by Sandra J. Howe

Did you know that the Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest footpath? Begun by volunteers in 1962, over 50 years ago, it now stretches 885 km from Tobermory to Queenston, ON. Nine member clubs are part of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. In Grey-Bruce, the Peninsula, Sydenham, Beaver Valley, and Blue Mountain Clubs maintain the trail, and offer local hiking programs. Fall is a wonderful time for hiking: cooler weather, few bugs, and spectacular colours all add to the pleasure. The clubs provide a wide range of opportunities for the public to get active and involved.

On Sunday, October 18, the Sydenham Club invites members and friends to join together for a great day of hiking, socializing, and eating. Our Annual General Meeting will take place at Walters Falls Community Centre this year. Meet at 1:30pm to hike the lovely Walters Creek Loop or explore historic Walters Falls. AGM, potluck supper, and catching up on trail stories will follow. This is a fun and friendly way to connect with club members and learn more about what we do.

BRUCE-TRAIL-2-FEATAll Bruce Trail Clubs are run entirely by volunteers and your help is most welcome. Clubs need trail captains, land stewards, trail workers, organizers, writers, photographers, storytellers, bookkeepers, leaders, followers,... There is a place for you in these organizations. Come to an event or contact your local club to get involved. The Sydenham Club is especially seeking new members to serve as Events Coordinator, Land Stewardship Director, and Vice-President. New trail captains and crew are always helpful. We enjoy our work and play and hope you join us soon!

Happy hiking!


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