Sydenham Bruce Trail Club

Preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.

Mark your calendars!

Sunday, October 2nd is Bruce Trail Day. This year we will celebrate our ribbon of wilderness, together, with in-person events for the first time since 2019. Join the Sydenham Club at Jones Falls on Sunday afternoon to hike on the Bruce Trail at Pottawatomi Conservation Area!

  • Parking at Grey Bruce Tourist Center at Springmount, at Hwy 6 and 21, just west of Owen Sound.

  • Guided hikes will start at various times between 1:00 and 3:00.

    • Short hikes (0.5 hour) to the Falls and back.

    • Longer hikes (1.0 hour) to explore a bit more of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment.

  • No pre-registration is required for these hikes.

  • More details at https://brucetrail.org/bruce-trail-day-2022/

Sydenham Club News

Trail Maintenance Volunteers Needed!

Several volunteer positions are currently vacant on our Trail maintenance team:

  • Trail Captains – look after and maintain one section of Trail in our Club area, usually 2 to 4 km long depending on terrain, visit regularly, keep it pruned, clear and safe for hiking, paint blazes when needed, inform Trail Director of trail status, or problems where you need extra help

  • Whipper Snipper crew – work with 2 or 3 other volunteers to cut grass on Trail sections thru hay fields or other grassy areas

  • Boardwalk Building crew – work with other volunteers to build new or replace old sections of boardwalk

  • Chainsaw crew – work with other volunteers to cut fallen or hazardous trees on or near the Trail. Certified sawyers are needed (have completed sawyer training course approved by BTC), as well as helpers and spotters (assist a crew and be learning the business, possibly working toward full training / certification)

  • Crew leaders for each of the above crews – provide leadership, organizing, and scheduling.

Training will be provided as needed. Club Members please contact Trail Director Ron Savage (traildirector@sydenhambrucetrail.ca) for more information on any of these positions.

Board of Directors Volunteers Needed!

Sydenham Club Board of Directors has the following vacancies, and encourages interested club members to apply:

Trail Director – East

Vice President

Director at Large

Do you have a passion for the Bruce Trail? Do you work well with others? Have good organizing skills? Good communication skills? If you’d like to help our Club with your time and energy, or have any questions about any of these volunteer positions, please contact Club President Frank Schoenhoeffer (president@sydenhambrucetrail.ca) for more info. Thank you!

Secrets of Sydenham

Do you like treasure hunts? Would you like to earn a new Sydenham Club badge, while at the sametime explore 30 unique nature reserves? If your answer is yes, then you will want to purchase Ron Savage’s new book titled Secrets of Sydenham.

For more information, please click here.

About the Sydenham Club

The Sydenham Bruce Trail Club (SBTC) was formed in July 1962. Our volunteers have been working for over 50 years to preserve and protect the Niagara Escarpment, and provide public access via the Bruce Trail to this magnificent corridor of nature.

The Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest footpath, provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of only eighteen such reserves in all of Canada. The Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail is managed by the SBTC.

Members of the SBTC volunteer their time to build and maintain the Bruce Trail along an established optimum route from Blantyre to Wiarton, Ontario, Canada. The main trail in the Sydenham section is 170 km long with numerous side trails that provide access to the main trail or, in some cases, link to the main trail allowing for loop walks. The work involves such activities as:

  • acquiring landowner permission

  • building the footpath

  • erecting structures such as foot bridges and signs

  • regular trail maintenance

  • stewarding the land we have secured


SBTC members do not always work alone. For major projects some community groups assist. The SBTC is one of nine clubs that are governed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC). The SBTC is governed by an elected executive.

Join the Club!

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is an organization founded, built and supported by volunteers, donors, and members. Your membership in the Conservancy will help the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club continue in its efforts to preserve and protect the natural heritage of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail provides an important link to over 100 parks and conservation areas along the Niagara Escarpment corridor and the Conservancy works to maintain the Trail throughout southern Ontario.


Your membership means that you are participating in securing the continued existence of the Bruce Trail. You'll have the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in our hikes, social gatherings, workshops and weekend outings. You also receive:

  • Bruce Trail Magazine; the official magazine of the Bruce Trail Conservancy

  • The Sydenham Hiker; a newsletter published quarterly featuring information on SBTC achievements and upcoming hikes and events.

  • Discounts on products from the BTC Store and at various sports and hiking stores.


To join the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club (SBTC) you must join the Bruce Trail Conservancy:

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