Beaver Valley Falling Water Trail Event
The BVBTC recently held its sixth biennial Falling Water Trail badge event on a warm September day. While the trail was in excellent shape, thanks to the diligence of our trail maintenance team, the route covers 31 km of our most formidable terrain, with lots of ups and downs and variable footing. But Bruce Trail hikers love a challenge! We were very pleased to see lots of new faces among our 68 hike participants. By the end of the event, 54 participants had completed the entire route to earn their Falling Water Trail badges.
We would like to thank our volunteers who helped out at the event and those who supplied delicious baked treats at each of the checkpoints. And thanks to the Beaver Valley Ski club for the use of their parking lot.
Bruce Trail Heroes of the Beaver Valley Given “The Boot”
The Keith Solomon Award honours Keith Solomon, who was instrumental in establishing the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. His passion for the endeavour persuaded others to share in his vision and join him in blazing this trail. For a man who was tireless in his efforts to build the trail, it is a fitting tribute to have one of his work boots bronzed and mounted, as the embodiment of the Keith Solomon Award.
Since its inception in 1995 by Fred Young and John McCullum, the 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. The recipient this year, Mike Osborn, doesn’t like to brag about his accomplishments. So content is he to quietly go about his work that he was not even in attendance at the AGM to receive the Award. He was chased down “on the job” to receive the Award!
With an aptitude for logistics and organization, Mike spent many a year “behind the scenery” on administrative tasks supporting the work of the Land Steward Director. Early on, Mike recognized the power of information. He not only maintained the properties and Land Stewards database, he expanded it to include trail information, the Club’s volunteer information and the new Land Ambassador’s information systems. His initiative has become an invaluable resource for our Club and is a model for other Bruce Trail Clubs.
Even while devoting countless hours on his labour of love, he devoted time to other needs for the Club, like training new Land Stewards, finding and documenting BTC property boundaries of the over 40 properties under our stewardship and helping with our Club events.
Keith Solomon Award Recipients
|2017||Joan Nuffield & Bob Hann|
|2014||Christine Blake & Richardson Family|
|2012||32 Combat Engineer Regiment|
|2010||Bill McMurray & Fred Young|
|2005||Beaver Valley Ski Club|
|2003||Shirley & Fred Young|
|2002||Ann Lis & Jim Couse|
|2001||Ruth & Bruce Calvert|
Garlic Mustard Posse
Rounds up a Notorious Weed
Our thanks to volunteers who helped to remove an invasive weed at the annual Garlic Mustard pull in the Loree Forest. Learn more about how Garlic Mustard threatens to erase native environments.
Tour the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail
Photos © Stew Hilts
Take a peek at the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail which opened in the spring of 2017.