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 Canadas 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 Escarpments ecological significance.
New members are