Oakville-Burlington Natural & Recreational Trails



The Oakville-Burlington region has a number of great recreational trails.

City of Burlington Waterfront Trails info

Bruce Trail 773 km / 480 miles

View from top of Blue Mountain on Niagara Escarpment The Bruce Trail is one of the most popular trails in North America stretching 773 kilometres (480 miles) from Queenston Heights in the south to Tobermory at the northern end of the Bruce Peninsula. It follows the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (see Niagara Escarpment Commission), a ribbon of near wilderness running through one of the most populated parts of the country, creating a vital natural link for plants, animals and birds. The Bruce Trail is rugged in places and is punctuated by waterfalls cascading over steep dolostone cliffs. The Trail also connects picturesque villages, and historical sites. In recognition of its international importance as an ecosystem and its exceptional scenic beauty, the Niagara Escarpment Reserve was named a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO.

The Trail is marked with white blazes; that is, white rectangles that are approximately 6 inches (15 centimetres) high and 2 inches (5 centimetres) wide have been painted on trees, fence posts, and rocks, A turn is indicated by a pair of blazes, one above the other, with the upper one offset in the direction of the turn. In the Barrie area, there are numerous side trails that lead to various points of interest. These are also marked, but with blue or yellow blazes.

A detailed guide book to the Trail is available from the Bruce Trail Association. For more information on the Bruce Trail, please visit their official site

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