With news of Ontario’s stay-at-home order effective January 14, the Bruce Trail Conservancy office & store is closed to the public, although product orders can be shipped. Hiking programs are not operating, but most of the Bruce Trail remains open to local foot traffic. Be responsible and stay local when exploring the trail.
Hiking Responsibly & Safely in the time of COVID-19
Updated January 13, 2021
To keep yourself and others safe and healthy, please heed these guidelines:
- Avoid travelling outside your municipality/region. Hike close to home.
- Most of the Bruce Trail remains open to local foot traffic.
We are counting on people to be responsible and stay local when exploring the Bruce Trail for exercise during the provincial stay-at-home order.
- Check what is open by visiting our Trail changes page and the websites of parks and other public landowners.
- Be prepared to make parking reservations at popular parks and conservation areas.
- Be prepared to change your destination if you find the trail or trailhead busy.
Stay home if you are unwell
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.
Practice Physical Distancing
- Keep 2 metres / 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household.
- Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 2 metres/6 feet apart.
- Limit groups to 5 people or less.
- Move aside to allow others to pass.
- Respect any trail or facility closures.
Expect No Facilities
- Do not expect public washrooms to be open.
- Walk or hike for shorter spans of time.
Leave No Trace
- Pack out everything you bring on your hike – including disposable face masks, food waste, and dog poop. Garbage cans are overflowing at many popular sites.