Information about the BTC


The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 

The Bruce Trail Conservancy and its partners will secure a conservation corridor along the entire Niagara Escarpment that contains the Bruce Trail.   Our steadfast commitment to responsible land stewardship will significantly contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the Escarpment ecosystem.

The Bruce Trail Users' Code:

  • Hike only along marked routes.  Do not take short cuts.
  • Do not climb fences - use the stiles.
  • Respect the privacy of people living along the Trail.
  • Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it.  Carry out all litter.
  • Do not disturb wildlife.
  • Leave only your thanks and take nothing but photographs.

 Land Ownership Along the Bruce Trail:

The Bruce Trail and its Side Trails are located on lands owned by a variety of landowners.  This includes private landowners who have generously allowed the Bruce Trail on their properties.  All landowners expect that trail users will follow the Trail Users' Code.

Any person wishing to place a geocache along the Bruce Trail or its Side Trails is responsible for knowing the ownership of the land where the cache is to be placed.  Geocachers are responsible for contacting the applicable private landowner or land management agency or the Bruce Trail Conservancy (in the case of BTC owned or managed land) to obtain written permission to place or list a cache.

Geocaches on Bruce Trail Owned or Managed Land:

The BTC will allow only virtual geocaches along the Bruce Trail on BTC owned or managed land. Physical geocaches of any kind are not permitted. A virtual geocache is a physical object that was already at a specific location, e.g. an obvious tree, rock formation, building or structure.

.All geocaches must be approved by completing the Geocache Application.

Geocache Form (.pdf, 88.2 KB).

Geocachers, must travel on blazed trails and NOT STRAY OFF THE TRAIL.  Straying off the trail can lead to hazardous situations, e.g. cliffs, crevices and/or disturbing species at risk.  This information must be included in the published directions to any virtual cache along the Bruce Trail and its Side Trails.

The BTC will request that a virtual cache be de-listed if it is located off the Trail route. If the cache owner does not de-list the cache as requested, the BTC will notify the local geocaching administrator to request immediate de-listing of the cache in question.