Sunday October 5, 2014

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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 2014

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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

 


Niagara

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

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 5, 2014; 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 5, 2014; 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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Toronto

Terra Cotta Conservation Area (FREE shuttle bus from Toronto)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 5, 2014; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description:
Explore the variety of life and beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail.  Join hike leaders from Toronto Bruce Trail Club for guided hikes at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:30 pm.
 
ENTRANCE FEE at Terra Cotta Conservation Area of $3.50 for BTC members and $5.00 for non-members. This fee applies to hikers arriving in cars or in the bus.

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

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 take first right into parking lot. 
  • Gather at the tent near the Visitor Welcome Centre.

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 hike)
  • No reservations needed. 

 


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Limehouse (Halton Hills)

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

Date & Time: Sunday October 5, 2014; 1:30 pm

Description:
Join us for an exploration of 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 children.  Juice and light snack at the end. Please wear appropriate shoes.

Meeting Point:

Limehouse Public School
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 5, 2014; 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


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 hour photography hike.  Bring your Camera!
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    2 hour hike exploring the park through a naturalist's eyes
1:30 pm    1.5 hour hike exploring the park
2:00 pm    1 hour family hike around Kettle Lake

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

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 5, 2014, 10 am - 3 pm

Description:

Outdoor family fun, including:

  • Guided Hikes
  • Nature walks
  • Children's crafts & games
  • BBQ
  • Tours of new Splitrock Narrows property

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 5, 2014; 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:
Swiss Meadows Road, 1st parking lot
GPS: 44.49560, -80.32183


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Beaver Valley 2

Eugenia Falls

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 5, 2014; 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:
Short 2 km hike at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Longer 5.3 km hike at 1:30 p.m.  Bring friends and family and enjoy  after hike treats in the pavilion.  Details in local newspapers or call Christine Blake 705-446-9592.

Meeting place:
Eugenia Falls Conservation Authority's parking lot in Eugenia (Grey Road 13).
GPS: 44.313356, -80.524912


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Bognor Marsh (E of Owen Sound, W or Meaford)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 5, 2014; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:
Explore the trails of Bognar Marsh. This beautiful area is owned by Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and is one of Gry County's largest marsh systems. It offers a fascinating varitey of ecosystems to explore. At 1:30 pm a 5 km hike around the marsh and climbing to the Niagara Escarpment along the Bruce Trail begins. Shorter hikes exploring the marsh and stream are available throughout the afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

Meeting Point:
Parking lot off Derry Line/Grey Rd 18. Go east from Rockford on Road 18. Parking is on the north side opposite Concession 4. Park here and follow the trail north to the picnic shelter.
GPS: 44.538960,-80.782609


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Peninsula geology

Coveney Hill (Cape Croker, between Wiarton and Lion's Head)

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

Date & Time:  Sunday October 5, 2014; Hike departs at 10:00 am

Part of the Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival, October 3-5, 2014

Description:

The Bruce Trail Day hike will be led this year by the irrepressible Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and geology fanatic. Learn about fossils of the Niagara Escarpment on this exploration of Coveney Hill, Cape Croker.

Why not make a weekend of it?

Bruce Peninsula Outdoor Festival (October 3-5, 2014) is several days of activity and presentations embracing the spectacular North Bruce Peninsula. This year the Festival is in its 11th year and this year will be invites you to explore the rich history of early settlement on the Bruce Peninsula.

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 area (P) at the bend in Boundary Road where it meets Crooked Toe Road.
22 km north of Wiarton
GPS: 44.873790, -81.075044


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