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Tom Swales

Tom Swales

1. When and why did you decide to become a Hike Leader:
In the winter of 2016. I could see that the urban hike program could use a few more volunteers and that I could use my knowledge and experience from hiking the trails in the GTA to make the selection of urban hikes more diverse and having them offered on a more regular frequency. I believe that the urban hikes are important as a gateway to introduce new hikers to hiking with our club as well as to the Bruce Trail Conservancy and it's mission and objectives. They are also an added value to membership giving our members an option if they are unable to make it out for a full day but wish to go out on a hike closer to home.

2. What's your favourite part of the Bruce Trail:
The Bruce Peninsula near Cyprus Lake and the "Grotto". The scenery is some of the most beautiful and spectacular in the province of Ontario and in the country. Though it has become more popular over the years there is still that feeling of being in a remote exotic place far away and distant from civilization.

3. What's your favourite Toronto-section Trail area:
Limehouse with its pretty trails, historic kilns, and the "Hole In The Wall". The "Hole In The Wall" is fun to ascend/descend and for taking photos. It's an attractive area to visit which is a relatively short drive from Toronto.

4. What do you love about volunteering with BTC:
t's a great feeling at the end of a hike that I planned when I see that a combination of new hikers, regulars, and veteran hikers alike have enjoyed the few hours that we had together. I know that some of the new people will go on to join the Club and Conservancy and some will go on to hike the whole trail and maybe places around the world. My current main objective is to continue to enhance the urban hiking program as a Hike Leader through my outings and suggestions. I have been on trail maintenance crews in Peninsula section in the past and would like to participate again in the future.

5. Why should GTA residents get outside and enjoy the Bruce Trail:
It's great physical exercise, an excellent way to see and experience different parts of the province, and it does the mind a world of good.

6. Do you have any special hikes on your bucket list:
The East Coast Trail in Newfoundland north and south of St. John's. It features towering cliffs and headlands , sea stacks, fjords, a sea spout, abandoned settlements, light houses, and much more. Hiking on the Hawaiian Islands. My photo was taken in Unionville, Ontario. Winter 2017 exploring trails in the area for a potential future urban hike.