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Special Notice - Phased re-opening of the Bruce Trail beginning May 15, 2020 Read our COVID-19 Updates

The Bruce Trail is a remarkable footpath along the unique and precious Niagara Escarpment. It is explored by thousands of visitors every year who seek a connection with nature in southern Ontario.

However, many people don't realize that the Bruce Trail is not permanently secure and that 33% of the Bruce Trail corridor is still vulnerable to development.

The BTC is working to fill in the gaps, to secure a home for the Bruce Trail and preserve a ribbon of wilderness along the Niagara Escarpment through the acquisition of land and the creation of BTC Nature Reserves.

As one of Ontario's largest and most active land trusts, we have been responsible for the preservation of over 16,000 acres of land. We add new protected land to the Bruce Trail's conservation corridor each year and care for these special places through our Land Stewardship Program.

These nature reserves protect a diverse array of habitats including wetlands, karst topography, open meadows, caves, towering scarp edges and lush forests - all within the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to our land acquisition campaigns and helped to preserve these irreplaceable treasures.

You can preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.

Learn more about our latest land acquisition efforts and how you can help

 

Recently Protected Natural Areas

2019-2020

MapleCross Nature Reserve at River & Ruin

Iroquoia section
69 acres
1.5 km of Trail

Mactaggart

Peninsula section
0.93 acres
63 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

 

2018-2019

Driftwood Cove

In collaboration with Parks Canada and with funds from generous BTC donors, 2018-2019
Peninsula section
3,276 acres
8 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Cape Chin Woods

Peninsula Section
100 acres
410 m Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Barrow Bay Cliffs

Peninsula section
363 acres
1.4 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

MapleCross Ridge

Sydenham section
100 acres
460 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Gardner

Blue Mountains section Near Dunedin; Map 21,
15 acres preserved
130 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

East Mountain

Beaver Valley section, Eugenia; Map 26, north of km 46.4
88 acres preserved
1 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Fox Ridge 

Beaver Valley section Near Duncan; Map 25
72 acres preserved
1,060 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Valley East

Beaver Valley section
35 acres
670 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route

Tall Timbers 

Caledon Hills section, Hockley Valley; Map 18, near km 44.3
24 acres preserved
640 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

Heikoop

Iroquoia section Grimsby; Map 5, 
0.84 acres preserved
95 m Side Trail access secured

Fisher’s Pond

Iroquoia section, Burlington; Map 9, near km 80
87 acres preserved
1.1 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route secured

 

Other Nature Reserves along the Bruce Trail

Kemble Wetland - Sydenham section - Protected in 2017

Maple Ridge - Toronto section - Protected in 2017

Lower Valley Road Nature Reserve:
Beaver Valley, 67 acres, 1.2 km of Bruce Trail

Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve:
Peninsula, 105 acres, 1.1 km of Bruce Trail 

SC Johnson Nature Reserve at Walter's Creek:
Sydenham, 16.5 acres, 500 m of Bruce Trail

Silent Valley
Sydenham, 200 acres

Fairmount-Webwood Passage
Beaver Valley, 24 acres

Duntroon Crevice Heights
Blue Mountains, 7.7 acres

Cedar Highlands
Caledon Hills, 42 acres

Songbird Nature Reserve
Caledon, Caledon Hills, 23 acres

Cedar Springs Woods
Burlington, Iroquoia, 10 acres

Fairmount Wetland
Epping, Beaver Valley, 74 acres

Kimberley Springs
Kimberley, Beaver Valley, 57 acres

Pinnacle Rock
Kolopore, Beaver Valley, 128 acres

Splitrock Narrows
Dufferin Hi-Land

Malcolm Bluff Shores
Peninsula, 1,045 acres

Boyne River School Property
Dufferin Hi-Land, 9 km of Bruce Trail