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Bruce Trail Conservancy
2017 Annual Meeting

September 22, 23 & 24

Hosted by the Toronto Bruce Trail Club


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Annual Meeting Essentials - Important Information for Members


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ANNUAL MEETING ESSENTIALS: Important Information for Members

In preparation for the BTC's Annual Meeting on September 23, BTC members are invited to review these important documents:

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Note: All registrations include the Business Meeting and morning coffee and muffins.

Select an option below to register

Early Bird Rate
Deadline August 31

Regular Rate
Sept 1-17

Business Meeting Only >
No Charge No Charge

Full Registration >

Includes: Friday night reception, all meals, one Saturday workshop and one Sunday hike. There may be an additional fee for specific workshops.

$70 $85
Friday Night Only >
$20  $25
Saturday Lunch Only (with Workshop, Hike) >
$25 $30
Saturday Dinner Only (with Workshop and hike) >
$45 $50


Workshops with additional fees:

Workshop #1   (Spirit Tree Cidery Tour and Tasting)      $12.00
Workshop #2   (Halton County Radial Railway)     $17.00
Workshop #3   (Mountsberg Conservation Area) $9.00
Workshop #4   (Bill Baker Hike at Crawford Lake) $9.00

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Friday September 22 and Saturday September 23
Teatro Conference & Event Centre
121 Chisholm Drive
Milton, ON L9T 4A6

Sunday September 24
Hilton Falls Conservation Area
Entrance is on Campbellville Rd 5 km west of Regional Rd 25.

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Friday, September 22

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Social

Lisa Grbinicek, Senior Strategic Advisor, from the Niagara Escarpment Commission will give a presentation on the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.

View items for the Silent Auction which closes Saturday night. Cheques, cash and credit cards accepted for auction items purchased.

Cash bar.

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Saturday, September 23

8:00 am to 9:00 am
Collect your Registration package.
Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Bruce Trail Conservancy Annual Business Meeting

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch will be provided to all who have pre-paid.

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday afternoon workshops
Pre-registration is required for all events.
Some workshops have additional charges.
Finish times may vary.
See Workshop Descriptions >

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday Evening Events 

  • 5:00 pm - Silent Auction. Cash bar opens. 
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner and Awards
  • Silent auction continues and will close during the evening


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Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Some workshops have additional fees that will be charged at time of registration. Finish times may vary.


Workshops with an additional fee to be paid during registration

1. Spirit Tree Cidery Tour and Tasting

Nestled amongst the rolling Caledon hills, Spirit Tree is a cidery, bakery, kitchen, and farm store. A small, community-focused facility on Boston Mills Road, our environmentally friendly property was a lifelong dream, designed and built with sustainability and practicality in mind. We are surrounded by our apple orchards, warmed by the fire in our wood-burning oven, and excited by the possibilities that award-winning-cider, decadent baked goods and hand-crafted, artisanal cider & fine food products will bring to our local friends and foodies alike.

Carpool to Spirit Tree Cidery
Cost: $12
Maximum 20 participants

2. Halton County Radial Railway

Come ride the streetcars! The Halton County Radial Railway (HCRR) is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars operating on two kilometers of scenic track. The HCRR is owned and operated by the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (OERHA), a non-profit, educational organization. The HCRR is proud to be Ontario's first and largest electric railway museum.
Admission to the museum includes unlimited rides and access to the display barns, railway station, Gift Shop, Ice Cream Shop and picnic areas. Street and Radial cars run every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Carpool to the Museum
Cost: $17
No Limit

3. Mountsberg Conservation Area

Guided tour of the famous Raptor Centre which is the home of many feathered friends like the Great Horned Owl and the American Kestrel. Get a personal introduction to eagles, hawks, owls and falcons led by an expert Raptor Centre staff. Plus a guided tour of the Conservation Area.

Carpool to the CA
Cost: $9
Maximum 30 participants

4. Bill Baker Hike at Crawford Lake

A guided hike for flora and fauna will be offered in this Conservation Area. Following the guided hike you can visit the reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village, and explore local history.

