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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)

    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


     
  • 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 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 9:31 AM on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Fans of Urban Hikes can have their say in city’s parks plan. 

    Have your say in city’s parks plan

    November  11, 2011 Mark Cullen  SPECIAL TO  THE STAR

    “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose  shade they know they shall never sit in.”— Greek proverb

    The parks system in Toronto is what it is for a whole lot of  reasons, not the least of which is the total commitment to it on the part of generations of volunteers, business and political leaders. To spoil it now  would be a disgrace.

    Over the next few weeks, the Parks, Forestry and Recreation  department of the City of Toronto will hold public meetings in an effort to  seek input for a new five-year parks plan. The plan will guide decision-making  and investment in city parks in order to meet the diverse needs of Toronto
    residents, including:

    • Designing beautiful, unique and sustainable park spaces.

    • Protecting and expanding natural areas.

    • Balancing park uses to include play spaces, natural areas,
    sport activities, urban agriculture and cultural expression.

    • Engaging the community through stewardship, volunteering
    and partnerships.

    Click  here to Read the full Article

     
  • 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 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

     
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