Trail Talk 294 January 10th 2024

The Falls on Jan 1st

There was a great turn out for the Maitland Trail’s hike on New Year’s Day when 26 of us enjoyed the unseasonable weather with just a light dusting of snow in places and an ice free river. 

Golden Eye on the Maitland river

                The first Tuesday Tromp of the year also saw a good turnout of 19 people.  Unfortunately  there has not been a good turnout of birds recently, apart from Canada Geese which seem to be thriving about 150 of which I saw on the pond on Base line on the way to Auburn.  They are also a common sight from the Menesetung bridge, which is where I saw a small flock of about 20 goldeneyes enjoying the ice free, though rather murky, Maitland river.

Tuesday Trompers in the Robertson Tract

                Looking back on 2023  the Tuesday Trompers  averaged 16 hikers out.   The lowest turnout was 4 and highest of 24 with 63 people coming out at least once. The “Uneven” hikers averaged just 8 hikers out with a low of 3 and a high of 16, with 30 hikers coming out at least once.  We hiked on most of the Maitland Trail as well as 15 other local hiking trails.


                Reminder that the Lobb Trails are now closed to the public

                Sunday January 14th  9 am Meet at the end of the Maitland Trail at Auburn by the bridge. We will be either hiking or snowshoeing depending on the weather and doing a loop back to the bridge. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Paula Deering at paula_deering@ or George Cantin at This is a Level 1, moderately paced hike, 2 hr                    

                Sunday January 14th (Note change of date)  11 am join the BRVTA hike at Varna followed by a lunch. This is a good time to renew your Bayfield Trail membership, Individual $20, Family $30

 Note that the other hike scheduled at 10am on the 21st at Lobbs has been cancelled.

                Saturday January 27th and /or Sunday 28th 1.30pm Hike or ski the John Goldie Reserve  for more information contact  Con Melady at 519-524-8730 to pre-register and for details about location and carpooling. Moderate pace about 2 hours

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

                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