Beginning 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!
The History of the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club
Did you know that you can research the history of our Club using the collection of historical materials held for us at the Hamilton Public Library (HPL)? A copy of the finding aid for the IBTC fonds, which describes the current content of our archival collection, is available on our web site.
Growing our collection – Recently, the Board recommended giving HPL a collection of badges that have been awarded by our Club as well as annual reports provided at the AGM. We need your assistance in assembling a complete collection of badges and AGM Annual Reports. If you can provide any reports or badges, please contact me. As the Club’s Secretary, I will coordinate and semi-organize this donation for HPL My contact information is phone/text 416 573 4236 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filling gaps in the collection – When you read the finding aid you may note some items are missing. If you have any of the missing items and would like to donate them, please contact me. If you have other items not listed that might be considered for the archives, let’s get in touch.
The mystery: Since joining the IBTC Board I keep hearing about a mythical box that contains historical items. The Board would love to know if this treasure box truly exists.
Cynthia Archer, July 2016
Secretary, IBTC Board
Iroquoia-Bruce Trail Association Fonds.-.1962-1999.-.1.2 m textual records, 1 rolled map
Administrative History: Raymond Lowes (1911-2007) joined the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club in 1959 and as the chairman of a conservation committee he submitted a proposal to build a walking trail along the escarpment. The proposal went to the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1960 and a Bruce Trail Committee was formed on September 23, 1960 to do a feasibility study. The original Bruce Trail Committee included Raymond Lowes, Phil Gosling, Dr. Norman Pearson and Dr. Robert McLaren. A membership organization was started and incorporated in 1963 as the Bruce Trail Association. The goal was set to complete the project in time for Canada’s Centennial in 1967. It took from 1963 to 1967 to build it and it opened in June of 1967. The Bruce Trail Association acquired a permanent headquarters in 1984 with the acquisition and restoration of Rasberry House on the grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens. The trail runs the length of the Niagara Escarpment from Tobermory to Queenston a distance of 720 kilometres (432 miles). There are nine Bruce Trail Clubs that support the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Each club manages a section of the Bruce Trail and is responsible for maintaining, stewarding and promoting that section. The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club is responsible for the section between Grimsby and Kelso. They are still active and publish a periodical, The Iroquoian.
Custodial History: Donated by the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Association, 2003. Original listing of material donated is in a folder at the front of the unit.
Scope & Content: Minutes of the organization, publications of the organizations, maps and plaques relating to the activities of the organization
Restrictions on access, use or reproduction: No photocopying of rolled map
Finding Aids: Uncatalogued
Series 1: Minutes
Minutes, 1962-1975 [missing 1976 when received], 1977, [missing 1978 when received] 1979-1995 [missing 1996 when received], 1997-2002
Series 2: Scrapbooks
Excerpts from Wood Duck scrapbook: 1961-1965, 1998
Series 3: Publications
Bruce Trail Comprehensive Plan: Volume 1 – The Plan, June 1989 [2 copies]
30 Years in the Making: A Comprehensive Economic Impact & User Study of the Bruce Trail Ontario, Canada. A Report for the Bruce Trail Association, Hamilton, Ontario, by Alicia M. Schutt, February 1997
Newsletter (The Iroquoian): February 1966 [volume 1 #1] – Fall 2001 [volume 36 #4]
Bruce Trail Guide Book: 1965, 1980, 1987, 1971, 1976, 1978,
Series 4: Maps
Town of Milton Planning Department Base Map. Showing division marking Ontario Heritage Foundation, Bruce Trail and Halton Region Conservation Authority. [some property owners noted] no date
[section of land between Mount Nemo and Bronte Creek showing streets and property divisions] no date
City of Burlington Planning Department. Map No. 17. Walkers’ Line to Tremaine Road; No. 2 Side Road to Britannia Road. No date
The City of Burlington.
Bruce Trail through Hamilton and Halton [photocopy] [2 copies] with key to locations
City of Burlington Planning Department. Municipal Addresses. [showing path of Bruce Trail on Twiss Road] no date
Niagara Region [Topographical map] Sheet 30 M/3. 1942
Aerial photograph. Province of Ontario. Sheet 434794 W ½. Spring 1974
Lands of the Halton Region Conservation Authority [up to date June 1975] September 1974
Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. Up to date to May 1975
Index to Provincial Series 1:100,000 Scale one inch to two miles and National topographic series: 125,000 scale. August 1981
City of Burlington. Department of Public Works. Cedar Springs Road. May 28, 1984
Cedar Springs Road. Brant Street – N. of Highpoint Rd. Typical X-Sections. May 28, 1984
Series 5: Plaques
The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club Volunteer of the Year award to John Smith, 1999
The Bruce Trail Association wishes to recognize the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club as Trustee of the Escarpment May, 1999. Your support will provide a legacy of natural treasures and ensure that future generations will have access to a unique environment, the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Bruce Trail Guide Book catalogued in LHHA: R796.52 BRU [1971, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2008]
CF – Hamilton – Organizations & Societies – Iroquoia Bruce Trail Association
Periodicals: Bruce Trail News (1963 – present), Iroquoian (1966 – present)