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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

Following the Blazes

The Bruce Trail is marked with rectangular blazes painted on trees, fence posts, stiles and rocks.

Bruce Trail diamond sign and blaze_Main Trail_white  Bruce Trail diamond sign and blaze_Side Trail_blue

White blaze = Main Trail

Blue blaze = Side Trail

Blazes are sometimes accompanied by a diamond-shaped Bruce Trail sign, but not always.


Blaze graphic © The Bruce Trail Conservancy


When in doubt, follow the blazes. If the blazes don't match your map, the blazes always take precedence.

Trail reroutes and other changes are common on the Bruce Trail. View our Trail Notice page for details.


Other Bruce Trail Signs

Access Signs

These are the most common signs you will see where the Bruce Trail meets a road or a parking area. Watch for these 12" x 12" white signs as you are looking for where to access the Bruce Trail.

Prohibited / Allowed Activity Signs

Various signs warn the hiker of prohibited activities. In each case an appropriate symbol, such as a hiker, a tent, a bicycle or open fire, is shown enclosed within a red circle slashed by a red diagonal line. Where signs indicate "Hiking Only" all other uses are prohibited.
The same symbols, enclosed within a green circle, indicate that the pictured activity is permitted.


A stone cairn marks both the south and north ends of the Bruce Trail.