The Bruce Trail Conservancy has been monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus situation in accordance with Government and Public Health recommendations, and after thought and careful consideration, the BTC and its Clubs are cancelling all organized hikes across all 9 Clubs effective immediately and running through to April 30, 2020.
The health and safety of our staff and members is always our priority and we are doing our part to act responsibly and to help stop the spread of the virus.
The Bruce Trail itself remains open. If you hike on your own, please be sure to follow the advice of Public Health Officials to stay safe and keep others safe, including appropriate "social distancing".
For more information, see the BTC's notice: https://brucetrail.org/news/707-a-message-to-our-supporters-regarding-covid-19
Group Hike Schedule
Sydenham End to End:
The Sydenham club will not be organizing an End to End hike in 2020. The next one will be in 2021. Please see our photo gallery for pictures from our 2019 event.
As an alternative, there is a series of 17 hikes which will complete the Sydenham section starting from Wiarton and hiking south to Blantyre. Hikes will range in length from 8 to 13 kms and will be on Mondays, roughly two weeks apart. Participants who complete the series are eligible for the “I Hiked the Sydenham Section” badge but not the "End to End" badge. Please see the hike schedule for more information.
New BTC calendar system:
Please see the BTC.org calendar and click the red Sydenham button for a calendar of Sydenham Club Hikes and Events.
Group Hike Information
Discover the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club, join us on a Group Hike!
Our Hike Schedule is also listed in the Sydenham Hiker newsletter, which you will receive when you join the SBTC.
Dress appropriately for the weather, length of the event, wear proper hiking shoes, bring water and snacks. No dogs and no smoking are permitted on organized hikes unless stated otherwise. All persons participate at their own risk.
Hike Rating System
To help hikers decide what hike is suitable for them, hike leaders use the hike rating system when planning their hikes. Ratings consider the distance of the hike, the planned walking speed, and the difficulty of the terrain. The rating system is described in the Hike Schedule.
- Hike Leaders - Please remember that hike leaders are unpaid volunteers.
- Participant Responsibility - Participants on Club outings must accept responsibility for themselves, their family and guests. Be prepared to sign a Hike Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk form.
- Where to meet? - We often meet at a parking lot away from the trailhead, and car pool from there to the hike location. These locations are shown on the Hike Schedule. Maps for common meeting spots: GXT, CHPL, GSCA,HD.
- Hike Changes / Cancellations - Sometimes hikes are changed or even cancelled due to weather conditions. If in doubt, call the hike leader, or check our Facebook feed on the Home Page.