End-to-End Hikes

An End-to-End for a hiker of the Bruce Trail is the completion of the entire main trail on foot, after which you’ll have earned a badge to proudly announce to all that you did this!  You can also complete shorter End-to-Ends of the Bruce Trail, where you hike all of the main trail in any of the nine club sections.

Each club typically runs an annual event to hike their entire section of the trail over one or several weekends, depending on how long the section is.  In Caledon Hills, our section is about 72 km long and our annual event has you experiencing spectacular fall colours over the Thanksgiving weekend, with two- and three-day hiking options.

But the annual event isn’t the only time you’ll find organized hikes for completing an End-to-End in a section.  Current End-to-End hikes are listed below.

Completing an End-to-End on the Thanksgiving weekend, or over several hikes throughout the year (either on your own or as part of an organized club hike), will earn you a badge.

2022 Fall Colours

The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club is looking forward to hosting our “Fall Colours” End-to-End hiking events, over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, October 8, 9, and 10, 2022.

Plan to enjoy the spectacular fall colours, as you hike the 71.3 km of main Trail through our famous Caledon Hills. You can complete the distance over all three days of the weekend or the same distance over Saturday and Sunday only. The cost of the three-day event is $43.00 and the two-day event is $32.00. The registration fee covers the BTC processing fees, daily bus transportation, refreshments, and an end-to-end badge on completion.

Registration will begin June 30, on the BTC Hike Schedule. Participation is limited to one bus of hikers for each of the events.

For further details and event updates, visit the CHBTC website, caledonbrucetrail.ca and follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Sandy Green, E2E Coordinator at info@caledonbrucetrail.org with any additional questions or concerns.


Thanksgiving Weekend, 2022

(Note: The three-day end-to-end is held annually at Thanksgiving. The two-day end-to-end is held in conjunction with the three-day event on even numbered years.)

FAQs

Q. How do I register for the event?

A. Registration begins on June 30 at 7:00 a.m. Interested participants register on the BTC Hike Schedule, using the paid hike function.

Registration for 2022 is limited to 46 hikers for each of the events.

The cost for the three-day event is $43.00 and the two-day event is $32.00. The registration fees cover the BTC Hike Schedule Processing Fee, daily bus transportation, refreshments, and an end-to-end badge on completion. Refunds will not be issued. Thank you for your donation.

Note: If registration for the two-day event does not reach capacity, the extra spots will be filled with three-day participants from the wait list. Participants will be notified by email one month before the event. The bus departure time for these three-day participants is 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the departure is 8:30 a.m. The meeting locations are the same for all three-day participants.

Q. Are these hikes the same as a regular group hike on the Bruce Trail?

A. These hikes differ in a few ways.

Participants are shuttled by school bus from the meeting places to the start locations. Masks are optional on the bus, in accordance to First Student Bus Company protocols.

Hikers are free to hike at their own pace, either individually or with other participants. There is no leader, but there is a designated “sweep,” an official end person.

There are “checkpoints” every 7 – 10 km along the route. Volunteers provide light refreshments and beverages at the checkpoints.

Participants are expected to hike at a pace of approximately 4 km/hr or faster. There are cut-off times. These times are based on a 4 km/hr pace, plus an additional 15 mins at checkpoints and a 15 min late start buffer.

Q. Can I follow the Trail without problems?

A. While the Trail through the Caledon Hills section is clearly blazed and easy to follow, it is helpful (but not essential) to have the most current maps or the Bruce Trail App.

Be familiar with the blazing system, as described on the Bruce Trail website, https://brucetrail.org/pages/explore-the-trail/know-before-you-go/hiking-safely-responsibly. Since the route is along the main Trail, hikers follow white blazes.

If you are not that familiar with the Trail, it is recommended that you walk with other hikers. If you happen to get off the Trail, retrace your steps until you see the white blazes and then carry on.

If a hiker does not pass through a checkpoint after a reasonable time, a search party will be organized.

Q. What should I bring with me?

A. Bring your regular day hiking gear.

Please bring your own cup or bottle to reduce waste at checkpoints. You may want to bring extra water, snacks, or a lunch for between checkpoints.

Q. Where do we meet and what parts of the Trail are covered each day?

A. All hikers meet at the end point of each hike and then are shuttled by school bus to the hike starting point for the day.

Two-Day Hikers

Saturday, October 8, 2022 and Sunday, October 9, 2022

Meeting Place:
Coolihans Side Road at km 35.2, east of where the Trail crosses the road
43.937967, – 79.934650

Directions:
From Airport Rd, head east on Coolihans Side Road for 850 metres. Park well off the road on the north side.

Time:
7:30 am – 6:15 pm
The bus will depart from the meeting place at 7:30 am sharp each day. Please plan to arrive at least 20 – 30 minutes before the departure time.

