Bruce Trail
An Adventure Along the Niagara Escarpment

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Introduction

Centuries ago the forces of nature created the Niagara Escarpment, a ledge of limestone spanning from New York State, through Canada, to Michigan. Most people, if they’ve heard of it at all, know it only because the escarpment creates Niagara Falls as the Niagara River spills over its edge.

The Bruce Trail follows the Niagara Escarpment from its Canadian / U.S. border at Niagara until it dips under Lake Huron at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. A walk along this unique corridor passes through three distinctly different regions. The southern segment is a narrow green corridor through a populated area in southern Ontario. It’s a wonderland of waterfalls with fields of Touch-me-nots and panoramic views of ships plying their way along Lake Ontario. The central section becomes remote and hilly. The escarpment often disappears into the hillsides, only to pop dramatically out again when least expected. Through the northern section, the walk is along azure blue waters of Georgian Bay, often high on the escarpment ledges.

Join the adventure, even from a comfy chair, as experienced backpackers Rich and Sue Freeman take you on their five hundred mile trek along the Bruce Trail. Their daily journal will make you feel the blisters and savor the views. Help them identify an evening camp visitor and cool off with them as they dive into the icy waters of Georgian Bay. Learn trail tested wisdom from a couple who have worn over 2,700 miles of trail dirt into their hiking boots in under two years.

Whether the reader is planning a long distance hike of their own or merely dreams of big adventures, they’ll enjoy this ramble along a truly unique part of North America. Along the way they’ll learn about the history, the flora and fauna, and the people who populate the Niagara Escarpment.

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3 Maps, 52 pictures
216 pages
Size - 5.5" X 8.5"
ISBN# -  0-9656974-3-6

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Table of Contents

10  Introduction
13  Geology of the Niagara Escarpment
15  World Biosphere Reserve
17  Bruce Trail Association
20  Our Journal
21    A Slow Start
27    Canal Hopping
35    Any Port in the Storm
38    Where’d the Trail Go?
42    Pit Stop Number One
46    The Green Corridor
53    Splish Splash
58    Trail Magic
64    A Day Off
68    Marauding Mosquitoes
74    Through a Hole in the Wall
79    Snakes Alive
83    Toxic Shirt
87     Boo! Horses
89     All These Famous Glens
94     Pass the Pasta, Please
98     Web Master
103   Which Way, Kemosabe?
108   Company for Dinner
116   Ice Cream at Last
120   A Surprise at Ravenna
126   On the Road Again

About the Authors


130     Here, Little Mousy  
135     At Peace in the Woods 
138     The Rush to Trail Town 
143     Gourmet Trail Food   
147     A Wonderland of Ferns 
153     A Side Trip to Bruce Caves
157     Big Two-mile Day   
160     Where’d the Water Go?    
165     Ignore that Grumbling Man 
170     A Double-swim Day
174     Where the Heck Are We?
178     Observers of the Fall Migration
183     Success at Last
186      Re-entry
187      Equipment
198      Daily Routine
200      No-trace Camping
201      Meals
204      Mail Drop Schedule
205      Mail Drop Contents
207      Definitions
209      References
211      Index
222      Books from Footprint Press


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