In 1995, the Keith Solomon Award was established to celebrate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. Keith’s wife, Marguerite, offered one of his boots which was bronzed and mounted on a base and that became the Keith Solomon Award.

This year’s recipient was the team of 46 Trail Development and Maintenance volunteers who worked on the Hogg’s Falls Trail Network Improvement Project.

2023 Keith Solomon Award accepted by Blain Horsley and Bob Hann on behalf of the Hogg’s Falls Trail Network Improvement Project volunteers. Credit: M. Yaraskavitch.

The new trail network and improved visitor experience at Hogg’s Falls is a result of over 2500 volunteer hours of planning, coordinating and physical labour. Among the many notable achievements of the crew:

  • two 15-metre and one 11-metre steel and wood bridges over the Boyne River and its tributary,
  • over 200 metres of boardwalk winding through forest and wetlands linking two of the bridges,
  • rerouted and new trail, complete with 7 “preferred hikes” that provide more varied hiking options
    better suited to the range of visitors to Hogg’s Falls while better protecting the fragile
    environment, and
  • significantly improved visitor-friendly and inclusive signage both on the trail and in the newly
    built kiosk.

Blain Horsley and Bob Hann accepted the well-deserved award on behalf of the team at the 60th Annual General Meeting of the Club, held June 11 at Kimberley Hall.

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