CALEDON HILLS BRUCE TRAIL CLUB
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE
The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club is delighted to announce its 60th Anniversary in 2024, which will involve a series of local events to celebrate the occasion. This milestone marks 6 decades of commitment to conservation, environmental stewardship, and fostering deeper connections with nature.
Since its inception in 1964, Club members and volunteers have been a driving force in designing and maintaining world-class trails, helping to secure land to protect and restore ecosystems, and promoting biodiversity.
Over $284,000 has been donated by the Club to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Our mission to ‘preserve a ribbon of wilderness for everyone, forever,’ continues to inspire generosity and reminds us of the responsibility we all share for this land and future generations,” says Club President Sandy Green.
The Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail spans 72 kilometres, from the Cheltenham Badlands in the south, through diverse forests and meadows, past rocky outcroppings, and beside meandering streams and rivers to Mono Centre in the north. 25 protected natural areas totaling approximately 800 acres are stewarded by ardent volunteers. Handshake agreements with gracious landowners allow the Trail to cross private property. Other sections of the trail opportunely pass through conservation areas and provincial parks. The Bruce Trail has so much to offer: bird watching, the magnificent fall colour display, and the natural treasures that can be found along the way provide a truly unique and immersive experience for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers.
To celebrate this significant occasion, the Club is hosting a series of special events and initiatives throughout the year. These activities aim to honour the trail’s rich history, promote conservation, and invite community participation. These include:
- Guided Hikes: Experienced hike leaders plan to showcase the wonder of the Trail through a variety of group hikes. 2 commemorative challenge badges can be earned for hiking “60 for the 60th” and completing the 72- kilometre Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail end-to-end.
- Habitat Restoration Projects: Volunteer with our Biodiversity Team and partners from the Bruce Trail Conservancy on April 21st and May 4th to help restore ecological health to 2 of our protected areas by planting native shrubs and trees.
- Youth Programs: Our trained and enthusiastic Youth Program Team is eager to collaborate with teachers and youth leaders to provide hiking experiences that will inspire lifelong environmental commitment.
- Photo Contest: Capture the beauty of the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail through your lens. Submit your favourite trail photographs for a chance to win exciting prizes.
For more details visit our website https://caledonbrucetrail.ca/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Says Green: “Come celebrate with us, embrace nature, and actively help to make a difference. We look forward to having new members join us and for our community to learn more about the Bruce Trail.”
Contact: (For more information, or to arrange a photo opportunity)
info at caledonbrucetrail dot org
Public Relations Director
chbtcpublicrelations at gmail dot com