Sydenham Bruce Trail Club
Preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.
(June 23, 2020)
Phased Re-opening of the Bruce Trail continues!
With the recent Provincial announcement on the re-opening of Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves, the Bruce Trail Conservancy is continuing the process of a safe and controlled staged re-opening of the Bruce Trail.
Our volunteer Trail workers and land stewards have prepared the Trail for a safe opening. Thank you to them!
As of June 2, most of the Bruce Trail is open.
Closed areas currently include most waterfalls, high-traffic tourism destinations, and some private properties.
Areas that remain closed are noted on the BTC trail changes page. Please continue to check there for updates.
Note that all BTC and Club in-person events and organized hikes remain suspended until further notice. Please see the BTC COVID-19 updates page for more information.
Please Hike Responsibly & Safely:
- 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.
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:
- Visit the BTC Membership web page: http://brucetrail.org/pages/get-involved/membership
- When completing the membership application select 'Sydenham' as your primary club.