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All hikes available to BTC members. Some hikes are open to non-members.

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  • Loop 9:00 Bruce Trail Day in Short Hill provincial park.
    9:00 AM-2:00 AM
    10/01/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Loop
    Location (Google Maps): We will meet each other at Short Hills Parking Lot A.
    Pelham Rd, St. Catharines, ON L0S1E0

    Hike Leader(s): Mehrnoush Ahmadi Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Medium
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: 16km

    Description

    Join us for an exhilarating adventure on Bruce Trail Day! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Bruce Trail as we hike through lush forests, past Swayze Waterfalls, and visit Terrace Falls. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast looking for an exciting outdoor experience, this event is perfect for you. Discover the hidden gems of this iconic trail, connect with fellow nature lovers, and create lasting memories. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the wonders of the Bruce Trail and the great outdoors!

  • Event Hikes 9:00 Bruce Trail Day Fitness Hike
    9:00 AM-11:30 AM
    10/01/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Event Hikes
    Location (Google Maps): Niagara College Garden Nursery, Taylor Road NOTL

    Hike Leader(s): Alan Laver Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Brisk
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: 12k

    Description

    Join us for a pre event hike on Bruce Trail Day. This hike will take us on the trail at Woodend, through the Screaming Tunnel towards Fireman’s Park It will be at a brisk pace with a few stops for water. The Bruce Trail with its irregular footing and undulating hills is ideal terrain to improve your fitness, balance and mental health without the confines of a stuffy gymnasium or a busy pavement.

  • 10:30 Bruce Trail Day Nature Hike
    10:30 AM-12:00 PM
    10/01/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Loop
    Location (Google Maps): Niagara College – Greenhouse Building

    Hike Leader(s): Alicia Aitchison Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: ~6 km

    Description

    Join us on this Nature Hike led by Adam Brylowski, Bruce Trail Conservancy Manager of Conservation & Trail as well as other NBTC hike leaders & learn about the ecosystems in this area in CELEBRATION of 2023 BRUCE TRAIL DAY!

    Please meet at the Greenhouse and we will split into smaller groups depending on numbers.

  • Leisurely 11:00 Bruce Trail Day Leisure Hike/Welcome Hike
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    10/01/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Leisurely
    Location (Google Maps): Niagara College Garden Nursery, Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-lake (near the Outlet Collection at Niagara Mall and White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, just off the QEW)

    Hike Leader(s): Angela Lytle Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Easy
    Distance: 2-3 km

    Description

    Join us on Bruce Trail Day for a leisurely hike in the beautiful natural environment of Niagara.  The theme for this year’s Bruce Trail Day is BRUCE TRAIL FOR ALL. This hike celebrates the unifying and connecting power of nature to bring us all together.

    We will walk together on the side trails around the wetlands by Niagara College, and then enjoy light food and drinks as part of the Bruce Trail Day celebration.

    This hike is suitable for beginners and folks who want to explore with a leisurely pace on fairly flat terrain. It’s perfect for those who want to walk, enjoy nature and the company of others!

    This is one of a series of “Welcome Hikes” that invite first time/new hikers to try out the trail, enjoy an organized hike experience and learn more about the Niagara Bruce Trail club.

    We especially welcome folks who are joining via the CANOO App.

    Children are welcome with a guardian.

    Important note: Those hiking for the first time on the Bruce Trail can earn the special “My First Hike” badge by participating in this hike.  You can expect to develop a passion for badges after this!

    In order to be comfortable on the hike, please:

    • wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots
    • comfortable clothing, be prepared for weather changes
    • carry water for drinking

    Advance registration is encouraged, but it is also possible to show up and register on-site.  Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled hike time to check in with the hike leaders. We will meet by the Niagara college greenhouse.

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  • Urban 9:00 am Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour
    9:00 AM-10:30 AM
    10/06/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Urban
    Location (Google Maps): Veterans Memorial Park, park just outside the park on King Street

    Hike Leader(s): Robin Garrett Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Medium
    Terrain: Easy
    Distance: 6-7 km

    Description

    Each Friday we will explore different neighbourhoods, trails and parkland throughout Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Moderate pace with some weeks entirely on sidewalks and roads while others may include a mix of trails and paved pathways. Great way to build up endurance for longer more strenuous hikes.

    Prepare for cooler windy conditions on open parkland and along Lake Ontario and Niagara River trails.

    Plan to stay for conversation and a warm cup of coffee or tea at Sweets & Swirls, Community Centre, Niagara Stone Road, NOTL

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  • Loop 9:00 Remembering the Six Nations’ Role in the Battle of Queenston Heights, 13 OCT 1812
    9:00 AM-11:45 AM
    10/11/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Loop
    Location (Google Maps):

    Queenston Heights Park, near Bruce Trail Southern Terminus Cairn, km 0.0. Enter from Niagara Pkwy. A parking fee is charged.

    Hike Leader(s): Karen Couch Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Medium
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: 10 kms

    Description

    This hike will recognize the contribution of the Six Nations during the Battle of Queenston Heights, Oct 13, 1812. We  will take the main trail,  the Major Teyoninhokarawen John Norton Side Trail down the escarpment, the Upper Canada Heritage Side Trail, and loop back up on the main trail following the switch back. A stop at the Landscape of Nations will be included. It should take 2.5-2.75 hours depending on the conditions. The climbs up and down the escarpment can be slippery and offer poor footing, particularly if there has been rain. Hiking poles are recommended.

    Note: Hikes are offered by volunteers who have committed to their own learning, to be able to offer informative and contemplative hike experiences. These hikes are open to all and offered in a spirit of mutual learning and inclusion.

