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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.

Spring hiking is best time to see waterfalls along Bruce Trail. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2017

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.

Trail Reroutes

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

Stew Hilts
Photos © Stew Hilts

Wodehouse Creek disappears into sinkholes in this blind valley. Photo Stew Hilts, 2016.

Take a peek at the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail


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.

The Beaver Valley Trail Angels volunteer their time and gas with an expectation that their rider will make a donation to the BTC. Please indicate that your donation is ‘with thanks to the Beaver Valley Trail Angels’. We thank you in advance. 😇

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.