40 Days & 40 Hikes: Loving the Bruce Trail One Loop at a Time

ECW. Apr. 2024. 330p. ISBN 9781770417779. pap. $21.95. TRAV
Written as a love letter to Ontario’s Caledon, this title by award-winning journalist Ross (“Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides” series) treats readers to a detailed journey through the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked path. The main part is nearly 560 miles, and there are almost 280 miles of side trails. The author has a deep connection to the region, so the book is part memoir, including a discussion about a trek that ends up being slightly more than 40 days due to nature’s unpredictability. Vivid descriptions of the natural rural beauty abounding in the area makes it a great example of nature/travel writing as well. Each section highlights a loop of the Bruce Trail, including a map with field notes. Readers should be aware that this was not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the Bruce Trail, however. Instead, it’s a lovely, detailed diary of one hiker’s expedition that will remind readers to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds them.
VERDICT Casual and experienced hikers alike will enjoy this unconventional memoir/travelogue/nature guide. Also ideal for readers who seek out opportunities to champion conservation and are curious about Canadian natural wonders, history, and landmarks.
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