Welcome to the Beaver Valley Section!
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- Beaver Valley has a number of Cross Country Skiing opportunities using parts of the Bruce Trail.
- More hikers are continuing to use the Bruce Trail over the winter months. See Tips for Winter Hiking
- Eugenia Falls Seasonal Closure Eugenia Falls Conservation Area is closed for the winter affecting a portion of the Bruce Trail running through the property. Print PDF Map of reroute around the closure.
- Beaver Valley Ski Club Seasonal Closure The main trail is closed between km 79.5 and km 81.1. Through-hikers can bypass the property by using the Valley Crossover Side Trail along with the Kimberley Forest Side Trail.
- Parking Lot on Grey Rd 12 at Blantyre is closed until further notice. Nearby roadside parking is available on the south side of Euphrasia-St. Vincent Townline east of the trail access at km 113.6 (Beaver Valley Club) and on 11th Line at km 3.1 (Sydenham Club). There is a maximum of 5 cars permitted at each site.
- Fairmount Side Trail Temporary Closure LIFTED This side trail is reopened to hikers. Dogs are NOT permitted on this section of trail. See Beaver Bites Badge Hikes for updated badge requirements.
- Bowles Hill Parking Area Permanently Closed Bruce Trail parking on Grey Rd. 30 at km 78.9 (Map 26, Ed. 30) is now closed. Please do not trespass on private property or park on the roadside. Nearby parking for hikers can be found at Graham’s Hill Road, km 76.8 or seasonally at Beaver Valley Ski Club (summer only) in their Upper and Lower parking lots.
- See all Beaver Valley Section Trail Reroutes
- Follow the Guidelines below to hike responsibly and safely during the pandemic.
- Check for Updates on COVID-19 and COVID-19-Related Closures and Restrictions before heading out on the Trail.
- At this time participation in the Beaver Valley Club’s organized hikes is limited to Bruce Trail members and their guests. See Bruce Trail Hikes Calendar for details and to register for Beaver Valley hikes as well as those of the other BTC Clubs.
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- Hiker Drop-off Service The Trail Angels program is suspended until further notice.
- Report a Dangerous Tree
Winter Hiking on the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail does not maintain trails over the winter, yet more and more hikers are using the Trail over the winter months. Some tips and precautions when heading out on the Trail during winter:
In rural areas, GPS directions may continue to direct motorists onto roads that are closed over the winter. Watch for signs indicating an unmaintained road and avoid roads too narrow for two lanes of traffic.
Parking safely along roadsides becomes trickier during the winter. Snowbanks reduce shoulders and obscure ditches. Take care not to impede traffic when parking on roadsides. Large farm vehicles (and snowplows!) use these roads. Do not block entrances to private properties. If using one of the BTC parking lots, do not exceed maximum capacity or block other parked vehicles. Plan for an alternate hike if a chosen location is busy.
Check the weather forecast before heading out. Choose shorter walks as daylight hours are reduced and snow makes navigation more difficult since white blazes and snow covered footpaths don’t stand out as much. Blazes and trail signage can be covered by snow and trail and blazes get lower on the trees with each additional snowfall. Hikers can encounter everything from deep drifts to icy slopes. Depending on the amount of snow, snowshoes or icers/crampons will make hiking easier and lessen the risk of injury. Hiking poles are handy in all seasons.
Dress in layers and pace yourself to avoid overheating. Pack an extra set of gloves into a pocket. Don't forget sunglasses on those bright winter days. Hydration is still important in cold weather. A hot beverage or juice crystals added to cold water can make stopping for a drink more appealing. Exercising in cold weather burns more calories; pack a snack to help keep warm and energized.
For more information see Winter Hiking Safety Tips.
Hiking Guidelines to Keep Us All Safe and Healthy
- Avoid travelling outside your municipality/region. Hike close to home.
- Most of the Bruce Trail remains open to local foot traffic. Please note that the Trail is not maintained in the winter.
- Check what is open by viewing Bruce Trail Changes and the websites of parks and other public landowners.
- Be prepared to make parking reservations at popular parks and conservation areas.
- Be prepared to change your destination if you find a chosen trail or trailhead busy.
Stay Home if You are Unwell
Practice Physical Distancing
- Keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone not in your household.
- Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distance.
- Limit groups to 5 people or less.
- Move aside to allow others to pass.
Respect Closures of any Trail or Facility
- Please do not trespass on closed trails and properties or use closed facilities.
Expect No Facilities
- Do not expect public washrooms to be open.
- Walk or hike for shorter spans of time.
Leave No Trace
- Pack out everything you bring on your hike, including disposable face masks, food waste and dog poop. Garbage cans are overflowing at many popular sites.