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Bruce Trail Geology Hikes - Geology 101 on Foot - Fall 2017

Various Bruce Trail locations

October 01, 2017 at 06:00 AM until October 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

A series of guided geology hikes
in support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy

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Since it began in September 2003 the "Geology 101 on Foot" series has raised more than $95,000 to support the Bruce Trail Conservancy's mission to secure and steward a Conservation Corridor on the Niagara Escarpment.

The geology hikes continue this Fall, with two new locations and three returning to past geology hike areas that have new trails to explore.  If you have an interest and enthusiasm in learning about the Niagara Escarpment, please join us!

Advanced registration is mandatory by phone or email (preferred). 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 - Fall 2017


Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest (~8 km)
Beaver Valley section, Craigleith
Sunday October 1, 2017 - 10:00 am

On this new geology hike, which will pay tribute to Len Gertler and his monumental role in Niagara Escarpment protection, we'll explore sea stacks, a magnificent forest and be treated to impressive views over Georgian Bay.


Wodehouse Karst and the Beaver Valley (~7 km)
Beaver Valley section, Kimberley
Saturday October 7, 2017 - 10:00 am

We've been to Wodehouse before, but this will feel brand new! On this Thanksgiving Weekend hike we'll explore the sinkholes along the new side trail at Wodehouse Karst, take a side trail to Kimberly Springs, and then make our way south to pick up some newer Bruce Trail routing.


A Weekend on the Bruce Part I - Glassford Wetland Rock Ramble (~4 km)
Peninsula section, Lion's Head
Saturday October 21, 2017 - 1:00 pm

With some old and some new routing, we'll explore the interesting geological and ecological features at the Bruce Trail Conservancy's Glassford Wetland Nature Reserve.


A Weekend on the Bruce Part 2 - Dyer's Bay Loops (~ 8 km)
Peninsula section, Dyer's Bay
Sunday October 22, 2017 - 9:30 am

We'll explore the labyrinth of trails at Dyer's Bay to see as much as we can!  Old quarries, cliff-top views, caves and arches, a wetland, potholes ... geology abounds at Dyer's Bay!


Short Hills (~9 km)
Niagara section, Thorold
Saturday October 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

On this new geology hike we'll explore the paths of Short Hills Provincial Park, learning about its geological past as a former "Niagara Gorge", and seeing the many lovely waterfalls that dot the park.



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 (preferred) or phone (905) 529-6821 ext. 223

To register more than one person, please include the names of all registrants in your email or phone message.



Looking for other organized hikes on the Bruce Trail?


Each of our nine Bruce Trail Clubs offer more than 1500 hikes year-round for BTC members. Many also make some hikes available to the public.

See individual Club websites for hike schedules and plan to join us on a hike.