Bruce Trail


Bruce Trail cairn at the
Northern Terminus – Tobermory

In 1960, at a meeting of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Raymond Lowes spoke to his friend, Robert Bateman, about the idea of a public footpath spanning the entire Niagara Escarpment. Never before in Canadian history had a trail of this scope been realized. The first meeting of the Bruce Trail Committee was in 1960. The four members attending: Norman Pearson, Ray Lowes, Dr. Robert MacLaren and Philip Gosling, each became instrumental in building the Bruce Trail.

Literally going door-to-door, then Trail Director Philip Gosling and his team of volunteers discussed their vision of this trail with landowners. Happily, they were greeted with support all along the way.   Regional Clubs were established by 1963.  Each Club was responsible for organization, landowner approvals, construction and maintenance.



In Tobermory, 1967- Canada’s Centennial Year – the cairn at the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail was unveiled. Seven years of determination, support, vision and hard work were realized when the Bruce Trail was officially opened.


Since then thousands of volunteers have helped build and maintain the trail for the millions of visitors who have explored it.

Bruce Trail Conservancy

What was once a network of trail volunteers, the Bruce Trail Conservancy is now a land trust as well. Through donations and stewardship programs, the Conservancy protects more than 9,700 aces (3,925 hectares) of land within the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, ensuring preservation of lands and the sections of trails on them.

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William’s Caves, Lion’s Head, one of the BTC’s properties


The only way to truly experience the wonders of this incredibly diverse Biosphere Reserve is by putting your feet on a stretch of the Bruce Trail. When exploring the escarpment’s National and Provincial parks, conservation areas and municipal lands, be sure to include trips to some amazing Bruce Trail lands as well.

Did You Know?
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath with a distance of more than 800 kilometres?

White Blazes indicate the main trail, blue blazes indicate side trail, and one blaze with another to the side indicates a turn in the trail.

To learn more, donate, or become a member visit

Bruce Trail Clubs

Niagara Bruce Trail Club
Queenston to Grimsby

Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club
Grimsby to Kelso

Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Kelso to Cheltenham

Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club
Cheltenham to Mono Centre

Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club
Mono Centre to Lavender

Bruce Trail Clubs

Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club
Lavender to Craigleith

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club
Craigleith to Blantyre

Sydenham Bruce Trail Club
Blantyre to Wiarton

Peninsula Bruce Trail Club
Wiarton to Tobermory