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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.

  • 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)

    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)

    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

    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)

    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

    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)

    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)

    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

  • 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

    http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org | 416-763-9061 | information@torontobrucetrailclub.org
    http://www.facebook.com/TorontoBruceTrailClub | https://twitter.com/TO_Bruce_Trail

    E-Notes March 24_image002

    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 2:32 PM on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Starting off the New Year with a hike on The Bruce Trail at Hilton Falls 

    Listed in The Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s quarterly newsletter Footnotes as a level II car hike, the most appealing item was the late start of 11:00 am. That, it seems, generated a great turnout. Bob Humphries, our hike leader, started us out on Conservation area trails, over the dam and then hooking up with side trails of the Bruce in this area. A wet but enjoyable hike. The trail was its typically rocky self when you got off the wide park trails but quite manigible. Commendations to the Trail Captain for this area for a well blazed (blue markings) and routed trail as it follows creeks and over waterfalls. Our first stop for a lunch break was at a bonfire that was already going with a large wood pile handy for those who cared to add a log. A second bonfird near the Hilton Falls itself was an added bonus. You pay to enter the Hilton Falls CA but it does seem worth it for the parking available and those fires. Many of us  enjoyed a hot chocolate after at the Mohawk Inn just along from the park.
    Looking forward to the next hike that Bob is doing up at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. (Saturday January 7)  He seems to like his parks and those after hike stops for refreshments. His apparent large following seems to like that as well. For a full list of public is invited bus, car and urban outings check the home page of the club’s website at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org While you are there sign up to receive the club’s periodic  e-mail newsletter, E-Notes.

  • grantleigh 6:19 PM on December 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Snowshoe Walk in High Park 

    Tuesday December 27, 1 pm. Please join me for a snowshoe walk in High Park (we’ll just walk the various trails if there is no snow).

    We will meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant and spend a few hours exploring High Park followed by refreshments at the Grenadier or one of the pubs between High Park and Runnymede.

    Please contact me at waynehikershistory1@yahoo.ca if you have questions or would like to be added to the email list. You are welcome to drop in and join us but I’d like to have an idea of numbers interested in advance.

    Please note, being added to the list does not obligate you to participate, I will just be sending out an email reminder a week or so in advance. Hope to see you on the 27th. Wayne Crockett

  • grantleigh 3:46 PM on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Canoeing, Hiking, , Temagami,   

    Trails and Canoe Routes in Jeopardy in an old growth forest! 

    From the Star Moira Welsh December 12, 2011

    The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources plans to kill its promise to protect an ecological gem in Northern Ontario, reclassifying 340 hectares around pristine Wolf Lake from “forest reserve” to “general use.” That would put a greater focus on mining instead of forests and recreation. Full report.

  • grantleigh 9:54 AM on November 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sydenham BTC Celebrates 50 years of The Bruce Trail 

    Hike The Sydenham Section End-to-End in 2012

    To commemorate Sydenham BTC’s 50 th Anniversary, we are pleased to offer an End-to-End hike in the spring and autumn of 2012.

    We will spread this hike over four weekends, two days each, on these dates:  May 12 & 13, June 16 & 17, September 8 & 9, and October 13 & 14.  With a total trail length of 170.1 kilometres, each hike will average 21 Km.

    All hikes will begin at 8:00 AM at predetermined locations.  Sydenham BTC volunteers will serve as hike leaders and sweeps for all hikes.

    Daily hikes can be completed at each individual hiker’s pace, but it is expected that participants will complete each day’s distance by a mutually agreed time.

    This promises to be a vigourous, interesting, scenic and satisfying series of hikes.

    Hikes will take place regardless of weather.

    A detailed weekend-by-weekend itinerary and information about the registration process and fees will be available at a later date.

    Please send an email message to indicate your interest in this event or make further inquiries to Doug at:  cummingdl@sympatico.ca

  • grantleigh 12:16 PM on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday November 19 2011—Car hike Level II 

    Dufferin Hi-Land, Mono Cliffs (Map 19)

    LENGTH OF HIKE             PACE                                          TERRAIN

    15 km                             4 km/hr                                     Hilly, Variable

    No dropout, Hiking boots,
    Refreshments after, Bring a snack and something to drink.

    Depart 9 am, Mono Centre Community Centre.

    Take Hwy 10 north from Orangeville to Camilla, turn right on County Rd 8, and
    finally north on 2nd Line EHS to Mono Centre. Park in the outer parking lot.

    Bob Humphreys, walk2tobermory@gmail.com

    This loop hike is an opportunity to walk all of the side trails in the
    Provincial Park linked together with short stretches of the main trail. Dogs
    permitted, but must be leashed and owners scoop the poop

  • grantleigh 12:01 PM on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hiking, , , , , , Trans Canada Trail   

    Sunday November 20 2011 Bus Hike to the Oak Ridges Trail 

    Sunday, November 20 2011

    Bus hike Level II – Oak Ridges Trail, Durham Regional Forest (Map 5)

    LENGTH OF HIKE           PACE                                         TERRAIN

    15 km                              4 km/hr                                      Variable

    Dropout at 12 km, Beginners, Families, Hiking boots, Refreshments after, Pre-registration by Email to Leader.

    Depart 9 am, York Mills.  Steve McLean, smmclean@rogers.com

    We will be hiking a combination of the Trans Canada Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail through Walkers Wood. If we have time we will also do the Al Shaw Side

  • 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
    Leader: Paul Vanhanen 905-877-1294

    Sunday, November 13th Silver Creek and Roberts Side Trail – Irwin Quarry Side
    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

    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.
    Smith 905-873-9757

    Full Halton Hills Chapter Program


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