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Be sure to plan ahead before visiting this fall, as many operators are running at reduced capacity or are closed for the season due to COVID-19. When in BruceGreySimcoe, follow social distancing protocols, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

Trails

With over 1,000 kilometres of trail to explore in BruceGreySimcoe, a memorable fall experience is yours for the taking whether you’re walking, hiking or biking.  Depending on your location, the terrain varies from diverse ecosystems and sweeping landscapes to amazing shoreline views.  There are four Bruce Trail clubs here and the different sections of trail vary in difficulty and skill level.  Each has scheduled hikes and fun events open to all.  Hiking the “minimum impact” Ganaraska Trail offers a more rugged experience through the fall colours – hikes are organized by the various clubs that maintain this trail, too. 
 
Rail trails, generally flat-surfaced and traffic-free, link many of our communities together and parks and conservation areas feature boardwalks through wetlands and along some beaches.  When hiking trails on the Niagara Escarpment, be sure to take breathers and enjoy nature’s beauty - glittering Georgian Bay, colourful leafy trees and expanses of open countryside.  Be prepared to take a fully charged cell phone with you (note that there may be no signal in some areas), snacks and water to re-energize and replenish along the way.  Remember to dress in layers, too, to stay comfortable in cooler fall temperatures.
 

Paddling

Whichever you choose - canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) - some of Ontario’s best paddling is right here, in BruceGreySimcoe.   Our waterways have a long past, first navigated by the area’s Indigenous people who used them to migrate seasonally and later as their fur trade route.  Most of our river systems take the scenic route, passing through impressive rocky bluffs, vibrant forest and harvested fields before opening into the deeper waters of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. The deeper waters of Georgian Bay are a mecca for experienced sea kayakers, with crystal clear waters to view shipwrecks and islands to explore. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline as you paddle.  
 
Before heading out on any trip on the water, be sure to check the marine weather forecast.  Also, make sure to wear a life jacket and that you have all the mandatory gear you need on your canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

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