Exploring the Niagara Escarpment

Hiking enthusiasts will not want to pass up a chance to hike along Canada’s oldest and longest hiking trail, the Bruce Trail. Running along the Niagara Escarpment the Bruce Trail runs the entire length of the Escarpment, some, 782 kilometers spanning from Niagara to Tobermory. The trail begins in Queenston in the Queenston Heights Park at the eastern cairn at the edge of the park, and passes through numerous towns and parks along the way to its northern terminus in Tobermory. The Bruce Trail allows you to admire nature’s wonders at every turn, and is the perfect way to see the natural beauty of the area.

The history of the Bruce Trail began in 1960 when a group of individuals came together with a vision of a trail running the entire length of the Escarpment. The Bruce Trial committee was formed and by 1967 the trail was officially opened. The trail has been built and cared for by volunteers who spend numerous hours maintaining it so we can all enjoy its splendors!

Before you begin your journey along the Bruce Trail please observe the following rules and regulations. The trail is strictly a footpath and no vehicles are permitted along the trail. Please note that removing plants or flowers from the trail is not permitted. Camping on the trail is only allowed at designated camping sites, and no open fires are allowed. Campers are permitted to use portable camp stoves only.

Be sure to hike only on marked routes it is very easy to get lost or to damage surrounding wildlife when you stray from the path. The Bruce trail has been marked with white blazes to make it easy for visitors to follow the trail. Blazes are rectangles of white paint that have been painted on surrounding trees, rocks, and fences. Blue blazes indicate side trails, which run off of the main trail.

Niagara offers a variety of hiking adventures that present visitors with many opportunities to experience the magnificent beauty of the area. Below is a list of marked hiking trails with information about each trail. At time of publish this information was correct, however, due to changes in trails it would be wise to use this information as a reference only. Pick up a recent trail guide for up to date changes and information.