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Humber Valley Heritage Trail

Having been a member for over 4 years, it was time to join in some of the hikes led by members of the HVHTA.

For as many years as I have been planning, designing and using trails, birding was rarely a consideration.  But it is now.

June 2011, changed my perception.  The Humber Valley Trail Association has a premiere resource in Joanne Nonnekes.  As our group entered a beaten trail, we stopped and started with regularity, listening and looking.  Joanne would announce at each stop that there is a type of bird in the vicinity. Each of the six of us would search the tree layers (because a birder knows the ground dwellers from the tree toppers). The pinnacle of the event was the discovery of a Baltimore oriole (a tree topper).

In Spring 2012, Ian Gray led over 20 participants into the lands and trails of our former Lieutenant Governor.  We traversed the headwaters of the Humber over Capilano styled bridges and climbed mostly river edges to see a part of Vaughan that few have the opportunity to observe.

Now, if only we all had more time to enjoy our back yards. I find myself now on the HVHTA committee, enjoying the opportunity to reach out to more potential trail hikers in Vaughan.

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson