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Trail Talk 302 - March 6, 2024

The Goderich Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser for the homeless was successful with 290 walkers and hikers with 97% of the goal of $130,000 raised as of February 28th. The overall Canadian total was 104% of the aim of $13 million. Thanks to all the walkers, volunteers and supporters.  Thirteen hikers took part of  the Maitland Trail Hikers on the trail at Sharpes Creek line, the trail was clear of snow except at the top of the hill.

            This past few days has seen a sudden change from a high of 21 oC to -7oC.  The warm spell resulted in some crocuses and snowdrops blooming. On Wednesday February 28th I started out at a pleasant 13 C but after 1 ½ hours returned to the car against a strong wind and a temperature of zero. While most of the snow had been melted I still could not find my Felco hand pruners which I had dropped on the trail.

            There are many benefits to walking including increases in energy and stamina, reduces stress, helps you sleep better, helps to achieve, and maintain a healthy weight, is low impact, strengthens bones and muscles.

Walking also helps prevent falls and reduces the chance of broken bones if you fall, reduces the risk of heart disease, good for your mental health.  However I read a study that found an increase in fractures of walkers over 65 walking with a dog on a leash.  There was no explanation but thought it might be due to more seniors being more active than in the past.

  I expect there are only a few days left when snow and ice make walking more hazardous. So why not get out and go for a walk or hike, but be extra careful if walking an untrained dog on a leash!


Friday March 8th 4 pm The BRVTA celebrates the 113th International Women’s Day with a village walk along the Heritage Trail.  The late afternoon walk will conclude on Main Street in time for a happy hour gathering at one of Bayfield’s local establishments for those so inclined. Hike leaders Annerieke VanBeets, Nancy McHardy, and Ralph Blasting will stop along the way with stories of how Canadian women have contributed to greater equality for women. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join.  The walk will start at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square and proceed through the village for 2km, lasting about an hour. For more information contact Ralph at or 519-525-3205

            Sunday March 17th 10 am St Patrick’s Day hike on the G2G.  Meet at the end of Hardwood Line Auburn next to the Microwave Tower. Hike in and back for about 1 ½ hours at a moderate pace.  For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Patrick Capper at  

 All participants taking part in the Maitland Trail events should sign the waiver for 2024, preferably the online version.

            Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour. If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to

            Midweek Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper.

Both groups meet at 9 a.m. and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA On-line waiver.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at



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