We are updating this page to include a range of questions about COVID-19’s effects on the Bruce Trail and its communities of hikers, volunteers, and supporters. If you have an immediate question, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATED APRIL 27, 2020
Can you close the entire Bruce Trail?
Although we cannot physically bar all access points to the Bruce Trail, we urge everyone to please stay away from the Bruce Trail until further notice.
Please consider all areas of the Bruce Trail (and Bruce Trail side trails) closed until further notice.
The Bruce Trail passes through land owned by over 900 public and private landowners, with close to 300 access points. Many parks, conservation areas, municipalities and other landowners along the Bruce Trail have made the difficult decision to close their facilities and access to trails.
During these closures, please do not park on nearby roads, move gates or barriers, or hop fences, as these actions are illegal.
But isn’t going for a hike good for my health?
Yes, in general, hiking is good for our overall physical and mental health. And currently spending time outdoors – for short periods, close to home, and only with people in your household – is still a recommended activity at this time.
Many popular areas have seen increased crowding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And even beyond these areas, travelling to and on the Trail puts local communities, hikers, and our health system at risk.
As heartbreaking as it is to discourage people from using our wonderful footpath, it is absolutely crucial that we all do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Can’t I just go for a hike on a remote part of the Trail?
Although overcrowding is not currently an issue everywhere along the Trail, travelling to and on the Trail puts local communities, hikers, and our health system at risk. There is an unfortunate truth about this virus: unless everyone is safe, no one is safe. So, take a walk around the block. Spend time with people in your household. And, please, stay home.
We all look forward to exploring the Bruce Trail again, once it is safe to do so.
What does this mean for Bruce Trail volunteers?
The Bruce Trail Conservancy requests that everyone stay home and off the Bruce Trail until further notice. This includes BTC staff, our BTC and Club volunteers.
The work of maintaining the Trail and making stewardship visits to properties – even if done alone – is not essential at this period of time and should be postponed. Similarly, Bruce Trail Conservancy staff who would normally be visiting the Trail and our properties are not doing so at this time.
Any in-person meetings of BTC or Club volunteers should be postponed or switched to online or teleconference meetings. BTC staff can provide resources to volunteers who wish to meet remotely.
What BTC and Club events have been postponed or cancelled?
All organized hikes across all 9 Bruce Trail Clubs are cancelled until June 30, 2020
All BTC and Club Events until June 30, 2020 are being postponed, cancelled or moved to an online format.
Or visit the websites of individual Clubs for further details on Club events.