The Bruce Trail Celebrates Its 50th

The Bruce Trail is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and there are many exciting events lined up in anticipation of this momentous occasion. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in all of Canada, winding almost 900km long with over 400km worth of smaller off-shoot trails. The Bruce Trail is the perfect destination or natural lovers and fitness gurus alike. Here is some more information about The Bruce Trail and all the events taking place around its milestone birthday.

History of The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail was the vision of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Their plan was to create a hiking trail that went along the entire Niagara Escarpment. Through the help of a group of volunteers, landowners agreed to help create the trail that would run through the province. After years of hard work, the Bruce Trail was officially unveiled in 1967 to coincide with Canada’s centennial year.

What To Expect from The Celebrations

There are many events lined up for the 50th anniversary of the Bruce Trail, including a baton relay, a historian display, a silent auction, and a series of guided hikes across the trail.

The baton relay will begin April 1st, 2017 in Niagara and will be passed along the trail until it finishes in Tobermory. The baton carries will travel an average of 10 to 14km each to deliver the baton to the next foot of the trail. You can follow the baton’s journey using the hashtag #brucetrailbaton on social media.

On June 10th there will be a formal ceremony for the arrival of the baton, as well as a lunch, historical display and silent auction at the Tobermory Community Centre. There will also be two guided hikes, a longer 7km hike and a shorter 2.5km one.

If you want to join in the celebrations this spring, come visit us at The Bruce Anchor. We have a number of luxury accommodations so you can relax and unwind after a long day’s hike. For more information about our cottages, amenities and glass bottom boat cruises, contact us today at The Bruce Anchor.


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