Hamilton, April 12, 2007 – In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Bruce Trail, the Bruce Trail Association (BTA) has released “40 Great Years, 40 Great Hikes”, a collection of short hikes designed to entice both new and experienced hikers to explore the Bruce Trail. “The 1 to 7 km hikes selected for our ’40 Great Years, 40 Great Hikes’ program are aimed primarily at new hikers and especially families, but we think that even experienced hikers will enjoy the challenge of completing as many of these hikes as they can in this, our 40th anniversary year” said Robert Ellison, BTA President.
In 1967, after 5 years of careful planning and trail building by volunteers, the Bruce Trail, stretching from Queenston in the south to Tobermory in the north, was officially opened at a ceremony in Tobermory.
“We wanted to celebrate the amazing achievement of those early volunteers in establishing our beautiful Trail 40 years ago, and also show people that our Trail, still maintained by volunteers, is even more magnificent today than it was back then,” said Beth Kümmling, the BTA’s Executive Director. “We’ve chosen hikes from the vineyards and waterfalls of the historic Niagara section, to the rolling hills of the Dufferin Hi-Lands, to the rugged and wild north of the Bruce Peninsula. There’s something for everyone!”
The hikes are available for download at the BTA’s web site at www.brucetrail.org under the “Explore the Trail” tab. Each hike has its own form, containing directions on where to park, a description of the hike, an explanation of how to follow the Trail, and a map of the hike. People who complete 10 or more of the hikes and submit the hike information to the BTA will have their name entered into a draw for a 40th anniversary prize package including a complete book of maps, free membership for them or a friend, and other surprises.
For more information about the BTA and to download the “40 Great Hikes”, visit www.brucetrail.org
The Bruce Trail Association is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Beth Kümmling, Executive Director The Bruce Trail Association 905 529-6821