Stretching 900 kilometres from Niagara to Tobermory, the Bruce Trail is a southern Ontario secret. The trail is named after the Bruce Peninsula, encompassing the trail’s northernmost segment. The peninsula gets its name from James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, who was Governor General of the Province of Canada from 1847 to 1854.
In 1960, Raymond Lowes, a Stelco metallurgist, shared his vision of a footpath to friend Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and painter. The idea was embraced, and a trial committee was born, including Ray Lowes, Dr. Norman Pearson, Dr. Robert MacLaren, and Dr. Philip Gosling. Dedicated to the cause, the committee ventured door to door, eliciting the support of area landowners. Unveiled in 1967, the trail follows the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve containing the oldest forest ecosystem and trees in eastern North America.
The Niagara portion of the Bruce Trail starts at the Southern Terminus in Queenston Heights Park, near the famous Niagara Falls, and weaves its way to Grimsby. The area is home to Queenston Heights, Lake Ontario, Welland Canals, Short Hills Provincial Park, Ball’s Falls, and more. Niagara is also recognized as Ontario’s wine region, making a swirl, sniff, and sip essential to our journey. Our tour allows you to complete this 80 plus kilometer hike in 4 days! Along the way you’ll stay in unique accommodations, experience some of Ontario’s only Carolinian forests, and dine on freshly prepared meals. You’ll never look at the Niagara Escarpment the same way again!
- The only tour completing the entire Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail
- A combination of unique lodging and wilderness glamping
- Hike and admire the beautiful vistas of Niagara’s Wine Country and Lake Ontario
- Experience a side of Ontario you never knew existed
- Stay right on the Welland Canal and watch the marine traffic of the locks
- Enjoy fresh fireside meals with local flavor
- Explore some of Canada’s only Carolinian old growth forests