Bruce Trail in Grimsby- A GORGEOUS WORKOUT!

It was a gorgeous day out and even though I’d hiked 10 hours the day before,  I couldn’t resist getting outside to do a few more trails today! I headed to Gibson Street in Grimsby to park my car and start my amazing adventure!

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This was my last weekend before my knee surgery to hike and I was taking total advantage and spending as much time doing what I loved while I was able to!


The trail started off in between two houses which I thought was kind of neat.  Then it went straight for a ways and to the left you could see Forty Mile Creek. What a great backyard for those houses at the start of the trail!  Super Jealous!

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I saw the Bruce Trail  ‘follow the blazes’ sign.  Only a month ago, I had seen my first one like this and I loved it.  I have been hiking for decades but have not done a huge amount of Bruce Trails and had never seen this sign before.  It explains what the blazes mean, to me, basically teaching me how to read trail, and it totally changed hiking for me. Now, I want to make sure that everyone else knows as well, so I am sharing it again and again!


I came to a sign advising that the trail was being rerouted due to some landslip, but as I’d never been here before, I couldn’t see a difference.  lol!!  The trail was marked incredibly well as I’ve noticed all Bruce Trails that I’ve done so far to be. There is nothing worse than being on a trail and not knowing which way to go??  Depending on the hike you are on, that could potentially put people in danger.  Danger is not fun, clearly marked trails = fun. 🙂


Always time to stop and hug a tree! 🙂


Next, I headed up for a bit ,the trail here was somewhat challenging. There was lots of stepping around and over  roots, rocks and boulders and I greatly enjoyed it.  I stopped to take a side trail to view the creek, then continued up some more!


The fall colours were so pretty and it was so warm out.  I couldn’t have been happier.


I was really enjoying the make up of the trail floor, but you had to keep your eyes down and watch where you were walking. The leaves covered up all types of things and I was really missing my hiking boots here. I was doing okay in my sneakers, but just would’ve felt sturdier in my hiking boots,  especially with my weak knee.


Yesterday, during my 10 hour hiking adventure day, I had an issue with my hiking boots.  I’m still not sure if it was caused by the boots or a previous bruise on my ankle as I haven’t been able to hike since then.  I hope it was just a fluke as I love my hiking boots dearly! ♥


The trail flattens out here briefly, but if you look closely, there is still quite a bit of small obstacles to step carefully through, mostly rocks and roots.



I would’ve hated all the stairs, but they were so pretty, I couldn’t even dislike them!  Someone has put a great amount of care and love into this trail, and it really shows!  It makes me so happy to see things like this when I am out in nature.  I smiled all the way up…..and up… and… up!!!


More great trail markers!!!  Also awesome to see!

I stopped for a moment to take a look at the beautiful trees all around me. I had been so focused on the ground, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything.


I saw a good selfie tree and took a few fun photos!  As I hike alone quite a bit I do my best to find creative ways to take photos of myself in action! lol.


The trail was levelling out and I could hear the falls in the distance!


Ahead of me the trail opened up and I saw a road with what looked like a bridge to the left. Looks like I’d made it to Beamer Falls! 🙂


I walked to the road and turned left towards the bridge and the view I was looking forward to! It was pretty fantastic and definitely worth all those stairs I had to go up!

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The area surrounding the falls I found especially colourful and vibrant!  Crab apple trees with bright orange fruit, fire bushes dark red and purple, small wildflowers, it was quite the feast for my eyes!


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I headed back into the forest and onto the trail to make my way back the way I came.

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Going down the stairs was definitely much easier and I was able to enjoy the view a bit more.


I loved this section of forest I saw from the stairs. It was almost untouched by fall, which made me laugh because  everywhere else along the trail had a huge amount of colour!!! I could almost stare in this one area and imagine it was still summer, it certainly was warm enough!


On my return I took a small side trail to the creek that I’d taken earlier. I thought it’d be a good place to stop for a snack and enjoy the sound of the water and beauty surrounding it. I also took some photos and videos there, obviously!  I honestly think I’m addicted to taking pictures, haha, you probably do too at this point!



Here is another timed selfie helper! This is what I used to take the next pic. :)

Here is another timed selfie helper! This is what I used to take the pic above this one. 🙂

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My hike today was almost completed and I was truly disappointed it was just about over.  I was, however, very anxious about my next hike today at Mountainview Conservation Area . From the research, the trail didn’t look that interesting, but now I know, I was very wrong about that! (check it out for yourself here!)

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I really enjoyed this trail!  It was a great workout and there is such a large variety of trees and vegetation it makes it perfect for fall!  The trail itself is made up of so many elements, one of my favourites being the stairs that someone lovingly invested lots of time and care in to. (Thanks to whomever you are! I hope you see this one day! You are very special wonderful people and you’re awesome! )  I hope you can get out sometime and enjoy this trail, but if not, I’m glad I could take you for a virtual hike here today on my blog!

Thanks so much for reading my post!  I hope you will share it with others and follow my blog so you can get updates when new posts are published and stay connected to nature! It relieves stress, you know!! 😉  I don’t want you to be stressed! 🙂

If you have any questions, issues, comments, etc, please send me a message.  I love hearing from people and sharing experiences!