From 1973 to 1987, excavations uncovered 11 longhouses on the site and over 10 000 artifacts from day-to-day lives of the Iroquoian people who once lived in the village. Three of the longhouses have been reconstructed based on the archaeological findings. Wander around the village and learn about what daily life was like over 600 years ago.

Carpool to the CA
Cost: $9
Maximum 30 participants

Free Workshops included in your registration

5. Hiking with children + MELT

Mary Baxter (Halton Hills resident) hiked the entire end-to-end with her children in tow (along with several other families) over an 8 year period. She was featured in the Niagara Escarpment News magazine a few years ago and will give a presentation on "Hiking with Kids". Mary is also a MELT Method instructor and teaches people how to reduce aches and joint pain and improve flexibility, balance, posture with simple self-treatment techniques that re-hydrate connective tissue and re-balance your nervous system. At this AGM, Mary will teach simple effective moves with soft treatment balls to relieve plantar fasciitis, a condition affecting many hikers. www.borntomove.ca
Teatro Conference Centre
No Limit

6. Self-Guided tour of the Village of Glen Williams

The village is home to many visual artists and contains a collection of artist's studios. The Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre and Glen Williams Glass are both housed in the heritage site of the Williams Mill. The Williams Mill provides studio space for artists of various media including ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, printmaking, sculpture and offers visitors the opportunity to interact directly with the artists, experience their work in progress and purchase a variety of art. The gallery showcases the works of other renowned artists and craftspeople.
The former Beaumont Knitting Mill is now home to Beaumont Mill Antiques & Collectibles, a multi vendor Antique and Collectibles Market offering a broad assortment of collectibles and antiques, including furniture, toys, glassware, cookware, books, decorative items, and vinyl records. Adjacent to the mill is the Kids & Classics Boatshops Museum, a non-profit organization, which focuses on the restoration of classic wood boats, where volunteers learn & teach skills, working with kids-at-risk through a skiff building program for youth. In the space of a weekend, four kids build and launch a skiff (the Bevin's skiff), get exposed to the world of boatbuilding and learn to have confidence in themselves and what they can do. Sale of the skiffs built by the youth helps fund the program.

Carpool to start
No Limit

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Sunday, September 24

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

All hikes will leave from the parking lot at Hilton Falls Conservation Area - entrance is on Campbellville Rd 5 km west of Regional Rd 25.

A. Long hike: A 12 km hike starting from the Pear Tree Park and following the new Kythera Hiking Friendship Trail - twinned with Kythera in Greece. We will return along the Escarpment edge to Hilton Falls. 

Meet at the Hilton Falls parking lot at 9:30 am for a car pool [or a bus] to the start.

B. Medium hike: An 8 km there-and-back hike to view Hilton Falls, including the Philip Gosling Side Trail and part of the Friendship Trail route.

Meet at 10:30 am at the Hilton Falls parking lot.

C. Short hike: A 6 km there-and-back walk along the western portion of the Kythera Hiking Friendship Trail (Main Bruce Trail), a short side trip to see the view from the Restoration Side Trail and then return to Hilton Falls by the Main Trail.

Meet at 11:00 am at the Hilton Falls parking lot.

All hikes will end about 1:30 pm at the Hilton Falls parking area. We hope participants will remain at Hilton Falls for light snacks and refreshments and the presentation of the Lloyd Smith Walking Stick and George Willis Family Trophy.

Conservation Area Fees:

Conservation Halton (CH) will be charging its regular daily entrance fees ($6.75 per adult or $5.75 for adults 65+) for all participants in the BTC Annual Meeting Sunday Hikes at Hilton Falls Conservation Area. These are not charged via the Bruce Trail Conservancy. There is no discount on CH Daily Entrance Fees for BTC Members.

However, BTC Members are eligible for a $50 discount on a CH Annual Family Pass, which can be purchased at Hilton Falls on the day (or at other Conservation Halton CAs thoughout the year). Bring your BTC Membership Card.

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