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|
Beaver Valley End-to-End Event
While there are always obstacles to overcome in an End-to-End event, weather was not one of them this year. Over two consecutive weekends in September, we had bright skies and warm temps for our biennial event. Forty-five intrepid hikers, hailing from all over southern Ontario and as far away as New York State, completed the Beaver Valley End-to-End.
Hikers enjoyed the trail with many commenting on the beautiful views. And what’s a hike without snacks? There were many, many thank-yous for the delicious snacks provided at the checkpoints. Kudos to our checkpoint volunteers, who outdid themselves with home-baked treats! Yum! Despite some challenging terrain and mud, everyone carried on with only some minor grumbles. Our hikers really earned their event badges!
Congratulations to all participating hikers!
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.