Browse the hikes offered by all 9 of our Clubs, and check out our guidelines below.
Do I need to be a member to join these hikes?
Membership in the Bruce Trail Conservancy is not required to join our organized hikes (unless the description specifically indicates that it is a member-only hike).
New hikers are welcome to join us for a hike or two. Then, if you enjoy yourself and wish to participate more frequently, while contributing to the future of the Bruce Trail, we encourage you to become a member.
Membership is 100% tax-deductible, is valid for everyone in a household, and is a wonderful way to support our mission: preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.
Do I need to be belong to a particular Club to join its hikes?
You do not need to be a member of a particular Club to join that Club's hikes. A BTC member of any Club may participate in any of the organized hikes. However, members may have advanced notice of particular hikes of their Club and may have the ability to register before others. For example, Toronto Club members can login to the Toronto Club website to register for its hikes, whereas other members will need to contact the Hike Leader to register.
How difficult are the hikes?
Hikes vary in difficulty. In each hike description you'll find important pieces of information - about distance, pace, and terrain - to help you determine if that particular hike is right for you. To participate in an organized hike, you need to be able to complete the specified length of the hike on your own or with your own support person within the time allowed.
Hike Difficulty Ratings have been standardized across most of the Bruce Trail Clubs:
- Leisurely – 3km/hr or less
- Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
- Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
- Fast – 5+ km/hr
- Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing.
- Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing.
- Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing.
Level (Used by Toronto Club only):
- Beginner - These hikes are suitable for hikers with little experience who want to have a hiking experience. They are generally short, leisurely or moderate paced hikes over easy terrain.
- Easy - These hikes are suitable for fit beginner hikers, or hikers who want an outing, not a workout.
- Intermediate - Intermediate hikes are for experienced hikers, or very fit beginners.
- Advanced - Only hikers who are very fit and experienced should select these hikes. If you are unsure of your ability, we encourage you to start with an Easy or Intermediate hike.
How should I prepare for a Bruce Trail Club organized hike?
Following a few simple guidelines will help make your hiking more pleasurable:
(Courtesy of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club)
- Always bring ID and your Health Card. Also, at the start of the hike you will be required to sign a waiver form, and you will be asked to provide a name and phone number of the person we should contact in case of an emergency.
- Check the weather forecast before joining a hike so you can dress in layers suitable for the weather. On colder days you will often have to take a layer off, and our hike leaders are trained to allow for "clothing adjustments" mid-hike. Also, having suitable raingear is quite often useful when there is a possibility of rain.
- Hiking boots are also quite often useful. Our hike leaders will indicate in the hike description where hiking boots are essential, however there are many hikes where sneakers will do just fine.
- Stay with the group when hiking - don't go ahead or fall behind. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the challenge levels so that you can select a hike that is suitable to your fitness level.
- Please follow any instructions given by the leader. Remember that our Hike Leaders, who are volunteers, have completed comprehensive training that goes above and beyond Hike Ontario standards. If you disagree with your hike leader, we ask that you be respectful in your communications.
- Bring food and lots of water. A minimum of 1L of water is recommended on all hikes, and 3L is recommended for long, challenging hikes in the heat of the summer.
- Bring your own medical supplies. Most hike leaders will have basic first aid supplies, but you are encouraged to pack what you think you may need. Please bring your own medical supplies such as puffer and EpiPen and let your hike leader know where you have them stored in your pack.
- Be honest with yourself when judging the length, speed and difficulty of the hike you wish to attend - if in doubt, call the leader.