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TBTC E-Notes - February, 2020

This month we feature the 2020 Hike Leader Training coming up in April.

One standout difference between the TBTC's hiking program and those of the many other hiking groups in this city is the rigorous and comprehensive training and apprenticeship that all our hike leaders must complete before organizing and leading their own hikes. This is how we ensure best practices with respect to enjoyment and safety on all our hikes.

We are justifiably proud of our hike leaders, and we invite you to join our excellent team. Read further for more information about this year's training.

Happy February, everyone.
2020 Hike Leader Training Course April 4-5 2020
Hike Leader training consists of a two-day workshop that provides you with the information you require to lead hikes for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. It is an intensive combination of practical outdoor ‘hands on’ and classroom instruction. Following completion of the course participants must assist on at least three hikes (one of each type minimum) under the supervision of a certified hike leader and plan and lead a graduation hike before receiving their certification.

When: April 4-5 (9 am to 5 pm Saturday; noon to 5 pm Sunday)
Where: The Community Room at the North York Mountain Equipment Co-op Store, 784 Sheppard Ave. E. [Exit Sheppard Subway at Bessarion Station]
Cost: $60

What is covered:
  • TBTC Hiking policy and procedures
  • Basics of map reading and way finding
  • How to plan and lead a hike
  • Dealing with difficult situations on the trail
  • Safety and risk management
  • A minimum of 1 year as a member in good standing of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Completion of the Level C first aid and CPR certification (or proof that you have scheduled the training prior to the date of the Hike Leader Training Course)
  • Participation in at least four hikes offered by the Toronto Bruce Trail Club prior to participating in the workshop
Requirements for full Certification as a hike leader:
  • Complete the two-day course described above, including First Aid certification.
  • Participate in a minimum of three hikes (at least one of each type) assisting a certified hike leader following the completion of the course. Each hike must be done with a different hike leader.
  • Successfully plan and lead a graduation hike under the supervision of a certified hike leader.
On completion of the course and the full certification process you will receive a  refund of the registration fee of $60.
On completion of the full certification process you will be reimbursed, with receipts, for up to $120 of the cost of the Level C/CPR certification course.

Please contact Peter Leeney at for further details. A link for registration will be provided later in February.

Nominations wanted for the TBTC’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.

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).

For full detail please go to the Nominations document on the Club's News and Event page.

Winter fun on the trails

If you are not getting out on the trail at this time of year, think again. The temperatures have been mild and the woods are beautiful in the winter, particularly after a fresh snowfall. Take advantage of the Club's winter program in and out of the city!

All photos by Wayne Crockett. Taken at Duntroon, Hilton Falls and McCrae Lake. 
Coming up:

Here we highlight selected events and programs in the next months. Be sure to check the website for the full roster of programs.
  • Coach ski and snowshoe treks - every weekend, weather permitting
  • Feb 2 - Stoney Creek hike via GO Transit
  • Feb 17 - Toronto Island Family Day Hike
  • Feb 23 - Black History Walk in Toronto
  • April 4, 5 - Hike leader training
  • April 19 - TBTC AGM
  • April 27, 28 and May 2 - Hike Initiation Program (H.I.P.) 2020
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Toronto Bruce Trail Club E-Notes Editors, Publishers: Magdalena Vanderkooy and Wayne Crockett

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