From the parking lot take the park trail past Kettle Lake, heading towards the main Bruce Trail near the Hydro Station. The steep hills in this area are the remnants of gravel deposits (“till”) left behind by the glaciers as they melted away from this area more than 10,000 years ago. At the Brimstone Side Trail, turn right (west) and follow this short side trail down to the bottom of the valley at Dominion Road. When you reach Dominion Road, follow the white-blazed main Trail to the right. The Dominion Road was an extension of a settlement road from the south that followed the river valley. In the 1850s an existing trail was improved.
Enjoy a pleasant walk through the river valley (there is a great place for a picnic on the riverside, conveniently located near some toilets) you will reach Cataract and the Falls. Once this was the scene of a bustling industrial complex, in 1899 the station generated power over 8 km of lines and the streets of Cataract had three experimental lights!The main trail continues past the Hydro Station, crosses the Credit River and passes an access to the community of Cataract before crossing the river again and ascending through a cedar bush to the top of the valley. From here continue to follow the main Bruce Trail back to its intersection with the Trail you took from the parking lot.
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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