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For the best experience, come prepared.

We love hiking in Bruce County. Not simply because we have some of the best trails in the province, but because hiking is one of the most inclusive and accessible sports in the world. Whether you’re new to hiking here, or know these parts well, coming prepared will give you more opportunity to connect with the natural world and take in the wonder.

Here are some tips to help you prepare and keep you safe:

  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray to protect your skin.
  • Download the What3Words App.
  • Bring a printed map.
  • Understand trail blazes along the Bruce Trail .
  • Make sure you bring the proper gear, like trekking poles, rain gear, proper hiking boots or shoes with good traction.
  • Check the weather before you leave but always be prepared for it to turn, especially on the Peninsula.
  • Understand your limitations and the difficulty levels of the terrain you’ll face.
  • Tell someone where you’re going before you leave. Cell phone service might be spotty and it is good to ensure someone knows your whereabouts before you leave. 
  • Be wary of wildlife like black bears and Massassauga Rattlesnakes.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Leaves of three, let it be! Know how to identify poison ivy before you leave.
  • Keep back from the edge of cliffs and always watch where you’re stepping. In winter, the edge can get icy and extremely dangerous.
  • Visit Bruce County’s Emergency Preparedness page.
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Looking to hit the trails? View and download the Trails Brochure to see all the best spots and how to access them.