Hiking the Bruce, COVID-19, and Trail Closures
During this difficult and unprecedented time, many of us are turning to the healthy benefits of time spent in nature. If you are making plans to do so, please note that access to the Bruce Trail may be affected in some areas.
Many of our partnering conservation organizations along the Bruce Trail (like parks and conservation areas) are making important and difficult decisions about their operations and the land for which they are responsible.
Currently, many areas along the Bruce Trail remain open. However, many visitor centres, washrooms, and parking lots operated by our partnering conservation organizations may be closed.
Currently, there are 2 areas where a section of the Bruce Trail is closed:
Bruce Peninsula National Park (Peninsula section)
Notice from Parks Canada: "Effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2020, all lands within Bruce Peninsula National Park to the north and east of Highway 6 are now closed by Superintendent’s orders, including the Cyprus Lake and Grotto area, Halfway Log Dump, and Little Cove. This means all self-serve off-season camping and day-use offers at Cyprus Lake and backcountry campsites, all toilets, shelters, day-use facilities, the Bruce Trail within the park, and the Visitor Centre are not open."
Please see the latest updates from Bruce Peninsula National Park at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/bruce/visit/covid-19-info
Cheltenham Badlands (Caledon Hills section, km 0 to km 1.4)
Notice from Credit Valley Conservation, Thursday, March 19, 2020: "Credit Valley Conservation is continuing to monitor developments in relation to COVID-19. Effective immediately, The Cheltenham Badlands will continue to be closed until further notice. This will include the Bruce Trail section the runs through The Cheltenham Badlands (Creditview Rd to Old Baseline Rd). Barriers and signage have been placed at trail entrances that will prevent access."
Please see the latest update from Credit Valley Conservation at https://cvc.ca/about-cvc/cvcs-covid-19-update/
Staying Up to Date:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, changes are happening frequently. Please visit the websites or social media accounts of these organizations directly for the latest on any changes to trail use or access:
Websites and Social Media Accounts of Parks, Conservation Areas and other access points along the Bruce Trail
Please remember that the Bruce Trail passes through land owned by over 900 private and public landowners and access to the Trail is at the discretion of the landowner. As always, we ask that you respect the decisions of our landowners.
In such times we at the Bruce Trail Conservancy are reminded of how grateful we are to have supporters whose devotion to the conservation and exploration of nature is unparalleled. Together, we will continue to ensure there are protected natural spaces close to home where we can find solace and rejuvenation in times of crisis and beyond.
Thank you for your support as we work to ensure a continued safe environment for our staff, volunteers, and local communities.
Stay well and be safe.