Friday, September 24, 2010

Beaver Valley, An Autumn Delight

The Beaver Valley in Grey County has always been a well know destination for downhill skiers, with resorts like Talisman and the Beaver Valley Ski Club being the primary destinations. Well don't leave all the fun to the downhill skiers! This is a must visit destination for hikers of all skill levels.

Walters Falls, Eugenia Falls, Old Baldy, and the Duncan Crevice Caves are just some of the vistas you will enjoy along this portion of the Bruce Trail. The trail is rugged with lots of hills and valleys so be sure you are physically prepared for a vigorous outing. There are many side trails and loops that make for a great afternoon hike. Most are noted in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide available at many Canadian bookstores. This guide not only shows the Bruce Trail and side trails it also references parking areas, camping areas, and points of interest.

There are plenty of accommodations available in the area ranging from campgrounds to luxury hotels, including many private cottages and chalets for rent. If you're looking for a unique place to stay that will comfortably hold and sleep a dozen or more adults check out the Riverdale Schoolhouse or call Peter Connor at 519-546-5848. This is a renovated schoolhouse from the late 1800's in a very private setting only a couple of miles from the town of Markdale and very close to Bruce Trail access points and Old Baldy. Another great venue is The Falls Inn at Walter's Falls . The Bruce Trail runs right beside the property. This is a bit more upscale for those that like to be pampered at the end of a long day of hiking.

Autumn is in the air and mother nature will soon be performing her colorful transition from summer to winter. A fall hike in the Beaver Valley when the leaves are turning is a treat you can't afford to miss, and don't forget your camera.

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