The Bruce Trail is one of Canada’s oldest and longest trails. It follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment for over 800km. The land that the trail is on is owned by the Ontario Government, some private owners and the Bruce Trail Association. These are the details that I knew nothing about because I’ve never taken the time to actually do some research. All I know about it was the name. Even when I was hiking on the trail, I didn’t know which trail I was hiking on. I just assumed it was some path that led from one side of Hamilton to the other.
As you can see from the sign, the trail runs from Niagara to Tobermory. After reading up on some things, I saw that Webster’s fall is part of the Bruce Trail. I think I saw the sign near Webster’s Fall somewhere but it didn’t click at first. A while back, I wanted to drive up to Tobermory so I guess, if I really had a lot of time to waste and wanted to want there, I could. I just have to stay on the Bruce Trail and it should take me up there. But that’s about a 300km hike and I don’t think my legs can handle that.
The trail provides a wide range of plants and wildlife. The majority of the things that I saw, I could not identify so all I could do was classify as plants or animals. I am not much of a nature enthusiast or much of an outdoors kind of guy. I’m a city boy and I’m use to the city things. Walking around in the forest isn’t one of those city things.
If you’ve gone hiking a lot, you would know how to follow a trail. Some trails do not make their path known. You need somewhat of a keen eye to see where you’re going. In the picture above, you can sort of see a path for you to follow. There are stones to one side and plants on the other but in between you have dirt. That dirt area is for you to walk on. Out of respect to nature, you should try and not disturb the surroundings. If you see a rock in your path, you should go around it rather than moving it. But if you don’t know where to go, the forest people were nice enough to mark the trail. You can see that the one tree has a white mark on it. No, that’s not bird poop. If it was, it had to have been one big bird to leave a stain that big. The white mark is to let the hikers know where to go so if you follow the trees that have the white marking on it, you’ll be on the right path.
I have no idea what this guy is doing. I think he’s was wandering around the trail and got lost. Apparently, he’s staring at something. Moving along now.
This looks like a campground but I don’t know if any of the hikers actually stop her and rest for the night. There were a few areas along the trail that looks like a resting place but what do I know.
After taking a closer look at the fire pit, you can see that there are leftover ashes from who knows when. I think this area was recently visited. I did a little CSI work and saw the core of an apple lying around. It had not oxidized yet so I estimate that the last time someone was in the area was a couple hours before I got there. They could have still been around, maybe spying on it.
It appears that the path has widen up a little or so you may think. Remember that white paint mark? Find it in the picture above and you’ll know where to walk. Disturbing the area off the trail is bad for the ecosystem.
My hike ended around here. I looked out towards the city and saw that I was close Wentworth Street because I can see the Westinghouse building. I think that’s about less than a kilometer hike from the entrance. It was slowly getting dark and I’m not too familiar with this area. I could tell that there was a chance that people slept in the area and I didn’t want to be around when they got back. I was supprised to see a chocolate bar wrapper being littered in this area. The nerves of these people littering everywhere they go.