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

Hiking Safely & Responsibly

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.

Plan Ahead

  • 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

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  

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


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Welcome other trail users

  • Everyone’s experience in nature is unique and personal. Help encourage an inclusive community of outdoor explorers.