Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its Bruce Trail Clubs.
Join us for free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment.
Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, volunteer opportunities, and what we are doing to preserve a ribbon of wilderness in southern Ontario from Niagara to Tobermory. Hikes are at an introductory pace and we'll head out rain or shine.
Bruce Trail Day Locations 2019
8 unique locations, each hosted by a Bruce Trail Club. Click on a location for details.
- NIAGARA: Niagara College (Glendale Campus, Niagara-on-the-Lake)
- IROQUOIA: City View Park (Burlington)
- CALEDON HILLS: Gosling Forest & Nature Reserve (Hockley Valley)
- DUFFERIN HI-LAND: Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve (Shelburne)
- BLUE MOUNTAINS: Blue Mountain Resort (Collingwood)
- BEAVER VALLEY: Metcalfe Rock (Kolapore Uplands)
- SYDENHAM: Kemble Rock Nature Reserve (Kemble, N of Owen Sound)
- PENINSULA: The Grotto (Bruce Peninsula National Park)
For more information about any Bruce Trail Day event contact the BTC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-665-4453
Bruce Trail Day 2019 is generously sponsored by:
Bruce Trail Day 2019 Events
Niagara College (Glendale/Niagara-on-the-lake Campus)
Hosted by: Niagara Bruce Trail Club (http://niagarabrucetrail.club/wp/)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 1 pm - 4 pm
Bring family and friends to learn more about the Bruce Trail in the Niagara region. Meet and mingle at the Niagara College Greenhouses, then venture further along the Trail with Club volunteers past layered rock formations and splendid views of vineyards and orchards on the flat plain below.
Meet at the "Greenhouse" at Niagara College
Glendale (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Campus
135 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
City View Park (Burlington)
Hosted by: Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club (www.iroquoia.on.ca)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Hikes depart 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm)
Kids and adults are invited to join us for a guided hikes along the Bruce Trail overlooking one of Burlington's most scenic parks. Walk through a hardwood forest and along the Niagara Escarpment while enjoying beautiful views overlooking Burlington and Lake Ontario. Learn more about the Bruce Trail from Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club members, including our year-round hiking program and trail maintenance opportunities. This event is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties or for baby strollers. No pets please.
Community partners joining our celebration include: Burlington Green Environmental Association, Conservation Halton, and Bay Area Restoration Council
From QEW/ 403, exit at Brant Street and turn north, turn left onto North Service Road, turn right onto Kerns Road, drive up to the top of the escarpment to the new City View Park on the east side of Kerns Rd.
From Highway #5 (Dundas St.) go south on Kerns Rd. to the most southerly entrance (second) on the east side of Kerns.
Please note that we will be using the most southerly entrance to the parking lot. (There are two.) Look for our Bruce Trail Day Sign at the entrance to the parking lot.
Parking lot at City View Park, Burlington on Dundas St (Hwy. 5).
GPS: 43.352132, -79.862594
Gosling Forest & Nature Reserve (Hockley Valley)
Hosted by: Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club (www.caledonbrucetrail.org)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 10 am - 2:30 pm; Last hike 1:00 pm
Join us for a fun-filled day of guided autumn hikes exploring Bruce Trail Conservancy Nature Reserves in the Hockley Valley. Enjoy:
- All Day Barbecue & Information Table
- Hikes thoughout the day
- Building Bluebird Nesting Boxes
- Games for Young Hikers
- On-site Displays
10:00 am 1.5 hour Enjoy the Views
10:30 am 1.5 hour Explore Hockleycrest - long hike
10:45 am 1 hour Explore Hockleycrest - short hike
11:00 am 1.5 hour Explore the Gosling Forest & Tall Timbers Nature Reserves
11:30 am 1 hour Explore the Bluebird Trail
12:30 pm 1 hour Introductory Hike
1:00 pm 1.5 hour Special Nature Walk with Dan Scallen (Peel Halton Naturalist Club). A hike through the forest ecosystem to identify trees & discuss the introduced pathogens now attacking butternuts, ash & beech.
All hikes are free and are guided by experienced volunteer leaders. The hikes are introductory, at a slow to moderate pace.
Meet at the BTC parking lot on 5 Sideroad, Mono, east of Airport Road.
Bruce Trail Reference, Map 18, km 44.3
Free Parking at Tai Chi Centre
Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve (Shelburne, NE of Orangeville)
Hosted by: Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club (www.dufferinbrucetrailclub.org)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 10 am - 4 pm
Join us at the Bruce Trail Conservancy's beautiful Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve. Check out the Children's Treasure Hike, assemble a bird house, enjoy a guided-family walk, snack table too.
Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve, 755311-755619 2nd Line EHS, Shelburne, ON L0N 1S8
Blue Mountains Resort (Collingwood)
Hosted by: Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit our booth from 10 am-3 pm at the base of the Silver Bullet Lift plaza. Pick up your free self-guided day hikes maps and learn more about the Bruce Trail.
Blue Mountains Resort
GPS: 44.507581, -80.316120
Metcalfe Rock (Kolapore Uplands)
Hosted by: Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club (www.beavervalleybrucetrail.org)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit our information booth at Metcalfe Rock and explore the area with our volunteers. Bring a snack and water to join us on a hike.
10:00 am. Hike to the top of Metcalfe Rock with an opportunity to explore the Metcalfe Rock side trail.
Metcalfe Rock parking area
The Blue Mountains N0H 2E0
Kemble Rock Nature Reserve (Kemble, N of Owen Sound)
Hosted by: Sydenham Bruce Trail Club (www.sydenhambrucetrail.ca)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 1:30 pm
The Sydenham Club event this year will be held at our Kemble Rock and Kemble Wetland Nature Reserves. Choose from a variety of different hikes, to explore the beautiful natural features of this land, including the "Escarpment" area, as well as the "wetland" area.
Hikes will start at 1:30 pm.
Corner of Cole's Sideroad and Taylor Sideroad, Kemble; Bruce Trail Reference, Map 34
To the Grotto & Beyond - Bruce Peninsula National Park
Hosted by: Peninsula Bruce Trail Club (www.pbtc.ca)
Date & Time: Sunday October 6, 2019; 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Peninsula Bruce Trail Club is excited to collaborate with Parks Canada for Bruce Trail Day 2019! Get outside and join us for a guided hike to the Grotto along forest trails and scenic cliff tops to learn about what the Bruce Trail has to offer.
Meet and Greet: 12:00-2:30 pm
Do you have questions about hiking the Bruce Trail or becoming a member? Meet with Bruce Trail Club members at the Head of Trails in Bruce Peninsula National Park to learn more about the Bruce Trail. FREE Bruce Trail Reference Guides when you become a member on Bruce Trail Day, October 6th (while quantities last).
Guided Hike: 12:30-2:30 pm
Make the most of your hike to the Grotto and beyond! Join a Park guide to hike a unique route to the Grotto along the Bruce Trail and beyond, with a choice to continue to the spectacular Overhanging Point. You will learn about wildlife, plants, water, rock formations, and land conservation and stewardship. Snacks provided. Bring water and wear sturdy footwear.
All participants will receive an “I Hiked the Bruce Trail” patch.
Cost: Parks Canada parking reservation fee required. Reserve your parking space at parkscanada.gc.ca/grotto or call 1-877-RESERVE. Guided Hike is FREE!