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. See Bruce Trail Hikers’ Trail Users Code to review trail etiquette. Be familiar with the standardized Bruce Trail Blazes used for route navigation before heading onto the trail. 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 or other trail hazards.
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.
Hunting Season Advisory
Deer hunting is in season in the Beaver Valley section from November 4 to November 9 and from December 2 to December 7. Take precautions when hiking on trails during hunting season. Be aware that public land, including almost all Grey County Forests and the Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, is open to hunters.
During both these hunting periods, a section of the Main Trail, west of Metcalfe Rock, that runs through private property will be closed. Please respect the wishes of our landowners and do not hike on any closed trails. See details on Annual Trail Closure for Hunting Season.
Trail Safety During Hunting Season
- Obey signs posted for closed trails.
- Stay on established trails.
- Hike with a group. Let someone know where you are hiking and when you will return.
- Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk or anytime visibility is limited.
- Wear bright colours, preferably orange. Keep dogs on leashes and and brightly marked.
- Make noise while on the trails. Talk, sing or whistle as you walk.
Finding Trail Access Points
Be aware that when navigating by GPS to Trail access points in rural areas of the Beaver Valley, GPS directions may include seasonal roads that are not winter-maintained or road allowances that are not suitable for automobiles. Avoid following routes that take unmaintained roads or roads too narrow for two lanes of traffic. If possible, turn off preferences for fastest and shortest routes.
This is true for routes west from Grey Rd 7 in the Beaver Valley to the top of the Niagara Escarpment, such as Sideroad 13A, north of Kimberley, and Sideroad 16C, south of Epping. Access these locations from 7th Line only.
Sections of Sideroad 7A west from Grey Rd. 7 and Sideroad 7B east from Grey Rd. 13 (north of Kimberley) have no winter maintenance.
View and print recent Bruce Trail reroutes affecting the Beaver Valley Section since publication of Edition 29 of the Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. 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.
Tour the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail
Photos © Stew Hilts
Take a peek at the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail
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. We make every effort to accommodate all requests, however cannot guarantee there will always be a volunteer available. Please send your request at least a week or two before you intend to hike. 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.
The Beaver Valley Trail Angels volunteer their time and gas with an expectation that their rider will make a donation to the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. These donations help us to continue the work we do to maintain our trail. Donations may be made by e-transfer or cheque. Thank you in advance.
Interac e-Transfers: Send payment to email@example.com. Please put in the message area, Trail Angel donation.
Cheques: Make payable to the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club and mail to BVBTC, P.O. Box 3251 Meaford, ON N4L 1A5. Please put in the memo line, Trail Angel donation.
Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.