Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Announcements


Last update 2020-04-04

Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area - Closed to Hikes


Owing to the province wide shut down for Covid-19 the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area which is on the Blue Mountain section of the Bruce Trail is closed to hiking until further notice.

Cancelled Bruce Trail Club Events & Hikes


All organized hikes across all 9 Clubs are being cancelled until April 30, 2020.

We recognize the hike program represents an important outlet for many of our members to reduce stress, socialize and stay physically active. The Bruce Trail Conservancy has made this important decision to be proactive, to do our part to support the health care system, and to keep our volunteers and members safe.

The following other Club events and programs are affected through April 30th:
  • Club social events & workshops are cancelled or postponed
  • Club Annual General Meetings to be held by teleconference
  • Trail Angels (trailhead transportation program) cancelled
  • Trail maintenance group activities cancelled
 

Bruce Trail - Closed to Hiking



In an E-mail sent Friday March 27, 2020 Michael McDonald the CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy said:

"We didn’t think we’d ever be encouraging people to stay off the Bruce Trail, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. For the safety of our communities, and to assist the province with its efforts to keep our communities safe as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves, I have an important request:

Please postpone your use of the Bruce Trail for walks or hikes until further notice, to minimize the spread or contraction of COVID-19.
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Many parks, conservation areas, municipalities and other landowners along the Bruce Trail have already made the difficult decision to close their facilities and access to trails. In these areas, hikers should consider the Bruce Trail closed. We support these organizations and landowners in their closures to halt the spread of the virus."


 

Remember

Please be sure to follow the advice of Public Health Officials to stay safe and keep others safe. You'll find trusted information here:

Trail Angels


The BMBTC offers a volunteer-run service for hikers wanting a shuttle between start and end points of a hike. Hikers with a single vehicle can arrange a shuttle in advance of a planned hike in the area. We make every effort to accommodate all requests, however cannot guarantee there will always be a volunteer available. Please send your request at least a week or two before you intend to hike. Once confirmed, a Trail Angel meets with the hiker(s) at their car, parked at the end of the planned route and takes the hiker(s) to the start of their hike.

Send your request to TrailAngels@bmbtc.org . Include the following details about your hike:

  • Hike date.
  • Pick up time. No earlier than 7 am please, for our volunteers.
  • Finish point of the hike. State Map # and km from The Bruce Trail Reference: Maps and Trail Guide. This becomes the pick up location where you meet the Trail Angel.


  • The BMBTC will confirm the shuttle with you.

    The Blue Mountains Trail Angels volunteer their time and gas with an expectation that their rider will make a donation to the Bruce Trail.

    Making a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy online is preferred.
    On the BTC website, select "Donate Now". Select a "Donation Amount', and choose "Single Donation". On the next page look for the "Comment" box. Enter "Trail Angel service by the Blue Mountains Club".

    Alternatively, write a cheque to the "Bruce Trail Conservancy". In the memo line mark "Blue Mountains Trail Angel donation". Give the cheque to your Trail Angel. Or mail it to the BTC Head Office, P.O. Box 857, Hamilton, ON L8N 3N9.

    If your donation happens to be $10 or more, a charitable donation tax receipt is available. Do include your postal address as well as your email address to receive a tax receipt.

    We prefer to avoid cash donations. Cash is difficult to track, and may not lead to a tax receipt.


    Blue Mountains Bruce Trail 2020 Adventure Hikes


    Due to the Covid concerns we are cancelling the May/June Hikes of the Adventure hiking group. We will review the later hikes in August as the time draws near.

    Members of the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail section also offer 'Adventure Hikes' which are not on the Bruce Trail, but are close to our section. These are planned after our regular Hike Schedule is put together and so are published under Announcements.



    Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Re-Routes


    Map 22 Blue Mountains Temporary Trail Re-route


    There is a temporary reroute in the Devils Glen Ski Club grounds [Map 22].

    Trail Reroute

    Map 23 Blue Mountains Temporary Closure


    There is a temporary closure on the popular Petun Side Trail [Map 23]. This Side Trail also normally closes in the winter months.

    Trail Closure


    Nottawasaga Bluffs Side Trail Bridge Repaired


    The unsafe bridge in the popular Nottawasaga Buffs Side Trail [Map 22] was repaired by a diligent team of BMBTC volunteers in the spring of 2019. The Keyhole Side Trail is now accessible from either side.


    Blue Mountains Bruce Trail - The Blues of Blue - Hiking Badge

    Welcome to the "Blues of Blue" Side Trail Challenge!

    We hope you enjoy the uniqueness of our over 30 km of Side trails, meshed together in manageable loops with portions of Main trail. In order to be eligible receive the badge, you will need to complete the hiking log provided here and submit it, together with $10 per hiker (cheque preferred) plus a stamped, self addressed envelope, to:
    Blue Mts BTC
    P.O. Box 91
    Collingwood, Ont
    L9Y 3Z4


    Side Trail Badge

    Giant Hog Weed - a Nasty Invasive Plant



    What Is It? From the Lee Valley Gardening Newsletter
    August 2013
    What Is It?
     
    Identifying this weed can be difficult, since a number of species look very similar, including cow parsnip, purplestem angelica, woodland angelica, valerian, lovage and Queen Anne's lace. This plant grows much larger than those mentioned, however. In fact, in ideal conditions a mature specimen can grow to 5.5m (18'). While its white flower clusters do resemble those of Queen Anne's lace, they tend to be more widely spaced and can form a flower head almost 1m (3.2') wide. When identifying this toxic plant, known as giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), its huge size is a key indicator.
     
     
    Giant hogweed flowers
      The flowers look similar to those of Queen Anne's lace.
    Native to central and southwest Asia, giant hogweed was likely brought over as an ornamental plant and is now naturalizing across North America. This perennial, a member of the carrot family, can thrive in many habitats and grows particularly well in areas where the soil has been disturbed (wastelands, riverbanks, roadsides, along railroads, etc.). Depending on the conditions in which it grows, it can quickly dominate an area because of its size and ability to spread rapidly.
     
    The plant is becoming renowned for its toxicity. If you encounter it, use extreme caution. Cutting the plant or even simply brushing against it can cause the sap to get on your skin. After exposure to sunlight, this will cause chemical burns. The painful blisters can appear within 48 hours after exposure and can recur for several years. Even after the blisters subside, purplish-colored scars can form. If you happen to get the sap in your eye, it can cause severe irritation and possibly blindness. If you do come into contact with the sap of this plant, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends seeking medical attention immediately.
     
    How will you know if the plant is giant hogweed and not one of its look-alikes? Aside from its massive size, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food suggests looking for two additional attributes particular to this weed — it has a thick, hollow, purple-blotched stem and very jagged, lobed leaves, both of which are covered with bristles similar to those found on the stinging nettle.
     
    Thick purple-blotched stem and jagged leaves   Thick purple-blotched stem and jagged leaves
    To identify giant hogweed, look for its thick purple-blotched stem and extremely jagged leaves.
     
    If you do spot the plant, the USDA advises not to touch it, move it, cut it or weed whack it, and to seek advice from a professional plant control specialist.
     
    Photos provided by Peter Smith, University of Guelph