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E-Notes - July 2020
I'm thinking of this as the good-news edition of E-Notes, one that feels long overdue. After almost 4 months of hiatus, the hiking program begins a phased re-opening. We announce a new contest - with the new edition of the BT Reference Guide as prize - to tie in with a new Toronto Winter E2E Hiking Badge. Also, we're inviting applications for a new Trail Director. And finally, thanks to the efforts of our current Trail Director and her crew of capable volunteers, Pear Tree Park has been rehabilitated.

Happy July, everyone, and stay careful out there.
Hiking Program Phased Re-opening Begins July 4th!
The long wait is over, starting July 4th the Club will be scheduling urban walks and car hikes for our members. Events will be limited to 10 participants, including the leader and sweep, and online pre-registration via the website is mandatory. Social distancing protocols will be enforced on all outings. Because of restrictions on group size these outings will only be open to members of the BTC. 

To help protect our members we have instituted an online waiver as part of the registration process. You will not have to sign in on the day but the hike leader will note attendees.  

Hikes are already appearing on the online schedule so take a look at the hiking calendar.

We are looking forward to a safe and fun season on the trails.
Winter Badge Design CONTEST!
Bruce Trail Conservancy Members, we are looking for your help in designing our newest badge, the Toronto Winter End-to-End Badge. In order to earn this badge, one will need to hike the entire Toronto Section of the Bruce Trail during the winter.

We invite your creative badge designs. Design selection will be conducted by means of a poll on the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Facebook page.

PrizeThe winner will receive the new Edition 30 Bruce Trail Reference Maps and Trail Guide.

Have fun! Please email your design in pdf format to David Royle, Hiking Director, at by August 1, 2020. Include your full name, email address & BTC membership number.
Help preserve the Environment and the Bruce Trail
Volunteer Opportunity - Trail Director
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club invites applications for a new Trail Director (TD).
If you are interested in this unique opportunity to help “preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever” we invite you to submit a statement of interest to David Royle, Chair of the Nominating Committee ( by July 18.
All correspondence will be acknowledged.
The successful candidate is well organized, can manage volunteers, and knows a thing or two about building and maintaining trails, boardwalks, and bridges.  The TD should be comfortable distributing tasks to other supporting volunteers.  A full description of the TD’s responsibilities is available on the TBTC website.

The TD’s term, like all TBTC board positions, is for a maximum of 5 years.  Since the current TD is in her 4th year, the new TD will benefit from several months of cross-training. 
Pear Tree Park

Pear Tree Park, on the main Bruce Trail in in Speyside, is a pretty jumping off point for so many adventures:
  • There are several loop hiking and return-hiking options
  • You can visit the donor appreciation plaque garden – sit on one of the flat rocks and read about some of the generous donors who helped the BTC secure the Bruce Trail
  • You can picnic under the pear tree in the middle of the park, or, in the fall, sample a fresh pear from the tree.
Conservation Halton owns the property and graciously allows the BTC to use it for both a park lot and the donor appreciation plaque garden.  Dufferin Aggregates  generously donated and installed the large stones for the donor appreciation plaque garden.  Trail maintenance volunteers continuously mow the wild grasses and weeds which always threaten to take over the sunny space.  And our trusty trail captains ensure that the trail blazes are visible and the routes clear.

Unfortunately, 2 years ago vandals decimated the plaque garden, stealing brass plaques and spraying graffiti on the signs and stones.  Diligent volunteers and BTC staff have since cleaned and replaced the plaques.  Dufferin Aggregates donated additional large stones to accommodate more donor appreciation plaques.  With all this work, Pear Tree Park has been renewed and is ready for hikers to enjoy again.
You will find Pear Tree Park on 15th Side Road, just west of Rural Road 25 (km 11.4, 29th ed. Guide Book). 

We hope you enjoy the renewed Pear Tree Park, keep it litter-free, and safely use the trails for hiking only.
By Marlis Butcher, TBTC Trail Director
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