Why is it called the Tom East Side Trail?

Tom East – was many things – an early trail building volunteer in the 1960s, produced the first Bruce Trail Guidebook, President of the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club from 1966-69 and then President of the overall Bruce Trail Association (now Conservancy) until 1973.

Tom’s aim was to preserve the Bruce Trail and he developed the concept of the Optimum Route that guides trail placement and land securement to this day.

Tom volunteered in the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club’s annual Fall Colours End to End until his death at age 90 in 2012.

Hike the Tom East Side Trail as part of a 4.8 km loop in the Hockley Valley Nature Reserve – add on the Isabel East Side Trail for an additional 4 km loop. (Isabel was Tom’s spouse and also a long time volunteer.)

We are grateful to Tom, this pioneer of the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club and the Bruce Trail Conservancy, who helped to establish and preserve the trail that we enjoy so much today.

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Tom East Story and Photos