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Special Notice - Plan ahead, check for closures, and hike responsibly. See hiking safety tips

Following the Blazes

The Bruce Trail is marked with painted rectangles – blazes – to guide hikers.

WHITE blazes mark the main Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail diamond sign and blaze_Main Trail_white

BLUE blazes mark side trails

Bruce Trail diamond sign and blaze_Side Trail_blue

Look for these rectangles on trees, posts, rocks and stiles (wooden step structures for passing over fences).

A diamond-shaped Bruce Trail sign will occassionally be with a blaze, but not always.

Two blazes indicate a turn is coming up, or that you've reached the end of a side trail


The Bruce Trail and its side trails intersect with many other official and unofficial trails.

When you hit a trail intersection, look ahead in each direction for a blaze, confirming the route of the main Bruce Trail, or a Bruce Trail side trail. If you see no rectangular white or blue blaze, that trail is not part of the Bruce Trail system.


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

If you lose the Trail, go back to the place where a blaze was last seen.

When walking the Trail, generally at least one blaze should be visible ahead of you. If you walk more than about 20 metres without seeing a blaze, you are probably not on the Bruce Trail. A trail that does not have these blazes is not part of the Bruce Trail. When this happens, turn around and retrace your steps, until you reach a place that has blazes.

Trail reroutes and other changes are common on the Bruce Trail. View our Trail Changes 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.