Protect the Niagara Escarpment while exploring all the Bruce Trail has to offer by following (and sharing) these tips to minimize our impact, stay safe, and have a positive hiking experience.
- Research your hike. Check for trail closures or changes.
- Make parking reservations where required.
- Plan an alternate destination in case you find the trail or trailhead busy.
- Avoid times and places of high use: Consider visiting popular destinations in off-season, mid-week, or earlier/later in the day.
- Washrooms may be closed or not available. Plan accordingly.
- Pack essentials like water, food and clothing layers. See Packing for a Day Hike >
Park Safely and Legally
- If a trailhead parking lot is full, do not park on the road. Head to your "plan B" hike destination instead.
- Where roadside parking is allowed, park only in designated areas.
- Do not block driveways or farm gates.
- See Parking & Transportation Options >
Stay on the Trail
- Staying on the marked trail will ensure that you remain safe, sensitive vegetation is not damaged, and relationships with private landowners along the Trail are not strained.
- Learn how to follow the Bruce Trail blazes (markers) >
Pack Out Your Trash
- Pack out everything you pack in, even biodegradable items and toilet paper.
- Take the extra step and (safely) pick up any trash you find on your hike.
- Bring trash home if bins are full or unavailable.
Leave Nature as You Found it
- Leave rocks, mushrooms, plants and other natural objects where you find them.
- Avoid open fires or leaving your mark on trees or rocks.
- Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
Manage Your Pet
- Know where dogs are allowed & respect all signage. See no dog zones >
- Keep your dog on a leash.
- Pack out your dog’s waste.
- See our Dogs on the Trail page for more details >
Be Mindful of Private Property
- Many landowners graciously allow the Bruce Trail on their property. Trespassing or misuse of the trail could lead to a request to remove the Trail from their land.
Extra Guidelines for Hiking During COVID-19
- Stay home if you are unwell.
- Practice Physical Distancing: Keep 2 metres / 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household. Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 2 metres/6 feet apart. Move aside to allow others to pass.
- Expect No Facilities: Washrooms may be closed or not available. Plan accordingly.
- See Guidelines for Hikers joining BTC Group Hikes >
Next Steps for Responsible Hikers
Share Responsibly on Social Media
- Share your commitment to responsible hiking, on the trail and off. Show thanks to those who are practicing responsible hiking.
- See our social media guidelines for more ideas >
Welcome other trail users
- Everyone’s experience in nature is unique and personal. Help encourage an inclusive community of outdoor explorers.