Trail Talk 237 November 9th 2022

The “Mindfulness in Nature” walk on October 29th had a surprise, as it started off with an unexpected bang!  The group had just started to walk slowly, paying attention to the present moment when two Canada geese hunters at the edge of the Maitland River fired at some geese very near the silent walkers.  It was an excellent opportunity to observe “reactions”! The group relocated to Wawanosh and found the serenity to refocus.

Susan Ethelston, Henrietta Mann Rick Poisson, Anne Storey and Patrick Capper at 34km on the End to End hike #4
An interesting beech tree

The fourth End to End hike on the next day, had no such surprises. However we did see an unusual tree that had divided into two and then the two halves rejoined.  We also saw some interesting eddies in the Maitland River which were highlighted by some foam.

On November 1st I signed up for the Cornell sponsored Feeder Watch (  this asks people to bird watch at their chosen location on two consecutive days  between Nov 1 and April 30 as often as every week or even only once.  I spotted ten species on my watch but the evening grosbeaks were not included in my report as I saw them before November 1st.


Evening grosbeaks at our feeder

Thursday November 17th 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day, Varna Nature Trails with BRVTA.
The title says it all.  National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on November 17 in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 km of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is proud to participate by managing our 16 km network. The Mavis Trail is named after area community activist Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back.   Meet/Park: Varna Complex in Varna, 5 km East of Bayfield on the Mill Road. Distance: 3.5 km/2 hrs.For more info, call Ralph Blasting 519-525-3205.

Sunday November 20th 9 a.m. The last of the Maitland Trail End to End hikes – Boundary bridge to Auburn contact Paula Deering at This is a Level 2, leisurely pace, 3.5 hours.

October 1st –Dec 31st the Maitland Trail between 9.5 and 10.5 km is closed for hunting.

November 7th to 13th The Maitland Trail will be closed due to gun deer hunting, however you can still hike in the Maitland Woods, Sifto Loop, Millennium trail, the Falls Reserve  and the G2G/GART.

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.

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