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Special Notice - Most of the Bruce Trail is open. Plan ahead, check for closures, and hike responsibly. See COVID-19 Updates

Updated June 25, 2020

Bruce Trail App not for sale after June 30, 2020

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is redesigning the Bruce Trail App to better meet the needs of users.

We look forward to launching a new and improved Bruce Trail App by 2021.

While the redesign is underway, we are no longer selling the iOS or Android Bruce Trail App after June 30, 2020.

For those who have purchased the Bruce Trail App (iOS version 2.2.0 or Android version 1.2.7) prior to June 30, 2020, the App should continue to function and Trail changes will continue to be incorporated. In this final week, the Bruce Trail App will be free to download for anyone who wishes to upgrade to these versions.

However, no functional updates will be made to either of these versions and they will be unavailable to re-install for any users who un-install them.

For our new app, we are taking a close look not only at the functionality but also at the price structure.

We are in the preliminary stages of the new App and more information will be shared at later date.

We wish to thank the many users who have purchased the Bruce Trail App since it launched in 2014.

NOTES for users of Bruce Trail App (iOS v 2.2.0; Android 1.2.7)


Trail Closures affect some app functions

Closures of the Trail (due to COVID-19 concerns or otherwise) are shown in black on the app. The measuring tool function and side trail label/information function in the Bruce Trail App do not function where the trail is closed.

We realize that this does impede planning future hikes and we apologize. We do not currently have a developer in place to make the coding changes necessary to have full functionality on closed sections of trail. Thank you for your understanding.

Do not uninstall unless you are done with the app

The Bruce Trail App will be removed from the App Store/Play Store after June 30, 2020. This means that users will not be able re-install after un-installing.

Trail updates but no functional updates for these versions

Although the Bruce Trail App is being removed from the App Store/Play Store after June 30, 2020, the Bruce Trail Conservancy will continue to update Trail information* on the Bruce Trail App for as long as possible. However, no functional updates will be made to either of these versions.

*HINT: Open your Bruce Trail App at home before your hike, when you have access to the internet, to download the latest Trail data. That way, even without internet connection, you'll have the latest changes on your device.



Bruce Trail App Features (iOS v 2.2.0; Android 1.2.7)

(screenshots below are from iOS, but functions are similar for Android)

App 1.2.1 Screenshot 1 App Screenshot 2 BT App_Menu 1.3.0
Explore the full Bruce Trail, including all the latest trail changes, displayed either on the BTC's signature topographic maps or Apple's or Google's map view Plan your route.
Calculate Distances.
Choose your map options.
Select the elements you want to see.
Choose between Standard, Hybrid, Satellite background map.
 App Screenshot 3  App Screenshot 7  App Screenshot 8
Search for places or services. Track your location with a map that moves as you move.*
Create saved tracks of your hikes.*

* Leave the GPS on as a background task to record your track while you use other Apps or lock the screen. WARNING: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Other features:

  • Parking lots & Campgrounds: Tap any parking or camping icon to reveal more details including lat/long coordinates, id#, capacity and fees charged (if any).
  • Explore the "Did You Know?" section for news and tidbits about the Trail
  • Find useful information about the Bruce Trail, Blazes, the Bruce Trail Users' Code, and the topo map legend in an easy reference menu.
  • Camera feature: Take photos along your hike and see them plotted on the Trail
  • Photo sharing: Share your hike and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Email or Text Message and more directly from the app
  • Scale bar: Automatically resizes as you zoom in and out
  • Side Trails: These diversions from the main Trail are shown with dashed red lines (iOS) or solid blue lines (Android). Tap on a Side Trail to see its name and distance.


Frequently Asked Questions about The Bruce Trail App

Where do the proceeds go?

Proceeds from app sales will go to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to support our trail development and conservation work.


Does The Bruce Trail App work without cell / internet service?

Yes - The Bruce Trail App works without internet/wifi service.

Of course, you'll need an internet connection to download the App and the most recent maps and trail data. But, once you've done that at home, you can head out on the Trail with the details cached on your device.

Location functions and tracking will also work without internet/wifi connection (although they work better with it). You'll need your "Location Services" turned on (found in your phone's "Settings") to use this GPS functionality.

If your mobile device does not have GPS functionality (e.g. iPod Touch), you will still be able to use the app and see the trail on Bruce Trail topo maps. But you will not be able to see your location on the Trail nor will you be able to use the tracking function. You may wish to purchase an external GPS receiver for your device in order to take advantage of all the functionality.

Bruce Trail App functions that work WITHOUT internet

  • Bruce Trail topographic maps (As long as you download all maps while connected, they will be cached on your device for use on the Trail.)
  • GPS Function (e.g. find your location; track your hike): Although the GPS function will work better with a data connection, your phone will use GPS satellites and/or wi-fi hotspots to determine your location. GPS function may not work in some of the more remote areas of the trail.
  • Photo taking
  • Calculate distances
  • Parking & Camping info (you'll get the main information. Links to further information will not work.)

Bruce Trail App functions that REQUIRE internet

  • Initial downloading of app and of Bruce Trail topographic maps
  • Viewing Google or Apple Map background (e.g. satellite or hybrid view)
  • Search for locations


How are Trail changes be handled?

Trail changes are incorporated into the App as they are made in the BTC's records.

Each time the App is opened, it searches for the latest Trail data, and will update the Trail on your device so long as it has an internet connection.

*HINT: Open your Bruce Trail App at home before your hike, when you have access to the internet, to download the latest Trail data. That way, even without internet connection, you'll have the latest changes on your device.


Why are there no kilometre markings on the Trail or parking areas as there are in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide?

The Bruce Trail App contains the most up-to-date Trail data. Since Trail changes are fairly frequent, for every trail change, kilometre markers ‘downstream' of a trail change are immediately affected (within that Club section of trail). So kilometre markings would continuously change, and would not match what is found in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide.

To avoid confusion we have incorporated:

  • Parking information including a Parking ID and Lat/Long coordinates. Tap on the Parking symbol then on the ">" for more details.
  • Distance measuring tool (the 'ruler' icon) so that you can measure distances at any point along the Trail.