Hiking the Bruce Trail
Most of the Bruce Trail is now re-opened. Hikers are asked to Hike Responsibly and Safely while COVID-19 continues to be a public health threat: plan ahead, stay local, practice physical distancing, expect no facilities and respect closures. Before going out on the Trail, check BTC Updates on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Related Trail Closures and Re-Openings.
The Trail Angels hiker drop-off service is suspended until further notice.
The Bruce Trail passes through a mix of public and private land. The participation of private landowners is vital to the Bruce Trail. The BVBTC strongly urges all Trail users to stay on marked trails only, respect closed trails and parking areas, and respect landowners that require “No Dogs” on sections of the Trail using private property and to keep dogs on leashes while using the Bruce Trail.
See Bruce Trail Hikers’ Trail Users Code to review trail etiquette. All hikers should 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.
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. 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 Trail Angels hiker shuttle program is suspended until further notice.
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. Bruce Trail App users can send a photo or screen shot showing the location with the app.
- Preferred contact information. We may need to follow up for detail.