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Bruce Trail Geology Hikes - Geology 101 on Foot - Spring 2013

Various Bruce Trail locations

April 14, 2013 at 06:00 AM until May 19, 2013 at 08:00 AM

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

All hikes in this series are now full and we are no longer taking reservations. Thank you for your overwhelming interest. 

For more guided hikes, check out the Explore the Trail section or visit the websites of our 9 Bruce Trail Clubs who offer an extensive program of hikes year-round for Bruce Trail Members.

Since it began in September 2003, the "Geology 101 on Foot" series has raised more than $60,000 to support the Bruce Trail Conservancy's mission to secure and steward a Conservation Corridor on the Niagara Escarpment.

This popular hike series continues this Spring.

If you have an interest in learning about geology, and an enthusiasm for the Niagara Escarpment and its protection, why don't you 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.

BTC Geology Hike Locations_Spring 2013

Geology Hikes - Spring 2013

Water and Rock - the Niagara Glen (~ 5 km)
Sunday April 14, 2013 - 10:00 am

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 might even see some early wildflowers!

Hockley Valley and Cedar Highlands (~ 5 km) 
Sunday April 21, 2013 - 10:00 am

On this new hike we'll make our way along the southern edge of the Hockley Valley and finish with a geological exploration of the new Cedar Highlands property.  You'll be among the first hikers to explore this new acquisition for the BTC, the purchase of which will be completed in May 2013.  The hike will showcase the impressive geology of the Niagara Escarpment and show how the powerful effects of glaciation have sculpted the landscape of beautiful Hockley Valley.

This geology hike is full, but you can still explore Cedar Highlands on April 21 during our Open House event in the Hockley Valley. See details here >>

A Little Chemistry - Wodehouse Karst and Kimberley Springs
(~ 7.5 km) 
Sunday April 28, 2013 - 10:00 am 
** FULL  **

On this hike we'll examine the effects of chemical weathering on Escarpment rocks, and try to reproduce it with a little chemistry of our own.  We'll see water disappear into deep sinkholes and reappear at our newly-acquired Kimberley Springs property, and find out how the Escarpment's plumbing relates to bedrock and glaciation.  

Woodford and the Bayview Escarpment (8 km)
Sunday May 12, 2013 - 10:00 am   ** FULL **

We'll hike from Woodford through the Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve to enjoy historical ruins, fabulous fossils, crevices, meadows, a disappearing waterfall and other Escarpment delights.  The trees of the Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve are among the most majestic on the Escarpment, and the spring flowers will be a delight!

Weekend on the Bruce I - Coveney's Hill and McIver Wetland
(~5 km) 
Saturday May 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm
  ** FULL **

This loop hike will meander through Bruce Trail owned land northeast of Wiarton, for a close-up examination of fossils, wetlands, and the distinctive rock layers that are found along the Trail in this area of the Niagara Escarpment .

Weekend on the Bruce II - Hope Bay Potholes and Caves (~8 km)
Sunday May 19, 2013 - 10:00 am 
** FULL **

On this loop hike we'll explore the Hope Bay Forest's ancient shorelines and impressive glacial potholes, and take in some spectacular views.  We'll also take a side trail to the magnificent Hope Bay Cave and be treated to one of the finest 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.

Meeting locations will be announced upon registration. To register or get more info, please email Beth Kümmling at or phone (905) 529-6821 ext. 23


Printable list of Geology Hikes for Spring 2013:

BTC Geology Hike Schedule - Spring 2013 (.pdf, 497.2 KB)