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Bruce Trail Conservancy - 2018 Annual Meeting

September 21, 22 & 23
Hosted by the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club

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Registration  [CLOSED. Deadline: Friday September 14]

Location & Directions





Important Information for our Members

Members are invited to review the following important information before the Annual Meeting:



Annual Meeting Registration

Registration is now closed  Deadline: Friday, September 14

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

Early Bird Rate
Deadline August 31

Regular Rate
Sept 1-14

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.

$80 $95
Friday Night Only >
$20 $25
Saturday Lunch Only (with Workshop, Hike) >
$30 $35
Saturday Dinner Only (with Workshop and hike) >
$45 $50


Workshops with additional fees:

Workshop #1   Boat Tour of Fishing Islands $40  ** Workshop #1 FULL**

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Locations & Directions

Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd
Evergreen Resort
139 Resort Road, Red Bay, ON

Sunday, September 23rd
Ron Gatis Property, County Road 9, Colpoy's Bay
Map 35, km 6.6 (Bruce Trail Reference, Edition 29)
Roadside parking on east shoulder of County Road 9.
N44.772631, W81.136687

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Evergreen Resort has limited spaces available for the weekend. Contact the resort directly to make reservations (www.evergreenresortredbay.ca). Mention that you are there for the BTC Annual Meeting to receive the special rate (Bed & Breakfast for 2 adults: 2 nights $240.00 + tax or 1 night $120.00 + tax). Camping also available by reservation.

Note: Booking accommodations with Evergreen Resort does NOT register you for the Annual Meeting. Please also register for the Annual Meeting using the links above.

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Friday, September 21

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wine and Cheese Social

Guest Speakers Zane Davies and Scott Parent will give a presentation entitled "Crossing Georgian Bay on Foot".
Bidding opens for Silent Auction (which closes Saturday prior to dinner).

Cash bar.

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Saturday, September 22

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 3:30 pm

Saturday Afternoon Workshops

  • Pre-registration is required for all events.
  • One workshop has additional charges.
  • Finish times may vary.

See Saturday Workshop Descriptions >


3:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday Evening Events 

  • 3:00 pm - Silent Auction. Cash bar opens. 
  • Silent auction will close prior to dinner. Cheques, cash and credit cards accepted for auction items purchased.
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner and Awards Please select your dinner option upon registration (stuffed whitefish, roast chicken, or vegetarian option).


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Saturday Workshops

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

Workshop with an additional fee to be paid during registration (1)

1. Boat Tour of Fishing Islands  **FULL**

Enjoy a 90-minute guided boat tour of the Fishing Islands. Sail past islands once home to a local still, a First Nations smokehouse and one of the oldest permanent structures in Bruce County. See shipwrecks and learn about the history, the geography and the rare and endangered species of this stunning part of the Bruce Peninsula.

Cost: $40 - refunded if tour is cancelled due to poor weather
Minimum 4, Maximum 24 participants


Free Workshops included in your registration (2-9)

2. Rural Rocks Hike

Join trail captain Greg Hollinger on a hike through the beautiful and varied Rural Rocks Side Trail. This trail passes through a wonderland of enormous rocks left from a time when this area was the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake. Continue on this satellite side trail through a successional maple-birch-balsam forest, along serene beaver ponds, then back to the start of the loop. 4.1 km hike.

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No Limit


3. Guided Tour of Petrel Point Nature Reserve

Just a few miles west of the Bruce Trail lies a totally different environment. From the heights of the Escarpment above Georgian Bay, ancient dolostone rock slopes down to the east to the shoreline at Lake Huron. Rainwater flows slowly through the rock across the Bruce Peninsula, gradually becoming more alkaline. The Petrel Point Nature Reserve is a unique alkali fen, in which rare orchids and insectivorous plants thrive. Wildlife in the area includes bears and coyotes, although these are unlikely to be seen. Our easy one-hour walk along the boardwalk and nature trail in the Reserve will be of interest to botanists and other naturalists.

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No Limit
Easy Hike


4. Indoor Presentation - Where We Walk - Footsteps into Wonder

Explore the natural history of the Bruce Peninsula through the expert eyes of outdoor educator and renowned naturalist Peter Middleton. Discover the amazing geology and varied habitats on the Bruce and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.

Peter Middleton is a retired outdoor education teacher and principal. He has guided groups to many areas of the globe to observe birds, animals and plants, and interpret natural environments. He is a respected field ornithologist who has contributed to many projects including the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, North America Breeding Bird Surveys, Grey-Bruce Records Committee and Endangered Species Recovery Programs. He served as President of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists and has been a member of OSFN since its inception in 1989.

