Steps Sustenance Stars!

Stars over the tree tops in a dusky cloudy sky. Photo credit Adrian Pelletier August 2016 from Free Nature Stock.
Photo credit: Adrian Pelletier, 2016. Free Nature Stock.

Saturday, August 18

Fundraiser in support of the Bruce Trail and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Join the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail (BVBTC) and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) on August 18 (rain date September 15) for a fun, informative event.

We’ll start the fun with a guided hike on the Bruce Trail. You’ll have a choice of an 8.4 km loop taking in Metcalfe Rock and the Chuck Grant Side Trail or a shorter easy 3.8 km loop in Loree Forest.

Our hikes will be followed by a potluck supper on the grounds of the E.C. Carr Observatory (located near the Bruce Trail), hosted by volunteers of the RASC with BBQs at the ready.

After dinner, the evening begins with a night-time astronomy presentation, a laser-guided tour of the constellations, and then viewing of objects up in the night sky through large telescopes. Highlights will be Saturn and the Moon, and a plethora of other objects. A telescope will be set up for photographers to snap a picture of the Moon or Saturn.

A fee of $15.00 per person will be collected on the day of the event. Proceeds will be shared between the RASC and BVBTC to support our organizations.

Further details for the day will be sent upon registration. Register early as spaces will be limited. Event coordinator: Glenda Collings 519 694 7691.

Falling Water Badge Event

Falling Water Badge awarded to hikers who complete a challenging 31 km route in the Beaver Valley on the Bruce Trail in a single day

Saturday, September 1

Hike 31.1 km of our most challenging terrain in a single day and receive a badge! $10. Fee includes the special Falling Water Trail badge and refreshments. See registration details.

Swingin’ FUN Raiser for BTC

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Barn Dance September 8. A toe-tapping swinging fun raiser in support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

∼ Costa Rica 2019 ∼
BTC–Sendero Pacifico Friendship Trail

February 23—March 5
March 9—March 19

Sendero Pacifico volunteer work crew all smiles as they enjoy the sun and views of the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. Photo Nat Scrimshaw 2018.

The Sendero Pacífico envisions a network of freely accessible hiking trails in Costa Rica located between the Monteverde Cloud Forest and mangrove forests on the west coast Gulf of Nicoya in the Bellbird Biological Corridor. Trails pass through a variety of ecological life zones, land uses, and communities. It is still in development and the primary trail will eventually extend about 80 kms. This is a grassroots project with trails being developed by the communities along the way. See Sendero Pacifico on Facebook to learn more.

The BTC-Sendero Pacifico Friendship Trail was established in 2015 and is a 7 km section of the trail that passes through the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

To date, four groups of BTC volunteers have assisted the community of San Luis at the upper end with improving existing trail and establishing new trail. The work on the trail involves hard physical labour. The terrain is mountainous and consequently the hikes are strenuous. The work is complemented by various local activities which serve to acquaint volunteers with the people and way of life in rural Costa Rica.

If you are interested in volunteering to do trail work in the Monteverde Cloud Forest mountains of Costa Rica with an opportunity to hike the BTC-Sendero Pacifico Friendship Trail in the company of other BTC folk in a group of 10-12 people, and are available for a 11 day period in February/March 2019, please contact Ros Rossetti of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club at for more information.

Total cost including flights, accommodation, meals, ground transportation is about CDN$2,000 per person for 11 days. If you are looking for a beach resort or other tourist activities, these can be experienced by staying on for a few days after the volunteering ends (or by arriving a few days beforehand).