Today I headed out to Boyne Valley Provincial Park to explore the Bruce Trail and side trails that run through it.
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.
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.
The trail goes up – and up and up – from the road.
It levels out once you reach the actual loop portion of Primrose Loop side trail. It’s sort of more of a lasso.
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.
This gives way to a straight lane through planted forest.
The underbrush was pretty sparse. It was a stark contrast towards the end when the green started again.
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.
The loop actually leaves the Provincial Park a couple times. You’ll see these signs about.
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.
The trails open up on this side of the highway, and we begin through rolling hills under forested canopy.
This soon gives way to open rolling fields with some great views.
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.
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!
But it held up pretty well, which actually surprised me. Kind of like this random feeding trough in the middle of a forest.
I suppose at one point that was field, similar to the other ones I was hiking through along the trail.
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.
But we’re following the loop, so along we go and we get to the ‘end’ of the park.
The side trail leads back to 1st Line EHS, the same road with the parking lot, just further down from it.
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.
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!
The tree coverage is intermittent along here, which was beginning to concern to me as I hadn’t brought sunscreen. Oops.
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.
I didn’t mind at all, helped to cool down!
373m elevation gain