New to Hiking?

The Toronto Bruce Trail Conservatory Club will show you what you need to know to get out in nature safely and have fun.

It’s time for the club’s annual hiker initiation (promise nothing embarrassing is involved). Click to register for these free events.

Monday April 18, 6:30 – 8 pm

An overview of the ins-and-outs of hiking, presented by experienced hike leaders from the Toronto Club. This session will be held in the Auditorium of the Central YMCA at 20 Grosvenor Street (west of Yonge Street between College and Wellesley).

Thursday April 21, 6:30 – 8 pm

A visit to the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store at 400 King Street West (east of Spadina) for an in-depth look at hiking equipment including boots, socks, clothing, backpacks, poles, water containers, and other hiking accessories.

Sunday May 1

A scenic 10 km loop hike on the Bruce Trail at Scotsdale Farm near Georgetown. A bus to Scotsdale Farm will leave Clarence Square (on Spadina between Front and King) at 10 am, with a second stop near Bloor and Islington at 10:15 am. The bus fare is $10.00 per person. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the hike. We will be on the trail for about 4 hours, so pack a lunch and enough water for the day. We will be back in the city by 5 pm. A separate hike will be offered beginning at 10 am for those who prefer to drive to Scotsdale Farm.

Cost: Other than the $10.00 bus fare, there is no charge for the program. Register early as the number of course participants that can be accommodated is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

For more information, please send an email to or call Sarah Hopton (416) 319-3736. If you send an email and include your telephone number, we will be called back if necessary.

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