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Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club June 2021

Your Vote Matters!

Vote, spelled with Scrabble tiles set on medical face mask
Photo credit: Glen Carrie, 2020, Unsplash.

The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club’s 58th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be virtual. On June 3rd, Beaver Valley members will receive an email with the voting form information and a link to the AGM package. Members will be voting to accept the minutes of the 2020 BVBTC AGM, the Financial Report for the Club’s year ending May 31, 2021 and the election of the Board of Directors standing for the 2021–2022 fiscal year. Have your membership number handy. Voting ends at midnight June 10th.

Please take a moment to vote online so we can continue to keep the business of our Club moving forward. Every vote matters.

On June 11th, look for our special AGM Edition of Beaver Bytes, which will publish the results of the Annual General Meeting and announce the Club’s Volunteer Milestone Award winners, the Keith Solomon Award recipient and the Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

If you have any questions about this year’s AGM, feel free to contact us at

East Mountain Tree Planting a Family Affair

Spring tree planting at BTC property

In an effort to promote reforestation on the East Mountain Nature Reserve, neighbouring landowners, Keith and Valerie Billings, generously donated 800 native trees and shrubs for planting earlier this spring. To complicate the logistics of timely planting for such a large number of live plants, the provincial stay-at-home order meant that only related parties or an individual could be planting at any one time.

Eighteen volunteering families and individuals signed on to take part in either morning or afternoon planting sessions. Over two weeks, the volunteers toiled through all the variability of springtime weather and mud to get all of the trees and shrubs into the ground.

Many thanks to our generous donors and to our volunteers for their quick work!

Overcoming Challenges of Bruce Trail End-to-End

Nicolas Ruddick's Bruce Trail End to End book cover

In the spring of 2018, Nick (then 65) and his old friend Mike (70) were both retirees in need of a new challenge. Though neither had any experience of long-distance hiking, they decided to take on the 890-km Bruce Trail End-to-End. Two-and-a-half years later, after battling mud, ice, noxious insects, and their own mortality, they managed to complete the Trail ... in the middle of a pandemic. Was it all a nightmare? No, it was one of the greatest experiences of their lives. If these two could do it, perhaps you can too.

The Bruce Trail End to End: Niagara to Tobermory the Hard Way (Wilmar Editions, 2021) is a slimmed-down, buffed-up version of Nick’s popular 72-part photo blog. There are over 300 high-definition colour photographs to accompany the text. The book is available on as a paperback or e-book. It makes a great gift for anyone who is contemplating hiking the Bruce Trail End-to-End, or a fine keepsake for those who have completed the Trail.

Nicholas Ruddick has been called Canada’s leading scholar of science fiction. He’s an Emeritus Professor of English and the author or editor of many books, chapters, articles, and reviews on writers from Atwood to Zola. This is his first non-academic book. He lives in Dundas, Ontario.