Sunday October 6, 2013

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Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs.

Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment.

Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.

Our Bruce Trail Day events will run rain or shine so dress for the weather and get ready for a great day on the Bruce Trail!

Bruce Trail Day continues to be generously supported by
Ontario Power Generation, through its OPG Biodiversity Program.

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Bruce Trail Day Events 2013

Click on a location for more information:

 

Find all 10 Bruce Trail Day 2013 locations on Google Maps

For more information about any Bruce Trail Day event, visit the Club website listed, or contact the BTC at info@brucetrail.org or 1-800-665-4453 ext. 29

 

Niagara

Niagara College (Glendale/Niagara-on-the-lake Campus)

Hosted by:  Niagara Bruce Trail Club  (www.niagarabrucetrail.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 12 pm - 4 pm (last hike leaves at 2 pm)

Description:

Explore a reclaimed wetland on one of two short interpretive hikes lead by student volunteers from Niagara College. Or venture further along the Trail with Club volunteers, past layered rock formations and splendid views of vineyards and orchards on the flat plain below. 

Interpretive hikes @ 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm
Main hike @ 2:00 pm

Directions:

Meet at the "Greenhouse" at Niagara College
Glendale (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Campus
135 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  L0S 1J0

GPS: 43.152655,-79.163274

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Iroquoia

City View Park  (Burlington)

Hosted by:  Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club  (www.iroquoia.on.ca)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Hikes depart 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm)

Description:

Join us for a guided hike along the Bruce Trail on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, with beautiful views overlooking Burlington and Lake Ontario. Follow the trail as it winds through forests, along the escarpment and learn more about the Bruce Trail from Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club members. Learn about our year-round hiking program and trail maintenance opportunities. This event is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties. No pets or strollers please.

Directions:

From QEW/ 403, exit at Brant Street and turn north, turn left onto North Service Road, turn right onto Kerns Road and drive up to the top of the escarpment. City View Park will be on your right after you go up the winding road. Look for our sign indicating which park entrance to use.

From Highway #5, turn south onto Kerns Road and proceed to the second (most southerly) parking lot on the east side.

 

Meeting point: 

Parking lot at City View Park, Burlington on Dundas St (Hwy. 5).
GPS: 43.352132, -79.862594
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Toronto

Terra Cotta Conservation Area (FREE shuttle bus from Toronto)

Hosted by:  Toronto Bruce Trail Club  (www.torontobrucetrailclub.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Description:

Explore the variety of life and beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail.  Start by warming up at the Watershed Learning Centre and meeting some of your local Bruce Trail volunteers. Then join Credit Valley Conservation staff for a fun-and-fact filled guided hike at 10:00 am or at 1:00 pm.

Free parking at Terra Cotta Conservation Area for Bruce Trail Day participants.
(Thank you to our partner, Credit Valley Conservation)

FREE BUS from Toronto available (see details in Directions below).

Directions:

Terra Cotta Conservation Area - Watershed Learning Centre.
14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills, Ontario
GPS: 43.72159, -79.95657

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By car:

  • From Hwy. #401, exit north and continue on Winston Churchill Blvd.
  • Take a slight right at King St.
  • Take the second left on to Winston Churchill Blvd
  • Terra Cotta Conservation Area is 2 kilometres ahead on the left side of the road
  • Go past the gatehouse and go straight through box horse gate. Take first left into parking lot.

By bus - FREE Chartered bus leaves at 12 noon from Toronto

  • Meet at York Mills Subway Station in Toronto
    (on Old York Mills Rd near the southern entrance to the subway station)
  • Bus departs at 12 noon (in time for the 1:00 pm free guided hike)
  • No reservations needed.

 

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Limehouse (Halton Hills, Ontario)

Hosted by: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, Halton Hills Chapter (www.torontobrucetrailclub.org)

Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:30 pm

Description:

Join hikers of the Halton Hills Chapter for an 4 - 5 km loop hike exploring the world-famous Bruce Trail as it threads its way through Halton Hills. This will be a ramble suitable for all ages. Children especially welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Meet in the parking lot of the Limehouse School at 1:30 p.m. There will be a scavenger hunt for both adults and children. Juice and light snack at the end. Please wear appropriate shoes, no flip flops.

Meeting Point:

Limehouse Public School, parking lot, Sideroad 22 & 5th Line, Halton Hills
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Caledon Hills

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Hosted by:  Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club  (www.caledonbrucetrail.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 10 am - 3 pm; Last hike 2:00 pm

Description:

Join us for a fun-filled day of guided autumn hikes featuring walks to the Cataract Falls, walks around a kettle lake, and more.

Enjoy:

  • Our fabulous all-day BBQ onsite - with family-friendly prices
  • Boardwalk Building Activity for kids
  • Spectacular Views and Fall colours


Check out highlights from Bruce Trail Day 2010 at Forks of the Credit on YouTube >>


Hikes:

10:00 am    2.5 hour scenic hike featuring the Falls of the Cataract
10:30 am    1 hour family hike around Kettle Lake
11:00 am    2.5 hour scenic hike featuring the Falls of the Cataract
11:30 am    1.5 hour hike exploring the park
12:30 pm    2.5 hour scenic hike featuring the Falls of the Cataract
1:00 pm    1 hour family hike around Kettle Lake
1:30 pm    1.5 hour hike exploring the park
2:00 pm    1 hour photography hike

All hikes are introductory, as a slow to moderate pace on hilly terrain.

