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TBTC E-Notes - December 2019

It's bitter sweet to reach the end of a year. While it's a time to reflect on the year that is passing, and a time to anticipate what's ahead in the coming year, December itself is too often associated with stress. 

If you are one of those people - and there are many of us - who want healthier ways to enjoy this month, then do check our Hiking Calendar. Spend the time on the trails with your fellow hikers instead of in the malls. Winter hiking is a particular pleasure as long as you use the right gear.

This month's newsletter includes a great deal of news, from announcing an end-to-end event of the entire trail to a heads up about online payment coming to the club to a call out for nominations for volunteer awards and more.

Happy December, everyone.

Stay safe – know your winter hiking gear

Avoid slips and falls on the trails this winter by equipping yourself with good quality icers. Icers are mandatory for many of the winter hikes in our calendar. To the left is a picture of some good ones from MEC, and below right is a version from Lee Valley Tools.
Bruce Trail End to End Fundraiser 2020
How's this for a New Year’s Resolution?  Hike the entire Bruce Trail in 2020 AND raise money for the future of the Bruce Trail.
We are inviting you to join hike leaders from 3 BTC clubs as they hike the trail in 3 stages, March 14-27, April 14-27, and May 2-15, from South to North. They will hike approximately 20-25km on each day to complete the 900+km trail. Participants are asked to raise $500 each for the Bruce Trail Conservancy. If you would like to participate in this event, confirm by email on January 6, 2020 (not before) to This event is limited to 20 members including 3 hike leaders Ruth Moffatt – Niagara/ Iroquoia, Jacqueline VanDyke – Toronto and Sandra Green – Caledon Hills.
For more information and an FAQ, click here
Online payment coming soon

This one is for all of you who come on our bus-hikes - cashless bus-fares! Starting some time in the first half of 2020, our club will be using Eventbrite for registration and payment for all hikes. That should come as good news - a simpler system for signing up, and best of all, no more fast trips to the ATM on the morning of the hike!

We will be running a couple of trials to get the kinks worked out:
  • Martina Furrer's hike from Speyside to Limehouse on December 14th, registration opens on December 1 at 9 pm. 
  • Wayne Crockett's snowshoe outing on Sunday January 19th at HIlton Falls, registration opens on December 28th at 9 pm.
Just sign in, register and pay on-line. Then all you have to do is show up and sit back to enjoy the day on the trails!
2020 Hike Leader Training Course, April 4-5

Would you like to be a hike leader for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club? Then you will want to keep the weekend of April 4-5, 2020 open. We'll be offering our two day course on the fundamentals of how to lead a safe and fun outing. The course is taught by experienced hike leaders who will provide practical insights and advice in an enjoyable and instructive combination of classroom and outdoor instruction.

  • A member in good standing of the BTC for at least one year prior to the training.
  • Completion of the Level C First Aid and CPR course
Following the course you will be required to do an apprenticeship of at least 3 hikes, assisting a certified hike leader to give you additional practical experience. Final certification follows the successful planning and completion of your 'graduation' hike. 

Details on registration will be sent out in January by E-Notes. If you have questions in the meantime please email the Chair of the Hike Leader Training Committee Peter Leeney 
Nominations wanted: TBTC volunteer awards

As you no doubt know, the Bruce Trail would not exist if it weren't for our volunteers who give of their time and their skills. Every year, we give out awards to recognize 2 volunteers whose contributions have been particularly notable.

The Nina Carlisle Award is given to a longstanding volunteer (at least five years) who is actively involved in the activities of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. Such volunteering could be in the areas of trail maintenance, hike leading, social event planning, communications, administrative tasks, fund raising and Board service. The award is not restricted to any one volunteer category.

Previous Nina Carlisle Volunteer Award Recipients
2008 Nina Carlisle; 2009 Frances Walker;  2010 Malcolm Sanderson; 2011 Stephen Kamnitzer; 2012 Larry Haigh; 2013 Paul Vanhanen; 2014 Peter Leeney; 2015 Grant Leigh;
2016 Teresa Karolewski; 2017 David Paape; 2018 Wayne Crockett; 2019 Barbara Euler.

Todd Bardes Volunteer Award. In 2016 the Board decided to establish an award to recognize significant volunteer contributions over a shorter time span (the last one or two years).  Previous winners:
2017 Deb Brander; 2018 Martina Furrer; 2019 Thomas Swales,

When submitting a nominations for either award please include the name of the person, volunteer position(s) held, approximate number of years per position, and – most important – reasons why this person should be nominated for the award. Nominations may be sent to  by March 15, 2020. The awards will be given out at the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Kortright Conservation Centre.
Wanted: a volunteer to help with E-Notes design
This request is for one-time assistance, not ongoing.

As editors, we have taught ourselves the basics of Mailchimp software over the last 16 months, but we know there are ways we can improve our design. If you know Mailchimp software and can spare a few hours to help us hone our skills, please contact us through Many thanks!

Coming up:
There are many seasonal activities at this time of the year. Here is a sampling of what is on offer:
  • Nov 30 - Christmas Hike and Carol Sing
  • Dec 3 - Hike to Distillery Christmas Market
  • Dec 25 - Christmas Day urban hike
  • Dec 26 - Boxing Day hike on Toronto Islands
  • Dec 29 - Snowshoe clinic in High Park
  • Jan 1 - New Year's Day hike on Leslie Spit
Also coming up:
  • Jan 6 - registration opens for End-to-End hike
  • Apr 4, 5 - Hike Leaders Training weekend
As always, check the online calendar for full details of our hiking program.
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