Hiking at Duntroon Highlands just got a lot more exciting this season with scavenger hunts and trail packages perfect for you. The Escarpment is one of only thirteen Canadian UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves, because of its unique cliffs and diverse forest ecosystem (one of the oldest in eastern North America). New this year is a series of trail tours that let you discover the forest, formations and farming history that has defined the shape of the Escarpment
The Waterfall Tour is a shorter, 1 hour loop that meanders down through the diverse forests and natural rock formations of the escarpment to a lovely waterfall and babbling brook.
The Escarpment Tour is the longer, 2 hour loop that carries on past the waterfall to climb to the top of the ridge, offering breathtaking views of the Nottawasaga Valley and the Georgian Bay.
The Waterfall Trail & Cider Sipping Tour on Saturdays offers an immersive guided tour of the fall escarpment and a cold, local Duntroon Cyder at a picturesque spot. This tour can be one to two hours long and takes you on a new section of the Bruce Trail!
The Escarpment Trail & Lunch Tour on Sundays offers a comprehensive guided tour of the fall escarpment with $15 Duntroon Dollars that can be spent on any item from the Cafe menu to be brought on the hike for a picnic lunch. This tour can be one to two hours and takes you on a new section of the Bruce Trail!
All tours offer an immersive exploration of:
Forests – Discover 10 different types of trees that call the escarpment home, what makes them special and what they contribute to the eco-system.
Formations – The rock that forms the Escarpment was laid down over 400 million years ago under a giant warm sea. The trails follow a stream that forms the headwaters of the Batteaux as well as a ledge formed by erosion of the softer limestone.
Farming History – Evidence of unique Indigenous settlements dot the escarpment but it was the Scottish farmers who dramatically started changing the landscape. The remains of their farming efforts are highlighted and how they shaped what Duntroon Highlands looks like today.
As part of the tour, guests get all day use of the extensive Duntroon Highlands trail network which includes access to the Bruce Trail, safe parking for your vehicle and a chance to enjoy locally inspired food and beverages at the Cafe patio or out on the trails.
Also new this year, the scavenger hunt is a unique exploration of the Niagara Escarpment, providing a hands-on experience discovering the forests, features and farming history that have made it a UNESCO heritage site. It takes 60 minutes to complete. Anyone who completes the scavanger hunt successfully wins a $10 Duntroon Dollar prize for use in the Cafe.
To learn more and book your tour now, visit the trails page on Duntroon Highlands’ website.
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