Exploring the Bruce Trail
Part 1 – Ancaster to Dundas
Over the past few years I have enjoyed exploring all the trails in the Ancaster/Dundas area, mostly maintained by the DVCA, (Dundas Valley Conservation Association). The Bruce Trail connects with some of these trails, so I have hiked along it intermittently at various places over the years. I have decided it would be fun to hike the BT itself, as far as I can, at my leisure.
Day 1 – March 3, 2017
Start Pt: Wilson St. In Ancaster at Tiffany Falls parking lot
End Pt: Artaban Road in Ancaster
This part of the trail meanders northwest around a few small waterfalls. Near the end of this section is the spectacular Sherman Falls just near the intersection of Lower Lion King’s Rd. & Old Dundas Rd.
Day 2 – March 5, 2017
Start Pt: Artaban Rd. parking lot
End Pt: DVCA Trail Centre
This hike follows the Monarch Trail most of the way from Artaban Rd, then hooks up with the Main Loop Trail, to the Trail Centre. It passes the site of the old Artaban resource centre and camp site.
Day 3 – March 8, 2017
Start Pt: DVCA Trail Centre
End Pt: Governor’s Rd.
This section of the BT follows the McCormack Trail from the Trail Centre. It was a very windy day, lots of branches down. In fact upon returning home I found our power was out and it remained out for 6 hours. It is also a fairly hilly hike, with some stairs to help with the steeper hills. It follows some farm land closer to Governor’s Rd. I did sight a pair of white-tailed deer today, but was not quick enough to get a picture.
Day 4 – March 15, 2017
Start Pt: Governor’s Rd.
End Pt: Access Trail to Davidson Rd.
Snow covered Trail today, as we got about 30 cm of snow yesterday. This part of the Trail continues north on the McCormach trail north of Governor’s Rd and the highlight was a woodland pond maintained by the DVCA.
The Trail then departs from the McCormack Trail and heads further north then west. Going west, the trail follows the railway tracks which are at the top of the escarpment just west of Dundas, but the trail is at the bottom of the escarpment.