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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               October 2018

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Hunting Season in Beaver Valley

Deer in fall forest. Photo credit: Steve at 2016. Photo credit: Steve at, 2016.

Autumn is traditionally hunting season in southern Ontario. The Bruce Trail Conservancy advises that hiking in the Blue Mountains, Beaver Valley, Sydenham and Peninsula Club sections of the Bruce Trail be undertaken with caution during November and December.

Deer hunting occurs in Grey County annually from the first Monday in November to the Saturday next and from the first Monday in December to the Saturday next. This affects the Beaver Valley, Sydenham and Blue Mountains sections. Be aware that public land, including almost all Grey County Forests, is open to hunters.

Take note that in the Beaver Valley section, hunting is allowed in the Grey County Forest south of Rocklyn containing a portion of the Sligo Side Trail [Map 27]. Hunting is also allowed on the Ministry of Natural Resources property at Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, This affects the area from km 4.2 to km 8.4 of the Main Trail and the Len Gertler Side Trail [Map 24].

In addition we have had a request to close a section of the Main Trail that runs through private property from November 5 to 10 and from December 3 to 8 for hunting season. The Main Trail between km 27.9 and km 29.4 [Map 25] of the Beaver Valley Section west of Metcalfe Rock will be closed for hunting season at the request of the landowner.

Trail Safety During Hunting Season

  • Obey signs posted for closed trails.
  • Stay on established trails.
  • Hike with a group. Let someone know where you are hiking and when you will return.
  • Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk or anytime visibility is limited.
  • Wear bright colours, preferably orange. Keep dogs on leashes and and brightly marked.
  • Make noise while on the trails. Talk, sing or whistle as you walk.

Falling for Falling Water Trail Badge

Participants eager to begin Bruce Trail Falling Water badge challenge. Photo credit Marg Yaraskavitch 2018. Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

The BVBTC recently held its sixth biennial Falling Water Trail badge event on a warm September day. While the trail was in excellent shape, thanks to the diligence of our trail maintenance team, the route covers 31 km of our most formidable terrain, with lots of ups and downs and variable footing. But Bruce Trail hikers love a challenge! We were very pleased to see lots of new faces among our 68 hike participants. By the end of the event, 54 participants had completed the entire route to earn their Falling Water Trail badges.

We would like to thank our volunteers who helped out at the event and those who supplied delicious baked treats at each of the checkpoints. And thanks to the Beaver Valley Ski club for the use of their parking lot.

Colourful Hiking this Fall

Colourful fall foliage in the Beaver Valley along the Bruce Trail. Photo credit Marg Yaraskavitch 2016. Photo credit: Marg Yaraskvitch, 2016.

Join Scott Thompson on October 16 for an outing to enjoy fall colours along the trail around Hogg’s Falls. Highlights include waterfalls, views of the Beaver Valley and Cuckoo Valley as well as maples, oaks and birch in splashy fall foliage.

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

Bruce Trail Hike-a-Thon October 1-31

Hike-a-thon graphic. Link to Bruce Trail Hike-a-thon information. October 1 to 31. Register to participate or sponsor a hiker. Click on photo for more information.



An incorrect date for October’s Kids Hike was published in the September issue. The Kids Hike is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 8. Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.