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Special Notice - Most of the Bruce Trail is open. Plan ahead, check for closures, and hike responsibly. See COVID-19 Updates

The Bruce Trail is a remarkable footpath along the unique and precious Niagara Escarpment. It is explored by thousands of visitors every year who seek a connection with nature in southern Ontario.

However, many people don't realize that the Bruce Trail is not permanently secure and that roughly one-third of the Bruce Trail corridor is still vulnerable to development.

The BTC is working to fill in the gaps, to secure a home for the Bruce Trail and preserve a ribbon of wilderness along the Niagara Escarpment through the acquisition of land and the creation of BTC-managed protected natural areas.

As one of Ontario's largest and most active land trusts, we have been responsible for the preservation of over 17,000 acres of land. We add new protected land to the Bruce Trail's conservation corridor each year and care for these special places through our Land Stewardship Program.

These nature reserves protect a diverse array of habitats including wetlands, karst topography, open meadows, caves, towering scarp edges and lush forests - all within the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to our land acquisition campaigns and helped to preserve these irreplaceable treasures.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy wishes to acknowledge and honour the lands of the Niagara Escarpment as the traditional territory of Indigenous peoples. In both spirit and partnership, we recognize and thank the Anishinaabek, Huron-Wendat, Tionontati, Attawandaron, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and all who provided stewardship of these lands over millennia.  Read full statement >

You can preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.

Learn more about our latest land acquisition efforts and how you can help

Recently Protected Natural Areas

2020-2021 to date | 2019-2020 | 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-2017 | 2015-2016

Areas protected by the BTC between 1976-2015 are too numerous to be listed here.

2020-2021 to date
 

Woolverton Ridge Nature Reserve

Iroquoia section (Bruce Trail Map 5); Grimsby, ON
2.7 acres | 65 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route
No trail currently on property. No public access.

Speyside Sanctuary Nature Reserve (expansion)

Toronto section (Bruce Trail Map 12); Speyside, ON
4 acres | 690 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Silver Creek

Toronto section (Bruce Trail Map 13); Halton Hills, ON
105 acres | 674 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Pine River Nature Reserve

Dufferin Hi-Land section (Bruce Trail Map 20); Kilgorie, ON
192 acres | 510 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Honeywood Ridge

Dufferin Hi-Land section (Bruce Trail Map 20); Honeywood, ON
82.8 acres | 455 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Blantyre Springs Nature Reserve

Beaver Valley section (Bruce Trail Map
33 acres | 604 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Tumbled Rocks Nature Reserve

Sydenham section (Kemble, Map 34, near km 147.6)
7.2 acres | 542 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Shelton

Sydenham section (Kemble, Map 34, near km 151.3)
2 acres | 532 m of trail secured

Colpoy’s Cavern Nature Reserve

Sydenham section (Wiarton, Map 35, near km 166.6)
75 acres | 265 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

MapleCross Nature Reserve at Cape Chin

Peninsula setion (Bruce Trail Map 39)
523 acres | 1.8 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

2019-2020
 

Woodend Meadow

Niagara section (Map 2)
7 acres | 373 m of trail secured

MapleCross Nature Reserve at River & Ruin

Iroquoia section (Map 10)
69 acres | 1.5 km of trail secured

Millen Road Access

Iroquoia section (Map 6)
0.4 acres | 23 m of trail secured

MapleCross Nature Reserve at Canning's Falls

Caledon Hills section (Map 18)
69.5 acres | 670 m of trail secured

Caledon Mountain Springs

Caledon Hills section (Map 15)
63 acres | 789 m of trail secured

Lime Kiln Bluffs

Blue Mountains section (Map 22)
36 acres | 710 m of trail secured

Fox Ridge East

Beaver Valley section (Map 25)
14 acres | 523 m of trail secured

Maple Ravine

Beaver Valley section (Map 26)
27 acres | 662 m of trail secured

Bayview Bluff

Sydenham section (Map 30)
100 acres | 651 m of trail secured

Skinner’s Woods

Sydenham section (Map 35)
113 acres | 455 m of trail secured

Mactaggart

Peninsula section (Map 38)
0.93 acres | 63 m of trail secured

2018-2019
 

Fisher’s Pond

Iroquoia section (Map 9)
87 acres | 1.1 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Heikoop

