An odd name perhaps, but this is the only side trail on the entire Bruce Trail named after a dog. Darcy was a Jack Russell terrier who loved to run in these woods which were owned by two of our amazingly generous landowners – Ann & Jim Wilson.
“Landowners?” Yes, 31% of the Bruce Trail route is on land owned by private landowners, like the Wilsons, who have graciously given their permission for the Bruce Trail to cross their property. Often, after years of sharing their land with the Bruce Trail, landowners donate or sell their property to the Bruce Trail. Darcy’s Side Trail is now on land that is owned
and secured forever by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. This section of the Caledon section is called “Tall Timbers”.
While Darcy ran on “his” trails on his owner’s land for 19 years, don’t forget that some landowners allow hikers but not dogs. Where dogs are allowed, please keep your dogs on a leash and pack out your dog’s waste. As a responsible dog owner and hiker, remember Darcy while enjoying the side trail with your furry friend.