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Boyne Valley Side Trail Loop


Begin by following the white blazes of the main Bruce Trail to your left (east). You will hike through fields and past the ruins of an old farmhouse, and then follow a narrow ravine into a hardwood bush. After 1.3 km you will meet the blue-blazed Boyne River Side Trail; follow it to the right on an old bush road out to the 1st Line East.

You will then turn right (south) on the road to cross the Boyne River before turning right (west) on another bush road to reach a lookout. You cross the south rim of the Boyne River Valley across rolling meadow land, to meet the main Trail again at the Hurontario Street/Centre Road road allowance. Turn right (north) to follow the white blazes as they descend to the Boyne River. At a swampy area, 4 bridges and 60 m of boardwalk are a testament to the hard work of the volunteer trail builders of the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club.

The Trail then climbs out of the valley and turns left off the road allowance to climb steeply to Murphy’s Pinnacle, a relic of glacial times. A short side trail heads to an excellent viewpoint of the surrounding countryside. The Trail continues north and east past an old apple orchard and open fields to meet Centre Road where you parked your car just to the north.

With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment.

The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.


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