Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Today I headed out to Boyne Valley Provincial Park to explore the Bruce Trail and side trails that run through it.

Boyne Valley PP Map

I decided to start at the junction between Primrose Loop and Boyne Valley proper, along Highway 19. There are three other access points with parking here. This one was roadside, and this is the view from the Primrose Loop trail.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

From the road, it is fairly overgrown but you can just make out the trail through the tall grass. The bright blue signs are more obvious, so look for those first and then plan your route.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

The trail goes up – and up and up – from the road.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

It levels out once you reach the actual loop portion of Primrose Loop side trail. It’s sort of more of a lasso.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

I headed to the right. This side of the loop seems much more overgrown than the other. There’s an open field of sorts that is covered with milkweed.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

This gives way to a straight lane through planted forest.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

The underbrush was pretty sparse. It was a stark contrast towards the end when the green started again.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

The green didn’t last long however. This side of the loop is much more open and easier to traverse. Though we start to go down again here.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

The loop actually leaves the Provincial Park a couple times. You’ll see these signs about.

Primrose Loop - Boyne PP

Back down to the car, and up the other side of the lasso that is Primrose Loop side trail, and in to Boyne Valley Provincial Park proper.

Boyne Valley PP

The trails open up on this side of the highway, and we begin through rolling hills under forested canopy.

Boyne Valley PP

This soon gives way to open rolling fields with some great views.

Boyne Valley PP

Once you reach the main Bruce Trail within Boyne Valley PP, you can go either way to complete the loop. I headed left as there is a small side trail to a lookout point.

Boyne Valley PP

I had forgotten my camera (again) and only had my phone on me, which was doing double duty as a camera while also tracking my hike – on half a charge!

Boyne Valley PP

But it held up pretty well, which actually surprised me. Kind of like this random feeding trough in the middle of a forest.

Boyne Valley PP

I suppose at one point that was field, similar to the other ones I was hiking through along the trail.

Boyne Valley PP

Towards the north east corner, the main trail splits with the Boyne Valley side trail. If you continue on the main trail here, it will take you to another parking lot.

Boyne Valley PP

But we’re following the loop, so along we go and we get to the ‘end’ of the park.

Boyne Valley PP

The side trail leads back to 1st Line EHS, the same road with the parking lot, just further down from it.

Boyne Valley PP

A short jaunt down the road, just around the bend you’ll find the signs to re-enter the park. There is technically no parking at this entrance, but some people do what they want. Apparently the 4 official options are not good enough for them.

Anyway, back in the park, this part of the trail is pretty wide as well with some nice wildflowers.

Boyne Valley PP

There’s an amazing bridge crossing with a “Built by Volunteers” sign from 1999 – this thing looks to be in better condition than some more recent additions – way to go ’99 team!

Boyne Valley PP

The tree coverage is intermittent along here, which was beginning to concern to me as I hadn’t brought sunscreen. Oops.

Boyne Valley PP

Ironically, my concerns were trivial as I neared the Primrose Loop again to finish my hike the clouds started rolling in and a light rain began to fall.

Boyne Valley PP

I didn’t mind at all, helped to cool down!

2h 25mins
11.66km
373m elevation gain

Boyne Valley PP

Happy trails,
-Mia

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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