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E-Notes - May 2020


Hello Toronto Bruce Trail Club friends. We can't say it any better than this. We miss the trail and we miss our friends, but we continue to hope for a better tomorrow.

The way we see it, it's more important than ever to stay in touch with each other. So sign up for the AGM, which this year will be online (how do you spell u-n-p-r-e-c-e-d-e-n-t-e-d?), and send us your isolation stories to include in our June issue. Keep reading for details about that and more of our TBTC stories.
 

Toronto Bruce Trail Club Annual General Meeting goes virtual

Due to COVID-19,
the 2020 TBTC AGM will be held:

Saturday, May 23
1:00 pm
via Zoom online webinar

 

You can review 2020 AGM reports, 2019 Minutes and 2020 reports online here.
To register for the 2020 AGM webinar and submit your questions, use this link.
Registration closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, May 20.

Details on how to connect to the Zoom webinar on a computer, tablet or smartphone will be sent by email to all registrants on Friday, May 22.

 
Marlis Butcher, FRCGS (Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society)
 
Congratulations to Marlis Butcher, TBTC Trail Director and BTC Board Director, who was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) on November 20, 2019.  As a Fellow, Marlis joins 1175 others recognized by the RCGS for their determination to build, courage to explore, and steadfast love of country.  The RCGS, founded in 1929, has a mandate “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world,” and currently has 21,000 members. 
 
Marlis demonstrates her love of country through her volunteer work with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and through Canadian advocacy at the internationally renowned Explorers Club where she volunteers as a Membership Director.  Marlis also is the first visitor to explore all 47 Canadian national parks.  She is publishing a book “Park Bagger – Adventures in the Canadian National Parks” to share the park experience. 
 
Tell us how you are coping without the Trail

In our self-isolating world with so many trails closed or restricted as a public health measure, what are you doing to cope with the new (temporary) reality? Have you discovered unexpected gems in the parklands of the GTA where you can roam in splendid isolation? Are you developing new culinary interests or skills like mask-making to help fill the time and keep the mental juices flowing? Perhaps you are catching up with your reading and watching classic movies or polishing arts and crafts projects. Have you taken on new volunteer activities? Or are you working in health care or other essential services in these trying times?

For the June issue of the newsletter we'd like to run some short pieces about your experiences in the time of Covid-19, say 300 words with a photograph of yourself or your project. During this time when we are all missing the trail and our hiking friends, we want to hear from you. Please send any submissions to the editors (our email addresses are in the footer below).
(Photo: Some of Magdalena's diy facemasks for TPL's foodbank volunteers)
 
The Outdoors, at Home

The American Hiking Society has compiled a running list of what they are reading, watching and listening to as they dream of future adventures on the trail. It's an inspiring list that you can find here. Not surprisingly most of the content appears to be American - though I did notice Schitt's Creek among the shows they included.

Can you add to the list, maybe with some great Canadian content? We'll post your suggestions in our June issue.
 
Remembering Lynn Glover

Lynn's friends and fellow hikers will be saddened to hear of her recent passing.

I remember hiking with Lynn in my early days with the Club when I was first learning about the trail and the many opportunities it offers for our enjoyment and renewal. I thought the best way to remember Lynn is to quote her own words on what hiking and nature meant to her:

Everyone comes out on a Level 2 hike, all types of hikers, which is good. It gives you variety. I can stay at the back when I want to commune with nature or move to the front when I feel a need to speed up...To be honest, my favourite way to hike is to walk a few kilometres, then stop in some beautifully wooded area and sit silently for an hour, absorbing the peace, then slowly move to another spot and do the same thing.
Extract from Meet the Hike Leaders, Footnotes Spring 2001.
Photo courtesy of Marilyn MacKellar. Lynn on the Rideau Trail
2020 Toronto End-to-End cancelled

In light of the current pandemic situation with its requirements to maintain physical distance, the 2020 Toronto End-to-End, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, has been cancelled.

The Toronto Bruce Trail Club will be hosting the 2021 Toronto End-to-End on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Details for that event will be sent out at a future date by Jacquie Van Dyke, Coordinator of the TBTC Toronto End-to-End.
David Royle, Hiking Director Toronto Bruce Trail Club
 
Memories of Pub Stops Past

This is the first in an occasional column to highlight some of the notable places we have visited after an enjoyable hike for good food, drink and company. 

For many years I have led an easy walk along the Niagara River from Queenston Heights to Niagara on the Lake to take in some of the history of the region and enjoy the beauty of the path. Although there are many places in Niagara on the Lake where you can relax, my favourite is the Olde Angel Inn. The building has housed a tavern or pub continuously since the 1840s and the basement dates from before the War of 1812. There is even a ghost story connected with it and the war. Although it tends to be crowded in mid-afternoon the front area has a strong historical sense with the open beams and rustic tables. And they offer a great food selection and their own craft beers on tap. 

They are hiker-friendly and despite the high-end menu it is a very relaxed and fun spot to visit before heading back to Toronto. 

If you have a favourite spot you like to visit after a hike we'd like to hear from you. Just send us a short description with a photograph and we'd be happy to include it.
Wayne Crockett
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