Sydenham Bruce Trail Club

Preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.

COVID-19 Update

July 14, 2021

The BTC Hiking Program is resuming in concert with Ontario's three-step plan for reopening.

As the Province moves into Step 3 of re-opening (beginning July 16, 2021), the BTC hike program will open to non-members and capacity limits may increase to 100 hikers. Clubs may choose to set lower capacity limits. Some hikes may be for BTC members only while others are open to the public. Registration is required.

Find The BTC's full details on the return of the Hiking Program >

Hiking guidelines for personal hiking remain:

  • Plan ahead (check for Trail Changes or Reservation requirements)

  • Expect no facilities: Toilets and garbage bins may be unavailable. Plan accordingly.

  • Practice physical distancing

  • Leave no trace

Find The BTC's full guidelines on Hiking Safely & Responsibly >

Caution for Hikers: Hunting Dates

  • Monday, November 1 to Saturday, November 6: Deer Rifle

  • Monday, November 29 to Saturday, December 4: Deer muzzle-loading (black powder)

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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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