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Linda Tripp’s Daughter Says Impeachment Shows A Side Of Her Mom The Public Never Saw

“The show did a good job digging deep to find out truly how she ticked.”

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One of the central figures in FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story is Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), the Pentagon employee who provided crucial evidence for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by exposing his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Most of the focus during the scandal was on Tripp herself, but the show occasionally makes reference to her kids and ex-husband. At the time, Tripp was a divorcee raising two children from her first marriage, Allison and Ryan. In the decades since, Ryan has stayed out of the public eye, but Allison recently spoke with Vanity Fair about the show’s portrayal of her mother, who died at 70 years old of pancreatic cancer in April 2020.

“They’ve shown her as a hard-working, loyal, gritty woman who has a lot of integrity,” Allison, herself a mother of four, said of Episode 1. “My mom didn’t get to see this story finally coming out in a more realistic lens and not a vilifying lens. At least my children will get to see it because they too have seen and heard about a lot of that hurt through the years. Hopefully the series will continue on this path.”

Allison added that while she was not consulted for Impeachment and did notice a few inaccuracies regarding her mother, she feels that Sarah Paulson’s performance is a fair representation. “She captured a lot of my mom—just how smart and witty she was…. I had to laugh at a couple of lines because that’s how she got through the pain…the show did a good job digging deep to find out truly how she ticked.”

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Reflecting back on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Allison told Vanity Fair that the cruel media coverage of her mother made her final years of high school hell. In Tripp’s later years, she apologized to Allison and Ryan for how her involvement affected their family. “I didn’t feel like she needed to apologize though,” Allison said. “Because as your mom that is your worst nightmare to put your child through that… it brings me a great sense of pride to be her daughter. I’m just very thankful for the time I had with her, for all she did teach me, and my kids.”

Over a decade after her divorce from her first husband Bruce Tripp, Linda Tripp remarried German architect Dieter Rausch in 2004. The couple first met when they were children during a visit Tripp’s family took to Germany and later reconnected as adults when Tripp invited Rausch to visit her Middleburg, Virginia home in 2000. After his visit, Rausch relocated to Middleburg to live with Tripp and the couple decided to open a Christmas store together , which they called “The Christmas Sleigh.”

Before Tripp’s death, she and Rausch lived together on a farm in Middleburg with 16 horses. Allison now runs the Christmas store in addition to working as a real estate agent and a consultant for the clothing boutique For Love and Sapphires.

This article was originally published on Sep. 14, 2021

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Linda Tripp and her two children, Allison and Ryan

Linda Tripp died on April 8, 2020 of pancreatic cancer, according to the Daily Mail , after reportedly receiving her diagnosis less than a week ago when complaining of stomach pains. Linda was 70 at the time of her death, according to TMZ . She was responsible for taping the conversations of Monica Lewinsky  and became the whistleblower in the 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton  after she gave information about their affair.

Linda is grieved by her husband, Dieter Rausch and two children: her daughter, Allison Tripp Foley, and her son, Ryan Tripp. According to TMZ , Allison said that Linda did not die of complications relating to the coronavirus . As the outlet shares, Allison updated friends and family of her mother's status on Facebook: "My mommy is leaving this earth. I don't know myself if I can survive this heartache." (The FB post cited by TMZ  appears to have since been removed or made private.)

Someone wrote a tribute to Linda on one of Allison's other public Facebook posts: "Very few people have the guts to risk everything in life for the greater good. Linda Tripp was [incredibly] brave to risk the wrath of the [Clintons] and I really appreciate that about her." Allison works as a realtor in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and kids. 

According to the Daily Mail , Linda had seven grandchildren and they were the "joy of her days."

Linda Tripp is being mourned by her family

It seems that infidelity was a touchy topic for Linda Tripp, who was born in New Jersey in 1949. The New Yorker wrote a piece about her called "Portrait of a Whistleblower" in 1998 that offers some contextual background to Linda's involvement in the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton scandal. Her father, Albert Carotenuto, and her mother, Inge, reportedly had a tumultuous marriage, and in Linda's senior year, her father, who was a school teacher, "had an affair with a fellow teacher, J. Lowe Davis, which was apparently one of many infidelities, and her parents quickly divorced." Linda's relationship with her father was plagued by conflict.

In October 1971, Linda married Bruce M. Tripp, a soldier who later became a retired Army colonel, according to The New Yorker . It was with Bruce that Linda had her two children, but they separated in 1990.

Fortunately, Linda met Dieter Rausch, an architect who was born in Germany, per  Middleburg Life . After many years of knowing each other, they married in 2003, according to a 2015 article from Inside Nova . Rausch and Linda moved to Middleburg and opened a Christmas store called the Christmas Sleigh, the outlet reported. Both wanted a quiet life out in the country.

The Daily Mail reports that because of the coronavirus, there will be no funeral for Linda, but a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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You’ve heard the buzz… the Bruce Peninsula is THE place to be! Its spectacular beaches, wild and rugged natural spaces and incredible Georgian Bay views. Whether you come in search of the quiet and serenity of nature or the excitement of hiking, kitesurfing or cycling, the Bruce delivers on everything you’re looking for (and offers some great surprises, when you get off the beaten path!)

But what do you need to know to plan the best Bruce Peninsula road trip possible? Keep this post handy as you plan and prepare, as it contains important travel tips, contact information and links to more resources that will help you have the best experience as you Explore the Bruce. First things first, if you’d like to hike to The Grotto, reserve and book your parking spot first.

1. Hit the Right Beach at the Right Time

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Bruce Peninsula’s west coast offers spectacular sunsets, sandy beaches and a great variety of shoreline flora. Beaches are typically shallower and warmer on this side of the peninsula, making for better swimming if you visit early in the summer season or early fall while the waters are still warm. There are a ton of places to put in your kitesurf boards, surf or SUP boards, canoes and kayaks on the Lake Huron side, and marinas in the lakeside communities for boaters.

On Bruce Peninsula’s east coast, you’ll find the deep, crisp blue waters and rocky shoreline of Georgian Bay. This is where you want to be for deeper water boating and fishing, scuba diving, colder water swimming and sunsets that will make you into a morning person. Be sure to use our boating and paddling highlights page and our beaches page that lists 15 of our public beaches to make sure you don’t miss a thing on either shore!

2. Plan Your Accommodations & Popular Activities in Advance

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Bruce Peninsula offers all kinds of accommodations, from hotels and campgrounds to AirBnBs, private cottage rentals, and bed and breakfasts. You can even find shared accommodations at the region’s first hostel, The Fitz in Lion’s Head . The Bruce is a popular place to be in peak summer season, so you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible.

Activities and adventures can be booked ahead, too. See Things to Do ahead of your trip to see which activity options are on your route so you can book in advance. You’ll definitely want to book your 4-hour parking slot ahead of time online or by phone if you plan to visit the Grotto, and can do so online here .

3. Get to Know Your Transit Options & Safe Driving Practices on the Bruce

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Public transit on the Bruce Peninsula is sparse. You can get here by car, or via the Parkbus, which picks up in 3 Toronto locations and drops off at 4 destinations on the Bruce Peninsula. Learn more about Parkbus service here .

There are a few licensed taxis operating on the peninsula. Your best bet for finding the most current listings for operators is to do a Google search for “ bruce peninsula taxis .”

Drive carefully and keep within the speed limits while driving – especially on Highway 6 between Wiarton and Tobermory. This area of the Highway is regularly patrolled and has resulted in increased numbers of stunt driving charges year over year. When planning your Bruce Peninsula vacation, please remember to give yourself extra time to travel as Highway 6 is the only direct route from Wiarton to Tobermory. Highway 6 is a hilly, winding highway with no passing lanes and few opportunities for safe passing. Get comfortable, be patient and respect the speed limit over the course of your trip.

Please watch carefully for wildlife! The Bruce Peninsula is one of Southern Ontario’s last wild regions and as such is home to a great number of species including turtles, snakes, rabbits, porcupine, coyotes and even bears. Many species of turtles have been designated as at-risk in Ontario, with habitat loss and roadways being the biggest threat to their survival. Please slow down for all animals, and give them extra time to cross our roadways. Use your caution lights as you are slowing to alert other drivers to your change in highway speed, and pull off the roadway fully onto the shoulder, if necessary.

4. Find Public Facilities En Route

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Use public restrooms where they are provided – avoid the public embarrassment and potential fines of using our outdoor spaces as a toilet! Popular destinations including Tobermory, Sauble Beach, Southampton beach and Bruce Peninsula National Park offer public restrooms, and most businesses provide facilities for customers’ use. To find a list of the surrounding public facilities, use this map !

5. Take These Important Phone Numbers

Travel Information Numbers:

  • 511: Ontario Traveller Information hotline
  • 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783): Bruce Peninsula National Park Reservations (book online at: Bruce Peninsula Reservations )
  • 1-888-773-8888: Bruce Peninsula National Park information hotline
  • 1 800-265-3163: OSTC for Chi-Cheemaun ferry tickets and schedule information & Springmount Information Centre
  • 519-534-3111: Wiarton Information Centre
  • 519-793-5474: Ferndale Information Centre
  • 519-596-2452: Tobermory Information Centre
  • 519-596-2233: Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitor Centre

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  • 911: Emergency calls for Fire, Police and Ambulance
  • 1-888-310-1133: Ontario Provincial Police, to report a non-emergency crime

6. Prepare Ahead to Hit the Trails

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The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, runs from Niagara all the way up to Tobermory – almost 1,300 kilometres of main and side trails. 294 kilometres run from Wiarton to Tobermory and has the most stunning views of the entire trail, though we may be a little biased. Always make sure you have the most recent map with you – you can order the Reference Guide and Trail Maps as well as download the Bruce Trail app from the Bruce Peninsula Bruce Trail Association . Hint: If you have the app, load the maps before heading out onto the trail. Having your phone on Airplane mode helps save battery power when you’re not using it but is still able to GPS your location to show you where you are on the trail.

Explore the Bruce offers a comprehensive list of gear and accessories you should pack to bring with you. It’ll also help prepare you for the plants, wildlife and insects you might encounter in your travels. We always recommend being prepared for your hike in proper footwear and by having extra water and snacks.

Finally, follow hiking best practices to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable time on the trails here on the Bruce Peninsula. Never go hiking alone, always carry a supply of fresh water and high energy foods with you. Give a trusted friend or family member a copy of your route and anticipated return time, so they can alert the authorities if you run into issues as cell service can be spotty at some areas on the trail.

7. Visit Information Centres for Most Timely, Accurate Info to Enrich Your Trip

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Plan to stop in at a Visitor Information Centre to kick off your trip with the most up to date information about the places you plan to visit, activities you want to do, and things you want to see on the Bruce Peninsula.

You’ll find these helpful resources here:

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park Centre in the town of Tobermory
  • Tobermory Visitor Information Centre operated by the local Chamber of Commerce
  • Ferndale Visitors Centre & Park at 2926 Highway 6, Ferndale

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After the hike, we will drive to Tobermory for a short walk to the lighthouse at Big Tub Harbor.

Our next stop will be at Bruce Peninsula National Park. We will hike to the Grotto, Indian Head Cove, Horse Lake and Marr Lake. This hike is easy and great for beginners. You can enjoy an incredible view of the rocks and turquoise color of Georgian Bay.

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The Bruce Peninsula is a peninsula in Ontario, Canada, that divides Georgian Bay of Lake Huron from the lake's main basin. The peninsula extends roughly northwestwards from the rest of Southwestern Ontario, pointing towards Manitoulin Island, with which it forms the widest strait joining Georgian Bay to the rest of Lake Huron. The Bruce Peninsula contains part of the geological formation known as the Niagara Escarpment. If you are looking for Bruce Peninsula tour in summer, you can join our 1 day Bruce Peninsula tour, hiking and kayaking or multi-day camping tour .

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A Day Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park continues to rise in popularity due to it’s beautiful hiking trails and incredible turquoise water views of Georgian Bay (not to mention it’s an amazing day trip!). As the 156 square kilometre park is located on part of the Niagara Escarpment, there are plenty of tall cliffs made of rocks up to 400 million years old. Along with breathtaking views of the water and caves at the edge of the cliffs, there are neat rock formations along the hiking trails to both admire and climb. Bruce Peninsula National Park provides a wonderful day trip nature escape from the city, with hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, scuba diving, and so much more to offer.

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Continue reading for my recommendations on how to make the best out of a day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park!

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Entrance to Bruce Peninsula National Park

The most famous part of the park is the Grotto, which is a large cave easily accessible by the main parking lot to the National Park. Due to the Grotto’s increasing fame, it is now exceptionally busy with tourists, which takes away from the peace and beauty of the area during peak season. You have to purchase parking way ahead of time, or risk not being allowed into the parking area. This drives adventurers looking for a less chaotic trip to visit the Grotto during off-season when it is too cold to swim in the water, but allows for crowd-free views of the water.

An amazing day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Where to enter, where to hike, and what to bring

What many people don’t realize is that there are plenty of other entrances to the National Park, many of which have similar views to that of the Grotto, and some where you can still hike to the Grotto in a single day!

An amazing day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Where to enter, where to hike, and what to bring

My new favourite spot to enter the park is at Halfway Log Dump (lol at the name). This entrance is about a 7.5km hike to the Grotto, making it a more adventurous trek to see the cave in comparison to the 20-minute flat walk from the other parking lot. The overall trek took us about 6 hours roundtrip, with plenty of stops at the people-free rocky beaches along the way. Parking is about $12, which is half-price compared to the Grotto parking lot, and best of all, we didn’t have to have a reservation to park when we arrived at around 9:30am!

Day Hike Through Bruce Peninsula National Park

After a short 900m hike from the entrance, you will arrive at your first rocky beach, with very few (if any) people in sight. The water is a beautiful turquoise, and is usually good for swimming depending on the wind and the waves. The views from this initial beach are so incredible, that if you aren’t up for a long hike or you are with a family, this would be a wonderful final destination for a picnic and beach day.

An amazing day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Where to enter, where to hike, and what to bring

I love hiking, and so I decided to hike from this entrance, all the way to the Grotto. The trail definitely ranged in difficulty, with some spots that were nice and flat, and a few that required using my hands to pull myself up. Along the way, there were so many incredible lookouts at the edge of cliffs, where you can see Flower Pot Island in the distance, and kilometres of Georgian Bay.

An amazing day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Where to enter, where to hike, and what to bring

Along with incredible lookouts, there were also many other rocky beach spots, most of which had no people around anywhere. If there were any people, we walked up the beach off the trail for a bit and found our own place to hang out at. We walked along the Bruce Trail for about 3 hours, stopping at many lookouts and beach spots to enjoy the view and eat some snacks. We then arrived at the Grotto, where we jumped in for a quick swim, then left to avoid the congestion of tourists. We took our time on the way back, almost falling asleep laying on one of the rocky beaches on the way back!

What to Bring on a Day Hike in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Six hours of hiking may not sound exciting to some of you, but with the proper gear (and company!) it makes for a great adventure and work out. Preparing for such a day may feel daunting, but I’ve put together a list of items that will definitely prepare you for your trek!

A Proper Backpack

I cannot stress the importance of a good hiking backpack enough – it will save you from terribly sore shoulders during your hike, which will worsen the day after! As you will be carrying a bag through the duration of your hike, it is wise to choose a bag with good back support. I purchased a great 30L hiking bag a while back, and it holds all of my snacks and such, while providing different straps and latches to spread the weight of my bag throughout my body. If you don’t hike very often and don’t wish to purchase a hiking bag, a good backpack will suffice. Try to find one with padding on the back and a clip on the front that helps to spread the weight of the bag.

Hiking & Water Shoes

Proper hiking shoes definitely make your hike more comfortable, and help you avoid injuries throughout your walk. Finding good hiking shoes can be difficult as different shoes are better for different kinds of trails! The hike through Bruce Peninsula Park is both through dirt trails and over stoney beaches. Typical hiking shoes may be good for most of the hike, but are really inconvenient if you wish to jump into the water at the many stoney beaches you’ll find along the way.

A great pair of shoes for this hike would be water resistant shoes, with good support and quick-drying material. These would be great to wear in the water, as the stones make it hard to walk around without hurting your feet. With good support, you’ll be able to survive your hike without sore ankles and feet (hopefully).

Food & Beverages

As you are heading out into a park and onto the trails, there are no places to buy water and snacks – SURPRISE! Therefore, you always have to prep ahead with meals and plenty of water. I tend to stock up on nuts, granola bars, hummus and veggies, and some fruit, along with as much water as I can handle carrying. When it comes to packing food and water, you would much rather overpack, than end up running out mid-day!

