Trail Talk 208 Feb 16-23rd 2022

On which trail are these chairs on?

In the last Trail Talk George Cantin and Tim Allen were enjoying the view of the Bayfield river from the Mavis Govier bench  on the Mavis trail near Varna. Mavis Govier was a community activist and trail supporter from Varna who helped secure some desperately needed funding for the (Bayfield River Valley Trail Association) BRVTA during their early years. Her family was instrumental in trying to create some paths in Varna several years before BRVTA came on the scene (notice the old 5 BX frames on the Taylor Trail). She gave so much to her community and when she tragically died in her early forties, it was felt that the long trail to the river in Varna that was under construction, should be named in her honour. It took a lot of work by the BRVTA work crew to get the bench frame, wood, concrete, water and post hole digger to the sight by the river but it was worth it and we all think that she would be pleased. Her family and community definitely were.

Anne Storey, Janie VanEssen, Anthony Hodsman, Jan Jamula, Linda Beaumont, George Cantin and Paul Smith on the Menesetung trail

On Tuesday Feb 8th the place to be was the rock on North Harbour road. There were 17 Tuesday Trompers, 5 Maitland Trail work crew and another group of 4 hikers there. Some of the Trompers went on the Sifto loop and up through the sub division while eight of us hiked the GART and back on the Menesetung trail.

Thyra Knudsen, Joan Hutton and Marg Sippel on the bridge at Bannockburn Tract

I realized I have ended up with three pictures of bridges with hikers.  The “Uneven” hikers crossing the Bayfield river in the Clinton Conservation area on Feb 3rd, Thyra Knudsen Joan Hutton and Margot Sippel crossing the creek with the old wooden culvert on the Bannockburn Tract and seven Trompers crossing the creek on the Menesetung trail. This last is a steel bridge replacing a wooden boardwalk.  Moving it there caused a rare injury to one of the work crew’s finger.

The Menesetung trail  at the east end goes alongside a small creek, which has been known as Bissett Creek, Silver Creek, but according to John Hazlitt’s book “The Power of the Maitland” it should be known as Spring Lake creek.

It’s cold out there. On February 26, many teams are doing something about it. Together with thousands of Canadians across the country, they are walking and fundraising to support and serve people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger by raising money for the Goderich –Huron Homeless Initiative. To donate go to, or donate through one of the many local teams.


(The Signal Star did not have room to publish this Trail Talk in the Feb 16th edition.)

Saturday Feb 19th 9 a.m. Hike the Hullett Trails for about 1  1/2 hours, new meeting place 40672 Hydro Line road, snow shoes may be required. Leader patrick Capper

Saturday Feb 19th 11a.m. tracks in the snow at Windmill Lake Echo Park  a BRVTA outing.

Sunday March 6th 2 p.m. BRVTA International Women’s day hike on the Bayfield Woodland trail.

Saturday March 19th 9 a.m. hike on the Lobb  trail  leader Patrick Capper .

The Hullett parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line was closed starting on February 15th for logging on the  Sugar Bush blue trail area

The Wawanosh Nature Centre trail may still be closed due to  logging which started on Jan 4th  Also there is some logging on the Maitland Trail between 32 and 32.8 km.

The Falls Reserve is closed until the end of May, except for the Maitland Trail’s main trail with white blazes and the blue blazed trail.  This is due to work on installing a new septic system.

Tuesday Tromper’s  meet at 9 a.m.on Tuesdays to hike for about an hour. Contact Al Sanders  at

Uneven 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