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.
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 26: Hogg’s Falls: There is a temporary reroute of the main trail due to flooding and muddy conditions along the river south of the parking lot. The trail has been moved from along the river to Lower Valley Rd. between the parking lot (km 63.2) and where the main trail exits onto Lower Valley Rd. approximately 1/2 km south.
When going south, hike out of the parking lot onto Lower Valley Rd. until you see the main trail exiting from the woods on your right, then continue south on Lower Valley Rd. to East Back Line and follow the main trail north.
When going north, instead of entering the woods off Lower Valley Rd., continue on this road to the parking lot then continue north on the main trail from the end of the parking lot.
View and print recent Bruce Trail reroutes affecting the Beaver Valley Section since publication of Edition 29 of the Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Guide Trail. Hikers can find reroutes for all Sections and earlier editions at Bruce Trail Reroutes. Note that for users of the Bruce Trail App, maps are always up-to-date.
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 email@example.com. Include the following details about your hike:
- Hike date.
- Pick up time. No earlier than 7 am please, for our volunteers.
- Finish point of the hike. State Map # and km from The Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. This becomes the pick up location where you meet the Trail Angel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or Blain Horsley at 519-986-4839. To help us locate and remove these problem trees we need to know:
- 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).
- Description. One or multiple trees involved? Is the tree or limb, on the ground, suspended above, leaning into trail? Approximate trunk size/diameter?
- Photo. Recommended as a photo is helpful.
- Preferred contact information. We may need to follow up for detail.