This is always a good idea to grab when you’re heading into any park to go hiking. It will highlight restrooms, lookouts, different trails, and definitely helps you estimate how much longer you have to hike. It especially comes in handy if you lose cell service out in the forests, deeming the maps app on your phone useless!

Towel & Change of Clothes

You’ll definitely want to jump in the water in Georgian Bay! It is such a beautiful blue, it almost feels like a part of the Caribbean, but in Ontario. I tend to wear my bathing suit when I start hiking for convenience, then change into fresh clothing to continue hiking after swimming.

Definitely be sure to bring a towel or you’ll be hiking around uncomfortably until you’re dry! I like to bring quick dry towels, which are extremely convenient for hiking and travelling.

First Aid Kit

This is something you should always bring with you when you go anywhere because you never know what could happen! With the rocky, tree root covered trails in the National Park, it isn’t difficult to trip over something and injure yourself. Always be sure to pay attention to where you are walking, and bring a travel first aid kit in case you trip!

An amazing day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Where to enter, where to hike, and what to bring

Of course, if you’re heading on a hike that is longer than 1 day or that is of high difficult, there’s definitely a lot more items you should be packing on your day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park! I would say the part of the Bruce Trail from Halfway Log Dump to the Grotto is a medium difficulty hike – there are some places where you need to pull yourself up, lots of uphill then downhill parts, and rough terrain throughout. It is definitely manageable to hike from this entrance to the Grotto and back in a day!

Have you ever been on a day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park? Let me know about your top tips for a day trip and hike!

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Hiking The Bruce Trail: Your Guide to Ontario’s Top Trail

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Despite growing up just a hop, skip and jump away from it, I only found out about the Bruce Trail a few years ago. Even though I grew up in a town the trail runs through, I was never exposed to a lot of the natural beauty it has to offer. As my love of hiking has developed over the years, finding out about this not-so-hidden gem was music to my ears. Yes, it took me ~25 years to figure out it even existed… but better late than never, right? If you’re like I was and are looking to learn more about hiking the Bruce Trail – this guide should help!

Over the months I’ve explored a variety of different pieces of The Bruce Trail. With each stumble step I’ve learned more about not just the trail itself, but about the sport of hiking. I keep thinking how I wish I knew more before I started. It may sound silly considering you’re probably sitting there thinking  hiking’s LITERALLY putting one foot in front of the other, what else is there to know but I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks that I’d love to share so that your experience with The Bruce Trail is as magnificent as it can (and should) be!


What Is the Bruce Trail?

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is the Bruce Trail? Running from Queenston near the US Border to Tobermory, The Bruce Trail is Ontario’s (and Canada’s!) oldest marked footpath. This ~900km hiking trail used to be Canada’s longest up until the completion of The Great Trail which you probably know as the Trans Canada Trail.

The Bruce Trail follows the Niagara Escarpment: a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve . Areas such as this are internationally protected with emphasis on preservation and keeping the balance between people and nature. These special ecosystems hold special significance across the globe. Thus, they have special efforts to conserve the natural elements found within them.

FUN FACT: The Bruce Trail is said to be the oldest marked trail in Canada! Mind you this is in reference to the main trail, not including the +400km of side trails.

Brief History of the Bruce Trail

So, how did the Bruce Trail come to exist? Raymond Lowes, a Stelco metallurgist, had the brilliant idea of a trail that spanned the entire Niagara Escarpment. He shared his idea with Robert Bateman, the famous wildlife painter who was enthusiastic but questioned the work –  who was going to do it ?

Enter the Federation of Ontario Naturalists – well, a few of them. In 1960, the Bruce Trail Committee was born with its first four members: Dr Norman Pearson, Dr Robert MacLaren, Dr Philip Gosling and of course, Raymond Lowes.

The biggest challenge was getting local landowners on board. Gosling recounts the days of putting thousands of kilometres on his car , getting community after community on board with their vision. Three years later in 1963, the Regional Clubs were established to divide the work. It was up to each club to get landowner approvals, complete any construction and keep up with maintaining the trail. After years of hard work, the trail officially opened in 1967 for Canada’s Centennial Year.

Why Is It Called the Bruce Trail?

Chances are you’re probably wondering who is the Bruce Trail named after? I know I’ve definitely thought about it! Is there a dude named Bruce who wanted to be a trailblazer and was the first to walk the whole thing?

The “Bruce” in Bruce Trail is actually referring to the Bruce Peninsula where the northern section of the trail is located. Originally when the trail was in its early stages, the thought was that the trail would lead to the Bruce as it’s been a popular getaway destination for decades.

However, both the Bruce Peninsula and Bruce County are named after James Bruce. He was the 8th Earl of Elgin as well as the Governor General from 1847-1857of what was known then as the Province of Canada. So I guess you could technically say it’s named after a guy, but I’d prefer it be named after an area and not some old white dude that helped colonize the area. I don’t doubt there have been a number of Bruces who have hiked it though!

The Bruce Trail Conservancy

The Bruce Trail Committee from 1960 has transformed into The Bruce Trail Conservancy . A charitable organization, this trail association and land trust is dedicated conserving the corridor which follows the trail along the Niagara Escarpment.

Broken into nine different associations, each one has a section they care for. With over 1,400 volunteers, it truly is a team effort. Such an enormous trail requires maintenance after all! The nine sections are as follows:

  • Niagara – covers where the Bruce Trail starts at the southern terminus in Queenston and around St Catharines through small towns until approximately kilometre 80 in Grimsby
  • Iroquoia – follow the trail for ~120km along the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois and through Hamilton where waterfalls abound until kilometre 202
  • Toronto – starting in the Kelso Conservation Area, follow the trail as you wind through Hilton Falls and Limehouse Conservation Areas until kilometre 252 along Creditview Road
  • Caledon Hills – wander through mature hardwood forests and watch for birds as you follow glacial moraine deposits until kilometre 324 in Mono Centre
  • Dufferin Hi-land – this is where my calculations start to get a little mucky as you’ll pass through Mono Cliffs and Boyne Valley Provincial Parks until you reach approximately kilometre 380
  • Blue Mountains – here you’ll find a large change in terrain as you gain some elevation near Ontario’s famous ski resort as you trek from Lavender to Craigleith and kilometre 446
  • Beaver Valley – admire the views across Nottawasaga Bay as you head towards the town of Kimberley and Old Baldy until you reach kilometre 560
  • Sydenham – you’re getting close to the end as you trek from Blantyre to Wiarton as you wind along the Niagara Escarpment to kilometre 728
  • Peninsula – it’s the final countdown as you tackle the last section of the Bruce Trail until you reach the northern terminus in Tobermory

These kilometre markers might be a bit off as some of the numbers on the Bruce Trail’s website aren’t listed but this should give you a general idea how of how long each stretch is!

While the trail conservancy owns some of the lands, much of the trail’s access is thanks to local landowners. They allow the public to utilize their property – meaning it’s important to stay on the trail. It doesn’t happen often, but there have been instances where permission has been revoked due to people abusing this privilege.

She’s a beast but hiking the Bruce Trail from end to end is not unheard of. Many people have done it! One man even did it in 12 days ! Incredible! Don’t worry, you can do it more leisurely. Many have hiked The Bruce Trail end to end in 30 days or more!

Bruce Trail Conservancy Membership

As a way to pay for maintenance and keep the trail going for all to enjoy, the Bruce Trail Conservancy sells memberships. It’s $50 for one year, $140 for three years or $1000 for a lifetime membership. What perks do you get with your membership? You’ll have access to a number of organized hikes, special events, you’ll receive the official Bruce Trail Magazine and more.

By purchasing a Bruce Trail membership, you also get to select which of the nine clubs you would like to join. Once you’re officially signed up, you’ll even get a unique member card and the badge of the section you belong to! I’m not sure which one I’d pick. I might have to go with the Bruce Trail Niagara club since that’s where I grew up!

Things to Know When Hiking The Bruce Trail

As I’ve mentioned, the Bruce Trail is maintained by a number of incredible volunteers. By using the trail, you’re agreeing to follow The Bruce Trail Users’ Code :

  • Hike only along marked routes, especially on farmland – do not take short cuts
  • Do not climb any fences and use the stiles provided
  • Respect the privacy of people living along the trail as they’ve been gracious enough to allow access
  • Leave the trail cleaner than you found it, carry out all litter whether it be yours or someone else’s
  • No open fires are allowed on the trail
  • Avoid picking flowers/plants and leave them for others to enjoy
  • Do not damage live trees or strip off their bark
  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control at all times, especially when in the vicinity of farmland
  • Do not disturb any wildlife you may encounter
  • Leave only your thanks and take nothing but photographs
  • Obey all signage you may see along the trail

While You’re On the Trail

How do you know you’re following The Bruce Trail? By the funny white lines depicted below. These ‘blazes’ guide you along the trail and be found on trees, posts and more. They also direct you if the trail changes direction. If you see two blazes, whatever side the top blaze is on, that’s the direction you should turn. As you’ll see below, the image on the left directs you to turn left, and the other to turn right.

If you’ve hiked the Bruce Trail at all, you may have noticed there are blue blazes also. These blazes mark one of the many side trails, and they often highlight a point of interest along the Escarpment. For example, many of the side trails in the Hamilton area highlight waterfalls, lookout spots, and other points of interest. At the end of these trails, the blazes will a blue T shape meaning that side trail has finished.

Is Hiking The Bruce Trail Alone Safe to Do?

Personally, I have had no problems during my many solo hiking day trips along the trail. However, there are things you need to be aware of depending on where along the trail you are hiking.

In populated areas, there will be more people around so be diligent as you would in any city or town alone. Unfortunately ladies, we are more at risk for attacks and sexual assault. I recommend if you wear headphones to keep one out and, while it sounds awful, don’t stop if you hear someone call for help. Keep going or head to a populated area and use your cellphone to phone first responders who can deal with the situation.

If you’re hiking in more rural sections, these risks are still possible however the chances are lower. Instead, you’ll have to contend with wildlife such as bears, coyotes, and other animals. While pepper spray is illegal in Canada, bear spray is legal and wouldn’t hurt to have if you are tackling these trails on your own.

That being said, I have never felt unsafe hiking the trail  and I have hiked in a number of different places along it. That being said, I always take precautions such as letting friends and family know where I am, having a cellphone on me as well as food and water. This way someone knows where I am and if anything happens, I’m able to call for help as well as survive until emergency crews can arrive if the trip goes sour.

Tips for Hiking The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is a fantastic trail that highlights a huge part of Ontario’s natural beauty that’s accessible year round, and I’ve learned a thing or two while hiking numerous parts of it. Here are a few of my tips and tricks for hiking the Bruce Trail!

Have a Sturdy Pair of Footwear

The terrain of the Bruce Trail can vary from section to section, with many of the trails further south having gravel or dirt paths. As you go further north however, the trail can get very rocky. Having a good pair of hiking shoes is key, and has saved me from many slips and sprained ankles. I’ve had my Keens for years and while they’ve treated me well, I have been peeking at these really affordable options from Decathlon as my boots slowly die.

Have Sunscreen Handy

I make it a rule to always put a coat of sunscreen on before starting a hike. If you forget to re-apply, much of the Bruce Trail is shaded so it’s not too big of a deal but having a pocket-sized bottle is super handy!

Don’t Forget the Bug Spray

Some parts of the Bruce Trail can be heavily wooded… meaning mosquitoes have a field day! Always have your trusty bug spray handy. For me though, the spray sometimes isn’t enough so I opt for the cream version instead – it works wonders!

SOMETHING TO NOTE: While I’ve never had any encounters myself, each year it seems the tick situation is getting worse and worse. I highly recommend wearing  tick-repelling clothing or making sure your bug spray also keeps ticks at bay.

Make Sure to Bring Lots of Water

I always make sure I have my trusty Hydroflask water bottle with me on the trails. A few times I’ve actually run out of water due to the heat and exertion during the hike. If you find yourself stuck with no H 2 O, don’t panic. Much of the Bruce Trail either have stations to fill up at (washrooms too!) which can really come in handy. Try to make a note of these locations ahead of time, or plan your route to ensure you have enough water to stay hydrated!

If you find yourself going by a body of water like a river or lake, I wouldn’t recommend drinking directly from it unless you have a purification device. LifeStraw is a very common brand who offers straws , bladders and water bottles which remove bacteria, parasites and more. Take a look at their website for more information on their technology.

Use Your Hair To Your Advantage

It drives me nuts when flies buzz around, especially when you can hear that  bzzz sound when they’re too close to your ears. However, I’ve found that having a ponytail can really help with this as shaking your head a bit to make it swish helps keep them at bay. If you have short hair, this might not work for you, but having a baseball cap with a small towel tucked through the back gap could help with this, as well as keep the sun off the back of your neck.

Keep an Eye on the Blazes

In the more forested areas of the trail, you can get caught up in the beauty of the trees (or keeping an eye on your footing). Be aware of the blazes at all times while on the hiking trails as it can be easy to lose them and get lost. If you find yourself unable to pick out a blaze from your eyesight, retrace your steps until you come back upon the trail before carrying onwards.

Always Have Access To Maps

Whether this is digital or on paper, it’s always good to have an idea of where you are. Time can fly and before you know it, the sun could be starting to set! If you don’t have great cell reception as I sometimes run into making Google a moo point, The Bruce Trail Conservancy has an app which is available for both Android and Apple phones.

While it’s not the greatest for tracking your hikes, it’s amazing for staying up to date with your location as well as trail closures. If you have a tendency to get lost, I highly recommend downloading it so you have a Bruce Trail guide on you at all times. While $20 is steep for a phone app, it goes right back to supporting the conservancy. Otherwise, you can buy the Bruce Trail map a hard copy if you prefer to go old school.

Beware of Poison Ivy

Yes, that nasty little plant that’s got quite the bite runs fairly rampant throughout both the main Bruce and side trails. Keep a careful eye as you’re hiking so you don’t misstep. If you have trouble recognizing the plant as I sometimes do, remember these three sayings:  leaves of three, let it be ;  hairy vine, no friend of mine ; and  berries white, run in fright . Sometimes the Bruce Trail itself will have signs, as seen on the left below.

As we move into the fall seasons, the leaves change from green to orange/red so beware! Some areas of Ontario have also been having trouble with giant hogweed (pictured on the right, taken from Wikipedia), which can cause serious injury if not careful. Take a look at the photos below for your reference – better to be safe than sorry!

Bruce Trail FAQ

Whether you’re just getting into hiking or you spend as much time as you can on the trails, chances are you have a few questions. If you’re not from Ontario, I’m glad to hear you’re spending some time on the Bruce Trail during your stay in the province! Here are a few things you might be wondering in regards to the trail.

Can You Bike on the Bruce Trail?

As far as I know, it is possible to bike the Bruce Trail as I have not found anything that says explicitly that you cannot. However, there are a number of staircases scattered throughout the entirety of the Bruce Trail so be forewarned – you might have to lug your bike up and down them!

Can You Camp Overnight on the Bruce Trail?

Yes and no. You cannot camp wherever you like along the Bruce Trail, however the trail runs through a number of parks and private sites. If you plan on thru-hiking the trail, you’ll need to plan well in advance and chances are your overnight accommodation will be a mix of camping, hotels and bed and breakfasts depending on where you are along the trail. It should also be mentioned that the Bruce Trail Conservancy will not arrange this for you. If you’re looking to book some accommodation, I recommend checking out my tips !

Where Does the Bruce Trail Start and End?

The Northern Terminus of the Bruce Trail is found in the town of Tobermory at the very tip of the Bruce Peninsula. You can find the cairn officially marking the trail on the eastern side of Little Tub Harbour on Bay Street. Be sure to check it out whenever you find yourself exploring Tobermory .

The Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail is in Queenston Heights Park, right by the Canada-USA border. If you find yourself visiting Niagara Falls , I recommend stopping by even if it’s just to check out the stone cairn or enjoy a quick jaunt around the park!

Where Can I Buy a Bruce Trail Map?

As I’ve mentioned, you can get the Bruce Trail app for Android or Apple. If you prefer to not go the phone route, you can purchase digital copies of the individual maps from the Bruce Trail website. Want to avoid digital altogether? You can purchase the Bruce Trail Reference Guide from the BTC website. Updated every two years, it includes over 40 full-colour topographic maps as well as in-depth guides to the trails. The 30th edition is set to be released in the summer of 2020.

Is the Bruce Trail Closed?

99% of the time, the Bruce Trail is open all year round. However, at times the trails may need some work or there may be detours due to land closures. This is when the Bruce Trail App really comes in handy as it’s the best way to stay up to date on what’s open along the Bruce Trail.

