On March 27, 2020, BTC members received an email from CEO Michael McDonald asking them to stay off the trails until further notice.
"It is heartbreaking to dissuade people from using our wonderful footpath,
" he wrote, "but it is absolutely crucial that we all do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our public health officials have sent us a clear message; stay home, and stay safe.
Below is a reprint of Michael's full message on the BTC site at www.brucetrail.org
MARCH 27, 2020 - MESSAGE FROM BRUCE TRAIL CONSERVANCY CEO MICHAEL MCDONALD
We didn't think we'd ever be encouraging people to stay off the Bruce Trail, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. For the safety of our communities, and to assist the province with its efforts to keep our communities safe as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves, I have an important request:
Please postpone your use of the Bruce Trail for walks or hikes until further notice, to minimize the spread or contraction of COVID-19.
We realize that we cannot close-off the Bruce Trail. We cannot bar access to all trailheads nor enforce closures. We can and do, however, urge everyone to please stay away from the Bruce Trail until further notice.
Many popular areas have seen increased crowding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And even beyond these areas, travelling to and on the Trail puts local communities, hikers, and our health system at risk.
I know this is hard. For many of us, the Bruce Trail is an escape from the stresses of difficult times. We know hiking is good for our overall physical and mental health. It is heartbreaking to dissuade people from using our wonderful footpath, but it is absolutely crucial that we all do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our public health officials have sent us a clear message; stay home, and stay safe.
Many parks, conservation areas, municipalities and other landowners along the Bruce Trail have already made the difficult decision to close their facilities and access to trails. In these areas, hikers should consider the Bruce Trail closed. We support these organizations and landowners in their closures to halt the spread of the virus.
During this uncertain time, please know the Bruce Trail Conservancy is here for you. Although our Bruce Trail Conservancy office is closed, our staff are working remotely and will continue to be available by email and phone. Our main source of contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. The Bruce Trail will be there for us all to enjoy when the pandemic comes to an end.
Stay well and be safe.
CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy
Toronto Bruce Trail Club ~ COVID-19 Notice (Updated April 6th)
We would like to give you an update in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Effective immediately, following guidance from the authorities, we are cancelling all bus, car and urban hikes until further notice.
The following events are cancelled:
- The Hike Leaders Pub Night scheduled for Friday, April 16.
- Hiker Initiation Program April 27 - May 2.
- Toronto End to End, scheduled for Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 2020
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sunday April 19 is postponed until further notice.
We recognize that for many of us our hiking program is an essential service that allows us to get away from the city and the stresses of everyday life (and the current situation). Together, we will get through this, and will get stronger with lessons learned. Please keep in touch about your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and recommendations.
Stay healthy everyone!
Hiking Director & Vice President
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club
2020 TORONTO END TO END CANCELLED
In light of the current pandemic situation and requirements to maintain physical distance, the Toronto End to End, scheduled for Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 2020 has been cancelled.
2021 Toronto End to End Dates Scheduled.
The Toronto Bruce Trail Club will be hosting the 2021 Toronto End to End on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Details regarding the 2021 event will be sent out by Jacquie Van Dyke, Coordinator of the TBTC Toronto End to End.
David Royle, Hiking Director
Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Toronto Bruce Trail Club ~ Celebrating 50 Years
At the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, we have a dual mandate of supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy in securing and preserving this magnificent footpath, and offering a variety of hiking experiences so everyone can enjoy it. Our dedicated team of volunteer's maintain 50km of main trails plus many amazing side trails in the Halton Hills area, and our trained volunteer Hike Leaders lead hundreds of hikes each year across the entire Niagara Escarpment. We invite you to join us!
"Here stands a rugged, beautiful continuum of rocks, waterfalls, greenery and recreational opportunity that must be preserved in its entirety for us and the future." Ray Lowes, Volume 1, Number 2, Bruce Trail News, September 1963.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment
, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
Thousands of hikers enjoy the beauty of the Bruce Trail every year. The Toronto Bruce Trail club offers nearly 400 hikes each year and offer a variety of ways to get there. Car and bus explore the entire the entire Niagara Escarpment, from Queenston Heights to Tobermory. Urban walks explore nature close to home.
There are fast paced, all day hikes for ambitious hikers, slow paced, short hikes for hikers who want to enjoy the trails at a more leisurely pace, and everything in between.