The Bruce Trail is more than just a footpath. It plays a vital role in protecting and preserving one of Canada’s most important natural environments.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy mission is to create a secure and permanent conservation corridor, containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems. As one of Ontario's largest land trusts, we have been responsible for the preservation of 10,000 acres of land since 1974. We have protected a diverse array of landscape types - wetlands, karst topography, open meadows, caves, towering scarp edges and lush forests. This work has been instrumental in the Niagara Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990.
Thank you to all our Donors who have given so generously to our land acquisition campaigns and helped to preserve these irreplaceable treasures!
Success! Take a look at some of our newly protected properties within the Sydenham section:
Silent Valley is a place of cultural, geological and biological diversity that calls for exploration. For decades the trees on this land were harvested. Now this forest is regenerating, and this nature reserve's diverse habitats - ponds, meadows, forest and cliff - can once again thrive.
Where is Silent Valley (map)? (44.555691, -80.750767)
Several Side Trails have been built on this property to help explore and learn (reference BTC Guidebook - Map 30).
Read the Owen Sound Sun Times article "Grey County's Silent Valley has stories to tell" by Joe Weppler (includes six pictures).
Fossil Glen is a 68-acre gem approximately 6 km north of Owen Sound. It has many unique wonders:
‣ The unique moss and fern covered dolostone ridge, which supports a community of Eastern White Cedar and Mountain Maple. This ridge is host to fossils that are 430 million years old.
‣ The impressive display of ferns including: Walking Fern, Mackay's Bladder Fern, Bulblet Fern, Goldie's Wood Fern, Narrowleaved Glade Fern, Marginal Wood Fern, Spinulose Shield Fern, Intermediate Wood Fern and a healthy population of Hart's Tongue Fern (a provincial and national Species of Special Concern)
‣ The protective canopy of Sugar Maple, Hemlock, White Ash and American Beech trees that are approaching Old Growth condition
‣ A coldwater, groundwater spring from the Escarpment face that empties into a pond providing excellent habitat for waterfowl and amphibians
Where is Fossil Glen (map)? parking 44.649464, -80.964433
The Main Trail has been re-routed through this property (reference BTC Guidebook - Map 33).