The biggest thing as a beginner is to  pick a section that fits your skill set . The terrain can change depending on where along The Bruce Trail you choose to hike. Further south in the Niagara Region, the trails are flatter and normally gravel or dirt. Further north close to Lion’s Head and Bruce Peninsula National Park, you’ll be facing uneven trails. I’ve been hiking for a few years now and found some of the trails in the north to be challenging. Large boulders and rocky surfaces can make the trail difficult. If you find yourself in over your head –  take your time . It isn’t a race so it’s better to go slow than rush through and injure yourself, especially if you’re a klutz like me!

Can I Hike the Bruce Trail in the Winter?

As I said in the section above, the trail is open all year round so that’s a resounding yes! Winter is actually one of my favourite times to hike for a number of reasons including fewer people and no bugs.

Hiking in the winter does have it’s own challenges though. With shorter days and sometimes frigid temperatures, you’ll want to plan ahead and make sure you’re prepared. Bring the usuals like a water bottle, snacks, etc but I also recommend having a pair of crampons with you. They’ll make hiking so much easier, especially with an abundance of ice! Don’t forget to wear layers too.

What Section Should I Hike First?

That honestly really depends on you! Some people try and start at one end and work their way bit by bit to complete the full thing. Others stick to more of the side trails. Personally, I’m all over the place though I would love to complete the Bruce Trail end to end as a full hike!

If you’re not the most experienced hiker, I’d recommend some of the trails in the Niagara or Iroquoia sections as I find the terrain to have less elevation and be easier to complete. Up in the Peninsula section, you can run into a lot of varied terrain which can tucker out the legs if you’re not prepared!

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Ready to Hike the Bruce Trail?

With these tips in your arsenal, I hope you’ll be motivated to get walking the Bruce Trail! With so much ground to cover, it’s hard to know where to start! I often head for lookouts and waterfalls, then just see where my feet take me. However, while you’re out exploring be sure to remember these key ideas:

  • Respect Nature – We’ve only got one beautiful planet and so much of our environment is being destroyed by our impact. Keep to the trails and treat the trees, plants, etc as they should be… they’ve been here much longer than us!
  • Don’t Harass the Wildlife – In any of our National Parks this is actually illegal and you can suffer serious consequences. However, it’s a good rule of thumb to leave the wildlife be and respect their boundaries.
  • Take A Garbage Bag With You – Unfortunately, many people don’t follow the above rules and leave their litter scattered along our beautiful parks and trails. Fortunately, you have two hands and can help repair some of the damage done.
  • Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints – If everyone did this, then our planet would be in a better place. Remember to keep this in mind when exploring the Bruce, and these beautiful lookouts will be enjoyed for years to come!

Now, what are you waiting for? Time to get some hiking boots and hit the trails! If there are any tips and tricks you’ve found that help while on your adventures, I’d love to hear them in a comment. Happy hiking!

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Thanks so much for this post, I will be bookmarking it. We want to start exploring/hiking parts of Canada especially east side. This area looks great. How much wildlife did you see?

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I’ve only mainly seen squirrels, chipmunks and birds, but as you go further into the trail you may see other wildlife! There have been some bear warnings at times, but there has always been signage or park staff warning about it. I hope you can explore my country soon! I’d be happy to help if you have any questions! 😊

Great post and photos, Lindsay. I would love to spend more time in Canada and the Bruce Trail looks well worth the effort! Love the cool signposting too! Thanks for sharing

Thanks so much, I appreciate it! We’re very lucky here in Canada to have so many beautiful areas. I hope you can make it back soon to enjoy them! 😊

#3 The waterways are beautiful and it’s tempting, but I wouldn’t advise drinking it. There is farm, road and industrial pollution. Local outdoors shops can tell you about treatment options or local sources for clean water along the way. Decew Falls has an outdoor tap. Ball’s Falls has taps and sells water. Stay safe & healthy.

Hi Sara – thanks for the information! It is definitely better to look for sources of filtered water rather than from streams and other waterways.

My husband and I love to hike! This sounds like it would be a wonderful Trail to spend a few days exploring. Are dogs allowed on this trail? We travel North America with them on a regular.

It’s a beautiful trail and I highly suggest checking it out! Dogs are definitely allowed on the trail, I’ve seen quite a few on my travels! 😸

Thanks for the wonderfully detailed post. Unfortunately I won’t be heading to the east coast, but I’ve been getting into hiking and the tips about water sources really helps – I’ve gotten myself a pocket filter for when I happen to run out of water. I’ll need to get a better pair of hiking boots though – been using my trail shoes as my current hiking boots are super heavy (oh lazy me!)

You’re very welcome! As much as this is geared around my experiences along the Bruce Trail, I’m hoping it’ll help along most trails! A pocket filter is such a good idea though – I might have to look into that one!

Looks like quite the adventure! Nice job 🙂

Can’t wait to read up on your Bruce Trail through-hike! 😉

Ryan K Biddulph

I love those side trails. So much fun. Where the true gems are. I’d be working those blue trails left and right.

Thanks for all the great tips. Would love to hike this trail, looks beautiful!!

I know this is an old post, but just thought I’d add that some areas of the trail (often private lands) do NOT permit biking! Thanks for a great post.

Hi Shawna! I knew some parts of it weren’t open for bikes but wasn’t sure where. Thank you for sharing this! I’m not an avid biker myself but if any of my readers are, it’s good to share this info. I appreciate it! Have a great day and stay safe 🙂

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Weekend in Bruce Peninsula National Park and Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Your full guide to two days in Bruce Peninsula National Park near Tobermory Ontario including the best campsites, where to hike, and tips for visiting the grotto and Flowerpot Islands. You can do this as a day trip from Toronto but this southern Ontario gem is best visited overnight to see everything.

Bruce Peninsula National Park is one of the prettiest areas in Ontario. Located on Georgian Bay, it’s known for the cliffs that rise above the turquoise waters of Lake Huron. While it’s a bit too far from Toronto to visit as a day trip, it’s a great destination in Ontario for a weekend away. If you’re visiting Canada from abroad, the Bruce Peninsula is a great place to add to your Ontario itinerary to check out a piece of Canada’s natural scenery.

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Getting to the Bruce Peninsula

By Car You’re definitely going to want your own car or a rental car to do this trip. The Bruce Peninsula from Toronto is a 4-hour drive. It will take longer if you hit Toronto workday traffic or cottagers also escaping to the North. Make sure to pre-book your parking spot at the Bruce Peninsula if you are arriving by car and not camping at the park.

The drive itself is fairly unremarkable, it’s mostly just farmland that makes up this part of southern Ontario. There are some cute towns on the way and closer to the Bruce Peninsula you may want to stop in one of them to grab a meal or last-minute groceries.

Indian Head Cove is one of the most scenic coves at Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory, Ontario. This cove has cold blue water that looks more tropical than the water temperature and cedar and pine trees would suggest.

By Bus If you are not a driver, there is the option to get the Park Bus . You can use the Park Bus to visit as a day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park or take camping gear and stay for longer. The Park Bus is especially great if you only have time for a day trip because you don’t have to worry about parking or driving while tired.

By Tour If you want to see it all in a day, joining a bus tour is another option for visiting the Bruce Peninsula while also stopping at other locations. This tour looks like a great option.

Bruce Peninsula Camping

Bruce peninsula national park.

Your best bet for camping is going to be Bruce Peninsula National Park. It’s a popular spot so definitely book as far in advance as you can to get the best camping spots. The Cyprus Lake campground there is within walking distance to the grotto, the most famous sight of the park. Bruce Peninsula has drive-in sites that typically have a fire pit and a picnic table. There are taps with clean drinking water available near the bathrooms. Be warned that there aren’t showers.

If you book well in advance though, you may be able to get one of the yurts that is available. A yurt is more expensive but if you don’t have camping gear it would be the more convenient option.

If you do not camp at the park, you will still need to book a parking spot to visit the grotto as it seriously gets so busy there is no more space for day visitors.

You can check out camping and parking reservations on the Bruce Peninsula website .

Accommodation in Tobermory

If you aren’t into camping, there are plenty of other options nearby to the park, just make sure to book your parking spot at the park so you don’t miss out on seeing it. Places in Tobermory and on the Bruce Peninsula really book up for the summer so you will have your best luck on weekdays. If everywhere is booked up on the Bruce Peninsula there are a couple of other, less convenient, options for where to stay. Owen Sound on Georgian Bay is the closest city and is just over an hour’s drive to the Bruce Peninsula. Port Elgin is about the same distance just on the Lake Huron side. Both also have sights near them to explore like Sauble Beach.

Home of the Living Sunset – Not far from Bruce Peninsula National Park is this whole home for rent located right on the shores of Lake Huron. This is a great location for exploring the Bruce Peninsula.

Jacob’s Stone – This bed and breakfast is just a short drive to Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Grandview Motel – Located in Tobermory, this is a great budget pick for the area. There’s an onsite restaurant with views over Georgian Bay and all the rooms here have A/C.

Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory

How long to spend in the bruce peninsula.

I recommend budgeting one full day to the Bruce Peninsula National Park and one day to Tobermory and Flower Pot Islands. You can do this trip if you leave early on Saturday morning, spend a single night in the park, and then drive back late Sunday.

I know people do this trip as a day trip to see the grotto but it would be 8 hours of driving for only a 4-hour visit as parking is time-limited.

Boulder Beach, part of the Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory. This scenic trail in southern Ontario is the perfect day trip

When to Visit

I did this trip on a summer weekend. If you can, go during the week to avoid large crowds as the grotto at the Bruce Peninsula gets especially crowded. May-June and September are also nice times to camp without crowds but it still can get chilly at night. If you visit on a long weekend during the summer, be aware that the Bruce Peninsula National Park does not allow alcohol at campsites.

If you want to swim, the water is still cold until August. It’s not going to be warm in August but that will be your best bet.

What to See and Do

A hike to see the grotto and scenic cave at Bruce Peninsula National Park is by far the number one thing to do here. This easy hike is only about 10-30 minutes depending on your camping or parking site.

The hike to the grotto also gives you scenic views of Georgian Bay and Indian Head Cove. On the way to the grotto there is a natural arch that a lot of people stop at thinking it is the grotto, it’s not, just an added bonus to the walk.

Natural rock arch at Bruce Peninsula National Park that is often mistaken for the famous grotto.

The grotto is a small cave that appears to be lit up by sunlight because it is open underwater on one side of it. If you want to descend into the grotto you can either go down the small chimney opening, which does require a bit of mobility. The other option is to go down the 12 m cliff face. Either way, prepare for your shoes to get wet. It is possible to swim in the grotto but expect cold water.

The Grotto at Bruce Peninsula. This is the most popular sight to see at Bruce Peninsula National Park and it requires some planning as you must either camp there or schedule parking in advance to visit

Bruce Trail and Overhanging Point

Once you’ve explored the grotto, continue on the Bruce Trail past it. The Bruce Trail is a 900km footpath that goes all the way from Niagara along the escarpment up to Tobermory. The entire shoreline here is part of the trail.

Overhanging Point in the Bruce Peninsula. An overhanging cliff that is surrounded by cedar and spruce trees on the Bruce Trail in Ontario, Canada

The trail here will take you to a boulder beach as well as a scenic overhanging point. The trail here is a bit rocky and goes on cliffs above the water. You do need decent footwear because of the beach portion being quite rocky. After going to see the overhanging point, you can return along the way.

Halfway Log Dump

Halfway Log Dump is a popular spot for bouldering as well as hiking along the water. It has its own parking lot and it’s worth driving over to it as it is quite far from the grotto camping and parking.

The white stone beach has some of the clearest water I have ever seen. If you are into rock climbing, walk along the beach here in the direction of the grotto and you will get to quite a few boulders and likely encounter other climbers. Make sure to check restrictions on bouldering before you go as you are only allowed to boulder on the shoreline boulders, not any of the ones in the forest.

White stone beach with crystal clear water on the shore of Georgian Bay in Southern Ontario. Halfway Log Dump beach in Bruce Peninsula National Park

If you keep walking, you will get to a scenic lookout known as Cave View. The walking here is a little bit more difficult as you have to go up and over some boulders and depending on water level, may get your feet wet.

In the opposite direction, the Bruce Trail will take you towards High Dump and away from Georgian Bay towards some interior lakes.

View from the scenic outlook at Halfway Log Dump in Bruce Peninsula. Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, this beach has crystal clear water and bouldering sites for any climbers.

Singing Sands

The Singing Sands part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park is located on the opposite side of the peninsula, on Dorcas Bay. You will need to drive here as it is far from camping at the Grotto. If you are looking for a swimming area, this place is perfect. There is a sand beach and shallower water so the water is warmer.

Sand dunes on the shore of Dorcas Bay on Lake Huran. Singing Sands trail is part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Singing Sands also has a trail that will take you through the forest as well as along the sand dunes. It’s a pleasant hike and you only need a couple of hours here.

Bruce Peninsula Visitor Centre and Lookout Tower

Located in Tobermory, the Bruce Peninsula Visitor Centre is a great quick stop to learn about the history and wildlife of the area. It’s the visitor centre for both the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. There’s also a 65-foot tower here that gives scenic views over Georgian Bay.

View over Georgian Bay from a scenic tower at the Bruce Peninsula Visitor Centre in Tobermory.

Flowerpot Island

A rock pillar that looks like a flowerpot on Flowerpot Island near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. A visit to Flowerpot Island is one of the most popular things to do when visiting the Bruce Peninsula

Flowerpot Island is part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park. The island is known for it’s flowerpot pillars made of limestone.

Getting to Flowerpot Island To get to Flowerpot Island, you will need to get a boat ride to the island. From May to October, there are two companies that operate out of Tobermory taking visitors to the islands. Both have glass-bottomed boats, which is fantastic for seeing some of the shipwrecks. Make sure you give yourself some time to find parking in Tobermory ahead of the scheduled boat as it can get very busy and you will likely have to walk to the departure port. Both Blue Anchor Cruises and Bruce Anchor offer trips to the Flowerpot Islands.

The Flowerpot Islands can be seen in just under 2 hours if you only want to see the cave and flowerpot pillars. If you want to hike around the island I would budget closer to 4 hours. It’s a nice place to hike and once you are away from the flowerpots, you will likely have the trail to yourself.

Trail and small cave on Flowerport Island near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. This rocky trail offers scenic outlooks over Lake Huron.

Weekend in the Bruce Peninsula

A visit to the Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory is perfect for a weekend getaway. There’s plenty of hiking and Georgian Bay is one of the most scenic landscapes in southern Ontario. Because of it’s popularity, it does require a bit of advance planning but you will be rewarded by the limestone cliffs and blue waters of the bay.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, Canada is a fantastic destination for a weekend away. This full guide tells you the best places to stay, where to hike, and tips for visiting the famous grotto as well as other sites within the park as well as the Flowerpot Islands in Tobermory.

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Bruce Peninsula looks amazing and a spot I would love to visit. I think it would be fun to camp there and have easy access to the different hikes. I can see why the grotto is so popular as it’s stunning with the turquoise clear water! Another excellent post with such helpful tips!

Thank you! It’s a great spot for hiking. The water here has to be some of the most beautiful in the province.

I have never heard of the Bruce Peninsula, but now I can’t wait to visit! The grotto hike looks amazing! Thanks for these tips!

Glad you enjoyed the post, hope you get a chance to visit!

Bruce Peninsula looks absolutely stunning and so peaceful! I would love to camp there.

Its great for camping. It can get crowded during the day from day trippers so if you camp there, you get to enjoy the peacefulness at the end of the day when less people are there.

Wowzers, Bruce Peninsula looks so beautiful. I love travelling in Canada and I can’t wait to get back there once restrictions lift. I’ll bookmark this post for my next trip over. x

I’m always so pleased when people say they enjoy travelling in Canada, a bit of pride for my country 🙂 I love the Bruce Peninsula, hopefully you can visit there on your next trip to Canada.

It looks like a great place to explore, thanks for sharing.

It is a great place to explore. Glad you enjoyed the post!

Looks so beautiful! I really hope this is somewhere we get to. I’ve never been to Canada before.

I hope you get a chance to visit Canada and the Bruce Peninsula! It really is one of the most beautiful areas we have in Ontario.

Bruce Peninsula looks absolutely beautiful. This is the first time that I am reading about it in any travel blog. I will love to hike here.

Happy to introduce you to a new part of Canada! Hope you get a chance to visit, it’s a gorgeous place to hike.

What a beautiful peninsula!! Thanks for helping me discover it, it seems so peaceful and serene.

