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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               February 2018

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Experience a Moonlight Snowshoe

Night Time Snowshoe under a Full Moon

One of the highlights of the winter activities are our Moonlight Snowshoes. Its a magical experience with moonlight reflecting off the snow. And the darkness amplifies the sound of feet crunching in the snow. Don't forget a headlamp to help illuminate the trail!

Join Glenda Collings on Saturday February 3, for the first of two Moonlight Snowshoe hikes, as she heads out on the trail after dark at Hogg’s Falls. Because of varying trail conditions, please bring snowshoes, hiking boots and icers/crampons. It is quite likely the outing will not require snowshoes but you never know!

The second Moonlight hike will be Saturday, March 3 at the Sligo Side Trail. New hikers are always welcome and membership is not a prerequisite to join our hikes. See the February Hike Schedule for full details on this month’s organized hikes.

Keith Solomon Award 2018

Keith Solomon Award is presented annually to a person(s) who made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. Photo Margaret Yaraskavitch 2015.

Calling for nominations for the Keith Solomon Award 2018

Keith Solomon was instrumental in motivating volunteers to join him in blazing the Bruce Trail through the Beaver Valley. An award was instituted in his name to “celebrate an individual or group who have made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley”.

Please submit your nomination, with a few words in support of your candidate, to Kelly Killoran, killoran.kel@gmail.com by May 1, 2018.

The Keith Solomon Award 2018 will be presented at the Beaver Valley Annual General Meeting (AGM), June 14, 2018.

Meet Alison

Alison Carey joins the Beaver Valley Bruce Trails board of directors in the fall of 2017.

The BVBTC was thrilled to welcome a new board member this fall, Alison Carey.

She moved to the area to be closer to family. Looking for a way to connect with the community, Alison spotted an ad seeking people to join our board. An avid hiker and nature lover, she contacted the Club for more information and was hooked. Some of our members may have met her at the Christmas Party, which she helped to organize.

Alison will be out and about at future events, so please come out and introduce yourself.

A Winter Walk

Shadows cast on the snow in the hardwoods along the Sligo Side Trail of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. Photo Stew Hilts January 2018.

Remains of an old log cabin along the Sligo Side Trail of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. Photo credit Stew Hilts 2018.

The Sligo Side Trail is a favourite winter walk for many of our club members, ideal for snowshoeing (if we have enough snow). Located on the north side of Sideroad 16C at km. 87.9, (Map 27) it forms a 3.8 km loop in a large square, and it has safe winter parking along the dead-end sideroad.

My own favourite part of this is the west arm of the trail, through a forested property owned by the Conservation Authority. You can easily find the starting point by the signs along the road. Your walk starts along a coniferous plantation, with a lot of cedars right along the trail. You’ll soon notice more open hardwoods on the east side of the trail, and some small wetland ponds.

Soon the trail bends to the right, and skirts a deep wet depression on your left, while almost bumping into a large beaver pond ahead of you. You might see a short forest of small stumps left by beaver chewing down a lot of maple saplings. And on a sunny day you can get some neat shadow pictures. The trail re-enters the forest and heads uphill a little, to follow an old farm lane complete with stone fencerow, to the north end of the property.

There’s an interesting secret along the trail here. If you find your way through the trees on the west side of the trail into an open clearing, you can see an old log cabin, the walls still standing. Otherwise, at the dead end the trail turns left, crosses the fencerow and turns east again to begin the north arm of the side trail, which is just as interesting. But usually I turn around here and head back out, giving myself a nice 2 km ‘saunter’ rather than a 3.8 km hike!

Stew Hilts