Trail Talk 228 August 31st 2022

The Rotary Cove garden

On Friday August 19th Holly Westbrook lead a group of 16 walkers along the Goderich beach explaining the importance of sand dunes for protection of the shore line.  I found the Dune Planting Guide published by “The Coastal Centre- The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation”  very interesting and informative. You can find the On-line version under, Resources/ Beaches and Dunes/ Dune Conservation.  As well as recommendations on native species, there was a list of invasive species.  This is the only invasive species list that I found that includes the common dandelion. I was surprised that spotted knapweed was not included as this is a major problem in our area. I was also surprised to see that Siberian Elm was listed as an invasive.  I was not aware of this tree, which has much smaller leaves than the native American and Slippery elms.  It has been several years since I have walked along the Goderich boardwalk, and was impressed by the latest version which includes 82 benches as well as many picnic tables.  At Rotary Cove we stopped at the new Rotary garden by the kiosk.  This has been planted with native plants with the hopes of creating a meadow habitat with Little bluestem grass, Black eyed Susan, narrow leaf Vervain and Foxglove Beartongue.

The Stolen Bench

Regarding benches I was upset to learn that the bench commemorating Bill Johnston has been stolen from the George Newton Tract sometime in early August.  If you have any information about this please contact Crime Stoppers.

Paula, Ria, Lise, Irene and Gabi,

On  August 6th five local hikers (Paula Deering, Ria Feddes, Lise Ellacott, Irene Brooks and Gabi Enk continued on their quest to complete hiking the Bruce Trail with completion of 511km with 387km left to hike.  Living up to their motto of “ Life is meant for Good Friends and Great Adventures, they have decided to get a change of scenery and are now hiking in Newfoundland where they are being joined by ten more local hikers.


The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority are about to (or have already started on) replacement of the long boardwalk on the Naftel’s Creek trail. As of August 31st the work on the boardwalk had not been started. A completion ceremony is planned for Saturday October 15th. Details are in the Maitland Trail Newsletter.

Sunday September 4th  9a.m. is the second of the Maitland Trail hikes from Jenkins to Benmiller, a distance of about 12 km, which is expected to take about 3 hours. Come out to stroll along this very pretty section of the Maitland Trail, passing through, among other scenic places, the mature forest of the Morris Tract and enjoying a view of the falls at the Falls Reserve Conservation Area. Wear sturdy footwear, hat, sun screen, insect repellent and bring lots of water. For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Sally Brodie at or Patrick Capper at This is a Level  2, moderate pace

Saturday Sept 10th at 10 a.m. The first of two Welcome Hikes designed for those new to Canada but all are welcome.  Hike the Maitland Woods Goderich and get to know this beautiful and convenient location better by experiencing a walk along its trail with a knowledgeable guide. Meet in the southwest corner of the Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call or text Hugh McGregor at 519 955-6318. This is a Level 1 hike, leisurely pace, 2 hours.

Saturday September 10th 7.30 p.m. A BRVRA moonlit hike on the Sawmill trail

Saturday September 24th and Sunday Sept 25th Hike the Maitland Camino event.  Instead of the Saturday Harvest supper there will be a Saturday pot luck supper at a pavilion. Details to follow.

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 All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland

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.

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