HALTON HILLS CHAPTER OF THE TORONTO BRUCE TRAIL CLUB Newsletter #1, January to March 2011 ANNOUNCEMENTS Christmas Lunch: A group of 30 plus turned out for our annual Christmas Lunch at the St. George. Not too many turned out to hike as the weather was wet and the trail slippery. Maureen was presented with an album made up of photographs and memorabilia covering the 10 years of the Halton Hills Chapter. It was great to meet up with old and new friends. Thanks to McMasters Meats on Main Street, Georgetown for selling Bruce Trail calendars over the Christmas holidays and to Frances Walker for arranging this, keeping them supplied and collecting the money. Congratulations to all our keen photographers who submitted their "boot" pictures, thereby contributing to the large donation from the KEEN Boot Company to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. We had a good turn-out at the presentation ceremony at Limehouse. HIKING PROGRAM: Hike Guidelines: Level 1: 2 - 3 km/hr, up to 8 km Level 2: 3 - 4 km/hr, up to 15 km Winter is here! Please remember to dress in layers for extra warmth and comfort. Bring Icers if you have them and water and snacks to keep you energized. All hikes depend on reasonable weather conditions and participants must be ready for cancellations and changes in routes and destinations. Unless stated otherwise, all hikes will meet at the usual place, the parking lot between Zellers and the Medical Building, Georgetown Marketplace, off Guelph Street (Hwy.7) behind Blockbuster Video and Kelsey's. Sunday, January 16th CANADA GOOSE & BROWN/BENTON Level 1, 5 km carpool hike. Depart 10:00 a.m. Hike through the beautiful open hardwood forest of the Canada Goose Trail and the treed fence lines of the Brown and the Benton farm properties. Leader: Heinz Rusche 905 877-3298 Sunday, January 23rd DUFF PITT SIDE TRAIL Level 1, 6 km carpool hike. Depart 10:00 a.m. Hike along a ridge by the remains of a gravel quarry and through mature woods by the old town reservoir. Leader: Paul Vanhanen 905 877-1294 Sunday, January 30th SCOTSDALE FARM Level 1, 5-6 km. Depart 1:30 p.m. from the usual place, or meet us at the 8th Line entrance to Scotsdale Farm. Afternoon loop hike in Scotsdale Farm. Leader: Maureen Smith 905 873-9757 email@example.com Saturday, February 5th SPEYSIDE - AL SHAW SIDE TRAIL Level 1, 6-8 km carpool hike. Depart 10:30 a.m. Hike through woods and fields and across rocky terrain. Leader: Janet 519-853-1285 Saturday, February 12th VALENTINES HIKE Level 1, 6-8 km carpool hike. Depart 10:30 a.m. Hike along the Guelph Radial Trail. Leader: Janet 519-853-1285 Sunday, February 20th SILVER CREEK Level 1, 5-6 km loop hike in the Silver Creek Valley. Depart 11 a.m. from the usual place or meet us on Fallbrook Trail at 27th Sideroad. Leader: Maureen Smith 905 873-9757 firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, February 27th LOCAL BRUCE TRAIL Level 1, 6-8 km carpool hike. Depart 10:00 a.m. A hike on our Local Bruce Trail. Leader: Paul Vanhanen 905 877-1294 Sunday, March 6th GREAT ESKER Level 1, 5 km carpool hike. Depart 10:00 a.m. A hike over the esker, a deposit of sand and gravel left behind by the glaciers. Leader: Heinz Rusche 905 877-3298 Sunday, March 13th Daylight Saving begins - turn your clock forward one hour. Sunday, March 13th TERRA COTTA Level 1, 6 km. afternoon hike in the Terra Cotta area. Depart 1:30 p.m. usual place. Leader: Maureen Smith 905 873-9757 email@example.com Thursday, March 17th CHILDREN'S HIKE Special St. Patrick's Day Hike for Children - wear something green! We will explore the Silver Creek Conservation Area. Phone or e-mail to register for this hike. We will meet at the Silver Creek Centre on Fallbrook Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Leader: Maureen Smith 905 873-9757 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, March 29th LOCAL TRAIL Level 1, 6-8 km carpool hike. Depart 10:00 a.m. Hike along local trails. Leader: Janet 519-853-1285 WEDNESDAY HIKES January 26; February 2, 9& 16; March 2, 9& 23. Special note: No Wednesday hike on January 18, February 23 or March 16. Slow paced, short hikes on local trails. Depart at 9:30 a.m. Join us for lunch at a local eatery. Maureen Smith (905) 873-9757 email@example.com The Halton Hills Chapter is an affiliate of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club.