1. When and why did you decide to become a Hike Leader:
Decades ago I attended a hike to the mountains around the Talisman Ski Resort. The male hike leader did not give sufficient break time to the hikers who were slow at the end to "catch a second wind ". He rushed off and declared to the slow ones "I waited long enough for you ". On that day I decided that I am going to lead my own hikes and treat all hikers with compassion and dignity. It must have been 30 years ago in the mid 80s.
2. What's your favourite part of the Bruce Trail:
As an individual hiker, I do like the boulder section and The Grotto in Bruce Peninsula. When I lead hikes, Mount Nemo Conservation Area seems to have a good sampler for beginners. It has an uneven rugged terrain, magnificent views, cliffs and a possibility to dropout. Another favourite spot is the Great Falls near Waterdown.
3. What's your favourite Toronto-section Trail area:
I like the entire section from Hilton Falls to Scotsdale Farm, it has some of the hidden treasures along the Niagara Escarpment.
4. What do you love about volunteering with BTC:
Volunteering as a hike leader gives me the opportunity to instill the love of hiking to young children so they may develop the appreciation for nature and its various habitats. I used to be a co-leader for the Niagara cherry hike where many young children participated. I continued the theatre hike program started by a distinguished hike leader, Irene Reid in the 80s. The idea is to give people the opportunity to combine nature with the love of cultural arts and the theatre. It was a joy also to initiate summer Thursday night hikes on the Toronto Islands to escape the city heat, fumes, noise and at the same time create good camaraderie amongst hikers.
5. Why should GTA residents get outside and enjoy the Bruce Trail:
They will enjoy fresh air, see trees and flowers and listen to the tweeting birds while they exercise their limbs to gain vibrant health.
6. Do you have any special hikes on your bucket list:
For spiritual reasons, I wish to be able to walk some of the easy parts of the Camino de Santiago.