You’re welcome! It’s a great place to get away from the city and enjoy nature.

What an amazing place, it seems like a lot of fun to explore! Your photos are beautiful

Thanks Lyne! Bruce Peninsula is a lot of fun to explore, I would happily visit again.

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Complete guide to camping in bruce peninsula national park.

Sunset on the beach

I’ve just returned from a wonderful camping trip in Bruce Peninsula National Park. I’d been told the park was beautiful (and it was!) but many people warned me about how crowded it would be. Outside of the hour I spent at The Grotto, however, I saw very few people.

I highly recommend coming here and staying at one of the two backcountry campsites. But if hiking isn’t your jam, there is also a front country campground you can drive into you. However, you do it, definitely spend the night in the park!

In this post, I’ll tell you about the front country and backcountry camping options at Bruce Peninsula National Park (and the front country options just outside the park). And I’ll include information on reservations , permits , parking, facilities and more.

I’ll go into detail about the different hiking trails . And I’ll provide some tips for backcountry camping because this requires a little more planning than staying at a campground. I’ve also created a video of the entire trip , where I talk about the route, the campsites, the challenges and more. So without further ado, let’s go hiking!

Bruce Peninsula Camping: Trip Video

Here is a video I made about camping at Bruce Peninsula National Park. I did a two day backpacking trip in the park and stayed at a campsite in High Dump.

In the video you’ll see the striking scenery of Bruce Peninsula, the campsites and surrounding facilities, and the trail itself. I’ve also included little anecdotes and behind-the-scenes moments from my backpacking trip.

About Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is one of five national parks in Ontario. It is located on Bruce Peninsula, which is a a long peninsula pointing northwest into Lake Huron. On the east side of the peninsula is Georgian Bay.

Bruce Peninsula National Park is on the northeast side of the peninsula and is characterized by steep cliffs, rocky caves and tropical blue water.

Quick things to know about Bruce Peninsula National Park camping :

  • There is one campground for car camping: Cyprus Campground
  • There are two campgrounds for backcountry camping: Stormhaven and High Dump
  • In all cases, you need to reserve your campsites in advance

TIP : Campfires are prohibited when backcountry camping in Bruce Peninsula NP. If you want a warm meal, you’ll need to bring a backpacking stove .

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How to get to Bruce Peninsula National Park

The national park is located at the top of the peninsula, and the easiest way to access the park is by driving. During weekends in the summer, there can be shuttles from Toronto, but this is more for day trips to the Grotto, not for camping.

When putting the destination into Google Maps, don’t just search “bruce peninsula national park”. There are two different destinations in the park, depending on what you’re doing:

Visitor’s Centre : This is where you go if you want to learn about the park or if you will be spending time in the adjacent Five Fathom National Marine Park.

Cyprus Lake Campground and Day Use Parking : This is where you go if you have a reservation for camping (either car camping or backcountry). Once you turn into the park, there is an entrance gate and a park ranger.

Tell the park ranger what you’re here to do (day hike, car camping, backcountry camping) and they will direct you to where you need to go to either park or pick up your permits. They will also give you a map and visitor’s brochure.

Rocky shoreline near Halfway Log Dump in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula Map

When you arrive at the park gate, the ranger will provide you with a map of the park. This map contains the trails and locations of campsites. To help you plan, however, I’ve also included the main locations in the park on the Google Map below.

Bruce Peninsula Hiking

Before we dive into Bruce Peninsula National Park camping, let’s talk about the hiking trails. Where you choose to camp will be dependent on which hiking trails you want to do.

Hiking is the best (and only) way to get around Bruce Peninsula National Park (unless you are an experienced kayaker perhaps).

By far the most popular Bruce Peninsula hiking trail would be The Grotto . This is the destination people are referring to when they talk about how crazy busy the national park gets. There are a few other easy hikes in this area as well.

But if crowds aren’t your thing, I definitely suggest walking a section of the Bruce Trail.

The Grotto Cave in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula Hiking Difficulty

The most popular trails are marked as easy . These are wide, mostly flat, trails that go directly from the parking lot to a particular site (i.e. the shoreline, the Grotto, a lake).

The Bruce Trail traces the shoreline for the entire length of the park and is marked as difficult . There are lots of uneven or steep sections. This trail should only be attempted by people with a decent level of fitness and have hiked before.

In all cases, proper footwear is a must. If you’re only doing the easy trails, you should wear running shoes at a minimum. If you’re doing the Bruce Trail, you should wear hiking boots / hiking shoes / trail running shoes. Need hiking boots? Read this.

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Bruce Peninsula Hiking Trails

I’ve included a brief description of the hiking trails below, however, you can find more info on the Parks Canada website .

The Grotto via Marr Lake / Horse Lake – This is the most popular trail in the park and a relatively easy one. This loop starts from the parking lot at Cyprus Campground. If you go clockwise, you’ll take the trail to Marr Lake and the nearby Boulder Beach before reaching Grotto. Then you’ll return via the trail to Horse Lake. You can also make a quick detour to Halfway Rock Point.

The loop is 3 km and takes between 1.5 to 3 hours to complete , depending on the hiking speed. Part of the trail is wide, smooth and flat. However, some parts become very rocky. Take your time and be careful!

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Cyprus Lake Loop – If you want something less rugged, you can go around Cyprus Lake. This is a 5 km loop that takes about 2.5 hours .

Halfway Log Dump – You can park at Halfway Log Dump and do a quick (~30 minute) walk to the rocky beach. You can also walk along the Bruce Trail in either direction, but you’ll need to return the same way you came. This is a great alternative if you arrive for a day trip and the Cyprus Campground Parking Lot is full.

Bruce Trail – The Bruce Trail enters the national park at Crane Lake and then traces the coastline to Little Cove. This is the trail you’ll be on if you’re hiking to either of the backcountry campsites. The trail is fairly rugged and the park deems it “difficult”. There isn’t a lot of elevation gain, however, it is incredibly rocky and becomes slippery in the rain.

Do you need trekking poles? I didn’t use trekking poles, but about 1/3 of the backpackers I passed did. There were a lot of parts where it was easier to use my hands to grab rocks, hold onto trees, etc. So I personally don’t think trekking poles are needed, but if you’re new to backpacking you might like them when getting used to carrying a backpack. >>These are the ones I own.

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Bruce Peninsula Camping – Backcountry

There are two options for backcountry camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park: Stormhaven and High Dump . There are three parking lots and no shuttle services between parking lots. That means you need to end where you start, so keep that in mind when choosing your route.

If you want to know specifics about backpacking in Bruce Peninsula National Park, check out this page on the Parks Canada website .

Facilities at the Campgrounds

Both High Dump and Stormhaven have nine campsites. Each campsite has a wooden tent platform, guaranteeing a flat place for you to put your tent. There is considerable distance between each campsite. I barely saw the group next to me and couldn’t even hear their dog.

There is also a composting toilet that is in (surprisingly) excellent shape – very clean and well-stocked with toilet paper. (Though I suggest bringing your own just in case.)

Each campground also has a pole and wires for doing bear hangs. This makes it easy to keep your food away from bears and raccoons.

There is no running water at either campsite. You must gather water from Georgian Bay, so bring a water pump / filter or be prepared to boil your water. >>This is a good filter for lightweight backpacking.

Tip : The waves are really big, so you’ll get wet when you try to fill your pot. To avoid getting weight, bring a pot with handles and tie a long rope on it, and throw your pot into the water and reel it back in. My pot didn’t have handles so it was super annoying getting water. >>I’d recommend taking something like this.

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Campground Rules

Here are some rules to follow when backcountry camping at Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Please pack out all of your garbage . Although there is a small garbage can in the washroom, you shouldn’t put any garbage (like food wrappers or scraps) into it.

Don’t throw anything but toilet paper and the provided wood chips into the composting toilets . Composting toilets can’t digest paper towels, tampons / pads and other garbage. That means someone from Parks Canada has to fish those items out of the toilet. Be kind.

There are no campfires permitted in Bruce Peninsula National Park. You should bring a gas stove to cook over. I know this is disappointing, but the fires damage the fragile environment. I encountered a few makeshift campfires on the beach so I know people break the rules. Please don’t be like them. >>This is the lightweight, inexpensive stove I brought.

Sunset along the coastline of Georgian Bay, near Bruce Peninsula camping site High Dump

Permits, Parking and Fees

You should book your backcountry camping site online and in advance, as there are limited sites. The reservation fee is $11.50 when you book online. You can book your site through the Parks Canada booking portal .

When you arrive at the park, head to the backcountry permits office (right after the gates into Cyprus Campground). Here you will pay for your overnight pass ($10.02 per person, per night) and your overnight parking pass ($11.95 per night).

The park ranger will also ask you where you want to park your car, which will depend on the route you choose. If you’re not sure, ask them which one they recommend (I did this).

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I highly recommend the route I took – I saw about half the park in a relatively short amount of time. I did the two night trip listed below :

  • Day 1: Halfway Log Dump parking lot to High Dump
  • Day 2: High Dump to Stormhaven (and then a quick detour to the Grotto)
  • Day 3: Stormhaven to Halfway Log Dump parking lot.

However, rather than staying at Stormhaven for a second night, I passed through it and went back to the parking lot. So in essence, I did the two night trip in one night. This meant I had A LOT of hiking distance to cover. I don’t recommend doing the hike this quickly unless you are short on time.

Further below I have included sample routes for 1, 2 and 3-night trips.

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Camping at High Dump

The Bruce Trail enters Bruce Peninsula National Park on the east end of the park, at Crane Lake parking lot. From Crane Lake, it is a 7.9 km to High Dump .

There is also a parking lot at Halfway Log Dump, which lies in between High Dump and Stormhaven. It is 6.2 km from Halfway Log Dump to High Dump.

I did the second option and parked at Halfway Log Dump. The Crane Lake – High Dump section of the trail is apparently easier, but not nearly as scenic because it isn’t along the coastline.

The trail from Halfway Log Dump to High Dump was my favourite section of all the hiking I did, so I highly recommend choosing a route that takes you along this section of the trail.

I absolutely loved High Dump. The campground itself is down a side trail off of the Bruce Trail. It feels very “last corner of the Earth”. The campsites are in the forest, but there is a rocky beach that’s great for getting water and making dinner.

The campground has the following facilities: composting washroom, tent platforms and bear hang station.

If you watched the video above, you would have seen just how steep it is getting down to the campsite. Be careful as these rocks can be really slippery.

Sunrise along the Georgian Bay coastline, near High Dump backpacking in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Camping at Stormhaven

Stormhaven is the second (though more popular) destination for backcountry camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park. I went through the Stormhaven campground but didn’t stay there myself.

Stormhaven is just 3 km from Halfway Log Dump and about 4 km from Cyprus Lake Campground . The shorter distance is likely what makes it more popular than High Dump (or maybe it’s the name, because “high dump”? Why would you name something that?).

Since I did the hike from Halfway Log Dump to Grotto, I hiked both sides of Stormhaven. The trail here is wonderful. Rocky in places (definitely be careful in the rain), but some great views of the cliffs.

Stormhaven has all the same facilities as the above, including composting washrooms, tent platforms and a bear hang station.

One word of caution! When I went through the campground I saw that some sights are down by the water and some are high up near the trail. Definitely choose a site down at the water!

View of a sheer cliff along the coastline of Georgian Bay, along the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Peninsula Backcountry Camping Route Ideas

One Night at High Dump (Harder):

  • Park at Halfway Log Dump
  • Day One : Halfway Log Dump to High Dump (6.2 km)
  • Day Two : High Dump to Halfway Log Dump (6.2 km)

One Night at Stormhaven (Easier):

  • Day One : Halfway Log Dump to Stormhaven (2.7 km)
  • Day Two : Stormhaven to Halfway Log Dump (2.7 km)
  • Note: You could also park at Cyprus Lake Campground for a similar distance of hiking

Two Nights :

  • Day Two : High Dump to Stormhaven (8.9 km)
  • Day Three : Stormhaven to Halfway Log Dump (2.7 km)

Three Nights :

  • Park at Cyprus Lake Campground
  • Day One : Cyprus Lake to Stormhaven (3 km)
  • Day Two : Stormhaven to High Dump (8.9 km)
  • Day Three : High Dump to Stormhaven (8.9 km)
  • Day Four : Stormhaven to Cyprus Lake Campground (3 km)

Read Next: Complete Guide to Hiking the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin

Storm cloud over Georgian Bay, taken from High Dump camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Bruce Peninsula Camping – Front Country Campgrounds

If backcountry camping isn’t your thing, there is one campground (with three sections) for front country camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park. The Cyprus Lake Campground contains more than 230 sites throughout three sub-campgrounds (Birches, Poplar and Tamaracks).

You should definitely book your campsite in advance. You can do so through the Parks Canada booking portal .

Each campsite has its own fire pit and picnic table. There are also washroom and shower facilities. There are not, however, electric sites for trailers. From my understanding, the campsites are suitable for car camping and tent trailers but are not suitable for large RVs.

Note : Unlike at the backcountry campsites, you can have open fires at Cyprus Lake so long as they are in the fire pit.

What is front country camping? Front country camping means campgrounds that can be accessed with a vehicle. So if you see “front country camping” think car camping or RV camping.

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Campgrounds Outside of Bruce Peninsula National Park

I definitely recommend camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park. However, if you’d rather stay at a campsite outside the park, there are a ton of options. I haven’t stayed at any of these properties myself, so I can’t attest to how nice they are.

Tobermory Village Campground – This campground is directly southeast of Tobermory. They have both electric and non-electric campsites, washrooms and free showers. There is even a pool! However, there is no direct water access and the sites appear very close together.

Lands End Park – This campground is located just east of Tobermory, almost at the most northern point of the peninsula. The campsites are predominately wooded, ensuring privacy from other campsites. The campground has both electric and non-electric campsites, washrooms and paid showers. Unlike other campgrounds in the area, Lands End Park has its own water access to lake Huron .

Mountain Trout Camp – This campground is southeast of both Tobermory and the national park. It’s located on Gillies Lake, so you have some water access but it’s not Georgian Bay / Lake Huron. They have both electric and non-electric sites, in addition to cabins and trailers for rent. They rent canoes and kayaks and have a private beach on Gillies Lake.

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Bruce Peninsula Camping Packing List

This is thee equipment I brought for my backpacking trip. If you will be staying at the front country campground may need different gear (i.e. you won’t need the sleeping equipment if you’re in an RV, and you don’t need a 50 L backpack).

Sleeping Equipment :

  • Sleeping Pad (inflatable, with an R-value of 3.4)
  • Sleeping Pad (foam, with an R-value of 2.0)
  • Sleeping Bag (rated to -9C)
  • Compressible Pillow

If camping in cooler temperatures , ensure you have a sleeping pad warm enough. My usual sleeping pad wasn’t warm enough so I also brought this foam sleeping pad , and together they were perfect.

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Cooking Equipment :

  • Stove + Fuel + Matches / Lighter (I used this stove)
  • Small Pot (preferably with handles)
  • Water Filter
  • Spork + Bowl
  • Dried Meal (packaged or homemade)
  • Coffee Thermos (optional)
  • Hiking Shoes + Wool Socks
  • Hiking Pants or Leggings
  • Quick Dry T-shirt
  • Fleece Sweater or Down Jacket

Staying warm : If hiking in the spring or fall, I really recommend getting a merino wool hiking shirt. You’re going to get sweaty, and merino wool will keep you warm while it dries. Polyester or other synthetic materials will cool you while they dry. >>I like this one.

  • Backpack (I think 40 – 55 L works well)
  • First Aid Kit ( here’s how to build your own )
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Camera Gear (optional)

Flat lay of gear taken for a 2 days of camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Camping Bruce Peninsula National Park – Final Thoughts

I am definitely of the optional that camping Bruce Peninsula National Park should be on any Ontarian’s bucket list. This is a stunning part of the province with excellent backcountry and front country camping facilities.

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Mikaela | Voyageur Tripper

Mikaela has been canoeing, hiking and camping for over ten years. She previously worked as a canoeing guide in Canada, and spent a season guiding hiking and kayaking tours in the high Arctic. Mikaela is a Wilderness First Responder and Whitewater Rescue Technician.


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This is such a beautiful area in Ontario. Thanks for all of the tips.

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You’re welcome Bonnie! Glad you liked it 🙂

You’re welcome Bonnie!

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Thank you for such great info! I only really started camping for the first time 10 years ago, when I moved to Canada from England, and have had many great trips since then. However, I’ve always been more nervous of backcountry camping and other adventures, despite rafting, canyoning and hiking both here and in France. But thanks to your inspiration and work I really want to give backcountry camping a go this summer at Bruce Peninsula!

