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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               August 2017

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Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve Donated to BTC

Opening Ceremony for Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve July 26 CEO Beth Gilhespy speaks at the Opening Ceremony of Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve, July 26.

Since 1974, the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) has made it its mission to preserve a Conservation Corridor on the Niagara Escarpment. The BTC now has preserved over 280 properties and has recently received another donation, the Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Reserve, which secures 550 more metres of the Conservation Corridor. 

Gordon wanted to preserve the property in his wife’s memory as they both have been life- long supporters of the Bruce Trail. Their gift now creates a continuous 13 km of corridor, from Webwood Falls to Griersville Rock. It also has some strategic value in allowing us to re-route the Bruce Trail through an ideal location. The trail now follows a ridge of rocky Escarpment landscape, weaving through both mature hardwood forest and regenerating forest. We hope that you will visit the Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve this summer to explore this beautiful location.

Thank you Gordon for your generous gift to the BTC!

Come out for a Swinging Good Time!

Poster for Barn Dance Sept 16. Live caller and band, catered supper, cash bar. A toe-tapping swinging fundraiser in support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Tickets $35 per person.

Note that tickets are $35.00 per person. An incorrect price was published.

Get to Know your Bruce Trail!

Bruce Trail Day is October 1. Hikers visit the Beaver Valley Clubs information booth on the Bruce Trail.

October 1 is Bruce Trail Day! Clubs will have hikes and booths out on the trail to mark the occasion. BVBTC will have our information booth posted at the Metcalfe Rock parking lot, near km 27.9 from 9 am to 3 pm. If you’re hiking in the area, stop by the booth for a chat and refreshments. Edition 29 of The Bruce Trail Reference will be available for sale at our booth for the unbeatable price of $40, including tax. Pick up your copy of the latest edition!

BVBTC is looking for a couple of enthusiastic volunteers to man the booth. For more information or to volunteer, contact Margaret Yaraskavitch 705-888-7686.

October 1 is also the kick-off to the month-long Bruce Trail Hike-a-Thon to raise funds to secure the Conservation Corridor. Registration and fundraising begin August 1.

Stewardship Byte

Close up of bear bell, affixed to a hikers backpack.

On the Good Side - our Land Steward for the Lower Valley Road Nature Reserve reports fresh large bear tracks along the trail. This is very good news, and reflects the large area of forest in the south end of the valley. If our conservation efforts are even helping provide habitat for large carnivores, we’re doing well. There have been reliable sightings of a cougar in this area too. Garbage left on Bruce Trail Jordan Springs property, under a No Dumping sign.

You might even want to dig out your bear bell and put it on your pack if you're hiking here.


On the Bad Side - we’ve had some garbage dumping at the Jordan Springs property again, ironically right beside the ‘No Dumping’ sign I put up 3 years ago. And some of it is down over the cliff, making retrieval a challenge! I fear this is urban weekenders who haven’t taken the time to find out about our local dump where you can dispose of things legitimately.

- Stew Hilts