Hiking the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is made possible with the help of local landowners who grant the Bruce Trail Clubs and its hikers access to their properties. See Bruce Trail Hikers’ Trail Users Code to review trail etiquette. Review and understand the standardized Bruce Trail Blazes used for route navigation. With some exceptions, use of the majority of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley Section is suitable for foot traffic only. No wheelchair accessible trails fall within the Beaver Valley Club boundary.
The BVBTC is tasked with maintaining the Beaver Valley Section of the Bruce Trail. We put a priority on fallen and leaning trees and broken limbs as they create a safely issue for hikers. We encourage all trail users to Report Dangerous Trees or other trail hazards.
Need help to get to the start of a hike? See details below about Trail Angels, our hiker drop-off service to help hikers get to the start of a trail in the Beaver Valley section.
Deer Hunting Advisory
November 5-10 and December 3-8, 2018
Deer hunting occurs in Grey County annually from the first Monday in November to the Saturday next and from the first Monday in December to the Saturday next. Be aware that public land, including almost all Grey County Forests, is open to hunters.
This includes a couple of sections on which the Bruce Trail runs in the Beaver Valley. Hunting is allowed on the Ministry of Natural Resources property at Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, This affects the area from km 4.2 to km 8.4 of the Main Trail and the Len Gertler Side Trail [Map 24]. Grey County allows hunting in the County Forest south of Rocklyn containing a portion of the Sligo Side Trail [Map 27].
Trail Safety During Hunting Season
- Obey signs posted for closed trails.
- Stay on established trails.
- Hike with a group. Let someone know where you are hiking and when you will return.
- Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk or anytime visibility is limited.
- Wear bright colours, preferably orange. Keep dogs on leashes and and brightly marked.
- Make noise while on the trails. Talk, sing or whistle as you walk.
Trail Closure for Deer Hunt on Private Land
The Main Trail between km 27.9 and km 29.4 of the Beaver Valley Section west of Metcalfe Rock will be closed November 5-10 and December 3-8 for hunting season at the request of the landowner. Map 25.
View and print recent Bruce Trail reroutes affecting the Beaver Valley Section since publication of Edition 29 of the Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. Hikers can find reroutes for all Sections and earlier editions at Bruce Trail Reroutes. Note that for users of the Bruce Trail App, maps are always up-to-date.
The BVBTC offers a volunteer-run service for hikers wanting a shuttle between start and end points of a hike. Hikers with a single vehicle can arrange a shuttle in advance of a planned hike in the area. Once confirmed, a Trail Angel meets with the hiker(s) at their car, parked at the end of the planned route and takes the hiker(s) to the start of their hike.
The Beaver Valley Trail Angels volunteer their time and gas with an expectation that their rider will make a donation to the BTC. Please indicate that your donation is ‘with thanks to the Beaver Valley Trail Angels’. We thank you in advance. 😇
Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following details about your hike:
- Hike date.
- Pick up time. No earlier than 7 am please, for our volunteers.
- Finish point of the hike. State Map # and km from The Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. This becomes the pick up location where you meet the Trail Angel.
The BVBTC will confirm the shuttle with you.
Report Dangerous Trees
Fallen trees and branches hanging over the trail may pose serious safety risks. We encourage trail users to report these hazards promptly to email@example.com. or Blain Horsley at 519-986-4839. To help us locate and remove these problem trees we need to know:
- Location. Approximate km reference estimated from the trail map in The Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. (or GPS coordinates, or nearby landmarks, or a scan of the trail map with the location marked).
- Description. One or multiple trees involved? Is the tree or limb, on the ground, suspended above, leaning into trail? Approximate trunk size/diameter?
- Photo. Recommended as a photo is helpful.
- Preferred contact information. We may need to follow up for detail.