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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               July 2018

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Canada Day Parade Volunteers Needed

BVBTC members carry flags of the provinces at the Canada Day Parade from Clarksburg to Thornbury in 2017.

Everyone loves a parade! The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club once again has the honour of carrying the flags of the provinces in the Clarksburg-Thornbury Canada Day Parade.

We are still looking for a few, well, five, hikers/walkers to join the Parade on July 1 to assist in carrying a flag. We will meet at 11:30 at the Pavillion in Clarksburg, with the Parade starting at noon.

To join the festivities, contact Joan Nuffield ASAP at

Unsung Hero Receives Keith Solomon Award

Mike Osborn receives the BVBTC 2018 Keith Solomon Award. Photo Ros Rossetti 2018.

The Keith Solomon Award is granted annually in appreciation of an individual or group making 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 and the Club’s volunteer information.

Mike didn’t stop until the database had absorbed the new Land Ambassador’s information systems and morphed into the Beaver Valley Updated Information on Lands and Trails (BUILT). 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 continued to work on other needs for the Club, like training new Land Stewards, finding and documenting property boundaries of the over 40 BTC properties under our stewardship and helping with our Club events.

Mike, thank you for your work, vision and passion!

Hike a Slice of the Falling Water Trail!

Never far from falling water along the Falling Water Trail on the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. Photo I Marinko 2015. Photo: I. Marinko, 2015.

Join Marg Yaraskavitch on July 29 as she navigates the “shorter” loop along the Falling Water Trail around the Valley Crossover Side Trail and Campbell’s/Graham’s Hill Side Trail. The scenic hike includes a mix of hardwood forests, fields and meadows. Photographers will be rewarded with viewpoints from both the west and east, overlooking Beaver Valley, waterfalls, streams and colourful wildflowers. Look for late-summer birdsfoot trefoil and pretty, but invasive, knapweed.

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