A community that cares for each other is different than a community that expects to be cared for.
In 2015 we crafted HAFTA as a not-for-profit corporate vessel to help our trail community navigate seas impossible for them to cross alone. But our ship relies on the community continually stepping forward and putting their shoulders into it for the vessel to take them anywhere worth going.
All these works you see below would not have happened if the people in our community felt they could step aside and let other people do the rowing for them – Get involved!
Pre-HAFTA incorporation days; we operated under GORBA
In Fall 2014 a boardwalk was installed to span the bog
In spring of 2015 HAFTA was born, its first project was to fix a Fall-Line Trail
Spring 2015, The Revolver trail is created as a sustainable bypass to that Fall Trail
Spring 2015 we worked to address rotting woodwork
These projects were a resounding success.
In Fall 2015 we armoured the bog that had developed adjacent the Hilton/AF bridge
In Fall 2015 we took up the task of finishing a boardwalk. It spanned the seasonal flooding on Currie-Mahon access road
With lots of help from the community that project was another success
In spring 2016 we set out to reclaim trails in The Pines from decay
In Spring 2016 we continued to repair the bog on B.C. Rocks/Stunt
2016 saw more rotting wood features replaced with stone
In 2016 we wrangled up a crew of volunteers for CH’s Trail day.
In 2016 we armoured another bog at the end of Wandering Lynx
2016 saw us host our first Fall ride and BBQ event
In 2016 HAFTA set itself the task of repairing Island Run
With assistance from our partners we were able to raise Island Run from the muck
2017 got off to a great start; we armoured a large bog on Boundary B that people had been feeding sticks for decades.
These are some hardcore people doing something they believe in.
Spring 2017 saw us volunteering at Conservation Halton’s Hilton Falls
We cut a large bypass on Wally & Beav and laid corduroy trail elsewhere
In Fall of 2017 some weak-minded people tried to trash Boundary Trail. It’ll never be the same, but it wasn’t ruined.
In 2017 we launched On The Rocks. A ride, eat and camp weekend. Members enjoyed this!
In Fall of 2017 we repaired a boardwalk that was in horrible shape.
Remediation of rotting wooden structures still on the agenda
The stone paving basically lasts forever
As a consequence of terrain, boardwalk is one of the major infrastructure items we have to continually deal with.
Back volunteering with our partners at Conservation Halton
Second longest trail in the area. Longest legal trail created in decades.
Over 500 hours of volunteer work and multi-year effort by HAFTA & Halton Region
In 2018 the execs took it upon themselves to volunteer as Trail Captains; 2.5km of trail supervision and maintenance each.
On The Rocks returned for 2018, blessed with excellent weather again.
We worked with local partners and council to adjust this speed limit.
Robbie’s Challenge in the Spring
We hope this short bypass helps improve usability.
Lots of debris raking; back at the boardwalk.
Signing a winter-loop to help users find trail in deep-snow
Cleaned up logging damage in The Pines. No photos as this work was done in a rain-storm
Rebuilding boardwalks and helping them prune trails
2019 – Trail Captain program returns. 12 members have volunteered and 10 execs will shadow them. Help us keep the momentum going through becoming a
member, connecting us with a corporate member, buying some kit, making a donation or if you can’t spare something tangible then please consider supporting HAFTA through volunteering at a trail-day.
As a registered not-for-profit every penny of a support you put forward is accounted for and goes directly into fundamental expenses such as:
Insurance (Really expensive) Tools (Very expensive and they slowly wear out) Safety gear (Not so expensive, but it breaks and each person needs their own) Training (CPR/First-responder and forestry) Building material Initial financing of projects such as: T-shirts, hats, hoodies and jerseys. Saving up for a trailer to store our tools in Community building events (From On The Rocks to donuts for volunteers at Trail-Day)