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E-Notes January 2020

Hello TBTC members and friends!

With this issue we are ushering in a new year and a new decade, and, significantly for us, a new chapter for club communications.

In light of this we are looking for a new name and a new look for E-Notes to reflect its new central place in communicating with our members and the hiking and conservationist public. We have considered Footnotes Online as an option but we would like to hear from you. If you have talent with graphic design we'd also be interested in receiving some ideas about how to make the newsletter more visually appealing. As mentioned in an earlier issue we are learning Mailchimp as we go but if someone out there among our readers has more experience we'd love to get your input on making the most of our online platform.

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and we look forward to another great season on the trails.
Also in this issue
Scroll down to find more about these club topics:
  • Memorial for Dan Welsh
  • Full story of new footbridge
  • Hike Leader training news
  • AGM – Save the Date
  • Callout for Volunteer award nominations
  • Toronto End to End – now in May
  • Test #2 for prepayment
Calling all writers!

The Toronto Bruce Trail Club wishes to continue our long tradition of publishing the material written by our members on the Club, conservation, hiking and the many other topics that have appeared in the pages of Footnotes since the early 1970s. We will continue to produce issues of E-Notes on a monthly basis and we are actively seeking content from you, our readers. 

Please submit your material in Word format with any jpg images and we will be happy to review it for upcoming issues. Send any material or questions to the editorial committee by email at and
Memorial Hike for Dan Welsh.

A Memorial Hike will be held on Tuesday March 17, 2019 to honour the life of our friend, Dan Welsh. The hike is intended to finish the section of the E2E hike on the Iroquoia section that Dan was unable to complete on the day of his passing. The hike will include a Memorial Badge that depicts a bluebird, reflecting Dan’s passion and hard work to restore the eastern bluebird population in southern Ontario, as well as his life’s “E2E”. The badges will be available for sale to all whether you choose to attend the memorial hike or not. It will be Dan’s last badge. Proceeds from the badge will be put toward the memorial plaque we wish to place on the Bruce Trail in his memory. We  ask those who attend to come in Dan attire: blue jeans, plaid shirt and baseball cap. More details will be published in the New Year. In future years, the Memorial Hike will be held annually on Dan's birthday (January 11).                                       
Photo by R. Moffatt
Replacement of a much used Footbridge
By Marlis Butcher, TBTC Trail Director
The old wooden footbridge was sagging.  For about 20 years it had been patched, propped up, repaired, and cared for.  A precious butternut tree, likely not more than a mere nut when the bridge was originally built, had grown up tall and caste its shade over the bridge.  The 32’ long bridge, in the 1st kilometer of the Toronto Section of the Bruce Trail, had allowed hikers to safely cross a stream running from the Hilton Falls Reservoir to Kelso Lake.  Unfortunately, after so many years of service the old wooden footbridge could no longer be restored.  It had to be replaced. For a slide show of the reconstruction click here
Hike Leader Training 2020

Keep your calendars open for the weekend of April 4-5, 2020, when we will be holding our next two day training workshop to certify new hike leaders for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. This is an intensive but enjoyable combination of classroom and outdoors instruction on our policies and best practices to ensure safe and rewarding outings for our members and the public.

Details will be available soon but if  you have questions please contact the Chair of the Hike Leader Training Committee, Peter Leeney, at
Hiking Director News

As the New Year starts in earnest with our Winter Ski and Snowshoe Program season, our Board just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! Volunteers give their time and talent to the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, enriching our society and bringing together our community. A sincere thank you to our dedicated volunteers for your amazing contributions in 2019. A warm welcome is extended to our newest Board member, Juliet Williams who will be our Special Events Coordinator. As I look ahead, I am confident Juliet will bring further success in reaching out to support our many events, including our Hiker Initiation Program and A.G.M.

A.G.M. Sunday, April 19
This year's A.G.M. is on Sunday, April 19 at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. With an engaging speaker, Michael McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, our Board will recognize the wonderful skills our volunteers bring to our organization. Registration details will be forthcoming.
David Royle, Hiking Director and Vice President

The TBTC invites nominations for the Club’s two volunteer awards

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 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.

Toronto End to End Hike on May 30 & 31, 2020

Hikers: Please join us for our annual self-led End-to-End hike. Enjoy the history and scenery of the Toronto Section by completing the 50 km distance over both Saturday and Sunday. You will hike approximately 28 km on Saturday and 22 km on Sunday. There will be a bus to take participants from their vehicle to the start of the hike, and every 10 -11 km, checkpoints providing some snacks and assistance. Official End-to-End badges are awarded on completion. This is an event for experienced hikers as the terrain is varied and quite challenging. Hikes go rain or shine and no dogs are permitted.
Second Test of the Eventbrite pre-payment system, January 19th

Join us for a second practical test of our proposed pre-payment system. Wayne Crockett is offering a snowshoe trek at the Hilton Falls Conservation Area on January 19th (or a simple hike if conditions aren't right for snowshoeing). Registration and payment will be mandatory through the Eventbrite system. 

Please note, no cash payments will be accepted on the day of the trip, this is a cashless event.
Lots to look forward to this winter
  • Winter cc ski and snowshoe coach trips begin January 4th.
  • Jacqueline Van Dyke continues her car hike End to End of the Iroquoia Section on January 9th, 10th and 16th.
  • Ring in the New Year with Larry Haigh on the Leslie Street Spit, January 1st.
  • Join Tessa Shelvey on January 9th for an easy ramble along the Humber River from Old Mill Station.
  • And Wayne Crockett is offering a Sunday snowshoe hike, conditions permitting, at Hilton Falls on January 19th. This is one of the test hikes for the Eventbrite registration and prepayment system.

Of course, check the online calendar on a regular basis so you don't miss out on what the Club has to offer this winter.
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