I’m glad you found the post helpful Genevieve!

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Reading your post to prepare for a trip in May. Hope the weather is good. Thank you for all your insights.

You’re very welcome Simon – have a great trip!

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Hi Mikaela Great blog with helpful info! I booked for July 2021 at Stormhaven. Did you need to reserve a parking space after making reservation for the backcountry campsite?

Hi Vivienne! Thanks so much – glad you liked it! I didn’t need to book a parking space (since it was late in the year), but in July I think you should. Will you be hiking from Cypress or Halfway Log Dump? I believe you can book parking spaces at both of them in advance.

I will be hiking from Half Way Log Dump. Seems like a parking reservation is required. Just not too sure if I need to book both time slots for overnight backcountry camping. I will contact them to confirm =)

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Just curious if you found out whether parking for backcountry camping needs to be booked ahead of time? I’m at High Dump in a few weeks and was under the impression that I can purchase overnight parking for Half Way Log Dump upon check in.

Hi Talya! When I went I was able to book my parking at Half Way Log Dump when I arrived at the park. Between June 11 and October 31st it needs to be booked in advance due to popularity. You can read more about it here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/bruce/activ/camping/backcountry

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Omg you are so awesome. I’m heading to storm haven for my first back country experience so this was very helpful. I loved the video.. you’re so funny and informative. Thanks!

Haha thank you! Good luck with your trip!

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Hi Mikaela, thanks for the tips! I am planning an early Nov trip to Stormhaven. I camped on flower pot island last week (Oct 5) and the views were breathtaking and weather was lovely, although there were quite a few snakes even in October- luckily all non-venemous on the island. I was just wondering, when did you go camping, and did you encounter snakes during your trip? I would hope by November they would not be out, but never hurts to ask! Thanks!

Hey Jennifer! I went in the middle of October and didn’t see any snakes on my trip. Have a great time! Stormhaven is beautiful 🙂

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Hey! I managed to score Stormhaven and High Dump bookings, so I will be doing a route very similar to yours. Did you need to get parking permits for halfway log or was it included in the backcountry booking.

That’s awesome! Have fun!! I had to pay for parking at the park office when I arrived, but I didn’t need to book it in advance.

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Hey! was wondering which spot out of the 9 you chose at High dump and any of them you’d recommend/we should stay away from. Excited to book a trip for the spring there this year!

Any of them would be good – they’re all pretty similar! I stayed at 9 which was either the last or second last site. It was good. There’s a decent amount of space between sites so you can’t really see the platforms next to you, but if there was group you could probably hear them. Have a great trip!

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Hi, loved this review. My husband and I have been canoe camping for years and are thinking of trying some backpacking for the first time this summer. This looks like a perfect spot, my only concern is the descent to High Dump looked pretty steep. We have hiking experience (but only with day bags) and I am a bit of klutz. Obviously you couldn’t film your descent but I am trying to get an idea of how technical it is? I’ve never used a rope for descent. Any information would be helpful! This was a great video!

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Hi Mikaela! Awesome video. I head to the Bruce every year. I was thinking of camping over on the side near site 9, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what the sites were like. They looked great, but I’m a bit afraid of that cave, too! I recall 8 and 9 being awesome, but I think one was really far from the water. Any recollections? Cheers!

All of the campsites at High Dump are about equal distance to the water. There’s a bear hang for everyone to use and there is a large tent platform (annoying for pegging the tent, but ensure a flat spot). I think it was just my site that was near the cave. Hope that helps! Have a great trip!

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Hello! You mentioned that there are poles for bear hangs at the sites. I’ve only been canoe camping and used barrels before – should I be buying a dedicated bear cannister/bear bag? It doesn’t look like you brought one and I was wondering whether you just put food/garbage in your pack and hung your pack.

I brought a dry sack and put the food inside that. A bear bag would also work (they’re just a little more expensive).

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Great work pulling this together. I’m hoping to kayak from Hope Bay to the Grotto and back. I would want to camp 2 nights each way. Any idea if there are spots to come ashore for camping along that route?

Thank you! Both High Dump and Stormhaven campgrounds are along the shore. You could pull up your kayak on the shore and then portage it up to the campground (maybe 100ft from the shore) and leave it by your tent pad over night. The distance in between the two campgrounds is not very far though – I think you could paddle the entire length of the BPNP shoreline in a full day (depending on your speed)

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Bruce peninsula national park.

At the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, which divides Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, sits Bruce Peninsula National Park. This popular southern Ontario destination for hiking and camping is located about four hours from Toronto. With many access points such as Cyprus Lake, Singing Sands, Halfway Log Dump and the Visitor Centre, make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation.

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Locations within Bruce Peninsula National Park.

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Visitor Centre: 120 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory, ON GPS: 45.257412 N, 81.655633 W

Cyprus Lake area ( Campgrounds and Grotto ) Cyprus Lake Road, Tobermory, ON GPS: 45.225937 N, 81.524772 W

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Bruce Peninsula National Park is located 300 kilometres from Toronto, Ontario. Access the park via all-season highway. The park is accessible from the south along Highway 6 or from the north via Owen Sound Transportation Company MS Chi-Cheemaun, which operates during the spring, summer and fall.

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Discover southern ontario’s best kept secret, got a question get in touch, hike each section of the bruce trail, your tour helps conserve the trail.

From hiking , to glamping , to unique culinary experiences , The Bruce Tour offers an adventure like no other. Our tours make hiking Southern Ontario’s Bruce Trail convenient and fun!

We’ve thoughtfully curated accommodations, rental equipment, cuisine and activities, so you can simply hike and dine . We want to share the beauty of Canada’s oldest marked trail by offering scheduled hikes through each of the 9 trail sections. We also love giving back, that’s why a portion of each tour purchase will be donated to The Bruce Trail Conservancy .

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The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath , extending from Queenston to Tobermory. The trail follows the Niagara Escarpment : a UNESCO (opens in a new tab) World Biosphere Reserve, making it a “learning place for sustainable development.” The trail’s name comes from the Bruce Peninsula, located on the northernmost section. Colin and Ben created The Bruce Tour after experiencing difficulties when organizing an end-to-end hike of the Niagara section. Now we want to share our expertise with fellow hikers . Come hike and dine with us!

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Summer nights are made for cozy campfires and sharing stories under the stars!  🌌 Our glamping experience adds a touch of luxury to your outdoor adventure, with private bell tents, delicious fireside feasts, and of course, s'mores.   Join us for a summer night you won't forget and visit our website to book your experience! #TheBruceTour #Glamping #SouthernOntario #DiscoverON #NarcityTO #BlogTO #VisitNiagara #ExploreOntario #ExploreON #ShareCanGeo #TheBruceTrail #BruceTrail ...

Take a peek at some of the tasty fireside feasts that our camp chefs have been cooking up over the past few weeks! 👀 Our Wilderness Culinary Experience menu changes with the season to showcase meals made with only the best fresh and local ingredients. This season's menu included local flavours, like grilled stone fruit with halloumi cheese, Grandpa's pan fried fish and desserts packed with Ontario berries. Keep your eyes open for new menu items coming soon! #TheBruceTour #OutdoorAdventure #FireCooking #OutdoorCooking #OutdoorLife #CastIronCooking #Foodie #CampChef #OntarioTourism #Campfire #DiscoverON #FNCEats #NiagaraEats #NarcityTO #BlogTO #LCBOFoodAndDrink #ExploreOntario ...

Another tour for the books! 🥾 Our most recent tour swept us through the stunning landscapes of the Iroquois Section: Part 1, conquering rugged terrains and immersing us in the beauty of the Bruce Trail. A special thanks to our fearless trailblazers for their enthusiasm and energy throughout the trip. Ready to book your adventure with us? Visit our website! #TheBruceTour #OntarioAdventure #Niagara #BruceTrailConservancy #HikeMore #HikeOntario #OntarioHikes #PictureYourselfHere ...

We just wrapped up another exciting Bruce Tour adventure, this time with @crushtours! 🍷🏕 Our guests enjoyed a Niagara wine tour throughout the afternoon, and joined us for the evening for a fireside feast and overnight glamping experience in our canvas bell tents. Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend? #TheBruceTour #CrushNiagaraTours #CrushOnNiagara #NiagaraWineTours #OntarioGlamping #MyNiagara #VisitNiagara #DiscoverON ...

Heres to another month of great hikes, amazing views and even better food! 🏕🥾 Thank you to all who joined us on the trails this July, and we’re excited to host all of the trailblazers who will be hiking with us the rest of this season! There’s still lots more summer left to hit the trails with us! Visit our website to book your tour. #TheBruceTour #BruceTrail #BruceTrailConservancy #HikeMore #HikeOntario #OntarioHikes #PictureYourselfHere ...

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Thinking about booking a tour with us? Chapter 3, the second part of the Iroquoia Section - Part 2 is another amazing 60km adventure completed over 3 days! Not sure if this tour is for you? On Chapter 3, you will.. 🌟 Hike Mount Nemo for unbelievable views of Southern Ontario 🌟 Explore the beautiful Smokey Hollow Falls 🌟 Experience the rare meromictic Crawford Lake 🌟 Enjoy our Wilderness Culinary Experience at Valens Lake Conservation For full details on each of our tours and to book your adventure, visit our website! #TheBruceTour #BruceTrail #BruceTrailConservancy #VisitNiagara #DestinationON #ExploreOntario #ChooseYourAdventure #HikingTours #NatureExploration #Trailblazers #DiscoverTheBruce #OutdoorAdventure ...

The Iroquoia Section - Part 1 is an exciting 60km adventure completed over 3 days! Not sure if this tour is for you? On Chapter 2, you will.. 🌿 Explore the city of waterfalls 🌿 Hike through 10kms of deep forest at Dundas Conservation Area 🌿 Explore some of Canada's only Carolinian old growth forests 🌿 Experience the iconic Devil's Punchbowl waterfall For full details on each of our tours and to book your adventure, visit our website! #TheBruceTour #BruceTrail #BruceTrailConservancy #VisitNiagara #DestinationON #ExploreOntario #ChooseYourAdventure #HikingTours #NatureExploration #Trailblazers #DiscoverTheBruce #OutdoorAdventure ...

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The Niagara portion of the Bruce Trail is an inspiring and challenging 80km journey completed over 4 days! Not sure if this tour is for you? On Chapter 1: Niagara Section, you will… 🌳Experience scenic views of Lake Ontario 🌳Get a taste of Niagara's iconic Wine Country 🌳Watch the unique marine traffic through the Welland Canal 🌳Explore some of Canada's only Carolinian old growth forests For full details on each of our tours and to book your adventure, visit our website! #TheBruceTour #BruceTrail #BruceTrailConservancy #VisitNiagara #DestinationON #ExploreOntario #ChooseYourAdventure #HikingTours #NatureExploration #Trailblazers #DiscoverTheBruce #OutdoorAdventure ...

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Gophers men's hockey takes a trip down championship memory lane ahead of michigan series.

Patrick Reusse

Hockey was recognized as a varsity sport for University of Minnesota men in the winter of 1920-21.

That makes it easy to state that what the Gophers will be celebrating at Saturday night's home game against Michigan will be the university's first championship in what's now 104 years of men's hockey.

Then again, a true championship is a team winning the best competition that it is eligible to win, so we cannot ignore the 1939-40 Gophers. They completed an 18-0 season with a 9-1 thumping of Brock Hall of New Haven, Conn. to win the national AAU title in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The Dairymen were a power in senior men's hockey, but no match for John Mariucci, Harold Paulsen and other standout Gophers.

The NCAA didn't start deciding a college champion until the 1947-48 season.

"Even with that, it still seems surprising that the Gophers had gone the first quarter-century without an NCAA title — that we were the first in '74," Bruce Carlson said this week, talking in the hockey cave in his Edina home.

He was one of 11 forwards skating in Boston as the '74 Gophers won that first NCAA title. The group in uniform numbered 19, with 11 having been recruited by Glen Sonmor.

The path for the Sonmor recruits was remarkable. In 1971, the freshmen were around for a surprise run to the NCAA title game and a 4-2 loss to Boston University.

The next season, the Gophers opened 1-7, and Sonmor then took a job starting up the WHA's Fighting Saints as general manager and coach.

Ken Yackel, a former hockey great and three-sport athlete for the Gophers, was named interim coach. The 1971-72 team finished 8-24 (.250), still the worst record in Gophers history.

Athletic director Paul Giel took the plunge and hired 35-year-old Herb Brooks. His first season was mediocre, which was an improvement.

The players all received a letter from Brooks before the 1973-74 season. Carlson has preserved that letter for 50 years.

It started with a quote from Danny Thompson, a Twins shortstop diagnosed with leukemia, on the shortness of a sports career (he died at 29 in 1976): "You have only so much time to do your thing."

Brooks pointed out he had offered the Gophers a similar message the previous season. Also from Herbie's letter:

"'I can' and 'I will' are phrases heard many times over. But the only phrase that holds any water is, 'We did it!'"

College hockey was a small world then: 10 schools in the WCHA, 16 schools in the ECAC, with a few stragglers. The official NCAA tournament was a final four with two teams from the WCHA and two from the ECAC.

First, there were two rounds of conference playoffs; two-game, total-goal series in the WCHA. The Gophers dispatched Michigan first, then things got salty.

Denver and its feisty coach Murray Armstrong came to the old Mariucci Arena. It was a 3-3 tie in the opener, and then an intense 2-1 win for the Gophers the next day.

"Many people, including Sonmor as a spectator, called it the biggest game in that arena's history," Carlson said.

The Harris brothers from Roseau, first Robby and then John in the third, scored the Gophers goals.

On to Boston — and first, a 5-4 overtime win over Boston University, playing four miles from its campus.

"We were ahead 4-1, BU stormed back to tie it, and then we were called for a penalty," Carlson said. "Herb sent out Mike Polich, and he picked off a pass, and put in a shorthanded goal with 13 seconds left.

"Unbelievable. That's as great a goal as the Gophers ever have had."

Two nights later, there was Michigan Tech, the WCHA champs, in the title game.

"[Goalie] Brad Shelstad was great, all season, that night, the MVP of the NCAA tournament," Carlson said.

Gophers 4, Michigan Tech 2.

Brooks' teams would win again in 1976 and 1979, and then he took a leave of absence from the Gophers — something to do with Lake Placid, N.Y, as I recall — and did not return.

Saturday, 13 of those original Gophers NCAA champs will take a bow after the first period. Some couldn't make it — Les Auge and Tom Dahlheim have passed away — but all to be remembered 50 years later.

They were Herbie's Boys, the first Gophers to be able to look at the coach and declare, "We did it!"

Herbie's Boys

Forwards: Bruce Carlson, Cal Cossalter, Tom Dahlheim, John Harris, Robby Harris, John Matschke, Warren Miller, Pat Phippen, Mike Polich, Buzz Schneider, John Sheridan.

Defenseman: Les Auge, Doug Falls, Joe Micheletti, Brad Morrow, John Perpich, Dick Spannbauer.

Goalies: Bill Moen, Brad Shelstad.

Not in final game but on the team: Tim Carlson, Eric Lockwood, Mike Phippen and Tom Vannelli.

Patrick Reusse  is a sports columnist who writes three columns per week. Write to Patrick by e-mailing [email protected] and including his name in the subject line.

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Tobermory Itinerary: The Best of Bruce Peninsula

Welcome to the picturesque town of Tobermory, located on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Known for its stunning landscapes, crystal clear waters, and rich biodiversity, Tobermory offers a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers and those craving tranquility.

This Tobermory itinerary will guide you through the must see attractions and the best of Bruce Peninsula.

Spend a day hiking to the grotto, admire the gorgeous blue waters from cliffs above, sing around a camp fire under the stars & so much more!

Tobermory is approximately 4 hours away from Toronto and is the perfect place for locals and tourists alike to spend a summer holiday.

So, get ready, pack your bathing suit and sunscreen and let’s visit the turquoise waters of Ontario. 

Some links in this Tobermory itinerary will be affiliate links. If clicked, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you!

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What is special about Tobermory?

Tobermory, Ontario is located within one of the most gorgeous areas in Ontario, the Bruce Peninsula. Visitors come from all over the world to see the gorgeous blue waters and famous underwater shipwrecks at Fathom Five National Marine Park.  

The area is known for it’s unique geological rock formations (Flowerpot Island) , the Grotto , the towering forests and cliffs overlooking crystal-clear waters.

Although Tobermory is mostly known for it’s  proximity to some of the most beautiful parks in Ontario, the town itself has a unique charm worth visiting.

