The Mavis/Taylor Trail
Named after area community activist Mavis Govier, this 2.5 kilometre looped trail offers a slightly more challenging walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year.
As you make your way to the tranquil scenic lookout at the river, you will pass through peaceful groves of pine trees, a steep ravine that is bridged with steps that will slow cross country ski enthusiasts and mountain bikers and a towering deciduous forest.
The 1 kilometre Taylor Trail features a variety of landscapes. From meander-ing paths in a pine reforestation project of decades past, to a deciduous tree lined trail, joggers, fitness enthusiasts, cross country skiers and pet owners will appreciate the flat terrain and the scents of pine and colourful meadow grasses. Although this isn’t a strenuous trail with hills that will get your heart pumping fast, it is a peaceful and tranquil stroll through a varied woodland setting. This is a looped trail.
In 2012, as a result of a grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, this trail received a hard surface that makes it mobility accessible.
A walk along this trail can be lengthened by combining it with sections of the Mavis’ Trail.
VARNA NATURE TRAILS
Pathway to the Bayfield River, the two trails at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 kilometres east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. Both trails offer relatively easy walking, cross country skiing and biking in a beautiful woodland setting.