Photo Image of Flowerpots Fathom Five National ParkThe Bruce Peninsula Park, an 800 kilometre footpath along the Niagara Escarpment from Queenston Heights on the Niagara River to Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory, was created in 1967.

The wilderness of the Bruce Peninsula is a hiker’s paradise, for both the beginner and the veteran hiker. Ranging from gentle walks beside the lake to rugged scrambles over the rocks, the trails of the Upper Bruce offer magnificent views, unique flora and fauna and geological treasures.

There are several natural hazards that you should be aware of if you hike the Bruce Trail on the Bruce Peninsula. The elusive black bear and massasauga rattlesnake call this area home and you are the visitor. Watch out for crevasses and poison ivy; always hike with a friend, use a guidebook and map, take lots of water and remember that camera!

Rules for hiking are very simple: do not hike off the marked route; respect the privacy of anyone living along the trail; pack in and pack out everything; do not start any fires; leave only your thanks.

The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club’s Day Hike Guide (widely available at Peninsula stores) offers comprehensive maps and notes. Ross McLean’s Trails at the Tip is a great guide to a variety of hikes onthe Bruce Peninsula.

For those who have never hiked the Bruce Trail, here are a few “starter hikes”. All of them offer rewarding scenic lookouts without the challenges of seriously rough terrain. It would be a good idea to buy the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club’s Day Hike Guide. It would also be a good idea to take a compass along.

Beginner’s Guide to the Bruce Trail