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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               January 2018

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Costa Rica Calling

Members of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club assist in building sections of the Sendero Pacifico near Monteverde. Photo M Yaraskavitch 2016.

Since Ros Rossetti’s first trip in 2015 to Monteverde for the official opening of a Friendship Trail, twinned with a section of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley, she has made it her mission to assist the Costa Ricans to realize the Sendero Pacifico, a hiking trail and human highway from the mountains of Monteverde to the Pacific coast.

With Ros organizing regular trips back to Monteverde, the BTC has assisted with the continuing development of the Sendero Pacifico. The trips are not all work and no play. There are opportunities to visit local towns and businesses and learn about their unique culture. Those who have returned from previous trips are changed by the experience. Some have returned more than once.

Ros has two volunteer vacations now in the works with five spaces available to anyone who wants to join one of the trips. Volunteers don’t need to be Bruce Trail members. For those with a desire to do good, its an opportunity see a beautiful country and make friends with our Costa Rican hosts and BTC members from the other clubs.

The first trip departs Toronto February 27 and returns March 10. Nine volunteers have registered and three spaces are still available. The second trip departs Toronto on March 13 and returns March 24. Ten volunteers are registered for this trip and there is room for two more volunteers.

For US$820 per person you will receive nine nights accommodation, three meals per day for ten days and all ground transportation. Return airfare and incidental expenses are extra.

Contact Ros at for more information. Please share this information with any individual you feel would enjoy this novel experience.

Snowshoe Adventures Begin!

Snowshoe in Loree Forest with Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. Photo copyright Mike Arkless. Photo: © Mike Arkless, 2017.

For anyone looking for a way to have fun this winter, we invite you to join us for the Snowshoe Adventure. The BVBTC organizes both day and moonlight snowshoe hikes. Fun! The first snowshoe hike is Sunday, January 14 at Kolapore. We’ve already had lots of snow fall so the season looks promising. Come for one hike or all four. And by completing each of the four hikes, you can earn the Snowshoe Adventure Badge. Easy!

New hikers are always welcome and membership is not a prerequisite to join our hikes. Contact the hike leader to register or for more information. See Snowshoe Adventures for details.

When You Go out to the Woods

Trees can pose dangers to hikers of the Bruce Trail. Image of branch overhanging Trail that is nearly severed. Photo I Marinko 2017.

You probably walk the Trail without giving thought to how its maintained. That is, until you find your path blocked or impassable. Did you know that each of the Bruce Trail clubs has a maintenance crew to keep the Trail obstruction-free - and they’re all volunteers! With a large amount of the Trail in forested tracts, tree service is a large part of maintenance.

Dead and dying trees near the Trail can pose a hazard to hikers. They’re the ones standing or leaning with peeling and missing bark, studded with woodpecker holes, broken and dead limbs or crowns. Perhaps they’re even kept propped up by an adjacent healthier tree or limb. Tree falls are a big problem for the BVBTC and we have volunteers regularly walking sections of the trail. But with 114 km of main trail plus 25 km of side trails, we can’t be everywhere.

We encourage all trail users to report potentially dangerous trees or other trail hazards to or to Blain Horsley at 519-986-4839. Important details to report are the location along the Trail (Map# and km, GPS coordinates), the condition of the tree(s) (on ground, leaning, suspended) and approximate size/diameter. Don’t forget to leave your contact information as we may need to follow up for further details. See Report Dangerous Trees for details.