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Commemorating Todd Bardes

Your Board of Directors would like to invite you to remember our much-loved former President Todd in the best way we can think
of - by making a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. If your donation is by cheque, kindly write "In memory of Todd Bardes" on the memo line. You can also submit your donation online through the BTC website and indicate it is in memory of Todd Bardes.

We will be keeping track of all donations made by our members, and will report back to the Club at the end of the year on how much has been donated in his name.

We thank you for your support.

John Grandy

Todd Bardes: An Appreciation

2015 ended on a very sad note for our club, with the news that our highly respected President, Todd Bardes, passed away suddenly on New Year's Eve while on vacation in Costa Rica.

Todd was an inspiration to us all, and a true leader. He joined our club in 1994 and was an active volunteer for at least twenty years, a hike leader since 1996 and a member of our Board of Directors since 1999. He served as club President twice, from 2001 until 2003 and once again from 2012 until now. He filled other volunteer roles within the club too numerous to mention - almost every volunteer position we have at one time or another. At the Bruce Trail Conservancy, he was a member of the Board from 2011-2012, and also served as Chair of the Land Stewardship Committee, where he worked actively to protect the many properties that the BTC has acquired. Todd trained an entire generation of volunteer land stewards over a term of six years.

Todd Bardes

Outside the BTC, Todd was a passionate advocate for hiking through his role as President of Hike Ontario.

Todd managed to combine all this volunteer work with his active career at the Royal Bank of Canada and as a management consultant.

Todd had planned to retire from his position as President at our next Annual General Meeting. When I last spoke to him, just two weeks before his death, he was excited about moving on to the next stage in his volunteer career. He wanted to take his Bruce Trail stewardship experience and use it to help other environmental charities in Canada. It is a real tragedy that now all that experience and enthusiasm has been lost.

He told me once that the work he was most proud of at the club was leading hikes for disadvantaged young people. You could tell that he took real pleasure in helping these city kids get exposure to the outdoors. This tells you the kind of person he was.

For those of us who remain behind, the best way we can honour Todd is to redouble our own volunteer efforts and make him be proud of us.

Please join me in expressing our sympathy and support to Christina Bardes.

John Grandy

Toronto Bruce Trail Club ~ Celebrating 50 Years

At the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, we have a dual mandate of supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy in securing and preserving this magnificent footpath, and offering a variety of hiking experiences so everyone can enjoy it. Our dedicated team of volunteer’s maintain 50km of main trails plus many amazing side trails in the Halton Hills area, and our trained volunteer Hike Leaders lead hundreds of hikes each year across the entire Niagara Escarpment. We invite you to join us!
Secure and Conserve
Toronto Bruce Trail
"Here stands a rugged, beautiful continuum of rocks, waterfalls, greenery and recreational opportunity that must be preserved in its entirety for us and the future." Ray Lowes, Volume 1, Number 2, Bruce Trail News, September 1963.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Let's Hike
Toronto Bruce Trail
Thousands of hikers enjoy the beauty of the Bruce Trail every year. The Toronto Bruce Trail club offers nearly 400 hikes each year and offer a variety of ways to get there. Car and bus explore the entire the entire Niagara Escarpment, from Queenston Heights to Tobermory. Urban walks explore nature close to home.

There are fast paced, all day hikes for ambitious hikers, slow paced, short hikes for hikers who want to enjoy the trails at a more leisurely pace, and everything in between.