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Special Notice - Most of the Bruce Trail is open. Check for closures, stay local and hike responsibly. See COVID-19 Updates & Trail Closures

Notice: Hiking Program & COVID-19

Hikes are currently open for BTC members and guests only. Registration is required. Group size is limited. Each Bruce Trail Club is setting its own timeline for reintroducing hikes and increasing group size limits within Provincial guidelines.

See our guidelines for hikers joining group hikes >

Browse hikes and register using our Hike Calendar >

Toronto Club members: Your hikes are not currently in the combined Hike Calendar.
Please visit the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Hike Schedule for details.

Guidelines for Hikers joining Group Hikes with our Bruce Trail Clubs

The Bruce Trail Conservancy and its Clubs continue to monitor the guidance provided by Canada's and Ontario's public health officers with respect to COVID-19. Our hiking program and our guidelines to hikers may need to change as this guidance changes.

Group Size and Registration Requirements

Currently, our hikes are for BTC members and their guests only. Registration is required. Members, when you register via our Hike Calendar, please register guests using your member number and the guest’s name.

Group size is limited and is set by each Bruce Trail Club and hike leader, within Provincial guidelines for outdoor gathering.

Membership is 100% tax-deductible, is valid for everyone in a household, and is a wonderful way to support our mission: preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever. Join or Renew today >

COVID-19 Precautions Before, During and After your Hike

  1. Each hiker joining a Bruce Trail Club organized hike must perform a self-screening check before hiking.
    Find Ontario's self-assessment tool here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
     
  2. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.
     
  3. Follow the guidelines for safe & responsible hiking
     
  4. Personal Protective Equipment:
    • Hikers may choose to wear masks
    • Hikers may carry and use hand sanitizer, but should not be sharing it with the group
       
  5. Hikers who experience COVID-19 symptoms following a Bruce Trail Club organized hike must inform their local public health unit.
    Find your local health unit at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

Other Guidelines

  1. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the hike.
  2. Wear sturdy footwear and appropriate attire for the weather and the terrain.
    Hiking poles are a good idea in any season, especially if the terrain is rocky or slippery. In winter, snowshoes or icers/crampons are needed when conditions dictate.
    Wearing appropriate clothing and footwear prevents injuries and shows consideration for a safe and positive group hiking experience.
  3. Always carry I.D. and your health card.
  4. Bring sufficient water and snacks (or lunch if indicated). A minimum of 1L of water is recommended on all hikes, and 3L is recommended for long, challenging hikes in the heat of the summer.
  5. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent (for spring and summer hikes).
  6. Bring your own first aid kit.
  7. Please leave dogs at home.

Transportation

All hikers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hike.

Currently, there are no car shuttles on hikes – all hikes must be out-and-back or loop hikes. No buses are provided at this time.

Hike Difficulty

Hikes vary in difficulty. In each hike description, you'll find important pieces of information - about distance, pace, and terrain - to help you determine if that particular hike is right for you.  To participate in an organized hike, you need to be able to complete the specified length of the hike on your own or with your own support person within the time allowed.

Hike Difficulty Ratings have been standardized across most of the Bruce Trail Clubs:

Pace:

  • Leisurely – 3km/hr or less
  • Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
  • Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
  • Fast – 5+ km/hr

Terrain:

  • Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing.
  • Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing.
  • Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing.

Level (Used by Toronto Club only):

  • Beginner - These hikes are suitable for hikers with little experience who want to have a hiking experience. They are generally short, leisurely or moderate paced hikes over easy terrain.
  • Easy - These hikes are suitable for fit beginner hikers, or hikers who want an outing, not a workout.
  • Intermediate - Intermediate hikes are for experienced hikers, or very fit beginners.
  • Advanced - Only hikers who are very fit and experienced should select these hikes. If you are unsure of your ability, we encourage you to start with an Easy or Intermediate hike.