Amy Tunstall is dedicating a month to hike a million steps along the Bruce Trail to raise awareness of mental health for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara. Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath runs along the Escarpment from Tobermory to Niagara, spanning 900 km of main trail.

Now having travelled nearly 700 km, Tunstall will conquer the last 200 km of her journey and is inviting people to join her on her trek at specific checkpoints. From October 22-27, she will be hiking through Hamilton and surrounding regions as she completes the home stretch to Niagara.

“Amy’s thru-hike of the Bruce Trail is not only helping break down mental health stigma, but is playing a critical role in connecting individuals to the resources, services, and programs they need to maintain their mental health through awareness building and education,” said Tara McKendrick, Executive Director, CMHA Niagara. “It’s inspiring to have a woman like Amy engaging with our community.”

“By being outdoors, I feel much more able to manage my anxiety and depression,” says Tunstall, who started her trek on September 25th in Tobermory and will complete her hike on October 27th in Niagara at Queenston Heights, Ontario.

“These expeditions are now a mandatory part of my own healing process. The people I meet along the way share their experiences which in turn helps bolster and inspire me in my own journey.”

You can join Tunstall at the following dates and locations:

  • Oct. 22nd at 9 am: Waterdown, ON
    • Meeting Location: Smokey Hollows Side Trail Parking
  • Oct.23rd at 9 am: Dundas, ON
    • Meeting Location: Tiffany Falls Parking
  • Oct 24th at 9 am: Hamilton, ON
    • Meeting Location: Greenhill Ave. Side Trail
  • Oct. 25th at 9 am: Grimsby, ON
    • Meeting Location: Grimsby Lions Community Pool
  • Oct. 26th at 9 am: St. Catharines, ON
    • Meeting Location: Pelham Rd. Short Hills Parking
  • Oct 27th at 9:00 a.m.: Niagara Falls, ON
    • Meeting Location: Fireman’s Park

You can also follow Tunstall’s inspiring story and track her progress on Facebook (@AimoutsideBruceTrail and @aimoutside) and Instagram. To learn more about her story, visit her website at