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About The Sydenham Bruce Trail Club (SBTC)

The SBTC was formed in July 1962. In 2012, we celebrated 50 years as our volunteer work continues to preserve and protect the Niagara Escarpment, and provide public access via the Bruce Trail to this magnificent corridor of nature.

The Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest footpath, provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of only eighteen such reserves in all of Canada. The Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail is managed by the SBTC.

Members of the SBTC volunteer their time to build and maintain the Bruce Trail along an established optimum route from Blantyre to Wiarton, Ontario, Canada. The main trail in the Sydenham section is 170 km long with numerous side trails that provide access to the main trail or, in some cases, link to the main trail allowing for loop walks. The work involves such activities as:

  • acquiring landowner permission
  • building the footpath
  • erecting structures such as foot bridges and signs
  • regular trail maintenance
  • stewarding the land we have secured

SBTC members do not always work alone. For major projects some community groups assist. The SBTC is one of nine clubs that are governed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC). The SBTC is governed by an elected executive.

For further Sydenham Bruce Trail Club information - please contact a SBTC Executive Member.

Join the Club!

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is an organization founded, built and supported by volunteers, donors, and members. Your membership in the Conservancy will help the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club continue in its efforts to preserve and protect the natural heritage of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail provides an important link to over 100 parks and conservation areas along the Niagara Escarpment corridor and the Conservancy works to maintain the Trail throughout southern Ontario.

Your membership means that you are participating in securing the continued existence of the Bruce Trail. You'll have the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in our hikes, social gatherings, workshops and weekend outings. You also receive:

  • Bruce Trail Magazine; the official magazine of the Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • The Sydenham Hiker; a newsletter published quarterly featuring information on SBTC achievements and upcoming hikes and events.
  • Discounts on products from the BTC Store and at various sports and hiking stores.

To join the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club (SBTC) you must join the Bruce Trail Conservancy:

  • When completing the membership application select the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club as your primary club.

Annual General Meeting

Members - Sunday, September 17

Join us on the hike of a brand new trail at Kemble Rock Nature Reserve! Thanks to generous donations, the Bruce Trail Conservancy acquired some acreage in the Kemble Rock area. Our Trail Director, Ron Savage, with Sydenham volunteers have sweat and worked hard to create this new trail. I know you'll love it! We invite you to arrive at the Kemble-Sarawack United Church (crossroad of Rock Road and Southwest corner, Concession 20, Kemble) at 1:00pm. Soon after 1:00pm, we will carpool to the start of the trail. This leader-led hike will be about 2.5 km long. After our hike, some of our Board members will present their annual reports. We will then all enjoy a delicious potluck dinner. So bring your best dish, your plates and utensils (eating and serving). Can't wait to enjoy this event with you!

Please note the SBTC does not offer Trail Angels at this time.