Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club Hike Schedule



BMBTC Announces Hybrid Model for Group Hikes

Oct 06,2021

BMBTC has decide to go to a hybrid model for our organized hike programme. Although we prefer that you register on-line for hikes, we are accepting hikers the morning of a hike. What does this mean? Hikers that are making a last minute decision to join scheduled hikes may show up at the meeting point to sign-in on a paper copy waiver.

You must be a BTC member and you will need your membership number to sign-in! Remember to show up fifteen minutes early. Our hope is that we will be able to accommodate various hikers and have a full group for our hike leaders!

Hikers signing in the morning of a hike may be turned away if the group size(and parking) is an issue for that particular hike. Keep in mind, car pooling (wearing masks) is permitted at this time.

If you need us to print off copies of waiver for hike as you may not have a printer, let us know.

See you on the trails!!
BMBTC Hike Coordinator Team



BMBTC Newsletter September/October 2021

Oct 03,2021

BMBTC Announces Hiking changes for Step-3 Covid Re-opening

Jul 17,2021

In our club, we will maintain a group size of 15 (13 + leader and sweep). Car pooling is permitted. As we cannot determine the comfort level of hikers taking on passengers, parking may still be problematic. If car pooling, masks must be worn and when possible windows open.  Hikers MUST continue to register online for all hikes. Registration is ONLY for BTC members and their registered guests at this time. 
Registered members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy can book Group Hikes on the Bruce Trail Online Hike Schedule.

Click here for a Pre-Hike Talk about COVID-19 issues which should be given to Hiking Groups by the Hike Leader
Updated 2021/10/13.



BTC Online Hike Schedule Re-opens for Bookings

Jun 10,2021

Registered members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy can once again book Group Hikes on the Bruce Trail Online Hike Schedule.



BTC Announces - COVID-19 Return to the Hiking Program Plan

May 28,2021

As Ontario moves out of lockdown and into the three-step plan to reopen the province, the Return to Hiking Program Plan has been updated. Our highest priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of all our Staff and Volunteers.

This coronavirus (COVID-19) return to the hiking program plan is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional governmental guidelines. When changes occur, Hike Directors and Hike Leaders will be updated, as soon as possible, by email. As the situation develops, changes to this plan may occur. The BTC will confirm as each Step is reached by the Province.

The hiking program will continue to be restricted to members in Step 1 and members and their guests in Step 2. This will show loyalty to our members and encourage people to renew or join. Once restrictions on outdoor group sizes are lifted or increased in Step 3, then the hiking program will open to everyone, members and non-members.

No Hike Leader should feel that they are being forced to lead hikes. The decision to lead hikes is up to each individual volunteer to decide. The BTC supports each Hike Leader’s decision.

Step 1:

  • Hiking program can reopen in all Club sections with a limit of 10 hikers per hike, including the hike leader and sweep (8 hikers, 1 hike leader, and 1 sweep)
  • Members only on hikes
  • No car shuttles or bus hikes are permitted – all hikes must be out and back or loop hikes
  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other
  • It is strongly recommended that both Hikers and Hike Leaders wear face masks during the hike
  • Hike Leaders and Hikers can carry hand sanitizer, but should not be sharing it with the group
  • Individual end to ends of the entire Bruce Trail can resume and will be acknowledged

Step 2:

  • Hike capacity will increase to 25 hikers
  • Members and guests only on hikes
  • No car shuttles or bus hikes are permitted – all hikes must be out and back or loop hikes
  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other
  • It is strongly recommended that both Hikers and Hike Leaders wear face masks during the hike
  • Hike Leaders and Hikers can carry hand sanitizer, but should not be sharing it with the group

Step 3:

  • Hikes will be open with no capacity restrictions, unless outdoor capacity limits are put in place by the Province for Step 3•
  • Car shuttles and bus hikes may resume
  • Group end to end hikes may resume
  • Event hikes may resume

Health and COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Each hiker must perform a self-screening check before hiking https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
  • Hikers and Hike Leaders are to follow the protocols laid out on the BTC website for safe hiking
  • Hikers who experience COVID-19 symptoms following a hike, must inform Public Health. Public Health will be responsible for contact tracing.

