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Kerncliff Park - Ian Reid Side Trail


Kerncliff Park is the site of the old Nelson Quarry. It is now under rehabilitation and is a pleasant place to explore via gravel paths and a boardwalk. From the parking lot, take the blue blazed side trail along the edge the quarry and up the slope to the main Bruce Trail (white blazes). Turn right at the main Trail and proceed to the intersection of the Ian Reid Side Trail (blue blazes).

The side trail continues through a mature woodlot. Passing a connection to the Kerncliff Park trailsystem, the side trail crosses several small creeks and ascends from the valley to rejoin the main Trail. Turn left and after 0.5 km you will be back at the start of the Ian Reid Side Trail. Retrace your steps back along the main Trail to the quarry. Take some time to read the interpretive signs and explore the other trails within the quarry, particularly the boardwalk through the rehabilitated wetland. Ian Reid is a long-time member of the Bruce Trail Association, and has been involved in activities at both the Association and Club levels since the 1960s, including time as BTA President.

The local Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club named this side trail to honour Ian’s ongoing contribution to the Bruce Trail. 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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