Hiking start point - Scottsdale Farm
Scottsdale farm was donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1982 by Stewart and Violet Bennett. The Farm is the starting point for The Bennett Heritage Trail that officially opened on Canada Day in 1992.
The Farm is a 1300-hectare property bordering the Niagara Escarpment and sharing with it the special ecological qualities of the Escarpment. The native people tilled the farm for over 2 centuries long before the arrival of the Akaadians.
We found that the farm is still a working farm and is managed by the Credit Valley Conservation Authority. There is a barn, farm animals, ponds with lots of domesticated and migratory birds in it, a well, and many trails within the Farm that connect with one of the the Bruce Trails.
In order to reach the Bruce Trail, please follow these directions from the website: "from the parking lot at Scottsdale Farm walk southwest towards Trafalgar Road along a farm lane bordered by Norway spruce. Near the top of the rise turn left onto a wide lane leading into a mature woodlot of maple, beech and white pines. The trail is marked with blue blazes indicating this is a Bruce Trail side trail. Just before reaching Trafalgar Road, the trail turns left over a cedar rail fence. On your right you will see a trail map. Just beyond this you will come to a Y intersection. Keep left and follow the white blazes on the mail Bruce Trail into the woods."
In order to reach the farm we took Hwy 401 exit 328. We traveled north on Regional Road 3 (Trafalgar Rd) for about 18.5 km and turned east (right) off Regional Rd 3 to the lane into the farm.