According to the Globe and Mail people often had permission to walk their dogs even under the strictest lockdowns. There were reports of European owners renting out their dogs, and a Spanish man walking a stuffed dog. In Sardinia the mayor was forced to clarify that the dog had to be alive when walked! However, so far in Canada I have not heard of any such severe restrictions when people are not allowed to walk on the area trails without a dog.
On Sunday Charlie, Ingy’s American retriever, was doing his part to ensure social distancing by carrying a very long stick on the Lobb trail. This trail is still in excellent shape with very little snow as of Monday December 21st.
On Saturday there were about eight hikers out for the Bayfield River Valley hike on the Taylor and Mavis trail. The Mavis trail has an interesting natural arch. One small creek on the Mavis trail had some very long icicles. Similarly along the shore of Lake Huron there are many icicle formations.
On Monday after hiking on the Lobb trail, I went down on the trail to the railway trestle over the Bayfield river and, for the first time, witnessed a train passing over the trestle and was able to get a photograph of it.
On Monday night Thyra and I took part in a Winter solstice lantern hike on the G2G. This was a last minute idea by Chris Lee, so only a few people took part, but I suspect it will become a much larger annual winter solstice event.
On Tuesday ten Trompers hiked the Saratoga trails , which, as usual, had many deep ruts from ATV use, but otherwise was a pleasant hike.
Ontario is starting a lockdown starting on December 26th for at least 28 days. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people , but everyone is encouraged to exercise on their own. The organized hikes Maitland Trail hikes will be suspended for at least this 28 day period, which the Government may decide to extend, depending on the Covid-19 case count.
Notes: Hikers are expected to be socially distant from others.
Saturdays January 2nd – Feb 27th at 10 am. Hikes at Varna (Taylor and Mavis Trails) .
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will continue to hold these Saturday hikes which will be limited to 10 people. If more than 10 people attend then there will be two groups of up to ten people that are well separated. Social distancing protocols will be followed so please bring a mask. The hikes will be held in any weather as long as the trail is safe. If the hike is cancelled, information will be posted by 8am the day of the hike on the Facebook page “Bayfield Trails” and website.
The Woodlands Nature trail is still probably closed past the bridge due to uncleared storm damage.
The Lobb trail may be closed for logging, timing uncertain.
Tuesday Trompers are having informal hikes alternating between the Sifto Loop and Maitland Woods (Jan5th) with groups of up to 10 hikers.
Uneven day hikers suspended until at least Jan 27th
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