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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               April 2018

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BVBTC Annual General Meeting June 14 2018. Kimberley Hall 235309 Grey Road 13, Kimberley. Social BBQ and potluck dinner 6 pm. Meeting to follow.


Notice of Proposed Changes to BVBTC By-Laws

Attention all BVBTC members, please note that your Board has prepared a draft new set of By-Laws to include:

  • The BTC Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities for 2018 to 2025;
  • A new BVBTC Board position - Information Services Director;
  • A change to the BVBTC AGM quorum from 5% of current Club membership to 20 members.

To become effective, these new By-Laws must be approved by a vote of the general membership, at the June 14th 2018 Annual General Meeting. See Proposed By-Law Amendments to read or download a copy of the draft new By-Laws.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Smith-Brodie (President) or Ros Rossetti (Past-President) at either or

Who Gets “The Boot” this Year?

Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield honoured recipients of Keith Solomon Award 2017 presented at BVBTC Annual General Meeting in June. Photo M. Yaraskavitch 2017. Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield were honoured with the 2017 Keith Solomon Award at last year’s AGM.


The Keith Solomon Award is granted annually to 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 BVBTC is accepting nominations until May 1 for candidates to receive our highest award. Don’t delay! Send your nomination to Kelly Killoran, Please add a brief supporting statement for your chosen candidate.

Then plan on attending our Club’s Annual General Meeting on June 14 to see the award presentation!

Kids and Hiking

Join the BVBTC on our first kids hike Mothers Day May 13. 2 km hike for parents and their children with stops to explore the trail and nature activities. Photo credit Josh Willink Pexels. Photo credit: Josh Willink, Pexels.

New adventures on the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail!

“It’s a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it’s even better if the adult and child learn about nature together. And it’s more fun!”
 — Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Our new Beaver Valley Kids Hikes are all about the fun of connecting with nature in a leisurely, exploratory way. As we hike along, our pace will be guided by the kids’ interest in our surroundings. We’ll stop to examine trees and flowers, ferns, rocks and critters. We’ll practice to “Leave no trace”. Games and activities along the way will add to the fun.

What a great way for kids to unplug, get some exercise and build self-confidence as they learn to navigate a trail and expand their knowledge of and respect for the natural world.

What better way to spend a couple of hours on Mother’s Day (May 13, 2:00 pm) or on the second Kids Hike on Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm. So gather up your kids and join us on our first kids hike of the year!

Sun. May 13 Kids Hike: Epping, Beaver Pond, Woods and Meadow Map 27
T=Easy    P=Leisurely

Meet at 2:00 pm at Epping John Muir Lookout, Eric Winkler Parkway, Grey Road 7 for a fun kids hike of 2 km (1 to 2 hours) with stops to explore the trail and for nature activities. The hike is geared towards kids ages 4 to 10 and kids must be accompanied by an adult. Hiking boots or running shoes are required. Bring water, a snack and insect repellent. Register with leader: Tina MacPhail at

ERRATUM: The date of the second Kids Hike in June was misidentified as Father’s Day. Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

Put Spring in your Step!

Water rushing over Eugenia Falls in the Beaver Valley. Photo copyright A McPherson 2015. Eugenia Falls. Photo credit: A. McPherson, 2015.

With melt waters entering the waterways, spring is a great time to view waterfalls. Come along with Ed and Dale Stedman on Thursday, April 26 as they hike the highlights of the Bruce Trail around Eugenia, including Eugenia Falls and a section of the Falling Water Trail. Don’t forget about the potluck after the hike! It’s a relaxed gathering that encourages sharing good company and lively conversation, along with great food. Join the Stedmans for the hike, the potluck or best of all, both the activities!

New hikers are always welcome and membership is not a prerequisite to join our hikes. See the April Hikes Schedule for full details on this month’s organized hikes.