     

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  • Urban 9:00 am Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour
    9:00 AM-10:30 AM
    10/13/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara

    Location (Google Maps): Veterans Memorial Park, park just outside the park on King Street

    Hike Leader(s): Robin Garrett Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Medium
    Terrain: Easy
    Distance: 6-7 km

    Description

    Each Friday we will explore different neighbourhoods, trails and parkland throughout Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Moderate pace with some weeks entirely on sidewalks and roads while others may include a mix of trails and paved pathways. Great way to build up endurance for longer more strenuous hikes.

    Prepare for cooler windy conditions on open parkland and along Lake Ontario and Niagara River trails.

    Plan to stay for conversation and a warm cup of coffee or tea at Sweets & Swirls, Community Centre, Niagara Stone Road, NOTL

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  • In and Out 8:30 Woodend to Screaming Tunnel and Fireman’s Park Loop
    8:30 AM-11:15 AM
    10/14/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: In and Out
    Location (Google Maps):

    Meet at Woodend Conservation Area off Taylor Road (Map 2)

    Hike Leader(s): Alan Laver Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Brisk
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: 14km

    Description

    Hike through Woodend along the Main Trail and Side Trails visiting the Screaming Tunnel and on to Fireman’s Park before returning. This hike qualifies for the hike required regarding the screaming tunnel badge

  • In and Out 9:00 Cave Spring Witch Hunt
    9:00 AM-11:15 AM
    10/14/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara

    Location (Google Maps):

    Parking lot Quarry Road Beamsville

    Hike Leader(s): Bill Russell

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Moderate
    6k

    Description

    Discover the history of the 19th Century Quarry Pioneers and the Cave Spring Witch. Complete this hike and count it towards the Screaming Tunnel Badge

  • Loop 10:00 NBTC FALL Nature Hike
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    10/14/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Loop
    Location (Google Maps): Louth Conservation Area

    Hike Leader(s): Helen Hermansen Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: ~5km

    Description

    NBTC FALL NATURE HIKE

    Join us for the last hike of this series of four 2023 NBTC Nature Hikes to learn more about the biodiversity along the Niagara Escarpment.  We will explore the trails throughout Louth Conservation area which offer beauty in all four seasons.  Hikes will be held January, May, August & October – it will be amazing to see all the changes throughout the seasons.  Your hike leaders, members of the NBTC Biodiversity Committee, will share their knowledge of the amazing flora & fauna along the trail as well as any biodiversity projects in the works for this year.

    Be sure to register in advance as space is limited & the hike will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rains or heavy snow.

    Contact Alicia Aitchison, aliciaaitchison1@gmail.com, with any questions.

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  • Urban 9:00 Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour
    9:00 AM-10:30 AM
    10/27/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Urban
    Location (Google Maps): Meet on King St near Centre St – just outside of Veteran’s Memorial Park

    Hike Leader(s): Margaret Northfield Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Medium
    Terrain: Easy
    Distance: 5-6km

    Description

    Each Friday we will explore different neighbourhoods, trails and parkland throughout Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Moderate pace with some weeks entirely on sidewalks and roads while others may include a mix of trails and paved pathways. Great way to build up endurance for longer more strenuous hikes.

    Prepare for cooler windy conditions on open parkland and along Lake Ontario and Niagara River trails.

    Plan to stay for conversation and a warm cup of coffee or tea at Sweets & Swirls, Community Centre, Niagara Stone Road, NOTL25

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  • 10:00am Invasive Buckthorn Work Party – 2023 – St.Paul’s Nature Reserve
    10:00 AM-2:00 AM
    10/28/2023

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    Hosting Club: Niagara

    Location (Google Maps): St. Pauls Nature Reserve – parking on road side on St.Pauls Ave, Niagara Falls just down from the rail road tracks.

    Hike Leader(s): Alicia Aitchison Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Moderate
    Distance: ~3km

    Description

    This work party is to continue with our invasive buckthorn removal at St.Pauls Nature Reserve.

    We are hoping to get lots of volunteers out and tackle this area  in one work party per year.

    Volunteers make a difference – come out & join us!

    Invasive buckthorn removal methods vary based on how big the buckthorn is – small plants can be pulled by hand and hung upside down so the roots dry out and die.  Medium sized are removed with the help of extractigators – special shovel like tools that make pulling much easier & large buckthorn “trees” must be cut with a chainsaw.

    BTC Ecologists as well as certified chain sawyers will be there to help us.

    Plan on arriving so we can all walk in together at 10am but it’s an easy walk out if anybody wants to leave after a shorter amount of time.

    Remember to wear long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, bring lots of water & bring a lunch if you are staying for the duration!

    Please register so you will be included in any relevant correspondence.

     

     

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  • Hike Landowner Appreciation Celebration 2023
    2:00 PM-5:00 PM
    10/29/2023

    Hike open to BTC Members only.

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    Hosting Club: Niagara
    Category: Hike
    Location (Google Maps): Ball’s Falls Conservation Area – Centre for Conservation, Elgin Room – 3292 Sixth Ave. Lincoln

    Hike Leader(s): Niagara Hike Leader Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

    Pace: Leisurely
    Terrain: Easy
    Distance: 2 kms

    Description

    Attention all pastry chefs and fans of the Great Canadian Baking Show! Why not use your culinary skills to impress our valued landowners?

    We are looking for hand held treats (ex. squares, tarts, cookies, shortbreads, brownies) for our annual Landowner Appreciation Celebration. We are asking bakers to bring along some homemade sweets for 6-8 people to enjoy.

    The event will feature biodiversity hikes which you can sign up for on the day along with information from the biodiversity committee and BTC land stewardship. NBTC merchandise will be available for purchase at the event. Appetizers catered by Antipastos. Cash bar. Prize draws. Come out and say thank you to our landowners for allowing us to hike across their private properties. 

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