Happy Hiking!


The Bruce Trail is a great organization and is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath.  Check out their website to find out how you can contribute to that greatness!

Ontario Trails is a charity that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario.  For more information on how you can help, click the link.

I apologize for the craziness of the video size and some of the pictures.  I created this post before WordPress revised their website and the post seems to have gotten caught in some type of transition with some old features and some new ones. I am aware of it but had little control over the situation, unfortunately.  I’m still not sure how it will look when it is published…. fingers crossed!!! lol




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  1. Sean November 26, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Very cool. I was at Crawford Lake yesterday. It was great. The only thing I did not like about Crawford Lake was the noise pollution from trucks/highway etc…How was the noise pollution on the Grimsby Trail? Or can you recommend a trail that has no or very little noise pollution? Thanks. Sean

    • camperchristina November 26, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Hey Sean! Thanks for checking out my blog! I do not recall any noise pollution on this trail at all. It really feels like you are in the middle of a forest. The trails ends are in Grimsby so not a busy area to begin with. The post that is linked to this one I did also, Mountainview Conservation Area was also the same. The trail runs off a country road so not much sound their either. I loved both of those trails which are not too far from each other. Where is Crawford Lake? I have not been there as yet?

  2. M.Barrett November 26, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Some good pictures there. Good luck with the knee surgery – how long is the recovery time?

    • camperchristina November 26, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hey Mark! I had the surgery October 21st. The post is new but from before I went in. I am just at 5 weeks now and went on a mild hike last weekend and also have been biking and kayaking. I’m not quite at 100% but I am getting there quickly. You can’t keep a good hiker down! hahaha. I Appreciate the good wishes and the compliments! Loved your post as well and just commented! cheers! 🙂

  3. Cathy LeBlanc (@cathylleblanc) November 28, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Hi Christina. Wow, what a beautiful hike. You are so lucky to live so close to The Bruce Trail and to be able to hike it during the fall. Thank You for sharing. 🙂

    • camperchristina November 28, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Cathy, thank you so much for your awesome feedback and continued support. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to bring things like this to people who don’t get to experience them for whatever reason. That is one of the main reasons I started this blog . It gives me great satisfaction to hear that it’s actually Fulfilling its purpose ! 😊 Next post, my friend, is dedicated to you!!

  4. Diane November 28, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I haven’t climbed that hill for decades; I really enjoyed seeing it.

    • camperchristina November 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Awe, Diane! Thank you for posting and checking out my blog. I am glad I could bring you some joy! Makes me feel like i am doing something right! 🙂 Have a fabulous day and go climb that hill!!!!! 🙂 Happy Hiking!

  5. silverneon2000 November 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had a great hike. I don’t think I ever really knew what all the blazes signs meant so that was helpful.
    Glad your knee surgery went well and enjoy more trails soon.

    • camperchristina November 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for reading my post, taking the time to comment and the kind words. So funny, I’ve been hiking forever and I always thought they were just markers to say you were on the trail. LOL.

      My knee is doing fabulously. I actually hiked for a few hours last weekend! Still taking a bit more time but winter camping in a few weeks in Algonquin, so that is going to be super fun!!! 🙂

      Have a great day and happy hiking! 🙂

  6. Cathy Hamel November 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Christina, your blog brought back some great memories for me, from this past summer. I hikes the Bruce Trail from end to end, all 892 km of it. Took me 48 consecutive days. It was the experience of a lifetime and I loved every minute.
    I wrote a daily blog while on the hike, perhaps you’d be interested in reading it? Here’s the link:

    • camperchristina November 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      WOW! Cathy!! That is amazing! Thanks so much for contacting me and sharing your experience. I will definitely check out the blog! I actually have a question for you! Would you be able to email me at ? 🙂 Thanks for checking out my post and the great compliments! 🙂 I really appreciate it! 🙂

  7. boristoronto November 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos! My knee hurts just looking at all the incline. Very impressive you did all of that before you knee surgery.

    • camperchristina November 29, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Haha! That’s the same thing the surgeon said after he was inside my knee! LMAO! Guess if there’s a will, there’s a way. It was be hard to do that hike today, but maybe in a few more weeks? lol. Thanks so much for the compliment! Glad you liked the pics! 🙂 and thanks for reading also! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

      • boristoronto November 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        Anytime. What the estimate time to full recovery?

        • camperchristina November 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

          Most people take about 6-8 weeks, then slowly start to resume normal activities. I’m just over 5 weeks and was doing alot of normal activities by week 3, lol. I take my physio very seriously! 🙂 I’m pretty much good now except still having some trouble going down stairs. I hiked a few hours last weekend and paddled also. I have a hard time staying inside. lol.

          • boristoronto November 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm

            Inside is no fun, no wonder you have trouble staying there. I wish you a speedy full recovery so you may get back to all those stairs.

          • camperchristina November 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm

            thanks! Much appreciated! 🙂 Happy Sunday!

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