I’ve now completed 4 sections of the Bruce Trail (there are 9)!
What’s the Bruce Trail? According to the Bruce Trail Conservancy website, the Bruce Trail is “Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. Running along the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario from Niagara to Tobermory, the Bruce Trail spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over 400 km of associated side trails.”
- Niagara – Queenston to Grimsby (Maps 1-5) (read summary)
- Iroquoia – Grimsby to Milton (Maps 5-11) – completed (read summary)
- Toronto – Milton to Cheltenham (Maps 11-14) – completed (read summary)
- Caledon Hills – Cheltenham to Mono Centre (Maps 14-19) – completed (read summary)
- Dufferin Hi-Land – Mono Centre to Lavender (Maps 19-21) – completed (read summary)
- Blue Mountains – Lavender to Craigleith (Maps 21-24)
- Beaver Valley – Craigleith to Blantyre (Maps 24-28)
- Sydenham – Blantyre to Wiarton (Maps 28-35)
- Peninsula – Wiarton to Tobermory (Maps 35-42)
Started the Caledon section: April 22, 2019
Finished the Caledon section: June 3, 2019
April 22, 2019 – Silver Creek Conservation Area to Forks of the Credit – 22.9k (solo)
May 12, 2019 – Forks of the Credit to Finnerty Sideroad – 22.7k
May 18, 2019 – Finnerty Sideroad to Hockley Road – 27.3k (solo)
June 3, 2019 – Hockley Road to Highway 89 – 25k (solo)
- # runs: 4
- # solo runs: 3
- # runs with my husband Alasdair: 0 (but we did leapfrog each other on the trail!)
- # runs with friends: 1 (Laura!)
- shortest run: 22.7k
- longest run: 27.3k
- average length of run: 24.5k
Spring flowers: In this section I first saw spring flowers on the trail.
Most hilly: My run from Finnerty Sideroad to Hockley Road was most definitely the hilliest part! Lots of stairs too.
Scariest moment: The few seconds it took me to fall hard on both knees. And then I had to run another 10k!
Wildlife sightings: Scarlet Tanager, Great Crested Flycatcher, porcupine, hairy coo!
Favourite run: My run from just south of Hockley Valley to just south of Boyne Valley Provincial Park – the ground was almost completely dry, there were no bugs, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and the temperature was a comfortable 15C or so. I scared 4 turkey vultures out of the woods, and couldn’t identify a large animal that ran off the trail into the woods later – maybe a turkey. I saw a Great Crested Flycatcher (had never heard of one before that day), and then finished the Caledon section of the trail!
Most memorable encounter with other hikers/runners: I met Christopher L from the Bruce Trail Facebook group, who is also working on completing the entire trail from south to north. I had seen his posts on the group, then he recognized me one day on the trail just south of Hockley Valley. Plus we randomly colour coordinated outfits, so there’s that too.
Neat finds: Cheltenham Badlands – represents geological processes that have occurred over the last 450 million years
Roads: The Caledon section of the trail had a lot of road running. I’d rather be in the woods, but the road made for easier running.
Green: This section brought the end of snow and the beginnings of new growth in the forest!
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