The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail
Main Trail – 898 km
Side Trails – 400 km
Difficulty: Easy – Very Hard
The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Niagara Escarpment.
South Georgian Bay has some of the best sections of The Bruce Trail and is home to three different sections: The Blue Mountains section, The Beaver Valley section and Sydenham section of The Bruce Trail.
The Bruce Trail also holds numerous scenic lookout points in South Georgian Bay as well as a number of stunning waterfalls.
The Blue Mountain Section: 59.1 km of trail
The terrain changes abruptly as the Bruce Trail enters the area known as the Blue Mountains. Set among high bluffs with deep, wide valleys, there are excellent views of the rolling countryside and Nottawasaga Bay.
The Beaver Valley Section : 79 km of trail
In this area dolostone cliffs are plentiful. The valley, almost 10 km at its mouth, narrows quickly upstream of Eugenia Falls. The trail turns south from both directions and follows the Beaver River flowing through the Niagara escarpment as it circulates north to Georgian Bay. The ghost hamlet of Blantyre can be found here.
Sydenham Section : 100 km of trail
The trail crosses the valley of the Bighead River before turning north to follow the Escarpment to the Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve. From Spectacular views, provincially rare ferns and the crown jewel of the section the Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve.