Welcome to the Beaver Valley Section!
- Blantyre Springs Nature Reserve Reroute at the boundary of Beaver Valley and Sydenham Sections
- New BTC parking lot opened at Blantyre! Capacity for up to 9 cars.
- Lower Valley Nature Reserve Trail Reroute
- Main Trail reroute at Georgian Peaks property
Fairmount Side Trail Temporary Closure
At the request of private landowners, the Fairmount
Side Trail is closed (Map 27, km 98.3 on
Sideroad 22B north to Sideroad 25).
A reminder to all hikers that the Bruce Trail passes through a mix of public and private land. The participation of private landowners is vital to the Bruce Trail. The BVBTC strongly urges all Trail users to stay on marked trails only, respect closed trails and parking areas, and respect landowners that require “No Dogs” on sections of the Trail using private property and keep dogs on leashes while on the Bruce Trail.
- Follow the Guidelines below to hike responsibly and safely during the pandemic.
- Check for Updates on COVID-19 and COVID-19-Related Closures and Restrictions before heading out on the Trail.
- Bowles Hill Parking Area Permanently Closed Bruce Trail parking on Grey Rd. 30 at km 78.9 (Map 26, Ed. 30) is now closed. Please do not trespass on private property or park on the roadside. Nearby parking for hikers can be found at Graham’s Hill Road, km 76.8 or seasonally at Beaver Valley Ski Club (summer only) in their Upper and Lower parking lots.
- See Trail Reroutes affecting the Beaver Valley Section.
- The Beaver Valley Club hiking program has been restarted! At this time participation in hikes is limited to Bruce Trail members and their guests. Please see the Bruce Trail Hikes Calendar for details and to register for Beaver Valley hikes as well as those of the other BTC clubs
- Hiker Drop-off Service The Trail Angels program is suspended until further notice.
- Report a Dangerous Tree
New BTC Parking Lot at Blantyre!
The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club is very pleased to announce the opening of a much needed new parking lot for up to 9 cars. The lot is located on a newly acquired BTC property on the east side of Grey Road 12, 60 metres north of the existing 2-car roadside parking at km 119.9 on Map 28 of The Bruce Trail Reference, Edition 30 — where the Beaver Valley Section ends and the Sydenham Section begins.
The existing 2-car location will remain open until the planned trail reroutes are implemented.
The parking lot is for Bruce Trail hikers only. No overnight parking. The lot is closed from 10 pm to 6 am. Please take your litter and garbage out with you.
Picking Garlic Mustard in the Beaver Valley
Dear Garlic Mustard Volunteers in the Beaver Valley,
I know you all eagerly look forward to Garlic Mustard picking season as much as I do!
Unfortunately, for the moment in 2021 in Ontario, health regulations forbid us at the moment from calling picking "parties", which always involve both butter tarts and lots of good companionship. After May 20, though, hopefully we will have further word.
In the meantime, I see that Garlic Mustard is rearing its aromatic head in our Valley. I have already picked some second-year plants on our own property as well as on the Clarke property. So -- if you have picked before, and feel comfortable enough with your spotting and picking skills, please feel free to form a "household picking squad" and make it a household outing to a spot near home -- the BTC has endorsed a 30-kilometre trek from home to a picking spot as regulations-compliant.
If you have picked before in the Valley, you know where we usually attack this devil, so go for it -- but if you do, could you be so kind as to let me know, for our records? Thanks. We keep an eye on our progress from year to year, in order to do a better job in future.
If you have not picked before, I hope to see you after May 20 to help you distinguish GM from wild violets and a host of other native plants, kill some varmints, eat some butter tarts, and seize the rest of the season.
I'll be in touch again after May 20. Stay sane!
Hiking Guidelines to Keep Us All Safe and Healthy
- Avoid travelling outside your municipality/region. Hike close to home.
- Most of the Bruce Trail remains open to local foot traffic. Please note that the Trail is not maintained in the winter.
- Check what is open by viewing Bruce Trail Changes and the websites of parks and other public landowners.
- Be prepared to make parking reservations at popular parks and conservation areas.
- Be prepared to change your destination if you find a chosen trail or trailhead busy.
Stay Home if You are Unwell
Practice Physical Distancing
- Keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone not in your household.
- Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distance.
- Limit groups to 5 people or less.
- Move aside to allow others to pass.
Respect Closures of any Trail or Facility
- Please do not trespass on closed trails and properties or use closed facilities.
Expect No Facilities
- Do not expect public washrooms to be open.
- Walk or hike for shorter spans of time.
Leave No Trace
- Pack out everything you bring on your hike, including disposable face masks, food waste and dog poop. Garbage cans are overflowing at many popular sites.
Beaver Valley Flying Squad Sprucing Up the Trail
Thank you to members of the Flying Squad who are out on the Trail this spring performing repairs from winter damage. Your efforts and dedication are very much appreciated!