Printable Flyer with directions and hikes (Forks of the Credit location only)

Directions:

Meet at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park main parking lot. 2km south of Peel Rd #24 (Charleston Side Road). McLaren Rd is 2.75 km west of Highway #10 at Caledon Village.

REDUCED ONTARIO PARKS PARKING FEE OF $5.25 PER CAR FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS IN BRUCE TRAIL DAY ACTIVITIES.

Meeting point:
GPS: 43.82493, -80.00410
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Dufferin Hi-Land

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park (Mono, NE of Orangeville)

Hosted by:  Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club  (www.dufferinbrucetrailclub.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013. 10 am - 3 pm

Description:

Come and celebrate the colours of fall, the magic landscape of Mono Cliffs, the world of hiking on the Bruce Trail.

All day long there will be guided hikes through the park. Hikes will go to the Jacob's Ladder area, to the kettle lake on the McCarston Trail, to the two viewing platforms along the Cliff Top Trail, through the centre of the park, and along the length of the South Outlier.

Join us for:

  • Childrens' activities
  • Building a Bruce Trail bridge
  • All day BBQ at modest prices

PARKING will cost $5.25 for the day. Hikes and childrens' activities are free.

Directions:

Take Highway #10 North from Orangeville. Turn right at Camilla on County Road #8. Go through Mono Centre to 3rd line EHS Mono. Turn left. Go North to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park Parking lot.  Look for our Bruce Trail signs.

Meeting Point:
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park Parking Lot, 3rd Line EHS, 900 m north of County Road 8.
GPS: 44.046603, -80.061953
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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountain

Hosted by:  Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club  (www.bmbtc.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 10 am - 12 pm

Description:

Enjoy the fall colours and magnificent views of the Village at Blue, Collingwood and Georgian Bay on this free interpretive hike at the top of Blue Mountain lead by Bruce Trail volunteers.

Directions:

From Collingwood travel west on First Street. Continue through the traffic lights at High Street onto Mountain Road, through the next set of lights to the new traffic circle. Take the Scenic Caves road exit and drive to the top of the escarpment to Swiss Meadows Road. Turn right onto Swiss Meadows Road and enter the first parking lot on your right.

Meeting point:
GPS: 44.49560, -80.32183
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Beaver Valley

Kimberley Springs (Wodehouse, Beaver Valley)

Hosted by:  Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club  (www.beavervalleybrucetrail.org)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; Hikes at 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Description:

1:00 pm:  Re-enactment of 1st Beaver Valley Organized Hike, 6.8 km return

Join the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary and re-enacts its historic first organized hike along the rim of the Beaver Valley. 

2:00 pm: Bill's Creek, 2 km return

Walk to Bill's Creek on the recently re-routed section of the Bruce Trail on the newly-acquired BTC Kimberley Springs property.

Refreshments and prizes available -- including a chance to win a free 1-year BTC membership! Details in local newspapers or call Christine Blake at 705-446-9592.

Meeting Point for both hikes:
Parking lot at the top of the former Talisman Resort.
Sideroad 7A, off 7th Line, near Wodehouse, ON
GPS: 44.387268, -80.557836
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Skinners Bluff

Spirit Rock (Wiarton, ON)

Hosted by:  Sydenham Bruce Trail Club  (www.sydenhambrucetrail.ca)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

Meet at Wiarton's Bluewater Park at the picnic pavilion by the old rail station.  Join us on a hike of the Spirit Rock Loop.  Climb the spiral staircase to the Corran historic mansion ruins, see spectacular views of Colpoys Bay, and hear the legend of Spirit Rock.  Closed-toe footwear and long pants recommended.

Shorter hikes to Bruce's Caves also available.

Meeting Point:
Picnic pavilion in Bluewater Park, Wiarton.
Closest Parking: GPS: 44.742514, -81.135140
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Peninsula

Cape Dundas (Bruce Peninsula, between Wiarton and Lion's Head)

Hosted by:  Peninsula Bruce Trail Club  (www.pbtc.ca)

Date & Time:  Sunday October 6, 2013; Hike departs at 9:30 am

Part of the Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival, October 4-6, 2013

Description:

Explore Cape Dundas just north of Hope Bay with a loop hike along the Pease Side Trail and the main Bruce Trail. The full hike will be a beautiful (but strenuous) loop along the top of the Escarpment and then down and along the shore of Cape Dundas. A shorter, less strenuous option will allow interested hikers to head back to the cars without descending to the shore.

Why not make a weekend of it?

Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival (October 4-6, 2013) is several days of activity and presentations embracing the spectacular North Bruce Peninsula. This year the Festival is in its 10th year and invites you to "Hike with Locals in the Know". Visit www.pbtc.ca/festival for details and registration, and Bruce Trail Day hikes information. The Festival is a pre-register event with minimal costs but the Sunday Bruce Trail Day hikes are free to all.

Directions:

Meeting Point: Parking lot at end of Scenic Caves Rd
GPS: 44.953282,-81.128023
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For more information about any Bruce Trail Day event, visit the Club website listed, or contact the BTC at:

info@brucetrail.org or  1-800-665-4453 ext. 29

 

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