The Bruce Trail, with its conservation corridor and natural recreation facilities, is both a major Canadian attraction and a national treasure right in our own backyard. As Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, it winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the four-season trail through hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your entire family, but please respect this natural resource by having dogs leashed and refrain from using bicycles, motorized vehicles, or horses on the Bruce Trail.
Many Hamilton and Halton Conservation Area trails offer access to the Bruce Trail. The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, which oversees the section of the trail between Grimsby and Milton, organizes hikes of varied lengths and difficulties. Whether you’re looking for a short walk with the family, a longer hike or a multi-day journey, Canada’s Bruce Trail is the natural place to start.
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Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
Life is better outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. Hamilton Conservation Authority owns and manages about 4400 hectares (10,900 acres) of environmentally significant land. Its recreational lands range from long distance trails and conservation areas that include the Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Confederation Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina.
The Dundas Valley's 40-kilometre trail system is open to hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians. It's the starting point for numerous guided hikes and nature-oriented workshops. The trail system is organized around a main loop with five linear trails providing visitors with access to almost every part of the valley. The conservation area is bisected by one of the region's most important walking, cycling and equestrian routes - the West Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail, which stretches 32 kilometres (20 miles).
Christie Lake Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment. While visiting, explore the trails that wind for 10 kilometres through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests - you'll be sure to see a wide range of wildlife that make their home in this 336-hectare conservation area.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario's striking Niagara Escarpment. Visitor’s can enjoy hiking trails, picnicking areas and overnight stays at one of the group campsites. Rattlesnake Point has three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods and hiking enthusiasts can trek the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon complete with trail connections to Crawford Lake.
Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden. Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics.
If Mount Nemo sounds inviting and worth discovering, its because this conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on the Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewels like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail.
Toll Free: 1.800.665.HIKE (4453)
City: Niagara to Tobermory
The Bruce Trail Conservancy preserves and protects one of the most important biospheres in the world and we need your help to keep it accessible forever. The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest natural footpath with over 900km along the Niagara Escarpment and one of the world’s unique natural wonders. Explore the Bruce Trail’s pebbled beaches, dizzying cliffs, deep crevice caves, old-growth forests, and awe-inspiring geological features.