Safety Talk for Hike Leaders for Step 1 and 2

At the beginning of any organized hike please perform the following safety talk to inform the participants of the protocol for COVID 19. As the hike leader you should know the symptoms of COVID-19 https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en. If any participants show the following signs, ask them not to participate:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

In your talk with hikers please cover the following items:

  • Remind people not to share anything including bug repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water etc.
  • Remind hikers to bring their own first aid kits
  • Inform people to keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
  • At the current time, ensure no more then 10 people are in the group. This will change as provincial guidelines change
  • Ensure people move aside to allow others to pass
  • Pack out everything you bring on your hike
  • Inform hikers that masks are strongly recommended for everyone’s safety
  • Know your location before the hike and in case of an emergency call 911

Reminder – vaccination is not a pre-condition of participating in the hiking program. Please do not ask whether or not hikers have been vaccinated.


Other Covid-19 Information Updates have been moved to the NEWS tab.


BMBTC Newsletter April 2021

Apr 30,2021

BMBTC Newsletter March 2021

Mar 31,2021


Notes:

 

a)  Unless stated otherwise, all hikes meet in the parking lot behind Tim Horton’s on First St. in Collingwood

 b)  Hikers should come prepared, having read the Hiker’s Checklist below.

 

c)  Hikers will be required to sign a waiver similar to that set out below prior to the commencement of the scheduled activity:

 

“I acknowledge that this activity of the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club in which I am participating involves risks which are be-yond the control of the club. Notwithstanding the acknowledgment of such risks, I hereby release the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club, its contractors, employees, volunteers, agents, assigns and executors from all claims for damage however so arising as a result of my participation in this or any other activity organized by the club. I agree to pay the cost of any emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of the activity, its approximate length, duration and degree of difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able to participate. I have no medical or other condition which might preclude my participation.

 

d)    Hike Rating Criteria. – (This is being adopted by all Bruce Trail Clubs as of 2014) 

Pace: 
  •  Leisurely - 3 km/hr. or less
  •  Medium - 3 to 4 km/hr
  •  Brisk - 4 to 5 km/hr
  •  Fast - 5+ km/hr
Terrain: 
  •  Easy - Mostly flat and usually good footing.
  •  Moderate - Some hills and/or some poor footing
  •  Strenuous - Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing.

http://www.bmbtc.org/2014NLSF/HCL.pdfBlazes


Hiker's Checklist

1. Check distance, pace and terrain of hike to ensure it is within your fitness level. Call the hike leader before the hike if you have any questions or concerns.

 

2.  If you have any health problems that could affect your hiking performance, inform the hike leader.

 

Note: If you have any known asthma, allergies or hay fever, carry antihistamines. Asthma sufferers should carry their asthma medications or inhalers and, in winter, always carry an inhaler. Allergy suffers should carry an EpiPen(s) and ensure someone on the hike knows where you carry these. Diabetics should carry their medication.

 

3.  Wear comfortable boots/shoes. Hiking poles help on hills and with balance.

 

4. Take a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the hike. Carry plastic bags to protect the car from muddy boots and remember your car keys.

 

5.  Have a backpack or waist pack to carry the following:

 

Cell Phone

 

Water or other beverages in screw top containers (extra in summer or on longer hikes)

 

Snacks (plus lunch if indicated in the hike write-up)

Plastic poncho/rain gear to conserve heat and provide seating and rain protection

 

Spare pair of socks and boot/shoelaces, duct tape, whistle, 2 aspirin

 

In winter: Thermal blanket/space blanket, extra layer of clothing

 

In other seasons: Insect repellent, sun block. Check for ticks after hiking.

6.   Enjoy your hike!