Featured Hike - Old Baldy - Beaver Valley Section

Posted on June 21, 2011

Old Baldy_credit D & J Galloway

Panoramic views across the Beaver Valley near Kimberley, Ontario await the hiker on the Bruce Trail at Old Baldy.

At Old Baldy itself, the Niagara Escarpment face is 152 m high. Watch for turkey vultures and buteo hawks. The updraft created by the valley's walls makes this a favourite haunt of these birds. Ancient cedar trees cling to the Escarpment edge.

From the parking lot there are short and long hikes heading 'in and out' along the same route, or, you can make your return trip using the MacKirk Side Trail.

Bruce Trail Section: Beaver Valley

Directions & Parking:

Find Old Baldy parking lot on Google Maps here >>

Directions: From Toronto

  • Take 401 west to Highway 10.
  • Hwy 10 north to Flesherton.
  • Turn right (east) on Hwy 4. At Grey Rd 13 turn left (north). Continue past Eugenia Emporium.
  • Turn right (east) on Artemesia/Euphrasia Townline.Turn left (north) on 3rd Line.
  • Turn left (west) on Sideroad 7B. Watch for parking lot on left.

Directions : From Hwy 26

  • Take Hwy 13 South to just past the Beaver Valley Lookout.
  • Turn left (east) at Artemesia/Euphrasia Townline. Turn left (north) on 3rd Line
  • Turn left (west) on Sideroad 7B. Watch for parking lot. Just where the road heads down into the Beaver Valley at a sharp right hand turn, go straight ahead to the Old Baldy Parking Lot.


In this area, the Bruce Trail passes through Old Baldy Conservation Area, managed by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA). GSCA does not charge access or parking fees for Old Baldy Conservation Area.

Hike Directions:

Follow the white-blazed main Bruce Trail south along the cedar-lined Escarpment edge, passing several excellent viewpoints, before reaching Old Baldy Lookout in approximately 1.5 km.

Return along the same route, or for something new, return by way of the Mac Kirk Side Trail, marked with blue blazes. This loop provides a pleasant stroll through a hardwood forest after the exciting view from the cliffs of Old Baldy.

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