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Side Trail Honours BVBTC Trail Blazer!

Bruce Trail blue blaze side trail marker on tree trunk
Photo © Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

In 2019, the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail opened a new side trail to take hikers to the base of a beautiful waterfall that was relatively unknown. Stew Hilts first proposed the route as a side trail several years ago, after discovering a beautiful waterfall while looking for interesting natural features in the upper Beaver Valley.

When it opened, further development to the trail was already in the works to extend the trail and add a viewing platform. Phase II was completed in October, turning it into a 1.9 km looped trail with the main trail. The side trail offers scenic views of Old Baldy to the northeast, as well as the Cuckoo Valley and Eugenia Falls to the east.

The trail was named to honour Stew Hilts, a long-standing member of the Bruce Trail and an active Club volunteer. He has served on our Board as Land Steward Director, has led slowpoke hikes and shared photos and stories from his many forays through the valley in Beaver Tales.

See Trail Changes & Notices for an updated map.