email Jackie
    at jrandle@brucetrail.org or call 905 525 1978.


     
  • grantleigh 9:17 PM on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sydenham Bruce Trail Club Wins Tom East Award 

    The Tom East Award, on an annual basis, recognizes the BTC club which has made the most significant gain in achieving the Optimum Route in the past year. It was recently announced that it was your Sydenham Bruce Trail Club that received this prestigious award for 2010!
    The following excerpt is from “The Treadway” magazine, October 2011 edition:

    The winner of the Tom East Award is the Sydenham Club for its reroute which removed 2km off road and onto the optimum route. Several years ago the BTC
    had acquired the Crevice Spring property but it was isolated while the club negotiated landowner permission with two owners to the south.

    Several problems made this section difficult to construct. One was the landowner to the south who insisted that we stay on top of the Escarpment (because he hunted down below) and the landowner to the north who told us that we had to stay below the escarpment (because he logged on top). This necessitated finding a route down the escarpment relatively close to the property line that separates the two holdings. This descent turned out to be one of the most beautiful features of this section, as it penetrates a spectacular crevice.

    The second problem to overcome was the abundance of spreading yew that covered much of the ground. This plant could not just be
    cut out; it had to be literally pulled out of the ground by hand. Ron Savage led work crew after work crew onto the trail route; it took the best part of the summer to complete.
    Congratulations were extended to the Sydenham Club as Ron accepted the award on behalf of all those volunteers who had made the reroute possible.
    I’m sure that everyone who has hiked this spectacular new section south of Woodford will agree that this award was definitely deserved. Be sure to attend the SBTC AGM on Sunday, October 23rd at “The Cabin” in Harrison Park to get all the details
     
  • grantleigh 7:29 PM on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Just watching the debate.
    Is any party going to help support the Bruce Trail?

     
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