Where The Blazes Am I?

One day last fall, I missed a turn on the trail, and added at least 20 minutes to my hike. I know better: when you get to a junction on the trail, make sure you find the trail marker that will show you which way to turn. I also know that you’re supposed to make … Read more

Why We Must Continue to Secure Escarpment Lands

By Guest Blogger Ross McLean In June 2017, the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) received its largest land donation, 230 acres at Cape Dundas in the Bruce Peninsula.  The donor was invited to explain his rationale for this gift at the fall 2017 BTC Donors’ Night. He began with a photo entitled “Pale Blue Dot”.  It … Read more

When the Bough Breaks

By: Heidi Bischof and Joan Richard You may not have given much thought to how the trail is kept hiker-friendly, or perhaps you thought it happened in much the same way the shoemaker’s elves in the fairy tale worked their overnight magic. While sometimes it does seem like magic is involved, in reality, the trail … Read more

Friendship Trails

I recently learned that the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is a member of the World Trails Network (WTN). The WTN is an organization that aims to connect the world’s diverse trails by bringing together trail associations, trail advocates, walkers, hikers, and people passionate about the outdoors from around the world. Its goal is to foster global … Read more

Unwanted Guests

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I don’t know the names of most of the weeds that I pull from my suburban garden.  It’s getting a little easier to identify them, though, because with all the rain we’ve had lately, there seems to be more of them reaching the flower stage (I suppose a … Read more

New Hikes For Beginner and Seasoned Hikers

With spring well underway, the Caledon Hills are buzzing with bees and the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club (CHBTC) is buzzing with lots of activity!  April was jam-packed with our Annual General Meeting, Earth Day Event, and Baton Hikes. The summer looks like it’s going to be just as full because we’ve got lots of hikes planned, … Read more

Help Wanted!

As you may know, an organization like the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) relies greatly on the efforts of volunteers. As such, the Bruce Trail Clubs are always in need of volunteers! Currently, we have a number of opportunities that might be of interest to BTC members.   #1 Secretary We are looking for someone with good organizational and … Read more

The Value of Good Relationships

Most hikers walk the Bruce Trail without ever considering the process by which a route was created.  The more I learn about this process, though, the more amazed I am!  The first part of the process is having land on which to put a trail.  The Bruce Trail Conservancy has an aggressive land acquisition program … Read more

Winter Hiking Tips

With winters so long in Canada, if you don’t get out on the trail during the season, you’re missing out on a lot of hiking time. And with the leaves on the trees gone, you’re also missing out on seeing new views along the trail! When hiking in winter, it’s important to keep in mind … Read more

Cross-country Skiers Out Already!

Did you know there are cross-country ski trails that you can access from the Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail? The Hockleycrest Ski Trail Network consists of 14 km of single-track trails, on land belonging to five landowners, including the Bruce Trail Conservancy.  Trails are marked and maintained by one person on a voluntary basis. … Read more