I’ve now completed 7 sections of the Bruce Trail (there are 9)!
What’s the Bruce Trail? According to the Bruce Trail Conservancy website, the Bruce Trail is “Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. Running along the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario from Niagara to Tobermory, the Bruce Trail spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over 400 km of associated side trails.”
- Niagara – Queenston to Grimsby (Maps 1-5) (read summary)
- Iroquoia – Grimsby to Milton (Maps 5-11) (read summary)
- Toronto – Milton to Cheltenham (Maps 11-14) (read summary)
- Caledon Hills – Cheltenham to Mono Centre (Maps 14-19) (read summary)
- Dufferin Hi-Land – Mono Centre to Lavender (Maps 19-21) (read summary)
- Blue Mountains – Lavender to Craigleith (Maps 21-24) (read summary)
- Beaver Valley – Craigleith to Blantyre (Maps 24-28)
- Sydenham – Blantyre to Wiarton (Maps 28-35)
- Peninsula – Wiarton to Tobermory (Maps 35-42)
BEAVER VALLEY SECTION
Started the Beaver Valley section: September 14, 2019
Finished the Beaver Valley section: October 31, 2020
September 14, 2019 – Beaver Valley Ski Club to Beaver Valley Ski Club as part of the Happy Trails Falling Water marathon – covered Wodehouse Karst to Grey County Road 13 – 42k (with Kris)
September 19, 2020 – Maple Lane in Ravenna to Kolapore Grey County Road 2 – 24k (with Kris)
October 3, 2020 – Kolapore Grey County Road 2 to Grey County Road 13 – 30k (with Kris)
October 17, 2020 – Wodehouse Karst Management Area to Webwood Falls Nature Reserve – 25k (with Kris)
October 31, 2020 – Webwood Falls Nature Reserve to Walter’s Falls side trail – 24k (with Kris)
- # runs: 5
- # solo runs: 0
- # runs with my husband Alasdair: 0
- # runs with friends: 5 (Kris!)
- shortest run: 24k
- longest run: 42k
- average length of run: 29k
Most difficult day: The most difficult day was definitely the day my friend Kris and I covered 42k of road and trail as part of the Happy Trails Falling Water marathon. We ran (and walked!) about 31k of the main trail that day, with the rest of the race being on side trails. It was our first time racing together, and a first trail marathon for each of us. Read all about it and see pictures here.
Wildlife encounters: Other than cows, horses, birds, squirrels and dogs, we spotted a grouse in this section. And speaking of cows, we climbed a stile into a farmer’s field and were immediately approached by a very vocal cow who didn’t seem too happy to see us walking through the field. We had the cows approaching from the left and an electric fence on the right. Some kind words and a steady pace got us to the stile at the other end of the field!
Coolest plant matter: fungi galore!
Favourite part of this section (which is one of my favourite sections so far): the waterfalls! I loved stumbling across so many unexpected cute little waterfalls, almost all of which we got to enjoy completely on our own.
Fall splendour: I covered this section entirely in the fall, with some of the lookouts providing amazing views of changing tree colours.
Some tiny flowers were still holding on for dear life…in the frost.
Best trail snack: a pear on the forest floor!
Something I’ll remember this section for: the elevation changes! Up, down, up, down, and repeat.
Progress so far: I was surprised to discover that I am now about 3/4 of the way along the trail!
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