Hiking the Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is made possible with the help of local landowners who grant the Bruce Trail Clubs and its hikers access to their properties. Please see the Bruce Trail Hikers’ Trail Users Code to review trail etiquette and Following Bruce Trail Blazes to review the blaze markings used for route navigation. With some exceptions, use of the majority of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley Section is suitable for foot traffic only. No wheelchair accessible trails fall within the Beaver Valley Club boundary.

The BVBTC is tasked with maintaining the Beaver Valley Section of the Bruce Trail. We put a priority on fallen and leaning trees and broken limbs as they create a safely issue for hikers. We encourage all trail users to Report Dangerous Trees.

Need help to get to the start of a hike? See details below about Trail Angels, our hiker drop-off service to help hikers get to the start of a trail in the Beaver Valley section.

Discover spring flowers and ferns along the Bruce Trail. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2015

Hiking Advisory

Map 25: Kolapore Uplands: The Bruce Trail (main trail) is in poor condition near McCluskey’s Rock due to logging activity. The trail is very muddy and torn up between km 40.3 and km 41.0. Take care when hiking in this area.

Map 27: Epping: A temporary bridge over the creek on 3rd Line D near km 97, has been removed for the winter, affecting the main trail just north of the east end of the Siegerman Side trail. With already high high water levels, passage across the creek may not be possible. Hikers can avoid the creek using the Fairmount Side Trail to bypass the main trail section between km 94.3 to km 100.7. Hikers can still access and complete the Siegerman Side Trail loop from Sideroad 22B.

Trail Angels

The BVBTC offers a volunteer-run service for hikers wanting a shuttle between start and end points of a hike. Hikers with a single vehicle can arrange a shuttle in advance of a planned hike in the area. Once confirmed, a Trail Angel meets with the hiker(s) at their car, parked at the end of the planned route and takes the hiker(s) to the start of their hike.

There is no charge to use the service. We do request that in lieu of time and gas, you consider making a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Send your request to trailangels@beavervalleybrucetrail.org. Include the following details about your hike:

The BVBTC will confirm the shuttle with you.

Report Dangerous Trees

Fallen trees and branches hanging over the trail may pose serious safety risks. We encourage trail users to report these hazards promptly to info@beavervalleybrucetrail.org. or Blain Horsley at 519-986-4839. To help us locate and remove these problem trees we need to know:

  1. Location. Approximate km reference estimated from the trail map in The Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. (or GPS coordinates, or nearby landmarks, or a scan of the trail map with the location marked).
  2. Description. One or multiple trees involved? Is the tree or limb, on the ground, suspended above, leaning into trail? Approximate trunk size/diameter?
  3. Photo. Recommended as a photo is helpful.
  4. Preferred contact information. We may need to follow up for detail.