The Bruce Trail Conservancy Celebrates 5-year Milestones

MEDIA RELEASE - Friday September 24, 2010

At The Bruce Trail Conservancy's Annual General Meeting on September 18, 2010, held in Burlington and hosted by the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, over 100 members celebrated the organization's significant 5-year milestones.

Over the past five years, between January 2005 and 2010:

BTC Million Dollar Milestones 2005 to 2010:

  • $10 million worth of key Niagara Escarpment land preserved (2,916 acres/1,180 hectares)

  • BTC Endowment Fund grew to over $1.2 million in 2010 from $549,130 in 2005

  • $1.6 million worth of Niagara Escarpment land donated to the BTC, including Waterdown's "McNally" property

  • Total annual revenue grew to $3.5 million in 2010 from $1.9 million in 2005

  • At least $10 million in volunteer labour provided by over 1,000 BTC volunteers

  • Other BTC Milestones 2005 to 2010:

  • 65 Niagara Escarpment property acquisitions completed by the BTC

  • 39 km of Bruce Trail secured for all to enjoy....forever

  • Length of the main Bruce Trail grew to 890 km in 2010 from 848 km in 2005

  • 149 Volunteer Land Stewards now manage 203 Bruce Trail properties on 7,212 acres (2,919 hectares) of Escarpment

  • 8,865 BTC members up from 8,400 in 2005

  • Over 7,000 guided hikes led by Bruce Trail Club volunteers

  • "Through the tremendous support of our members, volunteers and donors, we have been able to make significant strides in the protection of the Niagara Escarpment," remarked Conservancy Executive Director, Beth Kümmling. "In 1960 Bruce Trail founders had a vision of a secured conservation corridor for the Bruce Trail, from Niagara to Tobermory, for future generations to enjoy. Our progress over the past 5 decades, and especially the successes of the past 5 years, puts the Bruce Trail Conservancy well on the way to making their vision a reality."

    The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest public marked footpath. The Trail runs 890 km from Queenston Heights on the Niagara River to Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, along the Niagara Escarpment.  The Escarpment is home to most of Ontario's at-risk flora and fauna as well as majestic vistas, waterfalls, historical sites and wonderful geological formations.  It is a sensitive ribbon of wilderness running through Canada's most highly populated area; more than 6 million people live within a 90 minute drive of the Niagara Escarpment. 

    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 access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. For almost 50 years the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its partners have been working to secure a conservation corridor on the Niagara Escarpment that contains the Bruce Trail.  To date almost half of the corridor is secure; the other half is still in private ownership and thus vulnerable to development or restricted access.

    The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club manages the 162 km of main Bruce Trail and side trails, stretching from Grimsby to Milton.  Its members keep the local section of Bruce Trail maintained and safe for use, care for lands that the BTC owns or manages, lead hikes throughout the region, hold public outreach events and participate in community activities that promote conservation of the Niagara Escarpment. 

    For information regarding BTC membership in the Iroquoia Club or any of the 9 Bruce Trail Clubs stretching from Niagara to Tobermory, please contact Laura Tuohy, Membership Coordinator at

    For  more information about the BTC and its milestones, please contact:

    Beth Kümmling, Executive Director
    The Bruce Trail Conservancy
    1-800-665-4453 ext. 23