April 20, 2018
Bruce Peninsula Hiking Weekend October 19 - 21, 2018
June 9, 2018
Terra Cotta Conservation Area Free Admission Day
September 8, 2018
Toronto Section End-to-End
Are you a hiker who is looking for:
a fun way to complete large sections of the Bruce Trail without worrying about transportation logistics?
a great badge to show for your efforts?
Join the Toronto end-to-end hike September 8-9!
September 22, 2018
BTC Annual General Meeting
BTC AGM will be hosted by Peninsula. More information to come.
October 1, 2018
BTC Hike-a-thon 2018
More information coming soon.
Remembering Bill George
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club (TBTC) has lost a valued supporter, volunteer, and friend with the passing of Bill George on August 26, 2017.
Bill was an avid hiker and no doubt out on the Bruce Trail for what may seem like forever. Larry Haigh recalls hiking with Bill since the early 1990's. Bill's involvement with the TBTC predates the hike leader certification requirements that came into effect in 1992. Bill worked on the Training Committee in 1994 to help map out the skills development that would be used during the training sessions. He was among the first groups to be certified as a hike leader.
Bill's leadership extended to work on the TBTC Board where he served as Vice-President (1996) and then as Hiking Director. As Larry Haigh told me, work on the board is where he got to know Bill much better. He was pleased to pass his role as Hiking Director on to Bill, whom he considered a friend.
During his tenure as Hiking Director, Bill took the opportunity to introduce hike leaders to the membership through articles he wrote for Footnotes. Under the â€œMeet the Hike Leadersâ€ series, he profiled the motivations and personalities of just what made each TBTC hike leader so unique. Bill also supported the production of Footnotes through his role as Activities Editor.
But Bill was best known as an active hike leader. He was an early and sustaining supporter of the cross-country ski highway coach program, leading many a busload of happy skiers out on the winter trails.
Bill was partial to leading easygoing hikes in the Iroquoia section, usually for beginners, families, and nature lovers. One of his hike descriptions actually stated: â€œno speedsters.â€ But he was open to leading Mystery Hikes via TBTC buses as well as club hikes on the Toronto section. A memorable date for me was July 16, 1994 when Bill gave me my Toronto chevron for my completion of the Toronto section. This was during a celebration after a TBTC bus hike in the Silver Creek area. And it was at a pub.
Pubs were a common theme for Bill's urban hikes. Through the Don Valley, Belt Line, Toronto ravines, or in areas like Garrison Creek, Bill led hikes that opened up the hidden beauties of the city. But he scouted out fitting rewards for the end of these hikes. He helped his hiking group explore the then growing group of craft and artisanal beer establishments. Mill Street Brewery (touted by Bill as offering the first organic and low carb beer!), Granite Brewery, Steam Whistle Brewery, and the now defunct Bow and Arrow Pub were favourite endings to a day out on the urban trail.
Bill was also a gentle teacher. He helped initiate beginners and families to the Bruce Trail, perhaps in hopes that such an easy introduction would lead to avid future hikers. Bill also included web links in his hiking descriptions, such as to the website about reclaiming the Don River, to give context and allow hikers to learn more about their hiking environment.
Deepest condolences are being sent to Bill's wife, Barbara Jackel. Barbara is also a keen hiker. Like Bill, she was a volunteer with the TBTC and Activities Editor on Footnotes.
A celebration of Bill's life is being held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1 â€“ 4 p.m. at the GSU Pub, University of Toronto, 16 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto, M5S 1C1
Come out and raise a glass of beer to Bill.
Halton Hills Chapter Newsletter April 8-July 1, 2018