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Bruce Trail Geology Hikes - Geology 101 on Foot - Spring 2015

Various Bruce Trail locations

April 19, 2015 at 06:00 AM until May 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM

A series of guided geology hikes
in support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy
BTC Geology Hike banner 420

Since it began in September 2003 the "Geology 101 on Foot" series has raised almost $80,000 in support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy's mission to secure and steward a Conservation Corridor on the Niagara Escarpment.

This popular hike series continues this Spring combining amazing geology with the beauties of spring forests and flowers.

All hikes in this series are now full. Thank you to everyone for your interest.

If you have an interest in learning about geology, and an enthusiasm for the Niagara Escarpment and its protection, then please join us!

Advanced registration by phone or email is mandatory. A "tuition fee" in the form of a donation to The Bruce Trail Conservancy will be collected on each hike.
(Donations of $10 or more receive a tax receipt).

Scroll down for hike descriptions and registration details.



Geology Hikes - Spring 2015

All hikes in this series are now full.


Water and Rock - The Niagara Glen (~ 5 km)  **FULL**
Sunday April 19, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A spring favourite! Stand on the lip of an ancient Niagara Falls and marvel at the forces that carved the spectacular Niagara Gorge. We'll hike down into the Glen, past magnificent boulders, to examine bedrock geology, a mass extinction, the impacts of glaciation, and the sculpting force of the niagara river. We should also be treated to an array of spring wildflowers!


Speyside to Limehouse (~ 7 km)  **FULL**
Sunday April 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

We'll begin at beautiful Speyside on a stretch of the Bruce Trail that has been preserved by the BTC and its conservation partners. We'll explore a silver maple swamp, wander through the magnificent Speyside Sanctuary, peek into a massive quarry from atop an ancient coral reef, and finish the hike at Limehouse with its fascinating industrial ruins and geology.


Savage Wells and Fossil Glen (~ 5 km)  **FULL**
Sunday May 3, 2015 - 9:00 AM

A new twist to this geologically rich hike. We'll explore the Glen Management Area, including the Ron Savage Side Trail, and make our way to the BTC's new Fossil Glen property. Along the way we'll see fabulous fossils, great views over the Glen and ponder the mysterious "Savage Wells", a geological oddity tucked deep into the forest. We'll end our hike with an exploration of Fossil Glen, another Bruce Trail acquisition rich in flora, fauna and magnificent geology! You'll be among the first to hike this new acquisition for the BTC, the purchase of which closes in June 2015.

All donations from the Spring 2015 hike series will go towards acquisition of lovely Fossil Glen. We'll be done by early afternoon, giving you lots of time to join a guided botany hike to learn more about the fantastic ferns and other biological wonders of Fossil Glen. A full day of fossils, ferns and fantastic geology!

This hike is full but you can still join us for hikes at the Fossil Glen fundraising event May 3 >>


Weekend on the Bruce 1 - Colpoy's Bay, Bull Homestead and Spirit Rock (6 km)
Saturday May 16, 2015 - 1:00 PM  **FULL**

On this new geology hike we'll spend the afternoon exploring the karst terrain in the area of Colpoy's Bay, complete with a disappearing stream and a delightful series of sinkholes and bubbling springs. Adding to the mix will be rich pioneer history and lovely views across the Bay.


Weekend on the Bruce 2 - Smokey Head/White Bluff to Cape Chin South (11 km)
Sunday May 17, 2015 - 9:00 AM  **FULL**

We'll hike along the towering cliffs of Smokey Head and White Bluff to explore a combination crevice/sea cave, see some striking geology, and enjoy magnificent views of Georgian Bay. As we complete our walk we'll be treated to a magical array of spring wildflowers.


Slipping Through the Cracks - The Kolopore/Mitchell Creek Valley (10 km)
Sunday May 24, 2015 - 10:00 AM  **FULL**

This is a favourite that never gets old! We'll loop through the beautiful Kolopore / Mitchell Creek Valley of the Beaver Valley section, taking in the cracks and crevices of Duncan Crevice Caves and Metcalfe Rock, and passing through the beautiful Pinnacle Rock Nature Reserve, generously donated by the richardson family in 2013. If the timing is right, we'll see one of the most spectacular displays of trilliums on the Bruce Trail!


Advanced registration is mandatory as these events are very popular. Register as early as possible to ensure a space. Maximum of 35 people each hike.

Please note: Transportation to and from these hikes is the responsibility of the participant. There is no bus.

Meeting locations will be announced upon registration.

To register or get more info, please email Beth Gilhespy at or phone (905) 529-6821 ext. 23


Printable list of Geology Hikes for Spring 2015:

Bruce Trail Geology Hikes - Spring 2015 (.pdf, 194.3 KB)