Sunday October 2, 2016

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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!

 

 

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Bruce Trail Day Events 2016

Click on a location for more details.

 

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. 229

 


Niagara

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

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016; 1 pm - 4 pm (Presentation 1:15pm, Main Hike 2 pm)

Description:
Explore a reclaimed wetland on a short interpretive hike, or take in a presentation about the Bruce Trail, starting at 1:15 pm. Or venture further along the Trail with Club volunteers (starting 2 pm sharp), past layered rock formations and splendid views of vineyards and orchards on the flat plain below.

 

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 2, 2016; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Hikes depart 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm)

Description:
Kids and adults are invited to join us for a guided hikes along the Bruce Trail overlooking one of Burlington's most scenic parks. Walk through a hardwood forest and along the Niagara Escarpment while enjoying beautiful views overlooking Burlington and Lake Ontario. Learn more about the Bruce Trail from Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club members, including our year-round hiking program and trail maintenance opportunities. This event is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties or for baby strollers. No pets please.

Directions:

From QEW/ 403, exit at Brant Street and turn north, turn left onto North Service Road, turn right onto Kerns Road, drive up to the top of the escarpment to the new City View Park on the east side of Kerns Rd. 

From Highway #5 (Dundas St.) go south on Kerns Rd. to the most southerly entrance (second)  on the east side of Kerns.

Please note that we will be using the most southerly entrance to the parking lot. (There are two.)  Look for our Bruce Trail Day Sign at the entrance to the parking lot.

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

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Dundas Valley Conservation Area (Dundas)

Date & Time: Sunday October 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description:

Come and explore one of the largest greenspaces in the Hamilton area. Join us to learn more at the Bruce Trail tent near the Trail Centre - an old train station and the hub of the valley's trail network.

Free introductory hikes will begin at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.

Please note: Day use fees are charged by Dundas Valley Conservation Area for those parking in the Conservation Area ($10 per vehicle).

Location:

Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Trail Centre
650 Governors Road
Hamilton, Ontario L9H 5E3
Directions on Google Maps >

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Limehouse (Halton Hills)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016, 10:00 am

Description:

  • Free guided hikes: 10 km, 5 km, and impromptu shorter hikes
  • Barbeque
  • Visit the restored lime kilns and ruins
  • Enjoy the Bruce Trail Hike-a-thon Kick-Off festivities taking place the same day

 

FREE BUS FROM TORONTO:

  • Buses leaving from York Mills Subway Station at 9:00 am
  • Pre-registration is required for the bus. visit the Toronto Bruce Trail Club's online hiking schedule (here) and click on the October 2nd Limehouse options (10 km or 5 km).

 

CARS: If you are joining us by car, no pre-registration for the hikes is required. Car hikers joining the 10 km hike will have to coordinate rides as the hike is an "out and back" and the bus will not return to Limehouse on completion. 


Meeting Point:

Limehouse Memorial Hall
12389 5th Line, Limehouse, ON L0P 1H0

Directions to Limehouse:

From Hwy 401 take Trafalgar Road (exit #328) north for 13 km to 22nd Sideroad. Turn left and follow for 4 km to village of Limehouse at 5th Line.

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Caledon Hills

Glen Haffy Conservation Area

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016; 10 am - 3:30 pm; Last hike 1:30 pm

Description:
Join us for a fun-filled day of guided autumn hikes exploring the Bruce Trail in Glen Haffy Conservation Area
Enjoy:

  • Our fabulous all-day BBQ onsite - with family-friendly prices
  • Boardwalk Building Activity for kids
  • Spectacular Views and Fall colours
  • Free Selfie Photo Booth on site!


Hikes:


10:00 am  2.5 hour scenic hike Exploring the Park
10:30 am  2 hour photography hike.  Bring your Camera!
11:00 am  1.5 hour scenic hike Exploring the Park
11:30 am  2 hour History Hike with Barry Westhouse
11:30 am  1 hour Beginner Hike
1:00 pm    1.5 hour **Nature Hike**
1:30 pm    2 hour hike Visiting the Ponds

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

Reduced entry fee of $3.50 per person for all participants in Bruce Trail Day activities. (Kids 14 and under are free)

Directions:

 

Meeting point:

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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 2, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm

Description:

Outdoor family fun, including:

  • Guided Hikes
  • Nature walks
  • BBQ

PARKING will cost $5.25 for the day.

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 on 3rd Line EHS
900 m north of County Road 8

GPS: 44.046603, -80.061953

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Hoggs Falls

Hogg's Falls (Beaver Valley)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016; 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Description:

1:30 pm Short Hike & Long Hike depart
2:30 pm Short Hike #2 departs
 
Bring friends and family and enjoy after hike treats.  Details in local newspapers or call Margaret at 705-888-7686.

Meeting place:

Hogg's Falls Parking Lot,
Lower Valley Road, Eugenia
GPS: 44.285307, -80.543081

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Woodford_Graham Crevice

Woodford (between Owen Sound & Meaford)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

The Sydenham Bruce Trail Club invites everyone to join us at Woodford Community Centre on October 2 from 1 to 4 pm. Hikes of varying lengths and difficulties will be available throughout the afternoon led by Ron Savage and Sandra Howe. We will explore the Woodford Escarpment Loop with its literally cool crevices and pothole. The Crevice Springs Side Trail with its colourful bootlegging history is also an option. It will be a fun afternoon for all ages.

Afternoon refreshments will be served. Bring water, outdoor clothes, sunscreen, and durable footwear for your hiking adventure.

Two related events happen that day in the area. Meaford Scarecrow Invasion is on with lots to see and do. Don't miss the delicious Turkey BBQ at Woodford Hall in the evening!

Meeting Point:
Woodford Community Centre
Just off Highway 26, east of Owen Sound
107 Woodford Crescent, Durham, ON N4K 5W4
GPS: 44.593656, -80.744459

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Lion's Head (between Wiarton and Tobermory)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 2, 2016, Meet at 9:40 am, Hike at 10:00 am

Part of the Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016

Description:

Two choices of hike length (6.0 km or 11.0 km). Both loops will include a view of the spectacular vista across Isthmus Bay to the cliffs of Lion's Head.

Meeting Point:

Richardson Side Trail Parking Lot, Forty Hills Road north of Lion's Head at Whippoorwill Bay
GPS: 45.020460,-81.283790

Why not make a weekend of it?

Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016) is several days of activity and presentations embracing the spectacular North Bruce Peninsula.

This year's theme is "The Bruce Trail Rocks" and workshops, hikes and other events focus on the tremendous geology of the Niagara Escarpment of the Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Visit www.pbtc.ca/festival for details and registration. The Festival is a pre-register event with minimal costs but the Sunday Bruce Trail Day hikes are free to all.

Looking for accommodation for the Festival? Consider staying in Bruce Peninsula National Park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/reserve.aspx)

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