Saturday is International Trails Day — who knew? — thus providing a perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy nature.

A great place to start is the website run by the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, The group not only looks after a 50-kilometre portion of the Bruce Trail, but also organizes bus rides to get city-bound hikers out to a variety of trekking routes.

Luckily, many of the club’s outings are open to the public.

The site details a list of bus hikes that anyone can join in; the hikes are free, the bus fare is $20 and bus seating is first-come, first-seated.

For further details on a particular bus hike, contact, or call the club’s info line at 416-763-9061.

Another option is to celebrate International Trails Day at the Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain in Collingwood — the property is inviting families for a day of hiking, guided tours and cycling on Collingwood’s extensive network of trails.

The Westin Trillium House offers convenient access to both the Georgian and Bruce trails and encourages families to bring their own bikes, rent bikes from The Blue Mountain Bike Park,, or stroll through the 60 kilometres of interconnected pathways. For details on the resort’s Family Fun — Take the Plunge package, visit

Other International Trails Day events taking place in Collingwood include a 12-kilometre Train Trail Extension bike ride to the town of Stayner and back; a wheelchair-accessible Walk of History tour on the Collingwood Spit; and science stations for children along the trail. Visit for more information.

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