Trail Talk 89 October 23rd

On Friday when the LIFE hikers hiked the Bannockburn and Taylor and Mavis trail the windfall had been cleared

Rick Poisson on Mavis trail at cleared windfall

.  We also met the hard working Bayfield River Trail Association work crew.

On Saturday Oct 12th three of us hiked the G2G from Walton to Blyth, we were startled by a deer that crossed over the trail less than six feet from us.   We also met one side by side and two off road motor bicycles, this is despite notices that motorized vehicles are not permitted on the G2G. If bicycling this section a mountain or fat wheeled bicycle is recommended.

On Sunday, driving down Base Line, I saw a fox and later that evening saw another one near Blacks Point road, – I had not seen a fox for quite a long time.

Now is the time to enjoy the fall colours especially on the maples, oaks and sumacs, there is a beautiful maple in fall colours near the start of the Blyth Greenway trail. The Tuesday Trompers enjoyed seeing great fall colours on the Morrison Dam conservation area trail on Oct 15th.  We also saw a white squirrel, two great blue eastern herons as well as the usual geese and ducks on the pond.

Silver maple leaf

On Monday I discovered that the beavers had returned to the Bayfield river and had blocked up the culverts on the crossing for the Clinton Conservation area trail, so I have started my battle with them.  Later in the fall after heavy rains if the culverts are blocked the river overflows the path across to the main trail.


Oct 1 –Dec 31 the Maitland Trail section from 9.4 to 10.5 km will be closed.

Oct 1-31 The Bayfield Woodland trail will be closed due to turkey hunting season.

Oct 15th -27th Wild turkey shotgun season

Oct 1-31 Wild Turkey bow hunting

November 4th to 10th the Maitland Trail, Bayfield Woodland Trail and Lobb trails will be closed for deer gun hunting

Maple leaf

Saturday Oct 26th 9 a.m. Hike the GART and Menesetung trail level 1 and 2. Time of  1 ½ hours includes stop for snack and water break. Meet at the N Harbour rd rock Contact Doug Ellacott 519-277-1768

Saturday Oct 26th  “The Bad Thing” is happening so there will be runners on the Maitland Trail that day.

Nov 2nd 10 a.m. Bayfield River Valley Trail Aassociation AGM Lions Hall Bayfield.
November 2nd  6 pm and 7:30 pm Owl prowl at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Office Workshop 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter. Full details at

Two 90 minute sessions at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls, followed by the night looking and listening for owls. Each begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from Ausable Bayfield Conservation. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch.