Friday, 24 February 2012

Let The Leader in You Flourish!

One of the best things about the Bruce Trail is that it is available to everyone! There are activities all year round, and various events within each of the clubs. Among these events are organized hikes, which are available in three different levels. The DHBTC offers Level I, II, and III hikes based on your ability and comfort level. 

Currently, the DHBTC is interested in offering more Level 1 hikes. These are entry level hikes that assist in introducing the general public to hiking, and are a great starting point for any fitness level. 

In order to accommodate more of these hikes to supplement our current program, however, we need you! 

The DHBTC, in conjunction with several other clubs, will be offering Hike Leader Certification Training this spring in Mono Centre. This is a one-day course that is delivered by Hike Ontario, and which rewards participants with their Hike Ontario certification. The training program is offered to DHBTC members for $37.50, and is also open to all others for $75.

The training program will take place on March 18, at the Mono Community Centre. Registration is at 9:30 am and the course will begin  promptly at 10:00 am. The course will be finished by 5:00 pm, at which point you’ll have your Hike Ontario certification! This course includes a short hike on a nearby section of the Bruce Trail, so participants are advised to wear or bring hiking boots and a backpack, packed as if they were a hike leader. You’ll also want to bring your lunch, though coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. 

To be a part of this great opportunity, all you have to do is preregister by March 2, 2012 by completing this preregistration form and mail the form with a cheque to:

Dufferin H0-Land Bruce Trail Club
c/o Les Babbage
144 Jane Street
Toronto ON
M6S 3Y6

There is a minimum enrollment for the training of 10 people, and a maximum of 25 people so reserve your space quickly, as registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
We can’t wait to see in you in training, and leading hikes of your own! This is a great opportunity to get involved with the trail and with hiking, and we strongly encourage you to take part! 

For additional information, please feel free to contact Les Babbage - Hike Director - Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club
416-763-8854 (evenings) 

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Fresh Air and Family Fun - The DHBTC Has It All!

Hey there! Welcome to the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club’s official blog. Here you’ll be able to find information about upcoming events, the trail, and the ways you can become involved! 

The Bruce Trail is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The trail, which stretches along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, is one of only a few UNESCO designated reserves in Canada. It spans over 800km of trail and is Canada’s oldest and longest continuous trail.  It is divided into 9 clubs, each of which maintains a specific portion of the trail. The Dufferin Hi-Land Club is among those nine. This portion of the trail stretches from Caledon Hills to the Blue Mountain area.
The great thing about the trail is that whether you’re looking for volunteer involvement, physical activity, or quality family time, you’ll find it here. The trail is only possible through the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of donors. If you’d like to get involved, please see our membership page for further information. 

Speaking of family time, Family Day is just around the corner. With a day designated to time spent with family, what better way to enjoy time together than to get outdoors. Though the winter has been fairly mild, we’ve just been blessed with some beautiful snow. Bring your snowshoes or your winter hiking boots and enjoy the trail’s beauty while covered in a bed of snow.  The trail is free to anyone, but please leave it the way you found it – take nothing with you but photos and leave nothing but footprints. 

For further information about the trail, membership, or any of the events that are planned for the future, please feel free to peruse the other pages found herein. We hope to see you soon! Have a wonderful Family Day!

Here is a sneak peak of the Boyne River on the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail in the winter - just gorgeous!