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Beginning at in the south, the Iroquoia Section of the Bruce Trail hugs the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquoia, following the winding path of the Niagara Escarpment, and forming a horseshoe around the western end of Lake Ontario. While the Trail passes through a densely populated area (the City of Hamilton), for the most part the hiker will be walking on a woodland path with only occasional glimpses of the surrounding urban sprawl. Our Trail and its surrounding natural areas are home to many species of bird, plants and animals.

 

The Iroquoia Section has an abundance of waterfalls, splashing their way over the Escarpment: Tiffany, Sherman, Webster's, Tew, and Borer's. Most of these waterfalls can be seen in a full day of hiking across the Dundas Valley. Largely the Iroquoia Trails cross parkland and conservation areas, with some parts of our Trail crossing private lands with special landowner permission. Without the goodwill and cooperation of the Landowners, the Bruce Trail could not exist. Please respect the lands you walk on!

 

Due to the special geological and natural environment that the Trail crosses, we ask all hikers to abide by the Trail.

Promotional Video for the Bruce Trail Conservancy

User's Code:

 

• Hike only along marked routes, especially on farmland;

  do not take shortcuts.

• Do not climb fences, use the stiles.

• Respect the privacy of people living along the trail.

• Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it; carry out all litter.

• Fires are not premitted along the trail; carry a lightweight stove.

• Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

• Do not damage live trees of strip off bark.

• Keep dogs on a leash, especially on or near farmland.

• Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

• Leave only your thanks and take nothing but photographs.

 

The Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club rely on our membership to support our on-going efforts in maintaining the trail and preserving the Niagara Escarpment. Please consider a membership in the Bruce Trail Association to ensure the future of our beautiful Bruce Trail.

 

To become a member, please visit the Bruce Trail Conservancy  to fill out a membership application form.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS

 

New Hike Added

Tues. Aug. 26   -   Stoney Creek Pizza Evening Walk #2   -   1.5 - 2hrs

Meet at 7:00 pm. at the parking lot at Battlefield Park.  We will hike various trails and streets in the area, including the Battlefield Trail to the Bruce Trail.  Optional Apres Hike stop for Pizza (Has outdoor patio and pizza specials on Tuesday nights!)  Pace – Medium. Terrain - Moderate. Directions:  Take Centennial Parkway to King Street (Last traffic light before climbing the escarpment).  Go East (left) on King Street.  Turn immediately right into the driveway for Battlefield Park (Sign at bottom of driveway on King Street).  Meet in Parking Lot. Leader: Paul Lewis  905-331-8600, or email: outdooractive@hotmail.com

 

Hike Change

Wed August 13th      Off the Beaten Path – Terra Cotta Forest C.A.                             +/- 18 km

Meet at Hwy 401/Trafalgar Rd Intersection Parking lot (north east side) for an 8:45 am exit . We will then carpool to Tenth Line Parking at Walking Fern Trail Access (km 38.5 Map 14) for a loop hike encompassing the Walking Fern and Rockside Side Trails, including connecting parts of the Main Trail and Caledon Trailway.

Pace – Brisk    Terrain – Moderate

Leader: Keith Barber  kbarber11@cogeco.ca Home Phone:  289-878-2299

Please advise leader if coming.

 

Trail Closure

The Escarpment Rail Trail Closure

The Escarpment Rail Trail including Main Bruce Trail from the Kenilworth Stairs (KM 29.6) to the Wentworth Stairs (KM 33.4) will be temporarily closed for 2 weeks starting Tuesday August 5 to allow Hamilton Public Works to undertake maintenance along the trail. Barriers and signage will be erected as a safety measure to restrict access to the site. There are no alternatives for Bruce Trail reroutes. Hamilton workers say the work will be completed as quickly as possible.

 

Snake Road bridge closed to motorized traffic July 11, 2014

Snake Road bridge, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) bridge connecting the City of Burlington and the village of Waterdown in Hamilton, has been closed to motorized traffic. The bridge remains open to pedestrian and cycling traffic. For more information click here.

 

Register now for the Iroquoia End-to-End Hike

The 2014 Annual Iroquoia Club Official End to End will take place over four days: October 25, 26, November 1 and 2.

Click here for more information.

 

Hiker Initiation Programme

 The Iroquoia Bruce trail Club offers a Hiker Initiation class for those people who would like to know more about hiking the beautiful trails of Southern Ontario. You do not need to be a member.  It starts with a classroom session where experienced hike leaders will teach the essentials so that you will have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience and also includes a shopping experience at a local outfitter on the same night. The second part will be held on another day, where you will be taken out on a Bruce Trail hike by an one of our Hike Leaders.

Our next session will be on May 28th and May 31st. Click here for more information.

 

Trail Reroute

Iroquoia Club Main Trail Re-route at Scenic Drive

 

The Ministry of tramsportation (MTO) will be undertaking major maintenance of Highway 403 between the Lincoln Alexander Parkway and Main street exit in Hamilton this summer. The Main trail at Scenic Drive (km 38.5) will be closed for the period of May 26, 2014 to July 14, 2014 to allow a contractor, hired by the MTO to store vehicles and equipment used for the loose rock scaling operation along the escarpment face.

 

A trail re-route will be in place during the closure period, directing Niagara bound and Tobermory bound trail users to use the RW MacLaren Side Trail (former Scenic Drive Side trail). Reroute signage will be placed at the junction of the RW Maclaren Side trail at the Chedoke stairs and the Main trail at the construction site, off of Scenic Drive.  The signage will be erected prior to the closure.  Iroquoia Club trail maintenance volunteers will be monitoring the trail re-route to ensure that all signage remains in place.

 

 

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