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E-Notes - December 2020

It's snowing outside my window as I type this opening to our December newsletter. It feels peaceful, and reminds me that nature continues its cycles even as our region is again in Covid-19 lockdown. Winter will likely feel long, just like the restrictions we live under during the pandemic, but spring will always return. That is the promise and the hope.

Our newsletter this month includes a note from our Board informing you that the hiking program is again on pause. We also have some engaging stories, like the one about the group that hiked 6 out-and-backs in the Toronto section, earning themselves two E2E badges each, and the news that we now have a second Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society on our Board - Mario Rigby was inducted in November. For all of us who love hiking trails and are excited to discover new ones, we include a report about the Credit Valley Trail.

Happy December, everyone.
Milestones and New Initiatives

It has been two years since we became the editors of the Toronto Club's electronic newsletter and it has been an interesting and rewarding experience. We are marking an additional anniversary in the New Year. It has been one year since we moved fully from a paper-based quarterly newsletter to a monthly electronic version.

How are we doing? Please let us know. Your feedback helps us improve our publication and better serve our membership. And, we are always happy to get submissions. 

Let us know if a copy of the newsletter is being delivered to an address you no longer use, so our database can be corrected. Over time some errors and duplicates have crept into the list.

Early in 2021 the new Club website will be launched with a new look and updated features for our members. As newsletter editors we have been given a sneak preview, and it looks awesome. We'll share the details with you in a special bulletin closer to launch date. 
Magdalena and Wayne
From the Board of Directors

As public health officials confirm that the second wave of Covid-19 is deepening, the Toronto Bruce Trail Club made the pre-emptive decision to pause our Hiking Program.

We are mindful about our members health and well-being at all times. We also have the responsibility to help and support the leaders and health professionals in our community to protect all members of our society.

We are hopeful the present spike of infections subsides and that we can again resume our Hiking Program in the not too distant future.

We offer our best wishes to you and your families and friends during this challenging time. Thank you for giving this your kind consideration.
Hikers Complete Toronto E2E Twice This Fall
A group of determined TBTC hikers completed the 50.3 km Toronto section of the Bruce Trail on November 14. What made this journey special is that hikers accomplished this by going “out and back” each time they hiked. In doing so, they completed the section twice!
They were led by veteran Hike Leader Alina Lin. “All our hikes were conducted following the COVID-19 safety guidelines. That meant we drove to the start point in separate cars and returned to same spot each time we hiked. We hiked the whole section twice for 100 km and everyone received two badges!”
“Receiving a badge is a big deal and it was nice we could continue to lead a group hike to continue the E2E tradition,” Alina said. The group started the challenge from the north end of Toronto Section at Cheltenham in September and, after a series of six hikes, arrived at the south end at Kelso November 14. 

At the fifth hike, the group ran into Doug Sloan, a decades-long volunteer and hike leader. Doug is also the Bruce Trail E2E record holder, who has completed 50 End to End hikes of the entire trail. This hiking legend happily agreed to join the group for the last hike and presented badges to qualified hikers. “All of us were very excited to accept our badges from Doug's hand. It was quite an honour!” Alina said.

The location of the badge presentation also made the ceremony more special and memorable. Badges were handed to winners in front of the Bruce Trail sign erected at the intersection of the Toronto and Iroquoia section. “While wearing masks is the new normal everywhere, this little trail ceremony with sanitizer and masks will be remembered as a special time by those badge winners,” said Alina. A group photo (shown above) was taken on the lovely Campbellville bridge that has recently won the Bruce Trail Project of the Year 2019. That is a win-win photo!
TBTC Board Member Mario Rigby, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Toronto Bruce Trail Club congratulates board member Mario Rigby who was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He was recognized in a ceremony November 19 along with 54 other members. 

Mario is an adventurer/eco-explorer/athlete. He has crossed the continent of Africa from south to north entirely on foot and by kayak, cycled across Canada, and, most recently, kayaked the length of Lake Ontario.
Mario is the second sitting board member member to be honoured with Fellowship in the RCGS.  Marlis Butcher, the other FRCGS, has recently completed a book about her travel experiences to all of Canada’s national parks.

Mario has a large social media following where he encourages Canadians to experience the outdoors. He is also a strong advocate for encouraging new Canadians and non-traditional hikers from our multicultural mosaic to enjoy the outdoors.

Said Mario: “I am honoured to be counted among the Society’s Fellows and was excited to have been part of the Fellows Show last evening.  I’m looking forward to continue pushing the boundaries of exploration and discovery!”

Read more about Mario on his website.
Credit Valley Trail Takes Shape

The Credit Valley Trail (CVT) gained its first stake in the ground on Tuesday, November 3, as project partners officially unveiled the trail’s wayfinding signage at Upper Credit Conservation Area in Alton. The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) also announced the launch of a major $10 million fundraising campaign to help connect the full 100-kilometre trail. In attendance were representatives from the Credit Valley Trail Leadership Council, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Board of Directors, CVCF Board of Directors, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Community, Greenbelt Foundation and 407 ETR.

For additional details and photos visit Credit Valley Trail.
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