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  • grantleigh 9:17 PM on March 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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      E Notes of The Toronto Bruce Trail… 

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

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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

     

     
  • grantleigh 8:40 PM on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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      E Notes   of The Toronto Bruce Trail… 

     

    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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  • grantleigh 4:27 PM on May 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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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 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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