Iroquoia section (Map 5)
0.84 acres | 95 m Side Trail access secured

Tall Timbers 

Caledon Hills section (Map 18)
24 acres | 640 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Valley East

Beaver Valley section (Map 26)
35 acres | 670 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Fox Ridge 

Beaver Valley section (Map 25)
72 acres | 1,060 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

East Mountain

Beaver Valley section (Map 26)
88 acres | 1 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Gardner

Blue Mountains section (Map 21)
15 acres | 130 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

MapleCross Ridge

Sydenham section (Map 34)
100 acres | 460 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Barrow Bay Cliffs

Peninsula section (Map 38)
363 acres | 1.4 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Cape Chin Woods

Peninsula Section (Map 39)
100 acres | 410 m Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Driftwood Cove

In collaboration with Parks Canada and with funds from generous BTC donors
Peninsula section (Map 42)
3,276 acres | 8 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

2017-2018
 

St. Paul Nature Reserve

Niagara
10 acres | 247 m trail secured
Generously donated by the Region of Niagara and Niagara on the Lake

Red Oak Nature Reserve

Iroquoia
19 acres | 547 m trail secured
Funded by BTC Donors & Generously donated by Hamilton Conservation Authority

Maple Ridge Nature Reserve

Toronto
70 acres | 557 m trail secured

Quarryside Nature Reserve

Caledon Hills
34 acres | 279 m trail secured

Vandaleur Nature Reserve

Beaver Valley
46 acres | 485 m trail secured

Overton Nature Reserve

Sydenham
12.5 acres
Generously donated by the landowner

Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve

Sydenham
141 acres | 1,996 m trail secured

Big Bay Nature Reserve

Sydenham
24 acres | 475 m trail secured

2016-2017
 

Pyper Nature Reserve

Niagara
0.40 acres | 36 m trail secured
Generously donated by the Landowner

Dunedin Ravine Nature Reserve

Blue Mountains
79 acres | 1,176 m trail secured
Funded by BTC Donors and a grant from the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program

Randall Taylor Easement

Beaver Valley
0.19 acres | 57 m trail secured
Generously donated by the Landowner

Daphne & Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve

Beaver Valley
30 acres | 907 m trail secured

Lower Valley Road Nature Reserve

Beaver Valley
65 acres | 1,049 m trail secured

Irish Ridge Nature Reserve

Sydenham
150 acres |  670 m trail secured

Kemble Rock Nature Reserve

Sydenham
201 acres | 1,101 m trail secured

Ancient Beach Nature Reserve

Sydenham
58 acres | 534 m trail secured

Lindsay Nature Reserve

Peninsula
25 acres | 450 m trail secured

Cape Dundas Nature Reserve

Peninsula
231 acres | 2,918 m trail secured (+ 2,743 m side trail)
Generously donated by the Landowner

Otter Lake Nature Reserve

Peninsula
262 acres | 2,084 m trail secured

2015-2016
 

Lan Kwan Sum Nature Reserve at Rockside

Toronto
18 acres | 700 m trail secured
Funded by a bequest from Lan Kwan Sum and BTC Donors

Cedar Highlands Reach

Caledon Hills
7.1 acres |  250 m trail secured

Mono Kiln Edge Nature Reserve

Caledon Hills
6 acres | 400 m trail secured

Walter’s Creek Nature Reserve

Sydenham
16.5 acres | 447 m trail secured

Sydenham Nature Reserve

Sydenham
127 acres
Generously donated by the Landowner

Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve

Peninsula
105 acres | 1,100 m trail secured

Cunningham Easement

Peninsula
0.06 acres | 53 m trail secured
Generously donated by the Landowner

Hamilton Easement

Peninsula
0.03 acres | 53 m trail secured
Generously donated by the Landowner

Light Nature Reserve

Peninsula
11 acres | 358 m trail secured
Funded by a bequest from Bob Light

 

Areas protected by the BTC between 1976-2015 are too numerous to be listed here.