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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               August 2018

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Help BVBTC Keep our Trails Tip-Top

Trail maintenance crew builds a new bridge on Fred Young property. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2016.

Your Trail Captains, Sawyers, Mowers, Flying Squads, Zone Leaders and other members of your Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club Trail Development & Maintenance (TD&M) team have been hard at work bringing our Trails back into shape after a challenging winter and spring. We are very proud of what we have been able to do so far, but we find we need help--and we need it fairly soon.

I, as TD&M Director, am therefore putting out a call for new volunteers who have an interest in joining our TD&M team as:

  • Volunteers for the Flying Squad (FS) “Stew Days” (trail maintenance and other outdoor work parties in honour of Stew Hilts--especially the Stew Days that will be scheduled in August and September;
  • New Trail Captains (TCs) either to replace a few TCs that are about to retire or to take responsibility for newly created trails;
  • Volunteers who don’t have the time to be Trail Captains, but would be willing to act as assistant TCs on specific trails;
  • Volunteers for projects that come up with very short notice.

If you are able to help in any of these volunteer capacities--or want to talk about it before committing--please contact me at

Thank you.
Bob Hann

Special Events Director Wanted to Join our Board

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club seeking Special Events Director for our volunteer Board of Directors. Design I. Marinko 2018.

The BVBTC is looking for a volunteer to join the Club’s Board of Directors. There is a vacancy for the position of Special Events Director.


The Special Events Director will initiate and organize special events for the Club and support fundraising strategies of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The Director is supported by volunteers as needed.


Good organizational, marketing, communication and people skills. Knowledge of special event planning and fundraising an asset.

Board meetings are held in the Beaver Valley area on a week day, either mornings or evenings to suit those attending.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team of dedicated volunteers and learn more about the behind scenes activities of your Club and the BTC. To learn more about the position, please send an email with “Board Positions” in the subject line to





Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Barn Dance September 8 2018. Live music and caller, catered picnic supper, cash bar. Tickets $40.



Trail Developments: Flying Squad Gets to Work

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Flying Squad members on the job. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2018.

The Club’s Trail Development and Maintenance (TD&M) team is organizing special work parties to tackle projects on our Beaver Valley trails and managed properties. We are calling these activities “Stew Days” to honour Stew Hilts, in recognition of his many, many contributions to the Club. He recently stepped down from the Board as Stewardship Director this spring. Stew was a long-time board member with a long history in the Beaver Valley and with the BVBTC. Knowledgeable on the Beaver Valley’s geology, flora and fauna, Stew always had a story to tell.

In June we had our first four TD&M Flying Squad Stew Days. Undaunted by the record temperatures, we:

  • Made main trail section 2, which takes hikers from SR 21 into the Loree Forest, less of an adventure by restoring the steps and safety line on a particularly steep hill;
  • Brought the split-rail fencing at Webwood Falls back to its former glory;
  • Removed rocks, trees and other obstacles so we could use the riding mower in future grass cutting operations on the trail south from the OPG Surge Towers, north of Eugenia;
  • Overcame a particularly vigorous infestation of grass, wild chervil and other challenges to hiking the length of a trail section west of Grey Road 7, south of Griersville;
  • Whipper-snipped and completed the penultimate trail prep prior to opening the new Trail Reroute through the Allan property, located south of the eastern extension of the Rocklyn sideroad;
  • Relocated a large number of very heavy boardwalks around Hogg’s Falls from the river and recently closed trail area, to a part of the trail where they would be of considerably more use to hikers.

A great start to our Flying Squad Stew Days...and, best of all, more to come in August and September.

 - Bob Hann

Explore Captivating Crevice Caves

Exploring crevice caves along Standing Rock and Caves side trail on the Bruce Trail. Photo K Yaraskavitch 2018.

Join Glenda Collings on August 23 as she takes a trek through the Nottawasaga Provincial Nature Reserve, exploring the Singhampton and Standing Rock and Caves Side Trails. Be prepared to be wowed by the spectacular (and comfortably cool!) crevice caves of the Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail. Water percolates through the rock and ferns and mosses carpet the stone walls.

Membership is not required to join our hikes. New hikers are always welcome. See the August Hikes Schedule for full details on this month’s organized hikes.





Beaver Valley Buce Trail hosts a volunteer and land owner celebration October 27. Save the date.