Hike over 60 kms over three days

Hike Mount Nemo

Wilderness Culinary Experience

Explore the Third Section of the Bruce Trail

This Iroquoia section continues on the Bruce Trail at Syndenham Lookout and will finish at Kelso Conservation Area. Our tour allows you to complete this 60-plus kilometer hike in 3 days! Along the way you’ll stay in unique accommodations, experience some of Ontario’s only Carolinian Forests, view waterfalls and dine on freshly prepared meals.

Hike Highlights

Smokey Hollow and Great Falls

Mount Nemo

Crawford Lake

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Hike Details

Hike Details

Price

$1,190 (solo supplement $200)


Check-in time

4:00 pm


Meeting point

The Barracks Inn, Ancaster, Ontario


Availability

2023 The Bruce Tour – Tour Schedule

Chapter 3: Iroquoia – Part 2 – Dundas to Milton (All Sunday to Wednesday)

  • May 14 to May 17
  • May 28 to May 31
  • June 11 to June 14
  • June 25 to June 28
  • July 9 to July 12
  • July 23 to July 26
  • August 6 to August 9
  • August 20 to August 23
  • September 3 to September 6
  • September 17 to September 20
  • October 1 October 4
  • October 22 to October 25

Duration

4 days (Sunday at 4 pm to Wednesday at 5 pm)


Group size

Maximum tour size is 12 hikers


Included

  • All Meals from dinner on Sunday to lunch on Wednesday
  • Hiking poles
  • Day packs
  • Accommodations
  • Wilderness glamping equipment
  • Navigation app (compatible with iphones, androids)
  • All necessary transportation (shuttle from the end of Iroquoia section back to the Barracks Inn)
  • Parking for the duration of the hike
  • Luggage transfers

  • Not included

    Alcohol (wine, beer, etc.)


    What to bring


    Participation requirements

    Participants must be capable of hiking an average of 21 kilometers per day.

    Your crew

    • 1 tour guide
    • 1 tour director
    • 1 tour chef
    • 1 camp counselor

    Your daily hiking itinerary

    We will meet at  The Barracks Inn, in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
    Check-in is at 4:00 pm

    Next up is our orientation and welcome feast, where you will:

    • Meet the guide
    • Learn about safety concerns
    • Receive an introduction to the second half of Iroquoia Section of the Bruce Trail
    • Finally, we will perform equipment check-in (hiking poles/backpack/safety equipment)

    Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Distance: 20.8 kms

    We will depart The Barracks Inn and end at the CityView Park, followed by a shuttle to Valen Lake Conservation Area.

    Highlights/Instagram Moments:

    • Borer’s Falls
    • Rock Chapel @ Royal Botanical Gardens
    • Tunnel under Hwy 6
    • Smokey Hollow and Great Falls
    • The Punchbowl Market & Bakery
    • Bell Tents and outdoor dining at Valens Lake Conservation Area

    What we will do:

    • Depart at 7:30 am after breakfast
    • Shuttle to the trailhead at Syndenham Lookout to continue The Iroquoia Section
    • Start off the journey standing atop Borer’s Falls
    • Make your way through Rock Chapel, part of the Royal Botanical Gardens
    • Find your way through a hiking tunnel underneath highway 6
    • Enjoy Clappison Woods before heading to serene Smokey Hollow, topped off with a view of Great Falls
    • Finish the day with a hike through Waterdown Woods, Kerncliff park and grab the shuttle at CityView Park we will shuttle to Valens Lake Conservation Area for our Wilderness Glamping Experience.

    Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Distance: 22.2 kms

    We will arise and leave our base camp at the Valens Lake Conservation Area and end at Valens Lake Conservation Area.

    Highlights/Instagram Moments:

    • Fisher’s Pond
    • Mount Nemo
    • Cedar Springs
    • Bell Tents and outdoor dining at Valens Lake Conservation Area

    What we will do:

    • Depart at 7:30 am after breakfast
    • Shuttle back to CityView Park to continue our journey
    • Quickly jump into the forest to see Fisher’s Pond
    • Hike at the base of Mount Nemo, before heading into the forest and scaling the Niagara Escarpment up the face of Mount Nemo for unbelievable views of Southern Ontario
    • Walk through a multi bio-diversity in Cedar Springs with an old forest, a creek, and a wetland all contained in a short hike.
    • Finish the Day at Kilbridge Park
    • We will shuttle back to base camp to Valens Lake Conservation Area for our Wilderness Glamping Experience.

    Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Distance: 18 kms

    We will start at Valens Lake Conservation Area and end at Kelso Conservation Area.

    Highlights/Instagram Moments:

    • Yaremko-Ridley Park
    • Crawford Lake
    • Rattlesnake Point
    • Kelso Conservation Area
    • End of The Iroquoia Section

    What we will do:

    • Depart at 7:30 am after breakfast
    • Shuttle back to Kilbridge Park
    • Enjoy a day mostly on the trails with first entering Yaremko-Ridley Park
    • Take a short detour to Crawford Lake, with a walk on the boardwalk and long house village
    • Head up to Rattlesnake point for some more beautiful views on the Niagara Escarpement
    • Finish the day and the section at Kelso Conservation Area with many vistas and deep forest
    • You will cross Hwy 401 marking the end of the section before heading to the shuttle
    • We will shuttle back to Barracks Inn to round out your journey.

    Some of Our Frequently Asked Questions


    Base level of fitness is needed to complete the hike. It is challenging, with an average of 21 kilometers of hiking per day. Check out our blog post 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
    • See full pack 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.

    Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

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