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Trail Users' Code

While exploring the Bruce Trail please abide by the Bruce Trail Users' Code:

  1. Hike only along marked routes. Do not take short cuts. Learn how to read our trail markings, Bruce Trail Blazes >
  2. Obey all signage.
  3. Use the stiles.  Do not climb fences.
  4. Respect the privacy of people living along the Trail.
  5. Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it. Carry out all litter.
  6. Use a portable stove. No open fires are allowed on the Trail.
  7. Camp only at designated camp sites. (Read more about Camping along the Bruce Trail)
  8. Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.
  9. Do not damage live trees or remove bark.
  10. Where dogs are permitted, keep dogs on a leash and under control at all times.
  11. Do not disturb wildlife and farm animals.
  12. Leave only your thanks and take nothing but photographs.

Permitted Uses of the Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is a publically accessible footpath running from Niagara to Tobermory, created and maintained for pedestrian use. It is entirely built and maintained by volunteers for the purpose of protecting the Niagara Escarpment, the most significant landform in southern Ontario. Roughly 40% of the trail runs through private land, thanks to generous agreements with landowners who have provided permission for this footpath on their property.

Permitted Uses:

  • non-motorized, pedestrian activities including hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • dogs, when leashed (except in those areas where dogs are not permitted and signed as such. This is upon the request of the landowner who may have concerns about their livestock or about their own dogs.)
  • camping (in designated areas only)

Not Permitted Uses: 

  • bicycles
  • motorized vehicles
  • horses

The above are not allowed except along road sections of the Trail and in those few areas where explicit permission is posted.

This applies to both the main Bruce Trail (marked with white blazes) and Bruce Trail Side Trails (blue blazes).

Why are bicycles, motorized vehicles and horses not permitted?

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is committed to:

1) Respecting landowner wishes

More than half the Bruce Trail is on private land with the permission of the landowner. This permission is for pedestrian use only. Any other use could cause the landowner to require removal of the Trail from his or her land.

2) Safety

The Trail has many bends, twists and steep hills. Sharing it with bicycles, vehicles or horses can be dangerous. Our priority is the safety of hikers so that they don't have to worry about what is coming around the next bend.

3) Ecological protection

Vehicles and horses can damage the Trail which has been created and maintained for pedestrian use. These uses can also have negative ecological effects on the soil, plants and animals along the Trail.

Our goal is to create and maintain a Trail that produces the least possible ecological footprint, but still offers an amazing experience to Trail users.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy respectfully requests that everyone refrain from using bicycles, motorized vehicles, or horses on the Bruce Trail. Please enjoy the Trail by walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or walking your leashed dog.