The harbour, cute shops, ice cream parlours and colourful buildings, all add to the beauty of the town.

When is the best time to visit Tobermory?

Typically the best time to visit Tobermory is during the summer months from June to September. The weather is best, there are longer daylight hours and optimal conditions to hike, kayak, swim and more!

However, the crowds can be overwhelming during the summers, especially summer weekends.

Therefore, I will take it a step further, and say that I recommend early autumn, WEEKDAYS to be the best time to visit. This will significantly decrease the crowds.

That’s just me being me though… you have to visit when it’s most convenient for you.

Early autumn weather is still gorgeous. Temperatures range from 10°C – 18°C (50°F – 65°C) with minimal rainfall.

The autumnal colours will send you overboard, I don’t know how many times I see fall foliage and it is still one of the best things my eyes have seen.

How to get from Toronto to Tobermory?

Driving to tobermory.

There are several options for traveling from Toronto to Tobermory. The most convenient way is by driving which takes approximately four hours .

If you are from the Toronto area, or anywhere within Ontario really, it should be pretty easy to get to Tobermory. We are used to the long cottage country drives over here in Canada.

However, if you are visiting Toronto from afar and want to stop over at Tobermory and the national parks, I definitely recommend renting a car.

You can check out rental cars deals and discounts here!

The most common route is past the city of Brampton, taking Highway 10 north and getting on Highway 6 at Owen Sound all the way until Tobermory.

Bus to Tobermory

Parkbus is a bus company that provides services from Toronto to Tobermory & Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Check out their website here for schedules, fares and booking options.

Parkbus’ mission is to help people, especially those without cars, get to parks & outdoor destinations easier!

They do not recommend visiting Tobermory as a day trip , neither do I. However, you do have the option to book a return same day.

How many days should I spend in Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula?

To fully experience the wonders of Tobermory and its surrounding parks, I recommend at least 3-4 days.

Our stay in Tobermory: 4 days, 3 nights (including travel from Toronto).

Where to stay in Tobermory?

Tobermory offers a range of accommodation options to suit every preference and budget. You can choose from cozy bed and breakfast, comfortable cottages, lakeside resorts or campsites. 

I personally recommend staying in a cottage or vacation rental. This will give you a true feel of northern Ontario.

I have been visiting cottages every summer for my whole life (the perks of growing up in Toronto), and let me tell you, there is no better feeling than waking up to the smell of bacon, overlooking a gorgeous lake, with a full day of fun and relaxation ahead of you. Trust me.

Tobermory Cottages & Vacation Rentals

Popular places to stay around Tobermory include the town centre, or nearby cottage country area.

Click here for Tobermory Vacation Rentals.

Do NOT forget to book WELL in advance. Some gorgeous cottage / vacation rentals near Tobermory include:

Zorra’s Den Superb Tobermory Retreat w/ AC, Wifi, EV Charger & Soothing Lake Sounds

  • 3 beds, 2 bath: sleeps 6
  • Great location
  • Nespresso & Keurig coffee for your morning needs
  • High speed Wifi
  • Fire pit (for use if NO fire ban in effect)
  • Great for those : who need to work (wifi), travelling in a larger group / family travel

Click here for booking & pricing information for this gorgeous cottage!

Beautiful Cottage in Tobermory

  • 5 star rating
  • 3 beds, 2 bath: sleeps 8
  • Fabulous location: 3 minute drive from town , 17 minute drive to the Grotto
  • Bonfire with Muskoka chairs (a Canadian cottage CLASSIC).
  • Great for those: who want fast access to town!

Check for prices & booking on Vrbo here!

Tobermory – Lake Huron Waterfront – Newly Renovated Cottage

  • 4 beds, 2 bath:  sleeps 8
  • Memory foam toppers on the mattresses!
  • Waterfront property
  • Great for thos e:  travelling in bigger groups, wanting lake front access!

Click here for prices & booking for this lake front cottage!

Cozy and Cheerful Cottage – Steps from the Lake!

  • 2 bed, 1 bath:  sleeps 4
  • Lake view cottage!!
  • Close to hiking trails
  • Location : 22 minutes from Tobermory town
  • Great for : small families, those who love to cook! (spacious kitchen available for use)

Check prices & booking information for this cozy and cheerful cottage here!

Tobermory Hotels

Big tub harbour resort.

Big Tub Harbour Resort is a waterfront hotel in Tobermory, Ontario. The location is perfect for sight seeing or hiking in the gorgeous Bruce Peninsula National Park.

The hotel has cottage style rentals or hotel rooms available. Big Tub Harbour Resort is a great choice for those who wish to explore the region or those who wish to relax and swim just steps from their door.

Check out this Tobermory waterfront property here!

Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages

The Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages is located in the heart of Tobermory. This is a perfect spot to lay your head after a long day of hiking and swimming in Bruce Peninsula National Park!

Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages offers affordable and different room options for those travelling on a lower budget. Check them out if you want to visit Tobermory for less!

Click here for prices and booking Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages!

Cyprus Lake Campground

Cyprus Lake Campground is another great option for your Tobermory itinerary. It is perfect for those who wish to camp in the area! This campsite fills up extremely fast. Please book WELL in advance to ensure your desired dates!

Cyprus Lake has 232 drive-in campsites available for rent; each site offers a picnic table, fire pit, access to outhouses and showers, WiFi, and sports areas.

Click here for Parks Canada, Cyprus Lake Campground booking.

Important Information for your Tobermory Itinerary

If you take anything away from this itinerary, let it be these 5 tips 1. Plan this trip FAR in advance: Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula are super hot tourist destinations for many Ontario residents, as well as tourists visiting from afar. Hotels, cottages, hiking trail parking and camp sites will fill up very fast. As soon as you know you want to visit, BOOK! 2. Book parking for your hikes: Parking lots for hikes work on a booking system. You must make a reservation in advance. If you do not have a parking reservation, there is NO outside access to the parks. Click here to book parking for the Grotto and Halfway Log Dump. 3. Aim to visit Tobermory & Bruce Peninsula on weekdays and in off season . Weekends (especially long weekends), are PACKED. Avoid crowds! 4. Leave enough time for hikes: Do not jam pack your itinerary and miss out on important things because you did not leave enough time for a 6 hour hike! Plan accordingly!! 5. Download the free app Alltrails here for important hiking trail information.

Ready for one of the most beautiful destinations in Ontario? You’re in the right place, let’s dive head first into the crystal clear waters of Bruce Peninsula!

Day 1: Travel Toronto to Tobermory & Lion’s Head Provincial Park 

Morning: travel from toronto to tobermory.

Get up early for your road trip to Tobermory! If living within Ontario with access to a car, getting to Tobermory should be easy peasy!

If you are visiting from afar, I recommend renting a car to make the trip out to Tobermory, click here for Rental Cars deals & discounts!

Parkbus is a great option for those who do not have access to a car, this bus takes you from Toronto to Tobermory with return trips available. Check out Parkbus here!

Afternoon: Lion’s Head Provincial Park

Lion’s head lookout trail .

Lion’s Head Lookout Trail is a scenic hiking trail located in Lion’s Head Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

This popular trail offers breathtaking views of the rugged coastline along Georgian Bay , making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers.

The Lion's Head Lookout Trailhead

The McCurdy trailhead is where the Lion’s Head Lookout trail begins.

This is where you are taken on an exhilarating journey through a diverse landscape of forests, rocky terrain and STUNNING cliff formations. 

Forest of the Lion's Head lookout trail

As you hike, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the turquoise waters below.

Lion's Head Lookout Point

The hike is approximately 3.5 kilometres one way and is categorized as moderate difficulty.

The trail is very well marked and maintained, we had no issues following along.

Trail markings in Tobermory

Although the hike is marked moderate, we were able to do it with ease, after a summer of not much hiking (so do not worry)!!

The higher you go, the more beautiful the views will be. Once at the top, the Lion’s Head Lookout point, you will have unobstructed views of the turquoise waters crashing against the cliffs. 

The trail can be uneven at some points, so make sure to wear sturdy and appropriate shoes . We just wore running shoes, however, hiking shoes may be needed for variable weather.

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just casually visiting Tobermory, the Lion’s Head Lookout Trail is a MUST-see . You won’t believe that these waters exist in Ontario. This hike is one of the highlights of my summer. I can’t wait to do it again!!

I highly recommend downloading the free app Alltrails to view length , difficulty and terrain of hike ahead of time, as well as track your hike throughout. You can download the app here!

Lion’s Head Harbour and Lighthouse

Lion’s Head Harbour and Lighthouse will be a relaxing break for you after your long hike! The area is SO picturesque, bring your camera, you are in for a treat!

Lion's Head Lighthouse

There is parking right at the harbour, this is a pay for parking lot. 

Spend as little or as much time here, the views are gorgeous. Sit on the rocks or soak your feet in the cool blue waters.

Lion's Head harbour

Evening: Camp fire

Head back to your cottage or Tobermory accommodation and have a camp fire.

Be sure to look into fire bans in the area , if there is one in effect, you are not allowed to have a fire!

Day 2: Bruce Peninsula National Park

Morning: halfway log dump hike.

The Bruce Trail Halfway Log Dump Hike to the Grotto is a captivating trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park. 

Halfway Log Dump Trailhead

You must book your parking in advance for this trailhead.

They offer 6 hour slots for parking, I recommend booking this first thing in the morning so you can complete the harder hike in the morning and relax in the afternoon!

Click here to book for parking at the Halfway Log Dump.

Some personal advice for this hike …

We hiked this trail in the thoughts that we would end at the Grotto and spend time there with enough time to hike back. PLEASE , do not try this if you are not a seasoned hiker (or up for 7km there, 7km back). Not only did we not have enough time to hike back within the 6 hours, we had to hitchhike from the Grotto parking lot to the Halfway Log Dump parking lot to go pick up our car… This is just a warning, if you feel as though you can make this hike in the right amount of time, by all means go for it! If I was to redo this, I would do this hike with the aim of NOT visiting the Grotto and then visit the Grotto in the afternoon or another day via their parking lot.

That being said, this trail is GORGEOUS . As you hike, you will witness the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment.

Halfway Log Dump Hike

The route follows a section of the famous Bruce Trail, which stretches over 900 kilometres total. You can end at the Grotto or turn back whenever you are ready to!

Click here to view the hike on the free app Alltrails.

Afternoon: The Grotto

The Grotto, a gorgeous cave with a natural blue waters below, is one of the most POPULAR things to do in Tobermory.

In my opinion, this is well worth the visit, however, definitely overrated. I preferred the Halfway Log Dump starting points. Anyway… this Tobermory itinerary would be incomplete without it.

If you were able to complete the Halfway Log Dump hike all the way to the Grotto, congratulations! That is no small feat. If not, opt to book another parking slot at The Grotto for a more relaxing time.

The Grotto

The Grotto’s parking is for 4 hour time slots . This is enough time to park yourself on the rocks, go for a swim and take in the gorgeous views.

You have to make a Parks Canada parking reservation here.

The Georgian Bay Trail hike from the parking lot to the Grotto is about 30 minutes in length, with an easy rating.

You can head straight to the Grotto or stop at Indian Head Cove, which is a white boulder beach you will pass on your way there. Indian Head Cove is a great place to stop for a swim before you relax above the Grotto.

Indian Head Cove

Once at the Grotto, PLEASE be careful . People were climbing down the cave, and jumping into the water, do so at your own risk (I do NOT recommend this). The former lifeguard in me sees red flags all over the place.

Enjoy your four hours at the Grotto before making your way back to your car!

Click here for The Georgian Bay Trail hike , from The Grotto, you can finish the trail through Horse Lake or Marr Lake.

Evening: Campfire under the stars

Campfire at the cottage

After a VERY long hiking and swimming day, spend the rest of your evening with some BBQ and campfire!

Day 3: Fathom Five National Park & Flowerpot Island

Morning: boat cruise or kayak over shipwrecks at fathom five national park.

Start your morning by boarding a boat cruise that will take you on an immersive journey through the calm waters of Lake Huron. As the boat glides along, enjoy the panoramic views of the picturesque shoreline and expansive lake!

You will be seeing some of the coolest time capsules in Canada! The sunken shipwrecks are found under crystal clear waters, and honestly it’s kind of eerie.

Shipwrecks at Fathom Five National Park

After visiting the shipwrecks, the boat will take you to Flowerpot Island. I recommend getting off the boat and hiking around the area if you have time!

There are a couple Tobermory cruise companies; the two most popular are Blue Heron Cruises and Bruce Anchor Cruises .

Both boat companies offer drop off round trips to Flowerpot Island and/or stay aboard scenic boat trips. Additionally, Blue Heron and Bruce Anchor cruises both offer glass bottom boat tours to get the BEST views of the shipwrecks at Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Afternoon: Flowerpot Island

Flowerpot island loop trail.

This is an easy 3.5 kilometre, captivating hike within Fathom Five National Marine Park . Flowerpot Island Loop Trail will take you on a journey around the island. Start at the dock and set off on your journey through the forest.

Flowerpot Island

The iconic flowerpot formations are some of the most stunning geological formations, they literally look like flowerpots. Flowerpot Island loop hike is full of gorgeous look out points with panoramic views of Lake Huron.

Click here to view this hike on the free app Alltrails (download it, it’s easy to use & free).

Evening: Big Tub Lighthouse & Tobermory Town

Located on Big Tub Harbour is the popular Big Tub Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in the 1800’s and used as a navigational guide for ships using the harbour.

It is now a tourist attraction that is visited by a number of people each year. Big Tub Lighthouse is a short walk from the parking lot. You do not need much time here.

I suggest taking a few photos or relaxing on the rocks as you take in the views!

We spent about 30 minutes here maximum.

Spend the rest of your evening walking around town, enjoy some ice cream at the local ice cream parlour or get a true Canadian treat, a Beavertail!

Good night!!

Extra Time in Tobermory

Singing sands beach.

If you have extra time in Tobermory, I recommend visiting Singing Sands Beach . Singings Sands Beach is a gorgeous crystal-clear water beach with white sands. 

I mean, more beautiful waters with sand to relax on? Where do you go wrong here? 

Still craving some exercise? Go for a swim or walk along their boardwalk!

The reason this is not on my main itinerary was due to the fact that it was hiking heavy, however, if you want a more relaxing Tobermory trip, switch out a hike for a day at Singing Sands Beach.

TIP: If you have a parking pass for The Grotto or Halfway Log Dump, you have free parking at the Singing Sands Beach. 

Day 4: Head back to Toronto from Tobermory

Morning: pack up and head back to toronto, spirit tree estate cidery.

On the way back from Tobermory, head to Spirit Tree Estate Cidery for some delicious cider & treats! This cidery offers a number of cider tastings that are made from Ontario apples, pears, lavender and more. 

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery

The orchard is gorgeous and a great environment to have a drink and unwind after a busy few days of hiking. We visited on a weekend and they had live music performances and thin crust oven pizza to keep us entertained and fed. 

The Spirit Tree shop has ciders, treats and artisanal goods for purchase.

Fill up on delicious goods and get back in the car for the rest of your drive to Toronto! This is the perfect ending to your Tobermory itinerary!

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Final thoughts on Bruce Peninsula & Tobermory Itinerary

This Tobermory itinerary offers a delightful mix of natural wonders, outdoor adventures, and serene moments amidst breathtaking landscapes.

From Lion’s Head Provincial Park to Bruce Peninsula National Park and the captivating Flowerpot Island, you are sure to experience the essence of Tobermory’s charm.

Whether you’re seeking thrilling hikes, tranquil beach walks, or captivating shipwrecks, Tobermory, Ontario, is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of its awe inspiring beauty.

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Bruce Trail: How To Hike The Longest Trail In Canada

Explore the Niagara Escarpment and hike Canada's longest and oldest marked trail.

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The longest and oldest marked trail in Canada, the Bruce Trail, is considerably shorter and easier than its longest American counterparts (like the Appalachian Trail). Still, at over 500 miles long, it is no walk in the park. The trail is mostly easy terrain (this part of Canada is quite flat), and it is a great trail for groups and families.

The Bruce Trail is located in southern Ontario and runs from the Niagara River to the tip of Tobermory, Ontario. It follows the Niagara Escapement that runs from Minnesota through Ontario and is famously what Niagara Falls plummets over. On the West Coast of Canada, one of the most rewarding trails is the challenging West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island .

While the main trunk of the Bruce Trail is over 890 kilometers or 550 miles long, there are another 400 kilometers or 250 miles of associated side trails. The trail mostly traces the edge of the stunning Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara Escarpment is one of Canada's nineteen UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves and has much of the most stunning scenery of southern Ontario.

