Bruce Trail Association

Jacqueline Winters, Executive Director

PO Box 857, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3N9

1-800-665-HIKE or (904) 529-6821


The Bruce Trail Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and maintenance of over 800 kilometers of main trails and an additional 200 km of side trails along the Niagara Escarpment between Niagara Falls, Ontario (Queenston Heights) and Tobermory, Ontario (Little Tub Harbour).


The group of dedicated naturalists that founded the Bruce Trail recognized that a public footpath would be the perfect vehicle for people to experience first hand the wonders of the Escarpment, thus focusing public attention on the need to protect this special ecosystem. Ever since these beginnings The Bruce Trail Association has been dedicated to promoting public awareness of the need to protect and conserve the Niagara Escarpment.


The significance of the Bruce Trail Association extends far beyond being Canada’s best-known and most heavily used public footpath. The trail and its surrounding environment also serve as a vitally important link between over 100 public parks and natural areas within the Escarpment region. The Trail is part of a greenway providing undisturbed habitat and a migratory corridor for a wide range of plants and animals.


On February 8, 1990 the Niagara Escarpment was recognized as an International Biosphere reserve by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), giving international recognition to the Escarpment’s ecological significance.


New members are welcome.