Bucket List: Hiking the Bruce Trail

I have wanted to hike the 885-kilometre (550-mile) length of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Niagara in Ontario, Canada, since June 1981. That means we just passed the 36-year point.

However . . .

First, I am now in Alberta, which is over 3,000 kilometers (2,000 miles) away. Second, my life didn’t happen the way I expected. (Does anyone’s?) I had planned to be a lot more involved with the outdoors, hiking, camping, and canoeing, and introducing my kids to this lifestyle as well. More recently, there have been several other obstacles. So the Bruce Trail hike remains on the bucket list.

When I saw this breathtaking picture on Instagram several days ago, it got me thinking about the Bruce Trail/Niagara Escarpment all over again.

Slide Show: Up the Coast of Lake Huron to Tobermory (1986)

(12 photos)

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Georgian Bay coastline

Georgian Bay coastline

High on a rocky ledge
I’ll build my wigwam,
Close to the water’s edge,
Silent and still.
Blue lake and rocky shore;
I will return once more.

Land of the Silver Birch
Canadian folk song, author unknown

Bruce Peninsula postcard 1986

Bruce Peninsula postcard 1986

Tobermory is at the top of the Bruce Peninsula. There is a ferry to South Baymouth Ferry Terminal on Manitoulin Island (not visible on this map).

Interactive map of the Bruce Trail

More links for the the Bruce Trail, Bruce Peninsula, and Niagara Escarpment, including the complete lyrics to Land of the Silver Birch, can be found at the bottom of “Dip, Dip, and Swing.”

Bruce trail pictures and information on Wikipedia


Personal photo album photos belong to Eva Blaskovic ©1986-2017. Photos were enhanced using Windows 10 Photos and resized using MS Paint.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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10 Responses to Bucket List: Hiking the Bruce Trail

  1. danawayne423 says:

    Oh wow! I’d love to be able – physically I mean, to do that. Beautiful. We have a friend who hiked a good portion of the Appalachian Trail a couple of years ago…and he’s older than me!

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    • The Appalachian Trail is one I read about. That would be amazing, too.

      I’m starting to question what I can still do physically, since my life has been a wrecking ball to date and even now is not conducive to good health and vacation time, but I may still have it in me. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a July and August exclusively for a Bruce Trail hike — and blog the story of my journey back to health through fitness, stress reduction, and weight loss in a nature setting.


      • When I get to Niagara, I could hang out with my sister and brother-in-law, who live a hop, skip, and jump from there. They are the owners of Howie the beagle, who made a debut on this site last December and has since starred in his own post, Dog Days of September.


  2. Natalie K. says:

    Wow, that really is beautiful! I’ve never heard of it, which may mean the Bruce Trail isn’t as well-known down where I live, or I just don’t know outdoorsy things. 😉 But it does look gorgeous. I hope you get to do it someday since it sounds like it’s been a lifelong dream of yours.

    Also, kind of unrelated, but I’m curious: What do you think of Instagram? I have yet to get an account but some of my friends and family are pushing me to. Do you like using it? Am I missing out by not being on it?

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    • It is really beautiful there. These pictures don’t do it justice. (I have 1981 pics somewhere that I have to find.) I found other articles on WP for Bruce Peninsula, and apparently it’s a bit of a hidden gem.

      It took me a while to get attached to Instagram, but now I really like it. It’s more of a recent go-to place where people actually see your posts. I like looking at the pictures to de-stress.

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  3. Peter B. Giblett says:

    Living at the Niagara end of he trail. We, of course hear a lot about hiking the trail. Back in my 20s I completed more than half of England’s Pennine Way so do love stories about hiking trails and people’s time on them.

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  4. Lily says:

    I have hiked this trail through the Bruce and it is breathtaking… definintely keep it on your list!

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