No Limit


5. Kayak Tour of Isaac Lake

Bring your kayak and paddling equipment to join us for a paddle on Isaac Lake, an inland lake just a short drive away from Evergreen Resort. Isaac Lake is part of the Rankin River system which connects Lake Huron to Georgian Bay, and historically, was a route used by fur traders in the area. This wetland setting is also well known as a favourite location for a wide variety of marsh birds. Peter Rasberry, a retired outdoor educator and bird enthusiast, will be our birding guide during this lovely afternoon paddle. Note: Experienced kayakers only. Activity dependent on weather.

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Maximum 12 Kayaks


6. McIver Wetland Tour - Bill Baker Environmental Hike

Join Bob Knapp, long time Bruce Trail member and landowner, on a guided 2-hour hike of the McIver Wetland, a unique property with a very large wetland. There will be a chance to learn about some of the history of this property. We will also visit the Knapp Lookout and donated property. The tour will conclude with a visit to the log cabin that the Knapp Family built as a family project in 1983.

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Maximum 20 participants


7. Photography Workshop

This workshop will help you get the most out of your digital images, whether using a phone or a digital camera. The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first will be a free-form ‘200-meter walk'. Participants will be encouraged to find the extraordinary in the less-closely observed. There will be several field demos and plenty of time to answer questions about shooting, lighting etc. The workshop will then move indoors for a technical forum on work-flow solutions, whether for the web or for art print. Bring your laptops so you can share your wisdom with other participants. The workshop will conclude with a short multi-media presentation, ‘Landscape as Metaphor.'

Workshop leader Laurence Acland has worked as a photojournalist and photo-illustrator in Toronto since the mid-seventies. His work appeared often in the Globe and Mail and Now Magazine in its heyday as well as via First Light / Getty Images. His digital illustrations won an international audience, winning awards and even providing Banksy with an image to ‘borrow'.

Maximum 15 participants


8. Mushroom Identification and Citizen Science Guided Hike at Jones Bluff

Join Nature Conservancy of Canada Conservation Biologist Esme Batten and Elder Miptoon Chegano from Neyaashiinigmiing to learn about the secret life of fungi and their biological and cultural significance. Experience scenic outlooks over Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment as we hike along Jones Bluff. We'll also make flora and fungi observations for the BTC's iNaturalist Citizen Science project. To participate in the citizen science component, download the iNaturalist app before the hike and connect with the BTC's Meghan Fielding at mfielding@brucetrail.org to be set up as a citizen science volunteer.

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Maximum 12 participants
Moderate difficulty


9. First Nations Craft Workshop

Experience Anishnaabe culture with Lenore Keeshig and use black ash splints to weave a white tailed deer. Lenore will have samples of baskets and other native crafts made from black ash.

Maximum 15 participants


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Sunday, September 23

8:45 am - 1:30 pm

All hikes will begin and end at the barn on the Ron Gatis Property, County Road 9, Colpoy's Bay.
PARKING: Roadside parking at km 6.6 (Map 35, Bruce Trail Reference, Edition 29) on the east shoulder of County Road 9, near the stile, taking care not to block the driveway. N44.772631, W81.136687. If needed, attendants will direct you to additional parking.

A. Long Hike, 8:45 am - 12.0 km (allow 4 hrs)

Starting at the Gatis Barn on County Road 9 9 (km 6.6), hike to the Crawford Drive Side Trail (km 12.8) and return to the barn via Colpoy's Bluffs Side Trail and the Whicher Side Trail, passing the Disappearing Stream.

B. Medium Hike, 9:45 am - 8.2 km (allow 3 hrs)

Starting at the Gatis Barn on County Road 9 (km 6.6), hike to the Mallory Beach Side Trail (km 10.4) and return to the barn via Colpoy's Bluffs Side Trail and the Whicher Side Trail, passing the Disappearing Stream.

C. Short Hike, 10:45 am - 5.5 km (allow 2 hrs)

Starting at the Gatis Barn on County Road 9 (km 6.6), hike to the Gatis Side Trail (km 9.5) and return to the barn via Colpoy's Bluffs Side Trail and the Whicher Side Trail, passing the Disappearing Stream.

D. Family Hike, 11:45 am - 1.6 km (allow 1 hr)

Starting at the Gatis Barn on County Road 9 (km 6.6), hike to the Whicher Side Trail, and return to the barn after checking out the Disappearing Stream.

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

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