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Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is a hiking (and multi-use) trail in southern and central Ontario, Canada. It runs along the Niagara Escarpment for over 800 km (500 miles) and has more that 300 km (185 miles) of associated side trails. The Niagara Escarpment is one of only twelve UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Canada.

The trail begins in the south in Queenston, Ontario (on the Niagara River, not far from Niagara Falls) and runs all the way to Tobermory, Ontario, through Bruce Peninsula National Park between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Just under half the trail is on public land; the rest is routed on roads and road allowances, or over private property through the generous permission of many landowners.

There are many waterfalls along the Bruce trail, where streams or rivers flow over the Niagara Escarpment (The most famous, Niagara Falls is not on the Bruce Trail itself). There is also a wide range of plant and wild life along the trail.

The Bruce Trail and the escarpment run through some of the most populated areas of Ontario, with an estimated 7 million people living within 100 km (62 miles).

The impact of this many people is felt in many ways... golf courses, housing, and quarries all threaten the natural area.

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