Hike Over 80 Kilometers in 4 days
Inspiring & Challenging
Wilderness Culinary Experience
Explore the First Section of the Bruce Trail
The Niagara portion of the Bruce Trail starts at the Southern Terminus in Queenston Heights Park, near the famous Niagara Falls, and weaves its way to Grimsby. The area is home to Queenston Heights, Lake Ontario, Welland Canals, Short Hills Provincial Park, Ball’s Falls, and more. Niagara is also recognized as Ontario’s wine region, making a swirl, sniff, and sip essential to our journey. Our tour allows you to complete this 80 plus kilometer hike in 4 days! Along the way you’ll stay in unique accommodations, experience some of Ontario’s only Carolinian forests, and dine on freshly prepared meals. You’ll never look at the Niagara Escarpment the same way again!
The only tour completing the entire Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail
A combination of unique lodging and wilderness glamping
Hike and admire the beautiful vistas of Niagara's Wine Country and Lake Ontario
Experience a side of Ontario you never knew existed
Stay right on the Welland Canal and watch the marine traffic of the locks
Enjoy fresh fireside meals with local flavor
Explore some of Canada's only Carolinian old growth forests
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Sunday at 4:00 pm
Kent Motel in Queenston, Canada
2023 The Bruce Tour – Tour Schedule
Chapter 1: Niagara (All Sunday to Thursday)
- May 7 to May 11
- May 21 to May 25
- June 4 to June 8
- June 18 to June 22
- July 2 to July 6
- July 16 to July 20
- July 30 to August 3
- August 13 to 17
- August 27 to 31
- September 10 to 14
- September 24 to 28
- October 15 to 19
5 Days (Sunday at 4 pm to Thursday until 4 pm)
Maximum tour size is 12 hikers
- All meals from dinner on Sunday to lunch on Thursday
- Hiking poles
- Day packs
- Wilderness glamping equipment
- Navigation app (compatible with iPhones, Androids)
- All necessary transportation (shuttle from the end of Niagara section back to the Kent Motel)
- Parking for the duration of the hike
- Luggage transfers
Alcohol (wine, beer, etc.)
What to bring
- Water bottles
- Hiking boots
- Hiking attire
- Click here for full packing list
- Participants must be capable of hiking an average of 21 kms per day
- Ages 12+
- 1 tour guide
- 1 tour director
- 1 tour chef
Your daily hiking itinerary
We will meet at the Kent Motel in Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Check-in is at 4:00pm
Next up is our orientation and outdoor welcome feast, where you will:
- Meet the guide
- Learn about safety on the trail
- Receive an introduction to the Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail
- Finally, we will perform an equipment check-in (hiking poles/backpack/safety equipment)
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Distance: 19.4 kms
We will start at The Kent Hotel and end at the Inn at Lock 7.
- Southern Terminus Cairn – start of the Bruce Trail
- Queenston Heights Battlements
- Queenston Quarry
- Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Pedestrian Bridge
- Screaming Tunnels (Blue)
- Woodend Conservation Area
- Welland 3rd Canal (Seaway Lands)
- Inn at Lock 7, overlooking Welland 4th Canal
After breakfast, we will meet at 7:30am to begin hiking from The Kent Motel up the Niagara Escarpment to the Southern Terminus Cairn where we will take group and/or individual photos. Following a kick-off speech from your guide, we will commence the day’s hike.
We will trek through the historic Queenston Heights Park, site of the first major battle in the War of 1812. Don’t forget to sign the guestbook!
Our first break is scheduled for the bridge in Fireman’s Park.
Lunch will take place at the Woodend Conservation Area. Woodend is a perfect spot to refuel with its landscaped vistas of Lake Ontario, it’s no wonder the area is thought to have been an observation point during the War of 1812.
Next, we hike through the Seaway Lands with remnants of the 3rd Welland Canal, the predecessor to the modern day Welland Canal.
Finally, we reach our day two destination, The Inn at Lock 7, with balconies overlooking the Welland Canal. Connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the canal is crucial for transportation as it enables ships to bypass Niagara Falls. Here, you can relax and observe the marine traffic moving through Lock 7.
