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

Leave the Trail better than you found it

Practice leave no trace principles or commit to safely picking up litter on your hike.

The Need

Litter has been an increasing issue along the Bruce Trail, at trailheads, and in natural areas this year. Not only is litter unsightly, it causes issues for local wildlife and can degrade soil and water quality. BTC Trail Maintenance Volunteers work hard to keep the trail safe, clean and passable year-round. But it takes everyone working together to keep the Trail free of litter.

Actions you can take

  • Practice Leave No Trace principles: Pack it in. Pack it out.  Bring any garbage home rather than using onsite receptacles (some of which are currently overburdened).
  • Pack a litter kit with you when you head out on a hike (including a trash bag, gloves and a ‘grabber’ tool)
  • Pick up litter, safely (see tips below).*
  • Take photos of your leave no trace actions and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and Tag @BruceTrail_BTC and use the hashtag #BruceTrailPledge2021


Safety Tips

*If you choose to pick up litter, do so safely.

  • Practice responsible social distancing.
  • Wear gloves and use a litter grabber (available online or from discount, home improvement or hardware stores).
  • Bag the trash and dispose of it properly.
  • Do not touch your face. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Do NOT pick up needles/syringes, glass, sharp, heavy or oversized objects, animal carcasses or hazardous waste.

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