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Trail Talk 305 - March 27, 2027

On March 17th, three of us came out for the hike scheduled for the G2G at Hardwood Line. However, as there was a cold wind, we decided to instead hike the Maitland and Robertson Tract trails at the Auburn end which are mostly sheltered from the wind. We came across windfalls on the trail near Moore’s Field.  It seems that every week I have found windfalls across the trails, so the Maitland Trail chain saw volunteers have been kept busy. 

            I was planning a hike at Hullett starting at the parking lot at 80591 Front Road. I had not been there for a long time, so I checked it out and found the road was closed to vehicles past the parking area at 80451.  I also found that Conservation Road east of the bridge over the river was flooded, discouraging access without waterproof footwear. Therefore, I scheduled the hike elsewhere.


Since reading Nature’s Chaos by James Gleick (which I think should be titled Nature’s Patterns) I like to look for interesting patterns.  At Bannockburn Conservation Area, some Ninebark seeds covered with snow and a whirl in the Bannockburn River caught my eye.



            Saturday April 6th 7pm BRVTA in conjunction with Huron Hospice host a candlelit memorial walk on the Taylor Trail.

            Saturday April 13th 10 am join Tanya MacIntyre for a hike on the Millennium trail. This is a meditative hike for approximately 1.5 hours – meet at the church on Mill Road in Goderich and carpool to Nelson Road. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Tanya MacIntyre at This is a Level 2, leisurely pace walk.

            Saturday April 20th 9 am join Anne Melady for a hike on private property at 7277 Highway 8 just East of St Columban.  Walk through this delightful property of farm fields, across the railway tracks and back to the bush and a cabin. The walk takes you along the Bayfield River and up through the bush of old growth and recently planted bush. There will be a trip to the Dublin Restaurant after the hike. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Anne Melady at This is a Level 1, leisure pace, 1.5 - 2 hours.

            Saturday April 20th 1 pm join the BRVTA hike on their Bayfield Woodland Trail.

            Saturday April 20th For those in top shape, join the World Wildlife Fund for a fundraiser climb of the 1776 steps up the CN Tower!

 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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