I’ve now completed 6 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) (read summary)
- Toronto – Milton to Cheltenham (Maps 11-14) (read summary)
- Caledon Hills – Cheltenham to Mono Centre (Maps 14-19) (read summary)
- Dufferin Hi-Land – Mono Centre to Lavender (Maps 19-21)
- 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)
BLUE MOUNTAINS SECTION
Started the Blue Mountains section: October 19, 2019
Finished the Blue Mountains section: December 8, 2019
October 19, 2019 – 20th Sideroad/Prince of Wales Road to Lavender cemetery – 18 km (with Kris)
October 27, 2019 – Lavender cemetery to Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area – 22.1 km (with Kris)
November 30, 2019 – Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area to Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve – 21.4 km (with Kris)
December 8, 2019 – Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve to Maple Lane in Ravenna – 25.2 km (with Kris)
- # runs: 4
- # solo runs: 0
- # runs with my husband Alasdair: 0
- # runs with friends: 4 (Kris)
- shortest run: 18 km
- longest run: 25.2 km
- average length of run: 21.7 km
Prettiest sunrise: The sunrise was so pretty that I had to pull over and take a picture. This was just a couple of kilometres from our end point for the run, where we met to leave one car – not too far from Maple Lane in Ravenna.
Wildlife sightings: A missed blaze and an accidental short trek off-trail near the Nottawasaga Bluffs meant that my friend Kris and I were led right to a Barred Owl! It was my first time seeing one in the wild (though I have heard many while backcountry camping), and first time ever seeing an owl while I was running (or walking!) – once I saw one while in a moving vehicle. It was beautiful, and had a huge wingspan. Sadly, we couldn’t get too close for a picture, but I promise you, the owl is in the picture!
Most non-running fun/neat finds: Not far from one of the ski lifts at Blue Mountain we found a rope swing, which just begged to be used!
Best natural art: I spotted this on the side of the road as we ran by on a very windy day!
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