  • Length: 890 Km or 550 miles Plus 400 km or 250 Miles Of Side Trails
  • Built: In The 1960s

The trail is maintained by the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) and other groups. Parts of the trail are very popular, and the trail attracts over 400,000 visits every year. It is the oldest marked trail in Canada; it was created during the 1960s.

Related: This Is How Long It'll Take To Walk The Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Along the trail, hikers find many waterfalls (there are many rivers and streams cascading over the Niagara Escarpment). By far, the largest and most famous of the waterfalls is Niagara Falls. Not only does the trail cut through some of the most stunning areas of southern Ontario, but it also runs through some of the most populated areas of the province (and all of Canada).

  • Terminuses: Queenston, Ontario & Tobermory, Ontario

The southern terminus is close to Niagara Falls. From the other terminus at Tobermory, visitors can continue their journey by taking the ferry across Lake Heron to Manitoulin Island - the largest freshwater island in the world.

Around half of the trail runs through public land, with other parts over private land and partly on road allowances.

The trail passes through reserves, provincial parks, and national parks. Along the way, people can see cobble beaches, waterfalls, rocky crevices, old-growth forests, open meadows, and more. Hiking sections of the trail are one of the great weekend activities and excursions for people living in Toronto.

As with all massive trails - visitors do not need to hike the full trail. Instead, they can just hike whatever sections they feel like. The trail is open year-round (in winter, it becomes a winter trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing).

  • Dogs: Permitted On A Leash (Except When Signed Otherwise)
  • Camping: In Designated Areas Only
  • Permitted Traffic: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing
  • Forbidden On The Trail: Bicycles, ATVs (and Other Motorized Vehicles), Horses

The Bruce Trail is not a multipurpose trail like many American trails - bicycles and horses are prohibited on the trail. Perhaps the most usual tool is the dedicated Bruce Trail App that every hiker should download.

Related: You Can Access The Appalachian Trail Via Train From New York City

People who would like to explore Canada's oldest trail can join one of the Bruce Trail Conservancy hikes. They offer hikes to both members and non-members (although some hikes may be for members only).

Hikers need to register in advance for the hikes, and people need to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the hike. Also, visitors should bring along their identification and health card (but leave the doggies at home).

The hikes range in difficulty, and each hike has a hike description along with information on the distance, pace, and terrain of the hike. The pace of the hikes varies from leisurely (3 km/hr or less) to fast (5+ km/hr).

The hiking schedule is published on their website, and there are hikes all along the extensive trail.

For those who would like a selection of breathtakingly long trails, America has a number of trails well in excess of 1,000 miles .

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"A Lot Of Self-Inflicted Errors"; Bruce Cassidy On Loss To The Sabres And What's Gone Wrong On The Road Trip

B ruce Cassidy wasn't happy with last night's game against the Buffalo Sabres and referenced the numerous turnovers and self-inflicted errors by the Vegas Golden Knights but these errors represent a bigger picture on the Golden Knights season. 

The self-inflicted errors are being represented in more than just yesterday's game. The Golden Knights are 3-6-1 in their last ten games with regulation losses to the Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and now the Buffalo Sabres. Four out of the six teams are currently in a playoff spot which shows the bigger picture of what is going wrong with the Golden Knights.

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A Perfect Weekend to Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park

Last Updated February 20, 2023 William Tang

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Nestled in the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a special vacation spot for Ontarians and visitors alike in the summer months. There is a plethora of things to do up here in Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula National Park .  Hikers can enjoy the world-famous and best stretch of the Bruce Trail.

The National Park has such a variety of terrain – jagged edged rocks, amphitheater like overhangs, caves, and your choice of boulder or sand beaches.  Visitors can ride a car-bearing ferry, the Chi-Cheemaun, across to Manitoulin Island or a speedboat out to Flowerpot Island and along the way take in the bay floor which is littered with ship wrecks of a different era.

In the main town of Tobermory is a cute collection of quaint restaurants, art galleries, shops and adventure outfitters.  Want to scuba dive?  Tobermory has that too!  It is truly the jewel of the north!

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Getting away from the big city

How to get to tobermory from toronto, day 1 – flowerpot island, day 2 – the grotto and bruce peninsula national park, tobermory trip costs, tips & tricks, close to town.

view of the grotto at bruce peninsula national park in weekend trip to tobermory

Bruce Peninsula and the famed Tobermory is one of the most spectacular places in Ontario. What will impress you the most about this region are the rock formations and the clarity of the water.

It’s not a trick of the lens. You can literally see straight down to the rock floor which is something you’d only expect to see on tropical beaches of the south.

While Tobermory feels like it’s a long distance from Toronto, it’s actually possible to make a trip of it in a weekend.

Personally, the best way to do this trip is to drive up later on Friday afternoon and book 3 nights at a Cyprus Lake campsite at Bruce Peninsula National Park . Alternatively, you could come up Saturday morning as well.

Don’t believe the nay-sayers, Tobermory can be totally done on a 2 day weekend!

The map below shows that it takes roughly 4 hours and 17 minutes from downtown Toronto to get up to Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula.

To maximize your time here, try to head out as early as possible.

Google Map screenshot of the 4 hour journey from Toronto to Tobermory for a weekend trip

Photo Essay of What A Weekend in Tobermory Looks Like

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Whether you’re coming to Tobermory Friday night or Saturday, you can officially kick things off with lunch in the town of Tobermory where you can’t miss The Fish & Chips Place .

After a tour around town, booked our tickets with Blue Heron Cruises and their tour which is a round trip trip to Flowerpot Island with stops to two 19th century shipwrecks , and excellent views of Big Tub Lighthouse .

To close things off, return to camp such as the one at the the Poplars Campgrounds of Bruce Peninsula National Park which wraps around Cyprus Lake .

End off the day with a nice fire and of course s’mores!

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After a lazy morning around camp and making breakfast, we spend the rest of the second day exploring Bruce Peninsula National Park where we’re already in.

The beauty of a campsite at the park is that you can easily walk to many of the highlights including The Grotto , Boulder Beach, and various trails including Marr Lake Trail.

On a hot summer’s day, there are plenty of chances to jump into the water and enjoy the crisp clear waters.

We spend the night at our campsite and head back to Toronto early the next day.

A lot of people ask about the costs for trips so trying to be more diligent about capturing this info.  This is the cost per person.

  • Gas – $20
  • Camp food – $20
  • Drinks – $15
  • Camping supplies – $10
  • Flowerpot Island Tour – $45
  • The Fish & Chips lunch – $10

Total Costs:  $120

  • Reserve early – We booked really late and there were literally only 1-2 campsites left for us to pick from.  If you want your pick of sites or a chance to book yurt huts, I would do it as soon as bookings are available. Remember that this is not a provincial park so you’ll be doing reservations with Parks Canada instead of Ontario Parks.
  • No showers – Keep in mind that there are no shower facilities in the park so just a heads up.
  • Gets cold – This is after all the north and when we were there in late June, nights dropped down to 10C.  Water temperatures were ice cold at 3C.  We talked to a few locals and they said at most the water only gets to 10C in late August.  Packing wise, be prepared to layer up at night.
  • Down the rabbit hole – There’s hidden rabbit hole that can get you down into the Overhanging Point amphitheater down below. It’s easy to miss and a little daunting but totally worth the detour.

Places to stay near Tobermory

If you’re thinking about heading up to Tobermory and looking for an alternative to camping, there are a ton of properties available that are great for large groups, families, and couples.

entrance to adventure the bruce inn in tobermory


This property is more of an inn but with its proximity to the town of Tobermory, it makes a great stay from a convenience point of view.

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front entrance to lionheart guesthouse b&b near tobermory


While this is further south and located right by Lions Head Provincial Park, this is a comfy place to stay that comes with breakfast included.  This os more of a traditional bed and breakfast type of place.  It is also cheaper than staying inside Tobermory.

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Marc Bourbonnais says

April 7, 2022 at 7:13 PM

Such a surreal place! Can’t believe this place is in Canada!

Wingman says

June 26, 2020 at 5:15 AM

Gorgeous photos and yet another reason for me to visit the National Park. and thanks for the small chart of COSTS, TIPS & TRICKS, it will help me a lot.

August 26, 2019 at 10:38 PM

That fish and chips place actually looks amazing. I stopped for fish and chips at Dockside Willie’s in Wiarton before heading further into the Bruce. I wish I waited! Well…there’s always next year. Thanks for the guide Will.

Will Tang says

August 27, 2019 at 11:10 AM

Hey Bobby, thanks for reading and thanks for the tip about Dockside Willie’s!

Chanel | Cultural Xplorer says

October 28, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Will be heading to Toronto (and Canada) for the first time this summer and I was looking to add in a couple of small trips as well, glad I came across this post ^_^ Will be bookmarking!

June 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Ugh can Canada get anymore beautiful! I love these little hidden gems, can’t wait to get there one day!

June 17, 2015 at 8:23 PM

Thanks for stopping by Pippa! Tobermory sure is a hidden gem. It’s absolutely gorgeous in the summer. Hope you’ll be able to go someday soon.

July 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

That looks great! There’s just so much to love about Toronto! Thanks for the tip.

July 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Thanks for your comments! Yes I think most people don’t realize there’s this dramatic and beautiful landscape just a few hours north of Toronto.

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Things to Do on the Bruce Peninsula: A Complete Guide to Ontario’s Most Stunning Shoreline

From the national parks to the charming towns, our complete guide of things to do on the Bruce Peninsula will help you plan your adventure.

Things to do on the Bruce Peninsula

Dividing the glorious shores of Georgian Bay from the turquoise waters of Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula, also known as the Saugeen Peninsula, is one of the most popular places to visit in Ontario.

Replete with dramatic landscapes shaped by the crashing Great Lakes and the rocky Niagara Escarpment, this stunning example of Ontario’s majestic shores is home to some of the greatest wonders the province has to offer.

Each year, the Bruce Peninsula attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who make the journey up from Ontario’s urban centres to enjoy the quaint small towns such as Wiarton and Tobermory, and the natural wonders of “The Bruce”. The breadth of attractions of this narrow peninsula is simply astounding.

The Bruce Peninsula is home to not one, but two Canadian national parks, several cave systems, adorable towns, stunning beaches, loads of shipwrecks, and several of the most incredible hikes in Ontario.

From the gorgeous waters to the epic landscapes, and everything in between, here are the top things to do in the Bruce Peninsula.

About The Bruce Peninsula

Flowerpot Island from the Bruce Peninsula

Dividing Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula juts outwards between the cities of Southampton and Owen Sound. At its tip is the town of Tobermory, a popular summer vacation spot for those visiting both Bruce Peninsula National Park as well as Fathom Five National Marine Park. Tobermory is also the location of the Chi Cheemaun Ferry which takes travelers out to Manitoulin Island .

This popular destination is home to the final point in the epic Bruce Trail, an epic hiking route that winds for more than 900 kilometres from the city of Queenston on the border with New York up to Tobermory Harbour at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

Throughout the 154 square kilometres of the Bruce Peninsula, there are a plethora of charming small towns that are a treat to visit. Towns such as Wiarton, Lion’s Head, and Sauble Beach are just a few of the places that make this region of Ontario such a popular destination.

In recent years, more and more locals have begun recognizing and appreciating the rich Indigenous history of this famous peninsula.

Indigenous history is rich within the Bruce Peninsula, both the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway Territory have made their home for countless generations and their communities are both recognized under the Crown treaties.

Thanks to recent land acknowledgments and the push for Indigenous rights in Ontario, Canada, and beyond that Parks Canada has begun to refer to the Bruce Peninsula as the Saugeen Peninsula as a token of respect to the caretakers of the land. Over time, we expect that this term will catch on from its current naming for James Bruce , a former Governor and diplomat who help shape Ontario during the mid-1800s.

Amazing Things To Do On The Bruce Peninsula Ontario

There is a wide range of Bruce Peninsula activities for every interest. Whether you’re looking to explore the Bruce Peninsula beaches, hikes, town, or waters, our guide to the Bruce Peninsula lets will help you plan the ultimate itinerary.

We’ll lay out the best things to do on the Bruce Peninsula from the base to the tip to help you plan your visit.

Explore The Towns Of The Bruce

From bottom to top, the Bruce Peninsula is packed with magnificent small towns. Here are just a few that you’ll want to check out.

Lion's Head Lighthouse in the Bruce Peninsula


Southhampton is a small town at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. Make a visit to the historic Southampton Market, explore the trails of MacGregor Provincial Park, or grab a beer at Outlaw Brew Co.

Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach might be the biggest draw of the Bruce Peninsula south of Tobermory. Not only is it home to one of the best beaches in Ontario, Sauble Beach, but this popular summer tourist town is loaded with attractions including adventure walks and Sauble Falls Provincial Park.

Grab a meal at Casero Taco Bus, watch the sunset from the beach, and stroll along the small-town shops to pick up some fun beach clothes to enjoy on your visit to the Bruce.

Owen Sound, Ontario is home to some incredible hiking and cycling routes. The largest city on the Bruce Peninsula also hosts a popular farmers market, art galleries, and live theatre entertainment. Owen Sound is also a popular starting off point for local waterfall tours that include Inglis Falls, Indian Falls, and Jones Falls.

Enjoy the waterfront, shop around the scenic downtown, and treat yourself to an ice cream at Sunday’s Ice Cream Parlour .

Lion’s Head

The small town of Lion’s Head gains its claim to fame from the famed Lion’s Head lookout which is accessed via the trailhead within the city. But the town has much to offer beyond the iconic hike. Head to the waterfront for some beautiful cycling or paddling or just laze around on the Lion’s Head beach. While you’re there you can check out the beautiful Lion’s Head lighthouse.

For those who love stargazing in Ontario , you can make a visit to Bayside Astronomy and access powerful telescopes to see stars, craters, and mountains on the moon as well as Saturn’s rings.

Home to Canada’s most famous groundhog, a visit to Wiarton should be on everyone’s list of Bruce Peninsula things to do. Besides visiting the rodent that determines the length of our Ontario winter’s , Wiarton has loads of other experiences for visitors.

Wandering through the Corran ruins that date back to 1821, take a stroll through Bluewater Park, hike through Spirit Rock Conservation Area, and grab a bite to eat at the Green Door Cafe.

Perched right at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula is the tiny town of Tobermory. Stop in at the Sweet Shop or Peninsula Supply Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet treat and get out to explore.

In Tobermory, there are a wealth of attractions to experience, many of which are covered in other areas of this guide. But you’ll want to make sure that you make a visit to the Big Tub Lighthouse, take a cruise out to Flowerpot Island, and enjoy some snorkeling among the many shipwrecks that can be found just a short distance from shore.

Experience World-Class Hiking

Hiking on the Bruce Peninsula is an experience that draws outdoor lovers from around the world. Beyond the epic Bruce Trail, which covers a massive 904 kilometres from Niagara to Tobermory, hikers are drawn to other Bruce Peninsula hikes. Here are a few of them.

The Lion's Head hiking in Bruce Peninsula

Arguably the most popular hike on the Bruce Peninsula, Lion’s Head hike can be done as an out and back from the Lion’s Head trailhead or as part of a challenging 18.7 km loop that explores the landscapes and waterfront of Lion’s Head Provincial Park.

Be warned though, this hike is extremely popular. And in the summer months the trailhead fills up extremely fast. Locals in the town of Lion’s Head have become overwhelmed with supporting those coming into the town for the hike and filling up street parking. Research your visit beforehand, ensure you follow proper trail etiquette, and support the local businesses in order to keep access to this wonderful hike open to the public.

Halfway Log Dump

Another popular hike on the Bruce Peninsula is the Halfway Log Dump trail. While this trail wasn’t blessed with a beautiful name, it more than makes up for it in views.

This 7.7 km point-to-point trail covers some of the most scenic shorelines of Bruce Peninsula National Park. The hike passes sea stacks, rocky beaches, and the famous Bruce Peninsula Grotto on a one-way journey to Cyprus Lake Visitors Centre.

Halfway Log Dump has received so much traffic in recent years that a reservation system has been put in place between June 17 to September 25. You must book ahead in the Parks Canada reservation system or you will be denied entry.

Singing Sands Forest Beach Loop

Singing Sands might be the most popular of all of the Bruce Peninsula beaches, but its also home to a stunning hike that offers outdoor lovers a completely different view of the region than the ultra-popular Georgian Bay side.

This three km moderately difficult hike follows gentle streams nestled among vibrant wildflowers. You’ll explore the dunes along Dorcas Bay before ending your hike at Singing Sands beach itself.