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Distance: 23 kms
- Mountain Locks Park
- Alfie’s Trough at Brock University
- Bridge at Laura’s Crossing
- Short Hills Provincial Park
- Terrace Creek Falls
- Swayze Falls
- Bell Tents and outdoor dining at Bissell’s Hideaway or Wetaskiwin Scout Camp
First, we will meet for breakfast and pick up our lunches at The Inn at Lock 7. The hike will commence at 7:30am. We will have a quick check-in at Mountain Locks Park, site of the 1st and 2nd Welland Canal.
Our first break is at Alfie’s Trough, near Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario. This is a hidden gem with incredible views of the Niagara Escarpment.
We will stop for lunch at the Bridge at Laura’s Crossing. This suspension bridge was built as a memorial for Laura Secord who, in 1813, crossed the Twelve Mile Creek to warn the British of impending American invasion.
Finally, we will reach our day three destination at Bissell’s or Wetaskiwin Scout Camp. Bell tents will be awaiting your arrival, and dinner will be an event at the tents. You can complete your day with a campfire under the stars.
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Distance: 23 kms
We will start at Bissells’ or Wetaskiwin Scout Camp and end at NET Camping Resort.
- Rockway Conservation
- Louth Conservation
- Ball’s Falls
Campsite breakfast and lunch pickup starts at 7:30am. There will be a quick check-in at Rockway Conservation Area, a 15 mile creek valley boasting waterfalls as well as mature Basswood, Sugar Maple, Black Walnut and Sycamore trees.
Once we reach the Louth Conservation Area, we’ll have our first break of the day. This 36-hectare of land is located along Sixteen Mile Creek and consists of historic rock formations, stunning waterfalls and meandering forests.
We’ll stop for lunch at the breathtaking Ball’s Falls, with the upper falls reaching 10.7 meters high and the lower falls climbing to 27.4 meters, it’s the perfect place for a picnic.
A late break is scheduled in wine country at the Victoria Avenue Vista. The area provides amazing views of Lake Ontario, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Toronto, including silhouettes from the CN tower and Rogers Centre.
We’ll end the day with a brief 5-10 minute shuttle from Cherry Avenue to NET Camping Resort where you can relax and unwind. Bell tents will be awaiting your arrival, and dinner will be another event at the tents.
Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Distance: 17 kms
We will start early at NET Camping Resort and complete the Niagara portion in downtown Grimsby.
- Breakfast on the Bluff (Cave Springs Conservation Area)
- Kinsmen Park
- Thirty Mile Creek Falls
- The Finale
You’ll pick up your lunch and breakfast at NET Camping Resort, then we’ll head out for a brief hike to Cave Springs Conservation Area. Here, we will enjoy breakfast on the bluff while admiring an impressive view of vineyards and Lake Ontario.
We will continue our hike where you find yourself in idyllic settings as we approach Kinsmen Park.
Lunch is planned for the ribbon cascade of Thirty Mile Creek Falls, measuring 2.5 meters wide at the crest, it runs 15 meters down a 25 meter slope into a deep gorge.
We will have a late break along the way, location to be determined.
In Grimsby, we reach the end of our journey. Here, we will have a closing ceremony and you will receive your honorary completion maps. Afterwards, we will shuttle you back to where it all began, The Kent Motel, and say our goodbyes. You’ll leave with a sense of pride after hiking over 80 kilometers, and there’s no doubt that you’ll want to explore more of the Niagara Escarpment.
Some of Our Frequently Asked Questions
Base level fitness is needed to complete the hike. It is challenging, with an average of 21 kilometers of hiking per day. Click the link to check out our blog, How to Get in Shape For Hiking the Bruce Trail, for recommended fitness routines before your trip.
- A few water bottles to fill daily, or a backpack bladder
- Hiking boots, or other suitable footwear
- Appropriate layers for hiking
- Click here to see our full packing list
Sleeping will be in a combination of charming inns and wilderness glamping, which includes bell tents, bed frames, memory foam mattress, and furniture.
For most travelers, no additional lodging is required.
For the Niagara section, check-in at the Kent Motel is at 4:00 pm on Sunday. The hike finishes late afternoon on Thursday (approximately 3:00 pm) and our shuttle brings you back to the Kent Motel, where your vehicle is parked. We usually arrive back at the Kent Motel around 5:00 pm.
Chef-prepared meals will be served for breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be freshly packed every morning. For more information on the the meals we provide, click the link to visit our blog What is a Bruce Tour Wilderness Culinary Experience?