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  • 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 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
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    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 12:01 PM on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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


  • 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 


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

    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

    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 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 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
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