The BTC Friendship Trails Program involves matching up or “twinning” one section of the Bruce Trail with a section of trail on an international hiking trail of another country. We designate a section of our Trail in their name, and in return they designate a section of their Trail to us!
The intent is to raise awareness and support for public footpaths, through the creation of these Friendship Trails. It also promotes the importance of hiking trails, encourages sustainable trail development and protection, knowledge sharing, culture sharing, and recognizes the international significance of creating an ongoing relationship with hiking trails around the world. It is a great honour for the BTC to represent Canada by participating in this program!
The Lebanon Mountain Trail Friendship Trail was officially opened on September 22, 2012 on the Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve.
A second “opening hike” was held April 15, 2015, this time including members of the Lebanese community in Canada, as well as Salam Khalife from the Board of Directors of the LMT itself, from Lebanon.
The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It runs north to south in Lebanon, meandering through or near 75 towns and villages, perched 600 - 2,000 metres above sea level. With a total length 440 km (275 miles), the LMT showcases the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon's mountains. It’s dotted by Roman ruins, temples, mosques, churches and rock-cut monasteries dating back over 1,000 years. For more information and a map of the Lebanon Trail, go to www.lebanontrail.org.
Other Friendship Trails on the Bruce Trail are shown at brucetrail.org/pages/trail/friendship-trails.
See also the BTC Guidebook (28th edition) on Maps 9, 18, 30, and 38. The other F.T.s will be added in the next edition.