1. When and why did you decide to become a Hike Leader:
After joining the TBTC I quickly realized that I loved hiking! I'd never really tried it before moving to Toronto but it soon became a hobby of mine. I found myself wondering what it takes to not just be part of hiking a group but to actually lead a hike. When I found out what was required I decided to go for it as I enjoy leading people and it seemed an interesting way of learning new skills while seeing more trails.
2. What's your favourite part of the Bruce Trail:
My favourite part is the Caledon area, specially where the Cheltenham Badlands are. It's gorgeous and such an unusual natural feature of the land.
3. What's your favourite Toronto-section Trail area:
I like the Scotsdale Farm part of the Toronto section.
4. What do you love about volunteering with BTC:
I love the people I meet through volunteering as a hike leader. The hikers are so diverse and often people I wouldn't meet in my everyday life. Additionally I love the autonomy of being a hike leader. You choose when and where you hike and can design the hikes as you like. I've partnered with other hike leaders to lead hikes and that's been a fun collaborative process too.
5. Why should GTA residents get outside and enjoy the Bruce Trail:
Because there's so much more to see! Hiking is a great way to improve your fitness, meet new people, get some fresh air, and discover the nature that surrounds you.
6. Do you have any special hikes on your bucket list:
Flower Pot Island, Tobermory. One day I'll complete it but it's so far!