Hike Descriptions:
On Saturday, the bus will drop participants off at the northern end of the Caledon Hills section, at County Rd 8 and 3rd Line EHS. Hikers will then head south back to Coolihans Side Road. (Checkpoints – 10 km, 17 km, 27.9 km [Cut-off Time: 4:00 pm], and 36.1 km)

On Sunday, the bus will drop the group off on Creditview Road at km 0.0. They will then hike north, back to Coolihans Side Road. (Checkpoints – 8.9 km, 16.1 km, 27.8 km [Cut-off Time: 4:00 pm], and 35.2 km)

*Be mindful of the “cut-off” times.

Three-Day Hikers

Saturday, October 8, 2022, Sunday, October 9, 2022, and Monday, October 10, 2022

Meeting Place:
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi-International Centre
248305 Side Road 5, Mono, ON L9W 6C3
43.975421, -79.989252

Directions:
From Airport Road, turn east onto Side Road 5. Drive 270 metres to the entrance of the International Centre on the left. Turn right onto the first gravel road and proceed towards the pagoda-styled building. Park on the shoulder of this circular driveway. Please do not park in the main parking lot near the office. The buildings and facilities of the International Centre are off limits to participants during this Bruce Trail event.

Time:
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
The bus departs from the meeting place at 8:30 am sharp each day. Please plan to arrive at least 20 – 30 minutes before the departure time.

Hike Descriptions:
On Saturday, the bus will take participants to the northern end of the Caledon Hills section, at County Rd 8 and 3rd Line EHS. The group will then hike south, back to the International Centre. (Checkpoints – 10 km, 17 km [Cut-off Time: 1:45 pm], and 25.4 km)

On Sunday, meet at km 21.0, the north/east corner of Escarpment Side Road and Heart Lake Road. Park on the north side of Escarpment Side Road, well off of the road, 43.859911, -79.947606. The bus will take hikers to km 0.0 on Creditview Road. Participants will then hike back to the meeting place on Escarpment Side Road. (Checkpoints – 8.9 km, 16.1km [Cut-off Time: 1:30 pm], and 21 km)

On Monday, meet at the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi-International Centre.
The bus will take participants to Escarpment Side Road and Heart Lake Road. Everyone will then hike back to the International Centre. (Checkpoints – 6.8 km, 14.2 km [Cut-off Time: 1:00 pm] and 24.9 km)

Please note that on Saturday and Monday, the final checkpoint (the end of the hike) is slightly off the Bruce Trail. There will be signs in place to direct hikers. Also note that the meeting place on Sunday is different than the other two days.

*Be mindful of the “cut-off” times.

Q. Can I drop out at anytime during a hike?

A. If you feel the need to drop out of a hike, discontinue at a checkpoint. Notify a volunteer that you are withdrawing and arrangements will be made to transport you back to your car.

Q. Any suggestions about accommodation?

A. If you plan to stay overnight in the area, go to the Travel Ontario website, https://www.travelinontario.com/Hills-of-Headwaters-West-of-Toronto.cfm.

Check the Bruce Trail Conservancy website, https://brucetrail.org/pages/explore-the-trail/accommodation/caledon-hills

Camp at Albion Hills Conservation Area, 16500 Peel Regional Road 50, Caledon, ON L7E 3E7, https://trca.ca/parks/albion-hills-campground/

 

Q. What are the COVID protocols?

A. Participants are to follow the protocols laid out on the BTC website for safe hiking, https://brucetrail.org/pages/explore-the-trail/know-before-you-go/hiking-safely-responsibly.

Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures for public health measures and advice.

Masks are not mandatory on the bus shuttles.

Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at each checkpoint. Volunteers will use provided gloves and tongs to serve participants.

 

Contact Sandy Green, E2E Coordinator at info@caledonbrucetrail.org with any additional questions or concerns.

Map references are from the Bruce Trail Reference Maps and Trail Guide, Edition 30.

 

Peninsula Section End-to-End Series

Updated: March 11/2022

May 5, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 1 of 13
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Little Cove Rd. parking area at km 158.9. Shuttle to Tobermory, meet at the Cairn.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 8.1 km
Description: This is hike 1 of a series of 13.  Hike will include observation tower, views over Georgian Bay, natural arch overhang and limestone grotto. Recommended to bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho, hiking poles (encouraged not required), and closed toe hiking footwear.

May 12, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 2 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Head of Trails parking south of km 146.5, (Bruce Peninsula National Park). Parking arrangements will be made ahead. Shuttle to parking at Little Cove Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 42 km 158.9 – km 146.5 12.4 km + 900 m to parking
Description: This is the second hike in the E2E series and includes Sinkhole Side Trail, Overhanging Point, Lord Hunt’s Tunnel, boulder beaches, The Grotto, Natural Arch, Indian Head Cove, and Halfway Rock Point. End time is an estimate as there is so much to explore.

