Trail Maintenance Crew Active in 2022


Trail Maintenance Report

November 15, 2022

Scotsdale farm

We currently service 115 kilometers of trails (49.5 Main Trail + 66 Side Trail) in the Toronto section

  • Since January, various groups worked for about 474 cumulative volunteer hours either removing up fallen trees, clearing up badly overgrown weeds; or repairing/building various boardwalks and bridges; refreshing blazes; etc.
  • We were very pleased in June to complete and open the new Trafalgar side trail on the recently purchased Duff Pit property, and extending this trail north of HWY 7 on private land to connect with the Great Esker side trail. This new trail required the building of a 20 ft boardwalk.
  • Specific projects this year included:
  • building a long 32 ft boardwalk on the Main trail east of Fallbrook trail;
  • coordinating the installation of a bench just off the main trail along the Boston Mills Rd. right of way
  • completely re-signing the Credit Valley Footpath which ends at the CN tracks
  • In March, we took inventory, did repairs, tool sharpening, and reorganized equipment in the A+ storage unit
  • significant improvements to boardwalks on the Great Esker side trail
  • meeting with CVC and Conservation Halton to share information and plan possible new trail re-routes;
  • Installing boundary signs at the south and north end of the TBTC section
  • Built new steps going up the escarpment on the Main trail west of Heritage Rd.
  • Installed a metal plaque at the Pear Tree parking lot in recognition of Peter and Judy Leeney
  • Removing a lot of garbage
  • Two new sawyers were certified from the BTC sponsored course in Mansfield, and two people took the refresher course, so we are now well supported with sawyer capability
  • Since the purchase of the Stihl battery-operated chain saw, the older gas powered saws have not been used, thus avoiding the need for dealing with fuel, and the frequent problem in starting them. We are planning to purchase additional battery powered equipment such as a small hand-held pruning “mini chain saw”, and a hedge trimmer.

Laurent Thibault
Trail Director