Notice: Hiking Program & COVID-19
Some Bruce Trail Clubs are restarting their hiking program on July 1st. During this time, hikes are for BTC members only and pre-registration is required. Group size is limited to 10.
Browse the hikes offered by all 9 of our Clubs, and check out our guidelines below.
Toronto Club members: Your hikes are not currently in the combined Hike Schedule.
Please visit the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Hike Schedule for details.
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 only and pre-registration is required. Group size is limited to 10.
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COVID-19 Precautions Before, During and After your Hike
- 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/selfassessment/#q0
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.
- Follow the guidelines for safe & responsible hiking
- 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
- 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
- Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the hike.
- 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.
- Always carry I.D. and your health card.
- 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.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent (for spring and summer hikes).
- Bring your own first aid kit.
- Please leave dogs at home.
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.
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:
- Leisurely – 3km/hr or less
- Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
- Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
- Fast – 5+ km/hr
- 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.