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Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club October 2020

Take the Bruce Trail Pledge!

Sign up to Take the Pledge for the Bruce Trail Conservancy

Running through to the end of October, the Bruce Trail Pledge is a month-long opportunity for those who care for the Trail to commit to doing one or more simple actions in October to support the Trail and the work of the BTC.

  1. Leave the trail better than you found it.
  2. Share your plant and wildlife sightings.
  3. Be an ambassador.
  4. Support conservation with a gift.

Please help support the Bruce Trail Conservancy and sign up to Take the Pledge. When you sign up, the BTC will send you an “I took the #BruceTrailPledge” button. Wear it with pride and let others know why you took the pledge.

As a perk for those who sign up to Take the Pledge, you will be entered in a weekly draw to win a BTC Buff or Bruce Trail Reference Guide (winner chooses). The sooner you take the pledge, the more chances to win. See the Bruce Trail Pledge for details.

Lion’s Head Trip

Hiking group relaxes at lunch stop along trail in Lions Head
Photo credit: Arlene Mitchell, 2020.

A lot has happenend since planning started on a hiking trip in Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve.

Last August, Bruce King and Val Jones joined us to prehike a few trails in advance of offering the multi-day hike to the Beaver Valley Club in September 2020. An invitation was sent out early in the year with a cap of 20 participants (the limit for the 2 cottages that were booked).

Well, you know what happened when the pandemic was declared – we were all cocooned, establishments shut down, and even the Bruce Trail was closed. Lion’s Head hiking was on ice.

It was off, then it was back on, but in a modified format. Ten people carried on with the 3-day hike despite a terrible weather forecast for early September.

But we are intrepid and were happy to only have 15 minutes of rain during the trip. The views were stunning and the rocks fascinating. There were so many various fungi everywhere. The shared, outdoor dinners were wonderful, the conversation lively with many examples of six-degrees of separation and one participant with a counter, who told us that most hiked 34 km. All in all, quite a memorable 3-day event.

Norine Baron

Bowles Hill Parking Area to Close

No parking sign graphic
Image: Clkr Free Vector Images, Pixabay.

The Bruce Trail parking area on Grey Rd. 30 at km 78.9 (Map 26, Ed. 30) will close as of October 31. The landowners cited having more unpleasant encounters with lot users since the start of the pandemic, as a reason for the decision. The Trail will continue to go through their property and they will continue to take care of it as Trail Captains.

The BVBTC would like to thank the landowners for their many years of generously sharing their parking area with the Bruce Trail and their continued support of the Bruce Trail.

Please respect the landowners’ wishes and use other parking in the area. Nearby parking for hikers can be found at Graham’s Hill Road, km 76.8 or at Beaver Valley Ski Club (summer only) in their Upper and Lower parking lots.

East Mountain Reroute

Visitors tour Bruce Trail East Mountain Reroute at opening ceremony
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2020.

The Trail Development and Maintenance (TD&M) team has been hard at work bulding yet another new section of trail. They have recently completed a reroute of the main trail onto the BTC-managed East Mountain property near Eugenia. Thanks to the efforts of project leader, John Burton, and 20 Flying Squad volunteers, participating in innumerable work parties over the past months, TD&M has taken nearly 2 km of main trail off 4th Line A and Artemesia Euphrasia Town Line.

The Club held an opening ceremony at the end of September to celebrate the accomplishment. The rerouted trail now runs through a beautiful forest and fields with some of the best views in the Beaver Valley!

See Bruce Trail for details on the East Mountain Reroute.

Beaver Valley Club Restarts Hiking Program

Glenda leads a hike on the Bruce Trail at Pinnacle Rock.
Photo credit: Lilla Fodor, 2020.

Glenda Collings has been working with hike leaders to restart our Club hiking program. As with all things in the current environment, changes have been made to ensure safe, guided hiking, with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Hikers must be Bruce Trail members (or guests of members) to participate in the Club’s hikes. Hikers must now register online via the integrated Hike Schedule posted on the Bruce Trail website. The group size on Club hikes is limited, so don’t delay in registering.

See Bruce Trail for a full description of Group Hiking Guidelines and details on the fall Hike Schedule.

We look forward to seeing you out on the trail again!

Deer Hunting Advisory

White tailed deer in forest
Photo credit: Skeeze, 2015 on Pixabay.

November 2 – November 7 and November 30 – December 5

Deer hunting is in season in the Beaver Valley section from November 2 to November 9 and from November 30 to December 5. Take precautions when hiking on trails during hunting season. Be aware that public land, including almost all Grey County Forests and the Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, is open to hunters.

During both these hunting periods, a section of the main trail, west of Metcalfe Rock, that runs through private property will be closed. During these periods, hikers can use Chuck Grant Side Trail. Please respect the wishes of our landowners and do not hike on any closed trails. See Bruce Trail for details on Annual Trail Closure for Hunting Season. and Safety Tips for Hiking During Hunting Season.