Bruce Peninsula Beaches

With the Bruce Peninsula being surrounded by water on both sides, there’s no surprise that it is home to some absolutely phenomenal beaches. Some of these beaches are absolutely world-class and no visit would be complete without a dip.

Crowded Inn restaurant on Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach is home to the world’s second-longest freshwater beach in the world. It is, without a doubt, one of the best beaches in Ontario.

The beach is divided into two sections, a public area at the base of the town of Sauble Beach, and a private area managed by the Saugeen First Nation. The Saugeen First Nations side may require a fee to access, however it is much less crowded than the public beach.

Singing Sands

One of the most popular beaches in the northern section of the Bruce Peninsula is Singing Sands. The beach got its name from the eerie howl the sand makes as its blown over the limestone cobble shorelines and alvar.

Although Singing Sands is located on the Lake Huron side of the Bruce Peninsula, it’s still part of Bruce Peninsula National Park. It can get very busy. And the small parking lot means that the beach might be too busy to visit, especially on weekends.

Oliphant Beach

Located about 15-minutes west of Wiarton, Oliphant Beach has been a popular getaway for families for generations. The long shoreline and shallow waters of Lake Huron make it a safe and relaxing place to visit. This beach has also drawn numerous kiteboarders and is becoming one of the hottest destinations for the sport in Ontario.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park

The crown jewel of the Bruce Peninsula is none other than Bruce Peninsula National Park. The park covers 156 sq. km of craggy limestone cliffs, mixed forests, wetlands, and rocky shores. One visit and you’ll understand why it’s been made a part of the  UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve .

Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to some of the most popular things to do on the Bruce Peninsula including the Bruce Peninsula Grotto, a sea cave located on the Georgian Bay shores, and Halfway Log Dump, a popular hiking trail that follows the rocky shoreline. The Bruce Trail also passes through the park on its way to Tobermory.

There is one campground within the park, located at Cyprus Lake Campground. Bruce Peninsula camping is one of the most sought-after experiences in the park. And as such, camping spots tend to book up within minutes of reservation eligibility. Both the Grotto and Halfway Log Dump require reservations to access during much of the high season. And as such, Accessing Bruce Peninsula National Park has become one of the most sought-after experiences in the region.

While Bruce Peninsula National Park books up fast, there are other, private campgrounds throughout the Bruce Peninsula for campers if they can’t get a reservation. You can check out a list of private campgrounds near Tobermory  here .

Fathom Five National Marine Park

Flowerpot Island in Fathom Five National Marine Park

Located off the shores of Tobermory, Fathom Five National Marine Park is Ontario’s only National Marine Park. The series of islands and protected waters that make up this important area makes it one of the most incredible places to visit on the Bruce Peninsula.

The park is home to an incredible collection of islands and shipwrecks that draw divers from around the world. In fact, Fathom Five National Marine Park is one of the world’s best destinations for freshwater SCUBA diving. IF you want to experience this magic for yourself, connect with local SCUBA outfitter Diver’s Den , they’re a reputable company that runs many dives and diver training in the area.

One of the most popular activities in Fathom Five is the glass-bottom boat tours that take visitors over and around many of the islands and shipwrecks. The tours usually culminate in a visit to Flowerpot Island, a spectacular natural wonder that has large stone towers that stand out against the blue waters of Lake Huron.

A fun way to get a closer glimpse at some of the wonders of Fathom Five National Marine Park is by booking a private tour with Tobermory Wave Adventures . I did a trip with them this past summer and the up-close and personal views we were treated to were amazing!

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Bruce's Caves Conservation Area in the Bruce Peninsula things to do

Hidden within the gorgeous landscape of the Bruce Peninsula are a collection of jaw-dropping cave systems that visitors are just beginning to discover. Exploring these cave systems is one of the most exciting things to do on the Bruce Peninsula.

There are three major Bruce Peninsula caves that draw visitors. And each one has it’s own unique features that make it a pleasure to explore.

The Grotto is, without a doubt, the most famous Bruce Peninsula cave. This jaw-dropping sea cave in Bruce Peninsula National Park is so popular that for much of the year there is a reservation system in place for those who want to visit. The Grotto is accessed via a short hike from the Cyprus Lake Visitors Centre or via a much-longer hike by way of the Halfway Log Dump hiking trail.

Bruce’s Caves

Burce’s Cave is a shallow cave system with mammoth mouths located near the base of the Bruce Peninsula. The system is located in Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area just a short drive northeast of Wiarton.

The Bruce Caves Conservation Area consists of seven hectares along the Niagara Escarpment. Within the park visitors will find caves and wooded wetlands, and beautiful views.

Greig’s Caves

Greig’s Caves is a cave system located near the base of the Bruce Peninsula near the town of Hopeness. This private cave system is open seasonally from May till Thanksgiving Weekend.

All visitors must pay an entry fee and sign a waiver before entering the property. And once you’re there you can enjoy a self-guided tour throughout the 10 limestone caves located along a rugged trail. The property has long been a popular attraction in Bruce Peninsula and has even been a filming location for  Quest for Fire  and  Against the Wild .

Bruce Peninsula Waterfalls

Some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ontario are located at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. While these disappear as you head north, these Bruce Peninsula waterfalls make for some spectacular stops on your road trip itinerary.

Indian Falls Bruce Peninsula waterfalls

Indian Falls

Indian Falls is a 15-metre tall waterfall located in Indian Falls Conservation Area just 10-minutes north of Owen Sound. The beautiful horseshoe shape of this bridal veil-style beauty attracts visitors from across Ontario. There are hikes throughout the Conservation area to enjoy the scenic woodlands as well.

Sauble Falls

Situated just a short drive north of the town of Sauble Beach is beautiful Sauble Falls Provincial Park. This historic step cascading waterfall was the former home of a timber mill and generating station. But these days it has been transformed into one of the most popular provincial parks on the Bruce Peninsula.

Jones Falls

Located just a few minutes west of Owen Sound at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, Jones Falls is a 12-metre tall Bruce Peninsula waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment. The waterfall is located in Pottawatomi Conservation Area and the falls are fed by the Pottawatomi River.

This waterfall is at its most powerful from early spring through to the end of July. There are over 116 hectares of park to explore. And it’s a particularly beautiful spot during the fall months when the fall colours of Ontario are in bloom.

Bruce Peninsula Lighthouses

There are 15 Bruce Peninsula Lighthouses to visit and photograph during your time in the region. They dot the shores and islands on both sides of the peninsula.

Big Tub Lighthouse

Big Tub Lighthouse is a gorgeous red and white lighthouse located right in the town of Tobermory overlooking the mouth of Big Tub Harbour. The 14-metre tall wooden lighthouse was built in 1885 and is still used to this day.

Big Tub Lighthouse in Tobermory, Ontario

Lion’s Head Lighthouse

Originally built in 1903, the Lion’s Head Lighthouse has been rebuilt several times over the past century due to the extreme weather that the cove experiences. The most recent destruction occurred in 2019 when it was brought down by high waves. The popular attraction was quickly rebuilt and can again be visited by lighthouse lovers.

Cove Head Lighthouse

Built out of stone in 1855 and originally fuelled by Sperm Whale oil, the Cove Head Lighthouse is one of the most scenic and historic lighthouses of the Bruce Peninsula. In 1971 an underwater cable was run to the island allowing the light to function on electricity rather than by burning fuel.

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Bruce Ian Meader passed away on January 14, 2024 at his home in Abbott, TX at age 68.

Born in Vallejo, CA on July 28, 1955, Bruce was a "military brat" and his early years were spent accompanying his parents and sister around the Pacific as his father was a submarine officer in the Navy.

His formative years were in Washington D.C. where he attended St. Stephen's School.

Later he briefly attended George Mason University eventually transferring to Carnegie Mellon University where he earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees.

Following his education, Bruce assumed a teaching position as an instructor in graphic design at the University of Michigan for ten years. In 1993 he moved to a faculty position in the Department of Graphic Design at Rochester Institute of Technology where he taught for 26 years until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2019. He was a beloved teacher to his many students, being characterized by them as amazing, generous, mentor, friend, lover of fine typography in graphic design.

Bruce was pre-deceased by his father Commander Bruce Irvine Meader, his mother Carol Meader and sister Susan Cherry. He is survived by his loving daughter Carolynn Howk (Meader), Son-in-law Brandon Howk, Jr., grandchildren Averey Elizabeth Howk, Brandon (Tripp) Howk III. Camdon Howk and nephew Scott Cherry.

The great loves in Bruce Meader's life were his daughter Carolynn and her family, his many friends, fine typography, graphic design and, of course, the Beatles.

A memorial event for Bruce is planned for Fall, 2024 at the Schmitt Interfaith Center, RIT.

Posted online on March 02, 2024

Published in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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Bruce Trail Sections and Maps

You can explore hundreds of kilometres of Niagara Escarpment beauty along the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Trail Clubs

The Bruce Trail Conservancy includes nine member Clubs, each corresponding to a section of the Bruce Trail. Each Bruce Trail Club is entirely volunteer run, and is responsible for maintaining, building and rerouting Trail, caring for the land, working with local landowners, organizing hikes and work parties, and promoting the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s conservation work.

Downloadable Bruce Trail Maps

The 42 maps are identical to the print version of The Bruce Trail Reference – Edition 31, and are sent by email for use on a desktop. Trail changes since this edition are NOT incorporated in downloadable maps. Check our online Trail Changes & Notices for updates.

Explore Bruce Trail Sections and Downloadable Maps

The Bruce Trail Conservancy includes nine member Clubs, each corresponding to a section of the Bruce Trail. Here you can learn more about each of the nine sections of the Bruce Trail and the associated Bruce Trail Club using the interactive Bruce Trail map.

Bruce Trail App

Find, plan and track your next bruce trail adventure., the bruce trail app.

Plan and track your hikes along Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, and explore new areas along the Niagara Escarpment, with the most up-to-date route information, in an easy-to-use format. The Bruce Trail App can help beginner hikers, seasoned explorers, and aspiring End-to-Enders alike!

Features include: Parking and camping information, connection to the GPS on your phone for directions, the latest trail changes and notices, measuring and planning tools, a tracking tool and more!

The new Bruce Trail App is available for iOS and Android devices by subscription.

Download the Bruce Trail App on the  App Store  or  Google Play  with a  FREE 7-day trial . Then, to continue with unlimited access to the app and its ongoing trail updates, you can  subscribe for $2.99/month or $29.99/year .

Proceeds from app subscriptions go to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to help maintain the app, care for the Trail, and support our conservation work. 

Bruce Trail Reference Guide

Taking the necessary time to look at a map before heading out on the bruce trail can help you plan for your adventure., the ultimate resource for the bruce trail.

The Bruce Trail Reference is updated every few years. The latest edition is Edition 31, published August 2023.

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Edition 31 Features:

  • 42 topographic maps of the Bruce Trail from Queenston to Tobermory (including parking, access points, and camping locations).
  • Trail descriptions, kilometre-by-kilometre, for the main Bruce Trail and Side Trails
  • Index Map of the entire Bruce Trail
  • Introductory sections on the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Niagara Escarpment geology, flora and fauna, Indigenous Culture, Trail Safety, Map Information, and more.
  • Field Guide to Niagara Escarpment Species (laminated fold-out; produced in collaboration with Waterford Press)
  • NEW: Sections on Escarpment biodiversity, End-to-End hiking, and Dogs on the Trail.
  • All in a 6-ring binder, with a removable vinyl sleeve for carrying individual maps

Order Edition 31 today >

Our insert-only version has all the same great content as The Bruce Trail Reference but does NOT include the binder or vinyl sleeve. Best for those with a binder from a previous edition or who don’t mind an unbound version.

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Bruce Trail Poster Map

Keep track of your Bruce Trail journey, or post it for inspiration.

Poster Size:  23.94″ x 35.94″

For general reference only. Not for hiking. This map is not intended to replace the more comprehensive and accurate Bruce Trail printed hiking maps, available via the Bruce Trail Reference Guide or the Bruce Trail App .

Bruce Trail Updates: Changes and Notices

Re-routes, temporary closures, parking changes and other notices happen regularly along the Bruce Trail. Before heading out, always check for the latest trail changes or notices. The most recent trail changes and notices are below.


  • Enter a descriptive word, location, map number or trail section in the search bar below.
  • To search by map number, include quotation marks. For example, “ Map 34 “ .
  • To search by map number with a single digits, include a space within the quotation marks, after the number. For example, “Map 3 “ .

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Map 10 – Iroquoia – Mount Nemo Shortcut

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Map 25 – Beaver Valley – Annual Closure for hunting

Apr. 25, 2024

Map 10 & Map 11 – Iroquoia & Toronto – All Conservation Halton Areas Closed, Feb. 28, 2024

Feb. 28, 2024

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Map 10 – Iroquoia – Bronte Creek bridge – temporary closure – LIFTED

Jan. 30, 2024

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Map 9 – Iroquoia – temporary closure

Jan. 17, 2024

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Map 12 – Toronto – Annual Closure, Limehouse

Dec. 22, 2023

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Map 14 – Toronto – Terra Cotta CA – temporary closure

Jan. 2 – Apr. 1, 2024

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Map 8 – Iroquoia – Rock Chapel parking – annual closure

Dec. 21, 2023

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Map 23 – Blue Mountains – Pretty River Access Side Trail

Dec. 4, 2023

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Map 23 – Blue Mountains – Annual Closure, Petun Side Trail

Dec 1, 2023

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Map 11 – Kelso Conservation Area – temporary closure – LIFTED

Jan. 22, 2024

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Map 18 – Caledon Hills – Hockleycrest Ski Trails

Dec. 1, 2023

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Map 22 – Blue Mountains – Devil’s Glen, Annual Closure

Nov. 30, 2023

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Map 2 – Niagara – Woodend – roadside parking prohibited

Nov. 17, 2023

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Map 26 – Beaver Valley – Annual Closure, Beaver Valley Ski Club

Nov. – Apr.

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Map 26 – Beaver Valley – Kimberley Forest – new parking area

Nov. 14, 2023

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Map 24 – Beaver Valley – Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, Temporary Closure – LIFTED

Nov. 20, 2023

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Map 28 – Beaver Valley – new parking area

Nov. 13, 2023

Trail changes and notices can also be found in:

  • Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine : The maps printed in the magazine are printed at the same scale as the Bruce Trail Reference for easy cutting & pasting.
  • Bruce Trail App : Trail changes are incorporated in real-time in the app. Remember to open your app when you have access to internet/wifi and it will download the latest available trail data.

Remember: If your map doesn’t match what you see on the trail, always follow the Bruce Trail blazes and heed any closure signage.

The Great Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map

Along the bruce trail there exist a growing number of fascinating destinations that convey indigenous culture and history..

These and other points of interest related to Indigenous peoples are also found in The Great Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map . Developed by Plenty Canada, the map is a multimedia online resource containing stunning photography, captivating video, and contextual information that identifies important Indigenous historic, cultural, and natural world locations along the Niagara Escarpment. As The Great Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map grows, the Bruce Trail Conservancy is committed to honouring Indigenous voices, and integrating Indigenous land-based knowledge and experience, heritage sites, and areas that are important to the protection of biodiversity into the maps and materials of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy and Plenty Canada worked together to integrate Indigenous content into this edition of the Bruce Trail Reference. These points of interest include:

1)  Landscape of Nations: The Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial, which honours Indigenous contributions made during the War of 1812 [Map 1] ;

2)  the First Nations Peace Monument, which recognizes the fateful meeting between Laura Secord and First Nations allies [Map 3] ;

3)  the Souharissen Natural Area, named after the hereditary leader of the Chonnonton Nation [Map 9] ;

4)  the Crawford Lake Iroquoian Village, that reveals reconstructed longhouses [Map 11] ;

5)  the Wiidosendiwag (Walking Together) Trail, that presents Saugeen Ojibway symbolic sculptures [Map 33] ; and

6)  Neyaashiinigmiing (Point Of Land Surrounded On Three Sides By Water), home to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation [Map 36] .

Indigenous Cultural Landmarks

Cultural mapping is emerging as an exciting interdisciplinary field that is fully compliant with and supported by the multi-media capabilities of the Internet. As such, the interactive map of The Great Niagara Escarpment is layered upon the land featuring appropriate knowledge and histories of meaningful Indigenous locations to re-establish Indigenous experience and voice upon this ancient and special geologic formation. Within the context of the Niagara Escarpment, Plenty Canada worked with Indigenous advisors and a growing network of professional allies to document, celebrate, and safeguard important Indigenous heritage resources.

Tim Johnson, Senior Advisor

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