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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               September 2018

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Last Chance for Tickets to Barn Dance

Link to Barn Dance information. September 8, 2018. Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club toe-tapping swinging fun-raiser. Click on image to view full-size poster on BVBTC website.

Put Your Boots on a New Trail Section

Putting the finishing touches on the new Allan Side Trail of the Bruce Trail Beaver Valley section. Photo Marj Horsley 2018.Photo credit: Marj Horsley, 2018.

Since the fall, volunteers of the BVBTC have been working behind the scenery on building a new woodland route to relocate a section of trail north of Epping off a road allowance. Blain (pictured) and wife, Marj, took a leading role in the completion of this project. They and a number of volunteers toiled over 140 hours to clear and cut nearly 2 km(!) of new trail onto a BTC managed property. Blain and Marj recently completed the signage and final clearing at both ends of the new route, putting the finishing touches on the project. And the road allowance route is now re-purposed as the Allan Side Trail. A gift to hikers!

Thanks so much, Blain and Marj! Kudos also to Bob Hann and the newly formed Flying Squad for some final brushing out and grass trimming on the trail prior to opening July 6. You can give them something back by enjoying this new woodland section.

See Main Trail Reroute for the map and full details on the new main route and side trail.

Seeing Stars at Joint RASC-BVBTC Event

Lecture at E.C. Carr Observatory at Royal Society of Canada and Beaver Valley Bruce Trail joint event. Photo Phil Chow 2018. Photo credit: Phil Chow, 2018.

A great combination of activities and participants from both organization resulted in a full day of excitement.

The afternoon began with two hikes to showcase our beautiful Beaver Valley Bruce Trail. One intrepid group tackled the Chuck Grant Side Trail loop and were treated to views of the Duncan Crevice Caves and Pinnacle Rock, while at the same time getting a good workout. The other group enjoyed a nice walk through Loree Forest, with beautiful views over Georgian Bay from the top of the escarpment. That set the stage for some hungry folks to dig into a BBQ and potluck dinner back on the conservatory grounds.

The evenings activities began with a fascinating lecture by Ian Wheelband of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) on cosmology. Of course the highlight of the evening was a chance to view the night skies. Aided with telescopes and the help of RASC volunteers, participants were able to have clear views of the sun, the moon and even distant Saturn! What a thrill!

Many thanks to the volunteers at E.C. Carr RASC Observatory for hosting this fun event. Let’s do it again!

More Kids Hikes for Fall. Ooh, What Fun!

Kids enjoy treats after locating geocache along Bruce Trail in Beaver Valley. Photo Tina MacPhail 2018.Photo credit: Tina MacPhail.

Join Tina MacPhail as she leads two special hikes this fall. The hikes are geared for kids 4-10 and their parents. It’s a fun family adventure that lets kids explore nature at their own pace, taking time to examine any interesting trees, rocks, flowers, mosses and critters. Games and activities along the way will add to the fun.

The hike on Sept 9 tours along the escarpment south of Sligo Side Trail. The October 9 hike at Hogg’s Falls may even have fall foliage to add to the excitement of Thanksgiving.

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