Hiking the Trail

New to the area and/or hiking?

Purchase the Bruce Trail Reference Guide and check out some of our favourite local hikes for beginners.

Petun Conservation Area

Has trails that are fairly flat, but may be rocky in some areas. Map 23 edition 30

Nottawasaga Bluffs

Has a great look out and side trails that can be used for shorter hikes. Map 22, edition 30.

Nottawasaga Lookout

Not to be confused with Nottawasaga Bluffs. This area has a short loop that takes you around the edges of the Singhampton caves using the main Bruce trail and the Singhampton side trail. Map 23, edition 30.

Nottawasaga Lookout

Nottawasaga Lookout

Another area to check out here is the Standing Rock & Caves side trail. Combine this with the main Bruce Trail to make a manageable loop through the Singhampton Caves. Take your time on the rocks. Map 23, edition 30.
Pretty River Provincial Park.

Pretty River Provincial Park

The lower part of this area has a moderate incline that runs along the babbling, cascading waters. There are varied terrains and forests that make for a great hike. Map 23, edition 30. Located along Pretty River Road (also known as Nottawasaga 33/34 sideroad).

Pretty River Provincial Park.

Pretty River Provincial Park

The top part of this Provincial Park (located on 6th sideroad and 2nd line) has a loop that includes John Haigh Side Trail, the Main Bruce Trail, and the access trail to the parking area. There are hills on this loop, but just take your time and you will be able to manage them. Map 23, edition 30.

John Haigh Side Trail

John Haigh Side Trail

The highest point of the entire Bruce Trail is found along this side trail! Map 23, edition 30.


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Hiking Safety

  • Have a plan
    • Take your maps
    • Hike with a partner
    • Let someone know where you’re starting and ending your hike with the approximate time of completion.
  • Follow all signs posted. 
    • Sometimes the trail changes make it onto the trail before appearing on a website.
  • Dress appropriately for weather and trail conditions.
    • Layers are key.
    • Well-fitting hiking boots/shoes and trekking poles help maintain stability.
  • Keep an eye out for poison ivy, ticks, wet wood/rocks (slippery), and animals.
  • Carry a small first aid kit and a whistle.
  • Bring lots of water and snacks
  • Leave no trace
    • to pack out what you pack in- including dog poop!

Winter Hiking 

Consider packing some of these items for your Winter hikes!!

  • Snowshoes
  • Microspikes (trail crampons)
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Sunglasses/goggles

Extra clothing: Wear quick-drying fabrics that retain warmth when wet, like wool or polyester. Dress in layers to keep moisture to a minimum. Carry an extra set of socks, gloves, and base layers Sweat is not your friend in winter.

  • Map / BTC reference maps
  • Waterproof matches /lighter
  • Foil Emergency Blanket
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • First Aid kit (include hot shot hand and feet warmers)
  • Loud whistle
  • Headlamp (fully charged/new batteries)
  • Extra food: bagels, candy, high-calorie bars, nuts, dried fruit, sandwiches etc.
  • Water: An insulated sleeve to keep from freezing. Avoid your summer water bladders and narrow-mouthed bottles, as these can freeze easily.
  • Insulated metal bottle or small thermos, filled with hot drinks (tea, hot water). Access to a hot, sugary drink can help you warm up if you get chilled.
  • Keep your cell phone close to your body to conserve battery. Bring a backup battery. Download What3Words ahead of time for emergencies.

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Finished the Bruce Trail and interested in others? Check out the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, Grand Valley Trail, and Kolapore Trails