Sydenham Hiking Guides

Exploring Sydenham

50 Loop Hikes and 38 explorations for secret codes along Sydenham trails

NOTE - Secret code replaced:  Searchers were recently having trouble finding the Exploring Sydenham code on the Ross McLean Loop. Trail Director Ron Savage went out and found that a four-legged bandit had removed the code. It has now been replaced.


Ron has also kindly provided 2 bonus clues:

1) If you stand before a waterfall, you can’t see what you are looking for but can see where it is hiding.

2) If you are standing on blue, you can touch what conceals for what you search.


Ron Savage wants you to “slow down, release all of your thoughts and worries, and concentrate on your surroundings. Open your senses and take in the forest’s sights, sounds, and fragrances.”

To help you, he has just published his fourth book, which documents 50 local hiking trails. Exploring Sydenham ($30) is an up-to-date collection of maps and directions about where to go and what you’ll see along the way. The trail length, time it should take to hike, level of difficulty, access and parking info are provided for each of the 50 loops. 

The book also includes a “treasure hunt” component on many of these loop hikes. Clues are provided to help you find a secret code number hidden somewhere along the trail. Both young and old will enjoy exploring for these hidden codes!

The book is available at:

Check out the article in the Owen Sound Sun Times: New book reveals new adventures in Sydenham section of Bruce Trail


Sydenham End to End

Tales about the Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail

Woven into the fabric of the trails through the Sydenham section is a hidden collage of geology, history, tales of interesting landowners and personal stories.  Ron Savage, a dedicated Sydenham Trail Director, has brought these stories to life in his second book. His knowledge of the Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail is extensive.  His writing displays a deep love for the Niagara Escarpment and its protection.  His stories about the Bruce Trail are full of humor, always intriguing, and quickly captivate a reader’s interest.

All of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the BTC for further land acquisition along the Niagara Escarpment.

Available for purchase at local book stores in the Owen Sound area.

Ross Mclean's Top Ten in Sydenham

What follows is a subjective list but it includes the best hikes in Sydenham to which Ross McLean would recommend to take visitors to showcase the natural beauty of the area.

For further details about each, consult the Bruce Trail Map Options.