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

Browse hikes and register using our Hike Calendar >
 

Notice: Hiking Program & COVID-19

Hikes are currently open for BTC members and guests only. Registration is required.
Group size is limited to 10 and wearing masks on hikes is strongly recommended.

Paused Hike Program:

The following Bruce Trail Clubs have paused their hiking program until further notice:

  • Toronto Bruce Trail Club
  • Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club
  • Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club

Guidelines for Hikers joining Group Hikes with our Bruce Trail Clubs

Updated: Nov. 20, 2020

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 to 10.

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. Self-Screening: 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. Stay home if you have symptoms: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.
    If you arrive at the hike showing any of the the following signs, you will be asked not to participate in the hike.
    • new or worsening cough
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • temperature equal to or over 38°C
    • feeling feverish
    • chills
    • fatigue or weakness
    • muscle or body aches
    • new loss of smell or taste
    • headache
    • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
    • feeling very unwell
       
  3. Stay local: Avoid travelling outside your municipality/region to join a hike
     
  4. Arrival at the group hike:
    • Remain in your car while you are being checked in for the hike.
       
  5. Follow the guidelines for safe & responsible hiking, including:
    • Keep a distance of at least 2 arm lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others not in your household.
    • Do not share anything, including bug repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water etc.
    • Move aside to allow others to pass.
    • Pack out everything you bring on your hike. Garbage cans will not be available.
       
  6. Personal Protective Equipment:
    • Hikers & Hike Leaders are strongly recommended to wear face masks during the hike.
    • Hikers may carry and use hand sanitizer, but should not be sharing it with the group
       
  7. After the hike:
    Hikers who experience COVID-19 symptoms following a Bruce Trail Club organized hike must inform their local public health unit. Public Health will be responsible for contact tracing.
    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.