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A Reason to Celebrate!

Images of Bruce Trail reroute on Camplin property in Beaver Valley. Photos John Burton 2019.
Photo credits: John Burton, 2019.

Join us for the Opening Ceremony of our new Camplin reroute on Wednesday, August 21 at 9:30 AM!

Meet at the western trail head of the reroute on the north side of Fox Ridge Road, about 1.3 km west of the corner of Fox Ridge Road and the Blue Mountains/Euphrasia Town Line, northwest of the town of Duncan. (Fox Ridge Road is the first intersection north of Duncan on the Blue Mountains/Euphrasia Town Line road). This marks the southwest corner of our new Camplin property.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an inaugural hike the length of the reroute. Following the event, there will be a Potluck hosted by Bob and Joan. (806492 Sideroad 25, between Grey Rd. 13 and Grey Rd. 7. Sideroad 25 runs south of and parallel to Grey Rd. 40.) See info about participating in a Potluck.

Special reasons to celebrate what is by far the most ambitious Trail Development project undertaken in the Beaver Valley in the past couple of years:

  • We are really excited about the reroute through the recently purchased Camplin property as it moves part of the main trail off Fox Ridge Road into the forest .
  • These results were only possible through a major effort on the part of volunteers from BVC Land Acquisition, Land Stewardship and Trail Development & Maintenance (TD&M) to secure the property and then to route, build and mark the new trail.

TD&M’s contribution, led by John Burton, one of our TD&M Zone Leaders, consisted of:

  • 20 separate days of Working parties;
  • involving 19 different TD&M Flying Squad Volunteers, (many of whom helped with multiple working parties);
  • and in total provided over 370 hours--nearly 50 days-- of volunteer effort.

Highlights of the new route include:

  • the trail now goes through a section of trees between farm fields, and along the top of the escarpment edge taking in views of hardwood forests, sea stacks on top of the escarpment, large butternut and basswood trees and stands of older growth sugar maple trees;
  • it takes in views of Georgian Bay to the north in an area referred to as the ““Grassy Knoll” which will have a bench installed in the future;
  • the trail then heads back into an area of new growth and features a lovely stream valley with old growth sugar maple and many large ironwood trees;
  • and then progresses across an open meadow with some apple trees with views of Georgian Bay to the north before reaching the road leading to Duncan.

BVBTC at Canada Day Parade

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club volunteers hold Club banner and provincial flags at start of Canada Day Parade in Clarksburg. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2019.

It was a perfect summer day for a parade.

The morning of July 1st, local businesses and organizations, bagpipers, floats, vintage cars and horses gathered in Clarksburg to kick-off the start of the Canada Day parade under a sunny blue sky. As per tradition, the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club joined the annual event walking from Clarksburg to Thornbury carrying the 13 provincial and territorial flags of Canada. The Club members were decked out in Canadian and BTC gear, greeting and waving to a stream of red and white parade bystanders that lined the route.

The crowd gathered for a post-parade party in Thornbury where they were entertained with live music, cupcakes and treats, and an aerobatic airshow by the harbour.

Happy Canada Day!


John Burton Honoured with “The Boot”

Kelly Killoran presents Keith Solomon Award to John Burton. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2019.
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2019.

Since its inception in 1995, the Keith Solomon Award has been granted annually in appreciation of an individual or group who, like its namesake, has made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. This year we honoured John Burton with “The Boot”. Read more about John ...


New Side Trail Honours BVBTC Trail Blazer!

Bruce Trail blue blaze side trail marker. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2018.
Photo © Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

A new side trail that was first proposed by Stew Hilts after his discovery of a beautiful waterfall in the upper Beaver Valley, has been named in his honour. Read more about the Stew Hilts Side Trail ...


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