View this email in your browser
E-Notes Bulletin - March 2, 2020
Three important news items for you:
  • First, there's H.I.P. to tell you about. That's our very popular Hiker Initiation Program, designed for people new to hiking. (And by the way, this is a great event to highlight with friends, colleagues and family members who are interested in hiking but don't know where to start. Make sure you forward this email if this applies to someone you know.)
  • Then there's our Annual General Meeting (AGM) that takes place on Sunday April 19. Scroll down for details about hikes, buses, lunch, registration and more.
  • And finally, we're looking for a new Club Treasurer. Is this your moment to step forward to offer your help? See details below.
Hiker Initiation Program 2020
For those who would like to know more about hiking the wonderfully scenic trails in Southern Ontario, the Toronto Bruce Trail Club is offering a Hiker Initiation Program (HIP). The program has three parts:

1. Hiking Overview Session - Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, North York Civic Centre
An overview of the ins-and-outs of hiking, presented by experienced hike leaders from the Toronto Club. This session will be held in the Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St (west side of Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch; North York Centre subway stop).
2. Equipment and Gear Review at MEC - Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
MEC Downtown (300 Queen St W), MEC North York (780 Sheppard Ave E)
Learn from MEC staff and Bruce Trail Club hike leaders about hiking equipment, including boots, socks, clothing, backpacks, poles, water containers, and other hiking accessories.

3. Hike on the Bruce Trail at Scotsdale Farm -  Saturday, May 2
A scenic 10 km loop hike on the Bruce Trail at Scotsdale Farm near Georgetown. A bus to Scotsdale Farm will leave York Mills and Yonge at 9:00 am. The bus fare is $10.00 per person. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the hike.

We will be on the trail for about 4 hours, so pack a lunch and enough water for the day. We will be back in the city by 5 pm. A separate hike will be offered beginning at 9:30 am at Scotsdale Farm parking lot for those who prefer to drive to Scotsdale Farm.
Other than the $10.00 bus fare, there is no charge for the program.
How to Register: Click here to go to the Eventbrite registration link.  Register early as the number of course participants that can be accommodated is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact
TBTC 2020 Annual General Meeting
Kortright Centre for Conservation,
9550 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A6
Sunday, April 19, 2020,  11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Meet fellow club members, enjoy lunch, listen to Board reports, and get to know  BTC's new Chief Executive Officer, Michael McDonald, our keynote speaker at this year's AGM.

This year we are offering a cold lunch buffet, for which you need to register in advance. The buffet consists of a salad bar, soup (served hot) and speciality bakery breads, proteins, dips and spreads so you can build your own sandwich.  Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options are available. Homemade desserts, tea and coffee are included.  The cost is $10 per person, to be paid on site (Bring Cash!). You must register in advance for lunch - click here for the registration link. 

The AGM will feature two bus hikes departing from Islington and York Mills as described below. Register through the hiking calendar. Click here. Special bus fare of $10 will be collected on the bus. (NB - hikers need to register individually for the lunch and for the bus hike.) Hikers will arrive at the Kortright Centre before the AGM begins.

1.  Departs 8:30 am, Islington.
Hike Leader Barbara Euler,
Hike through the Eaton Estate (Seneca College) and the Mary Lake Augustinian Monastery prior to the Club's AGM at Kortright Centre We will arrive at the AGM for lunch before the meeting starts.
2.  Departs 9 am, York Mills.
Hike Leader: Marie-Josee Roy
Join us for a photography hike with professional photographer David Allen. As described on his website (, "David has been a professional photographer for many years, both in the studio and on numerous locations across Canada." He will provide tips and advice on how to improve your pictures. Bring your DSLR camera, iPad or iPhone, or other devices. After the hike, we will arrive at the Kortright Centre for lunch before the AGM starts
Will YOU be our newest hero?
“Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters  profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the  odds.”​ (William J. Clinton)

Bill Clinton is right, volunteering matters a great deal and all our volunteers are heroes. And right now, our Club needs a special kind of hero - someone who can fill the position of ​Treasurer ​on the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Board of Directors.

Do you have the skills and experience for this role? Is this your time to step up and be a hero for the Bruce Trail?

All heroes will be acknowledged. Posting closes March 16. Send a covering letter and resume to David Royle, Vice President, Toronto Bruce Trail Club, stating qualifications and experiences suitable for the position. E-mail address: 

Questions or comments for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club?
E-mail us at 

E-Notes Subscribers are most welcome to forward E-Notes to a friend.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can subscribe or unsubscribe here.

Toronto Bruce Trail Club E-Notes Editors, Publishers: Magdalena Vanderkooy and Wayne Crockett

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Toronto Bruce Trail Conservancy · PO Box 597 · Toronto, On M6P4E7 · Canada