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Hikers earn badges for completing challenges: End-to-End, Falling Water Trail, Snowshoe Adventure and Side Trails

Collect Hiking Badges

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Trail Angels service is suspended until further notice.

The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club holds a number of hiking events to challenge and inspire anyone who considers themselves a hiker. Some are organized hiking events and others can be completed by independent hikers on self-guided routes.

Badge Submissions

Self-guided hikers who keep a record of completed badge hikes can opt to purchase the hike badge once the required trails have been successfully navigated at a cost of $5.00 per badge.

Note that ONE hike counts ONLY towards ONE badge. For example, a hiker cannot use sections of the main trail that were part of earning an End-to-End badge to apply those sections to the parts of the main trail needed for the Beaver Bites badge.

Payments can be made by either cheque or Interac e-Transfer.

Cheques:
Make cheques payable to the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. Include your hike log, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and payment with your badge submission. Mail submissions to BVBTC, P.O. Box 3251 Meaford, ON N4L 1A5.

Interac e-Transfers:
Note that your bank may have a minimum payment higher than the cost of one badge. There are a couple of options for making the badge submission:

End-to-End Badges

Independent hikers receive green apple badge for end-to-end completion of Beaver Valley section

Our red apple end-to-end badge was retired at the end of 2020. Add to your badge collection with the new green apple End-to-End badge. Independent hikers can earn the Beaver Valley Apple End-to-End badge by keeping a log of their hikes as they walk the entire length of the white-blazed main trail (120 km) in the Beaver Valley section of the Bruce Trail. Maps 24-28.

Beaver Valley badge awarded to registerd participants who complete the End-to-End event

Hike the 120 km Beaver Valley section and experience the beautiful varied terrain the valley has to offer. The Beaver Valley End-to-End badge (right) is awarded to registered participants who complete the now annual Beaver Valley End-to-End event held over the last weekend of August and the Labour Day weekend. See photos from our 2019 End-to-End event.

Now a yearly event! See Registration Details for the 2022 End-to-End

Beaver Valley 2022 End-to-End

August 27 – 28 and September 3, 4 & 5

Please note that the event will be subject to COVID protocols. Masks must be worn on the bus.

Due to popular demand we are now holding our End-to-End yearly. The 2022 End-to-End will be a 5 day event held on August 27 & 28 and September 3, 4 & 5.

Registration will be through the Bruce Trail Conservancy Online Calendar and will open at 7:00 a.m. on March 1, 2022. Registration is limited to 50 people. Once registration is full, names will be added to a wait list by the Online Calendar software. The registration fee of $80.00 includes the online registration fee, transportation, refreshments and the End-to-End badge. No refunds after August 14.

Details of the event will be emailed to participants once registration is received. For more information contact Glenda at g60collings@gmail.com.


Falling Water Trail Badges

The Falling Water Trail is a 30.5 km loop which includes hiking the east and west sides of the Beaver Valley trail from km 52.2 to km 79.5 and connecting them with the Valley Crossover Side Trail. Hike the loop from any start point and in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Map 26. The badge can be earned by independent hikers or by participation in the biennial event.

Falling Water Trail badge for completion of Falling Water loop in one hike

The Falling Water badge (right) is awarded to individuals who hike the challenging loop in one day. either independently or by participating at the official biennial event. View photos from the 2018 Falling Water badge event.

The Falling Water badge event moves to spring! See 2022 Falling Water Event Details

2022 Falling Water Trail Badge Event

New time of year! Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Come and test your mettle! This is a 30.5 km hike that traverses the beautiful, rugged upper Beaver Valley. It’s a challenging hike during which you’ll experience all that spring has to offer, including cascading creeks and waterfalls.

Registrants should have experience with hiking long distances over strenuous terrain. Registration will be through the Bruce Trail Conservancy Online Calendar and will open at 7:00 a.m. on March 1, 2022. The $25.00 registration fee covers the cost of the online registration fee, check point refreshments and the badge.

Details of the event will be emailed to participants once registration is received. For more information contact Glenda at g60collings@gmail.com.


Falling Water triangle badge for completion of Falling Water loop in a year

The Falling Water triangle badge is available to hikers who complete the Falling Water Loop in 2 or more hikes in a year.

Beaver Bites Badge

Beaver Bites badge for completion of all Beaver Bites challenges

The Beaver Bites badge (right) is awarded to hikers who complete a route using side trails and specified main trail sections of the Beaver Valley Section. Keep a hike log and complete the Beaver Bites Hikes on your own schedule. The Fairmont Side Trail is reopened and will be included among the badge route requirements. Dogs are NOT permitted on the Fairmount Side Trail.

Snowshoe Adventure Badge

Snowshoe badge for completion of winter activities

The Snowshoe Adventure is a two hike guided annual winter activity with both a day and an evening moonlit outing. The badge is earned upon completion of both hikes. See the BTC Online Schedule calendar for registration and details.