On a recent hike along the old Welland Canal section of the Bruce Trail (longest footpath in Canada at just under 900 klms) I decided to try a much hyped tracking app on my smart phone to test out the new vs old technology. The old technology being a combination of the trail marked by volunteers and the paper maps provided in the official Bruce Trail Guide book.
Since as I’ve mentioned it is a very long trail, keeping track of how far you’ve actually walked becomes a central part of the experience – every kilometre counts. And sometimes the quaint clues they leave for the trail direction are a little challenging…
Not to say that the fascinating perspective you get from wandering down disused locks and canal paths that you would never ordinarily see doesn’t have a thrill all it’s own.
However at the end of our day’s walk when the Bruce Trail Conservancy claimed we had walked 10 kilometres and my satellite powered smartphone app said it was in fact 12.5 I can tell you who we wanted to believe! Now don’t get me wrong – the Bruce trail types are my kind of people – outdoorsy, dedicated volunteers trying to encourage an appreciation of nature. And the satellite driven technology people are well…not – privacy invading, drone enabling, spying types as they are! So of course I believe the Bruce trail folks but come on – 12.5 would be such a nice accomplishment!!