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Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club September 2019

Parking Closure at Bowles Hill

Map marking Bruce Trail parking lot at Bowles Hill as closed from September 13 through 16 2019
Map image: Bruce Trail Conservancy.

The Bruce Trail parking lot on Bowles Hill at km 74.8 is closed September 13 though 16 at the request of the landowner for a private function. Hikers may continue to pass through but dogs must be leashed.

Hikers can park nearby in the lower parking lot of the Beaver Valley Ski Club or Graham’s Hill Rd.

Celebrate Bruce Trail Day with the BVBTC!

Hikers at Bruce Trail booth at Metcalfe Rock for Bruce Trail Day
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its Bruce Trail Clubs.

Come out to Metcalfe Rock (Kolapore Uplands) and learn about our year-round hiking programs, volunteer opportunities, and what we are doing to preserve a ribbon of wilderness in southern Ontario from Niagara to Tobermory.\

Hosted by: Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club (

Date & Time:
Sunday, October 6. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visit our information booth at Metcalfe Rock and explore the area with our volunteers. Bring a snack and water to join us on a hike.

10:00 am. Hike to the top of Metcalfe Rock with an opportunity to explore the Metcalfe Rock side trail.

Meeting point:
Metcalfe Rock parking area
Kolapore Uplands
10th Line
The Blue Mountains N0H 2E0

Trail Developments: Boardwalk Upgrades to West Beaver Valley

Volunteers all smiles at completion of boardwalk reconstruction for Bruce Trail along west Beaver Valley
L-R: Blain Horsley, Peter Bryce and David Walker. Photo credit: Marj Horsley, 2019.

Two boardwalks have been reconstructed along the west valley portion of the Beaver Valley system, halfway between Johnston’s Side Road and Graham’s Hill at approximately km 71.5. The new structures replace and slightly extend the original ones, decayed by time and the elements.

Volunteer builders over two days were Marion Ratcliffe, David Walker, Peter Bryce, Lance Pask, Marj Horsley and Blain Horsley. Bob Hann and his agile ATV helped move materials over some of the long access. We are grateful to nearby landowners, the Robinson family, for permission to cross their property to gain easier access to the difficult location.

Special thanks to the volunteers for their productivity and good cheer among the slippery rocks, water, mud, mosquitoes and very close quarters!

On Top of Old Baldy

View from Old Baldy along Bruce Trail in Beaver Valley. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2013
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2013.

Join Stella Presthus on September 18 as she leads a leisurely 7 km loop hike along Mac Kirk Side Trail and the main Trail. Highlights include ridge top views of the Kimberley Valley from the lookout at Old Baldy.

Find details on BVBTC hikes and all hikes offered by any of the Bruce Trail Clubs on the Bruce Trail’s new integrated Hike Schedule. Easily search for hikes by date, location and Club and quickly add hikes to your Calendar. Register for hikes or contact the hike leader right from the web page! See Participant Information for our organized hikes to arrive prepared to hike.

Save the date. Hiking Lions Head September 8 9 and 10 2020. Background image Lions Head viewpoint overlooking bay. Photo A Mcpherson 2016. Poster design I Marinko.

Destination Lion’s Head
September 8-9-10, 2020

The Beaver Valley Club is planning a 3 day hiking trip to Lion’s Head where there are oodles of lovely loops to hike including the new Beth Gilhespy Trail. Join us for easy, moderate and more difficult routes. We will stay in cabins (shared accommodation) and/or rooms at the Lion’s Head Beach Motel. There is a nearby camping option as well. Shuttle service and kayaks are free of charge!

The event will be limited to 20 people and first preference will be given to Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club members. Look for details in the new year and keep the dates open if you’re interested.