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Bruce Trail Week Three

Bruce Trail Week Three

From distance mark 14.1km – 21.9km

Bruce Trail Week three, heading back to where we left off and knowing where to park is half the battle. So of course, we start out early with our cousins and drop the first car off at the endpoint. Today’s endpoint was difficult to find and we ended up parking on a side road off Bradley street, free. Then we drive to the starting point which is Woodend Conservation Area. Parking at the conservation area is also free.

The start of this walk seems a bit crazy as we circle all the way around the park to end up back at the entrance to the park, but we are trying to make sure we walk the whole trail. It was a nice wooded area to start off, a few hills up and down nothing major to worry about. Although I do recommend some hiking shoes not just trail runners.

 

Bruce Trail paths

One of the unique things you will find about the Bruce Trail is that it can often cut through some of the most interesting places. Today we walked through the back yards of a home and a Living Campus for outdoor education. Private property owners have to give permission for the trail to go through their property so be kind and walk only on the path. The landowner can easily change their mind and close that part of the trail.

Some areas are good for biking but some are strictly meant for walking and you will have to climb a small ladder to get over to the path to prevent bikes from coming down.

Bruce Tfrail week three
Climbing over the trail fence to stop bikes

Welland Canal

Today we walked along the Welland Canal it was a very nice wooded area with lots of shade and beautiful views of the river. At the 19.1 km mark, you will cross the Glendale Bridge over the Fourth Welland Canal (completed in 1932).

The Welland Canal, one of the amazing man-made wonders of the world, which was originally constructed in 1829 to link Lake Erie with Lake Ontario and offer ships a safe detour around Niagara Falls. (http://www.infoniagara.com/attractions/welland_canal/index.aspx)

Bruce Trail and Bert Lowes Side Trail

This is one of the days where a major side trail is connected to the main trail. It eventually reconnects to the main trail but unfortunately, we could not take it this time. Our plan is to go back later and do all the side trails. But we would never have even seen the sign unless we got lost. After Crossing the bridge and following along the canal a bit more there is a point where you make a sharp right turn along a metal fence. Look for the blaze, it’s easy to miss.

We missed it and ended up walking along the Bert Lowes side trail for a bit. As soon as we saw the sign, we knew we had to turn around and go back. About 5 minutes back we found our trail and got back on the right path.

Bert Lowe Side Trail: (12.4km long) This trail follows the Welland Canal south, then turns northwest to follow the south shore of Lake Gibson to Decew House Park.  Bert Lowe was one of the founding members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and was instrumental in developing the Niagara section. (http://niagarabrucetrail.club/wp/niagara-side-trails/)

Short Walk Backpack

A tip about our Bruce Trail backpacks today. In previous posts about my walk on the Camino and the backpack, I took there this one is very different. I take a small backpack, a water bottle, some snacks like an apple, granola bar, or such. But one thing is the same I still carry a first aid kit with me. I can fit a water bladder in it for longer days if needed, but remember there are no washrooms on the Bruce Trail.

 

Follow along at Oh What a Journey to see what week four has in store for us.

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