Spring conditions are with us on the Avon Trail. Listed below is a recap of events enjoyed by the members:


Dave Williamson is hard at work.

Spring Go-to-Blazes. In  May 1983,  the  Avon Trail  joined in the first  province-wide “Go-to- Blazes” Day. Since then, our trail monitors have gone out every Spring and  Fall, clearing away the winter debris on the trails, refreshing blazes and reporting back to the trail  maintenance team anything that needed further attention.  This spring was no exception and they were out in full  force on the last weekend of April.

Bill Mayberry, Gerry Heyen and Dave Essex take a well-earned lunch break on the Nith River Loop.







NEW BRIDGE – near the Khaki Club

Job completed!

Thanks to a new bridge built and put in place by Ted Derry and his crew, we no longer have to leap over muddy and slippery terrain. The landowner, Brian Jantzi, willingly helped transport the bridge by tractor. Great job!







Trillium Hike – Sat May 5 2018:  Thanks to Carol Miller and Donna Ferguson for their contributions to this report.

A group of 20 hikers participated in this  8.7 km hike. We began this walk at km 18.5 (Line 29 on Perth Oxford Road). We ambled along Wildwood Lake, through wooded areas, which sustained noticeable ice storm damage. We exited onto Line 33 then into verdant pasture and hilly terrain of deciduous forest until we reached km 27.1 on Perth Oxford Rd. This last section was my favourite.  The forest floor was laden with wildflowers on the verge of bursting forth with our provincial trilliums.  Although it would be a week before the show was full on, there were many red trilliums, dogtooth violets (also known as yellow trout lilies), hepaticas and purple and white violets.

A very treasured time of year, these forest walks for me are nostalgic as I take in the earthy smells and remember our bush walks on the farm -the smell and taste of leeks , the carpet of wild flowers, ferns and huge patches of white trilliums. Hold the date for next year, one week before Mother’s Day.

Many thanks to Jane Foster, our hike leader, and to our kind landowners who share their land with the Avon Trail.

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Hickson Rail Hike – Sat May 12 2018

Complimentary Hiking Poles to use and return while traversing the trailA total of 13 hikers laced up their boots in Hickson and walked along the “Hickson Rail Trail” for 6 km.  Ross Campbell was the driving force behind opening up this trail and he explained as we went the challenges they faced and the co-ordination and hard work required to make this dream a reality.  Innovation was displayed as flat beds from trailers were used to help create the two  53 foot bridges.  A lovely, easy hike through farmland and woods with lots of wildflowers displaying their finery – trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpits, May Apple, ferns and many more.  Sharp eyed hikers were able to enjoy the beauty of a Baltimore Oriole.    Following the hike, lunch at Quehl’s in Tavistock was enjoyed by some of the hikers. Visit the Hickson Trail Gallery for more pictures.


When: Monday, 11th June at 6pm.
Raindate: Wednesday, 13th June at 6pm.
Time: 2 hours
Optional social time on completion: Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen or Duke’s at Upper Queens Park (by majority vote!)
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To  volunteer or ask questions, please contact Brian Tarr  519-273-1781 or bbjtarr@gmail.com




http://www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca/wp-content/themes/stratfordmuseumFriends of the Trail Eileen and Roger Cook were added to the Stratford Perth Museum Agricultural Wall of Fame in April. Check out the press release outlining their many contributions to the community.



May 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

  • Tom Miller Memorial Tree is being planted this spring in the St. Marys Memorial Forest, Wildwood CA.  A dedicatory service will be held the last Sunday in August to which all are invited
  • The Board enthusiastically accepted Brian Tarr’s proposal to ‘Adopt a Highway’. Brian is looking for volunteers for this exciting new venture. Read more here
  • Almost all content on the Website is now accessible to all, not just Members including the Hike Schedule (except where private homes are part of the event) and the Photo Gallery. Check out the new Photo Galleries
  • Cindy Kimber, assisted by Maria Antonio pictured above, hosted a table at ‘The Loop: a Family Exposition’.
  • There are re-routes in the area of Berlett’s Rd and Martin Creek Rd.  Check the website for details
  • Carol Miller and Cindy Kimber made a well-received presentation to the SABBA
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Shirley Gotts Farewell Hike & Social, Sat. June 23, 3 pm. See the website for details.  RSVP by June 12

Hike Ontario Board Meeting, May 26th  2018 – Avon Trail represented by Bernard Goward

  • Funding received for re-publishing Youth Hikers Program.
  • Planning continues for HO Annual Summit & Ganaraska Trail’s 50th celebrations, Sept. 28-30.
  • Special Resolution accepted to amend the not-for-profit status to facilitate internal operations.
  • Trail App Committee to convene a meeting of interested clubs within two months.
  • Tom Friesen will lead a hike in Rondeau Provincial Park for ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People ‘ day,  July 20.
  • Hike Ontario website revitalized.
  • The Map, Compass & GPS course is growing in popularity.