Annual 4-day End to End – Waterfall Badge
The annual Iroquoia Club End to End event consists of four hikes over two weekends and will take place in the fall each year. The section is approximately 122.5 km. long and each hike averages 30 km. or more with one being 27.2. This is a very challenging, but richly rewarding series of hikes. Volunteers will be at “check points” with water and snacks along the way. There is no official hike leader, hikers must understand and follow the trail blazes. Hikers must be able to finish each hike by 5pm (approximately 9 hours per day)
Historically, less than half of those who start are able to complete this very challenging, but richly rewarding series of hikes and earn the Official 4-day E2E Badge. Only those who complete the full 4-day event are eligible for the Waterfall Badge.
The club is planning to hold the 2023 Official Iroquoia E2E on September 16, 17, 23 and 24. Registration is expected to open May 30 (subject to change)
E2E-in-Ten – New Badge!
In order to earn this new badge, hikers must register and complete 10 scheduled hikes with a small group led by a Bruce Trail Hike Leader. Up to 3 hikes can be completed as an individual due to scheduling challenges - please ensure you are available for all hikes in the schedule prior to registering.
The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club will run as many series as we can, with multiple hike leaders leading the series at easy, moderate, and fast paces. Stay tuned for more series to be added to the hike schedule, soon.
For the time being, in order to register, hikers must be a member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (affiliated with any club). Registration in 2022 is $30 which helps the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club in its efforts to support the Bruce Trail Conservancy's Mission of "Preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever."
The new E2E-in-TEN badge was designed by Joe Borges, Iroquoia hike leader and E2E-in-Ten coordinator. It is a stained glass style rendering of a Butternut Tree, Juglans cinerea, in late summer with vibrant blues and greens.
The Butternut Tree is endangered in Ontario and Canada, though it is present throughout the Iroquoia section of the trail. By featuring the Butternut Tree on our E2E-in-TEN badge, we engineer an ongoing opportunity to call attention to its conservation among members of the public.
The stained glass styling is intended both to create a bold, modern look, and also as a comment that the boundaries of natural habitats have been artificially altered by human activities and land use - but with enough pieces put together, we can create something beautiful - for example, "a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever"
Independent End to End – Jack in the Pulpit Badge
To receive a badge, you are required to hike the entire Iroquoia Section from Forty Mile Creek in Grimsby to the bottom of Kelso Conservation Area In Milton. Keep a record of the days you hiked, the start and end points, and any other details you wish to add.
Side Trail Challenge Badge
Earn the Iroquoia's Side Trail Challenge badge by hiking all side trails in the Iroquoia section of the Bruce Trail, in any order, and capturing a photo of prominent landmarks along the way. Landmarks and side trails provided below along with a hike log.
IBTC Side Trail Challenge log 2021 FINAL
Post using hashtag #IBTCSideTrailChallenge on social media for others to follow the adventure!
Steeltown Stomp Badge
The Steeltown Stomp Badge is awarded upon completion of climbing 2000 stairs in Hamilton and completing 20KM of trail between the stairs. It must be completed on the actual event day, held annually.
The 2023 Steeltown Stomp will be held September 30, 2023.
Junior Hiker Badge
The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club’s Junior Hiker Badge program is an opportunity for children to earn a new and unique badge for every season of the year. Each seasonal badge is $7. When all four badges are earned, the child is awarded with a Junior Hiker badge at the courtesy of the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club. This program is designed for children under the age of 13.
They can earn a badge each season after completing a minimum 3 km hike on the white or blue blazed Bruce Trail within the Iroquoia Section. Children who have completed at least a 3 km hike in all four seasons as described above, qualify for the free Junior Hiker Badge.
Iroquoia Winter End to End Badge
The Iroquoia Winter End to End Badge is earned by hiking during the current winter season only (ie. December 21 - March 20).
To receive the badge, you are required to hike the entire Iroquoia Section from Grimsby to the 401 in Milton. Keep a record of the days you hiked, the start and end points, and any other details you wish to add.
Snowshoe Badge Participants must complete a total of four snowshoe hikes on the Bruce Trail, three of which must be within the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club section which runs between Grimsby and the bottom of Kelso Conservation Area near Milton. Hikes must be on the main (white) or side (blue) trails.
Although the Snowshoe badge is offered to provide hikers a shorter badge goal during the winter season when other hiking goals are more difficult to achieve, snowshoeing is more energy intensive than hiking! Therefore, the minimum distance to count as a "snowshoe hike" is around 3-5 km, but longer hikes according to your ability & experience are encouraged. Hikes must be completed on different days. You may create and complete your own hikes or take part in any four snowshoe hikes offered by various leaders throughout the winter.
Because snow suitable for snowshoeing is difficult to predict, especially in our section, it may not be possible for leaders to plan a snowshoeing hike series. However, hikes that have been posted for winter (especially in January and February) may organically become snowshoeing hikes, depending on the weather.
Keep It Clean Challenge
Getting Your Badge!
Fees for Independently earned (non-Event) Badges:
$7.00 per badge for members and $12.00 per badge for non-members. Jr Hiker badges are $7.00 regardless of if you are a member or not.
Please send a stamped and self-addressed envelope together with your logs and a cheque to Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, P.O. Box 71057, Burlington, ON L7T 4J8. You will receive your badge(s) back in the envelope supplied. Cheques should be written out to Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club. If your badge requires photos, and you prefer emailing them, they can be sent to email@example.com.
Money Transfer Option
Please send your money transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your name and the badge(s) you are requesting in the message portion of your money transfer. Then email your logs and any required photos to email@example.com.