The Philip and Jean Gosling Award is awarded annually to the Bruce Trail Club completing the year’s most significant trail project which improves or protects the environment.
Philip Gosling is a Founder of The Bruce Trail Conservancy. He was actively involved in much of the early work done to secure landowner permission for the Bruce Trail, and the initial blazing. The Award acknowledges the pivotal work done by a BTC Founder and his late wife in developing and building The Bruce Trail.
The nominees for this year’s award included Trail Development and Maintenance projects from the Iroquoia, Beaver Valley and Peninsula clubs.
The Beaver Valley nomination was the Hoggs’ Falls Trail Improvement Project. This was a multi-year, multi-partner project that required collaboration from all levels of government, public and private sectors partners, as well as hours and hours of volunteer labour. The project resulted in three new bridges over the Boyne River, many metres of new boardwalk (protecting sensitive landscapes), new trail loops and specialized signage to better serve the diverse profile of visitors to the area.
According to David Moule, Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, the magnitude of the Hoggs’ Falls Trail Improvement Project set it apart from the other deserving nominees. Bob Hann, Beaver Valley Director of Trail Development and Maintenance, and a few of the over 40 volunteers who worked on the project were on hand to accept the award and some well-earned kudos.
Congratulations to all clubs who completed deserving projects. Especial congratulations to our very own Beaver Valley Trail Development and Maintenance volunteer team for this recognition!