August 4, 2017
Register NOW for this years HIKE-A-THON and challenge yourself and friends to help raise much needed funds for the Club
September 16, 2017
Hike Leader Training 2018
Saturday April 7th and Sunday April 8th, 2018
November 4, 2017
Hilton Falls Ramble for Dementia Care Givers and all who are interested.
Join us on Novemmber 4th for a Ramble in Hilton Falls Conservationa Area for Dementia Care Givers and All Interested Walkers.
January 6, 2018
2018 Cross-country ski and snowshoe program
Come ski and snowshoe with us! From January 6 to March 17 join our Saturday trips to some of Ontarioâ€™s best nordic ski centres. We offer guided snowshoe hikes both on and off resort, and beginner classic ski lessons. Groups travel in luxury highway coaches. All trips depart from York Mills Subway Station.
January 18, 2018
Hocking Hills Ohio Winter Getaway
Come join us for a fun-filled 4 Days/3 Nights adventure exploring Ohioâ€™s Hocking Hills State Park known for its beautiful scenery and stunning geological formations. Our comfortable coach departs from York Mills on Thursday and returns on Sunday. Pre-registraton is by email to Hike Leader Lucy Leung at email@example.com. Members and non-members are all welcome.
March 9, 2018
March 9 -12, 2018 Winter Weekend in Val David
Join us for a wonderful weekend of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Val David, Quebec. Explore 50 km of groomed ski trails and 30 km of snowshoe trails in the Parc Regional Val-David Val-Morin in the Laurentian Mountains, or enjoy the countryside and trailside cafes as you ski along the P'tit Train du Nord. We will travel in a luxury highway coach and depart from York Mills Subway Station.
Market Research study completed.
The strongest interest in hiking was from those aged 18 to 34, in the Halton Region and/or with higher
incomes. There was also a high level of interest from persons involved in related activities such
as tree planting and among south Asians in the GTA.
Ontario hiker hiked the entire Bruce Trail - 50 times over - setting a new record for Bruce Trail end-to-ends
Remembering Todd Bardes: late president of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Halton Hills Newsletter: April 9 to July 2, 2017
Parking lots for Tew's & Webster's Falls on Greensville
The parking lots for Tew's & Webster's Falls on Greensville (Map 8, Bruce Trail Reference Guide) -- both popular meeting spots for our club's hikes -- are closed on weekends and holiday Mondays until the end of October. Anyone wishing to visit or hike around these two falls must park at a farm on Highway 5 west of Brock Road, and pay for and take a shuttle bus from the farm to either parking lot.
If you missed the opportunity to take the Hike Leader's training for 2017 you can NOW register for 2018 training program.
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 Oct 1, 2017-Jan 1, 2018