May 19, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 3 of 13
9:15 am – 12:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Halfway Dump Side Trail, south of km 142.0. Accessible via Hwy 6 and Emmett Lake Rd. Shuttle to Head of Trails parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 41 km 146.5 – km 142.0 4.5 km + 2 km to and from parking
Description: This third hike of the E2E series is short but includes some of the most rugged parts of the Bruce Trail. Lunch opportunity in Tobermory.

May 26, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 4 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Crane Lake Rd. (km 127.9) parking at the National Park Gate. Park well away from farm and park gates. Shuttle to Halfway Dump Side Trail parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 41 km 142.0 – km 127.9 14.1 km + 900 m from parking
Description: This fourth hike of the E2E series includes part of the most challenging section of the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park with views over Georgian Bay at Loaf Rock.

June 2, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 5 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Dyer’s Bay parking, in the community parking area situated in the old quarry, just east of the trail at km 115.6. Shuttle to Crane Lake Rd. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing, Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 40 km 127.9 – km 115.6 12.3 km
Description: This is the fifth hike in the E2E series. There will be road walking to start and views over Dyer’s Bay.

June 16, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 6 of 13
9:15 am – 3:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at roadside parking at the south end of Carter Rd. km 98.5. Shuttle to Dyer’s Bay parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 40, 39 km 115.6 – km 98.5 Approx. 13 km (trail rerouted thanks to newly acquired Cape Chin property)
Description: This is the sixth hike of the E2E series.  Sights to explore include Michigander’s Arch, Lillie Pothole Side Trail, Devil’s Monument. Lunch around km 100 at Cape Chin house.

June 23, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 7 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Lion’s Head Harbour, south of km 83.0. Park on Phillip Forbes St. right on the Trail by the beach. Shuttle to Carter Rd. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing, Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 39, 38 km 98.5 – km 83.0 15.5 km
Description: This is the seventh hike in the E2E series and we will be halfway! This hike includes Fred Binding Lookout, White Bluff, cliff caves, and 3 km of road walking along Isthmus Bay Rd.  There will be poison ivy to watch out for.

June 30, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 8 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at BTC Parking Area, km 67.9, off of Bruce Rd. 9 in Barrow Bay, just south of West Shore Rd. Shuttle to Lion’s Head Harbour.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 38 km 83.0 – km 67.9 15.1 km
Description: This is the eighth hike in the series and includes Giant’s Cauldron Pothole Side Trail, Lion’s Head Pothole Side Trail, Isthmus Bay views, glacial erratics and more poison ivy! Ice cream and/or swimming opportunity in Lion’s Head!

July 7, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 9 of 13
9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Jackson’s Cove Rd. parking area, km 51.9, located at the top of the hill just to the west of the Trail. Shuttle to BTC parking area off of Bruce Rd. 9.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Maps 38, 37 km 67.9 – km 51.9 16.0 km
Description: This is the ninth hike of the series and includes stairs and ladder up and down the rocky shoreline of Rush Cove and Chris Walker Nature Reserve and Jackson’s Cove Lookout Side Trail.

July 14, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 10 of 13
9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at km 35.8 parking at Cape Croker campground. Shuttle to Jackson’s Cove Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 37 km 51.9 – km 35.8 16.1 km
Description: This is the tenth hike of the E2E series. There will be lookouts over Hope Bay, glacial potholes, Sydney Bluff Lookout, view of Sydney Bay and a steel staircase.

July 28, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 11 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Crooked Toe roadside parking at km 24.4. More parking available at km 25.0. Shuttle to Cape Croker campground parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 36 km 35.8 – km 24.4 11.4 km
Description: This is the eleventh hike in the series and will take us along Snake Trail boardwalk, Park Rd., and around Jones Bluff through Neyaashiinigmiing, formerly Cape Croker. Watch for poison ivy.

August 4, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 12 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at roadside parking north of km 12.9 at the north end of the Crawford Drive Side Trail. Do not block entrances. Shuttle to parking at Crooked Toe.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 36 km 24.4 – km 12.9 11.5 km
Description: This is the twelfth hike in the series. Almost done! The hike includes Knapp Lookout, Moss Crevice Ladder, hiking through Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve with views of White Cloud, Hay, and Griffith Islands.

August 11, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 13 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Bluewater Park in Wiarton, parking area opposite the arena, km 0.0. Shuttle to Crawford Dr. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 36, 35 km 12.9 – km 0.0 12.9 km
Description: This is the final hike of the series! Our hike will take us above Mallory Beach with views over Colpoy’s Bay and through the community of Colpoy’s Bay. The hike includes Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve, the Corran ruins and a spiral staircase before being greeted by Wiarton Willie and ending our adventure at the beach and park.