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Phased Re-opening of the Bruce Trail beginning May 15

News Release – MAY 11, 2020 UPDATE

With the recent Provincial announcement on the re-opening of Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves, the Bruce Trail Conservancy is beginning the process of a safe and controlled staged re-opening of the Bruce Trail.

Many sections of the Bruce Trail will re-open for hiking on May 15, 2020 as we coordinate with our partners.

Please regularly check this page and our trail changes page for updates.

Sincere thanks to our dedicated Trail maintenance and land stewardship volunteers for their quick response in preparation for the opening.

Important Information

  • All BTC and Club in-person events and organized hikes remain suspended until June 30.
  • Our BTC office remains closed as required by law via the provincial shutdown.  Employees continue to be reachable by email and phone.
  • During trail closures, please do not park on nearby roads, move gates or barriers, or hop fences, as these actions are illegal.

Hike Responsibly & Safely

We are all eager to reconnect with the Bruce Trail and natural spaces. But keep in mind that this is not yet a return to hiking as we have been used to.

To assist the province with its efforts to keep all Ontarians healthy and safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone enjoying the Bruce Trail beginning May 15 is asked to do so in a socially responsible way.

As lands and trails re-open, please keep these measures in mind:

  • Keep 6 feet away from other walkers and hikers.
  • Move aside to allow others to pass.
  • Only walk and hike with members of your household.
  • Walk or hike for shorter spans of time.
  • Hike or walk in your local area.
  • Respect any trail or facility closures.

Making responsible changes to our hiking approach will keep us all safer and healthier.

Thank you for your ongoing support and enjoy a safe hike.

Michael McDonald
CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy

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