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E-Notes - March 2021

We are approaching the one-year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown. And guess what, we are still in lockdown. When has a year ever felt so long?

But the promise of spring is the promise of hope and rebirth, and in this spirit we carry on. Our AGM is again fast approaching, for one thing. And we hope that it won't be too long before the moratorium on group hikes will be lifted. In the meantime, I'm so glad we can still hike with our own family, and go on solo hikes. See below for a story about hiking in the winter. This issue also has a callout for hike-friendly recipes. Plus, for some arm-chair adventure, read about Marlis Butcher's new book, Park Bagger, and place an order.

Finally, be sure to see the article about volunteer nominations - we have heroes in our club, and we want them recognized!

Happy March, everyone!

Register now: TBTC AGM, Sat., April 17, 2021, 1pm

Be sure to register for TBTC's Annual General Meeting, which will once again be held on Zoom. This year our featured speaker will be Mario Rigby, TBTC Board Member and eco-adventurer.  

To register, you need to provide your TBTC membership number. Once your membership is verified, you will be sent a link to join the webinar.

Here is the link:

We're so proud of Marlis! 

The reason we keep featuring Marlis Butcher, Trail Maintenance Director for the TBTC, in this newsletter is that there always seems to be a new amazing accomplishment for us to brag about on her behalf.

This month we are excited to tell you that her book about her visits to every one of Canada's 47 National Parks is about to be released. Here's an excerpt from the publisher's description:

"In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise. During her park explorations she's encountered grizzly and black bears, polar bears, wolves, and wolverines. She's survived incredible storms, falls off mountainsides, and sinking boats. Marlis has investigated uncharted lands and travelled down quaint country roads."

The book will be released on April 27, 2021, but you can pre-order through Rocky Mountain Books or through Indigo

Nominations, please!

The TBTC invites nominations for our two annual volunteer awards, the Nina Carlisle Award and the Todd Bardes Award.

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 specialty.

Previous Recipients of the Nina Carlisle Volunteer Award:
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. 2020 Vlad Bosnar.

Todd Bardes Volunteer Award. In 2016 the Board established a new award to recognize significant volunteer contributions over a shorter time span (the last one or two years).  

Previous recipients of the Todd Bardes Award:
2017 Deb Brander  2018 Martina Furrer  2019 Thomas Swales.        (Not awarded in 2020)

When submitting nominations for either award please include:

  • the name of the person you are nominating
  • volunteer position(s) held
  • approximate number of years per position 
Also, most importantly:
  • reasons why this person should be nominated for the award.

Nominations may be sent to   by March 15, 2021. The awards will be given out at the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 17, 2021.

Share Your Recipes!

Many of you are avid cooks and bakers as well as hikers, so this is an opportunity for you to show off your other skills. We'd love to receive a recipe you enjoy that reminds you of hiking or that you like to bring along in your lunches on your days in the woods or which you look forward to when you get home. It doesn't have to be elaborate or involved, just something that says 'hiking comfort food' to you.

If you can get that to us at, preferably in word format, by March 15, we'll include it in a virtual TBTC cookbook.
Winter Hiking on the Toronto Section of the Bruce Trail

Winter hiking provides wonderful opportunities for experiencing nature at its most beautiful but it also presents challenges that reinforce the need for careful planning. With that in mind we thought it would be helpful to provide a link to the blog of one of our subscribers, Dr. John Oyston. It provides many observations on planning winter outings, particularly if you are planning solo hikes.

Dr John's Blog.

Ontario doctors can now write Nature Prescriptions

You don't need to convince TBTC members that time in nature is therapeutic. Now, apparently, Ontario health care providers can actually write prescriptions for their patients to "take a hike" as part of their treatment plan. You can read the story in today's Toronto Star. Here's a brief excerpt:

"The new Park Prescriptions program offers roughly 200 pre-registered health-care providers prescriptions with unique codes and instructions on how to prescribe and log nature prescriptions for their patients. These prescriptions incorporate evidence-based recommendations for spending time in nature: two hours a week with a minimum of 20 minutes a day. They also have printable patient handouts on the health benefits of nature organized by medical issues."

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