• Southern Ontario Hiking Resources


The marsh walk in summer



001 - 002 | 0.46 kmFrom the Borer’s Falls parking lot, walk back over the bridge to view Borer’s Falls at the  viewing point  with the “From Pioneer Village to Sanctuary” sign. The view is somewhat obscured by vegetation overgrowth (002).

002 - 003 | 1.3 kmContinue on the trail along the escarpment edge passing a bench at a corner lookout point. Soon you arrive at a set of wooden steps that takes you down into the valley below (003).

003 - 004 | 1.4 kmAt the bottom of the steps continue on to the intersection with the Ray Lowes Side Trail . We now leave the main Bruce Trail and keep to the right along the Ray Lowes Side Trail (004).

004 - 005 | 2.3 kmThe trail wanders through a relatively young woods and then descends via a set of log re-enforced berms as the trail heads downhill. The trail skirts left along the base of a hill and crosses over a dry creek on a wooden platform and continues ahead through the woods alongside a fallen log. At a Y-inter-section the trail heads off to the left along a new path with the old path closed for regeneration. The trail crosses a creek and heads up a slope arriving at York Road (005).

005 - 006 | 5.7 kmFollow along the grassy area alongside York Road passing under a  railway underpass before crossing the road and heading into the North Shore trail section of the RBG grounds. At an intersection take the wider gravel trail straight ahead. This is the Pinetum Trail leading to Raspberry House which is the headquarters of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. At a T-intersection keep left along the Pinetum Trail. Past an open area the trail becomes the Pinetum Arboretum Trail.

 Pass a large stone tower frequented by geese to arrive at Raspberry House. Continue on towards the greenhouse complex and turn right down the paved road. Arriving at two concentric circles, keep left towards the Nature Interpretive Centre. Maps are available for sale here. Leaving the Nature Centre walk to the trail on side where the signs are located describing the Captain Cootes Trail (006).

006 - 007 | 7.5 kmFollow the Captain Cootes Trail turning right at the bottom of the hill. A small side loop takes you to a view of the Desjardins Canal exhibit plus a view of the ducks along the shore. A lookout spot further on talks about Hickory Island and how the Cormorant bird droppings eventually killed the trees. You arrive at an intersection with the Bull’s Point Side Trail (007).

007 - 008 | 7.8 kmThe Bull’s Point Side Trail takes you to a viewing tower (008).

008 - 009 | 8.4 kmReturn to the Captain Cootes Side Trail and continue ahead to the George North Lookout Side Trail (009) which leads to another tower lookout.

009 - 010 | 8.7 kmReturning to the Captain Cootes trail continue on (left) to arrive at the Marsh Walk Trail (010).

010 - 011 | 9.1 kmTurn left onto this trail and head downhill to the metre wide wooden plank boardwalk that walks out into the bulrushes in the marsh. There is a nice lookout her to view the surroundings and Rat Island (011).

011 - 010 | 9.6 kmContinue back to the Captain Cootes Trail at waypoint (010).

010 - 012 | 10.4 kmTake the Bull’s Point Trail back to the Pinetum Sidetrail (012).

012 - 005 | 11.1 kmTurn left and return back to York Road and waypoint (005).

005 -004 | 12.7 kmContinue on the Ray Lowes Side Trail back to the main Bruce Trail.

004 -001 | 14.0 kmTurn left onto the main Bruce Trail back past Borer’s Falls to the starting point.
Enjoy the hike and the day!

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