Donna Baker Side Trail
When a reroute of the main Bruce Trail was completed in the spring of 2018 in the area of McKay Harbour, it was proposed that the McKay Harbour Side Trail could be renamed as part of the trail reconfiguration.
It took little time for the board of the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club to think of Donna Baker.
While attending the Club’s AGM in 1996, Donna came away as both the secretary and treasurer. Two years later she agreed to become president.
As president, Donna decided it was time to move board meetings back to the Peninsula after decades when there was not enough local membership. She continued the board’s efforts to round up new members and drew many (with her friendly charm) into the revitalized executive. The board meetings have remained there for the past 20 years and club membership now surpasses 1000.
Donna also led the Club to host the AGM for the Bruce Trail Association, took part in opening of the Snake Boardwalk at Cape Croker, and helped design a Club brochure to place on car windshields, display unit and Day Hike Map, all while continuing as a trail worker.
After retiring as president, Donna continued to serve the Club in publicity, landowner relations, and also as archivist. In 2011 she retired from the club’s board but still found time to hike, build, and maintain trails.
Finally, in 2015, the Baker’s donated a piece of their land where the Trail crossed, to the B.T. Conservancy.
So it is most appropriate that a piece of trail, not far from where Donna lived, be named in her honour, to remind us of her tireless ambition and leadership.