Hiking along the Bruce Trail is, for the most part, neither dangerous
nor difficult. A few sections of the Trail, particularly towards its
northern end, are wild, rocky and remote, and additional preparations
are required. But most of the Trail can be enjoyed by any moderately
active, healthy person.
Nevertheless, certain risks are inherent on any trail hike and
individuals must accept personal responsibility for their safety while
on the Trail.
In order to minimize the risk, volunteers work to ensure Trail blazes and other signs are visible, that the treadway is clear and that bridges and boardwalks are in a good state of repair.
Of course, the BTC cannot guarantee that every metre of the Trail will be in perfect shape.
Trail conditions will vary according to the season and the weather.
10 Tips for Hiking Safely:
- Always prepare ahead for a hike.
- Make sure you have adequate clothing & footwear.
- Carry essential articles in a day pack.
- Modify your hiking speed in inclement weather and take extra care where the path is rocky, where it follows a cliff edge, or where is passes by caves or crevices.
- Be aware that some of the road and railway crossings along the Bruce Trail are very hazardous.
- Avoid hiking alone. If you must hike alone, give someone your route and timetable.
- Treat all water obtained along the Trail, except potable water which is available in parks and conservation areas.
- If you lose the Trail, try to retrace your steps to the last blaze. If this fails, sit down. Have something to eat, then look at your guide and map and try to concentrate calmly on where you may have gone wrong.
- Give wild animals a wide berth and never get between a mother of any species and her young.
- If you are camping, always hang your food, soap and tootpaste in a bag on a line strung between two trees about 4 metres off the ground and away from your tent. Do not take your backpack into your tent since it may smell of food.
Learn more about:
- Drinking Water
- Heat-related Illnesses
- Blisters & Minor Wounds
Flora & Fauna: