The Bruce Peninsula is a blade of land that extends north from the southwestern side of Georgian Bay creating the definition between Lake Huron and the deep waters of the bay. The land as a whole is sparsely populated. A mixture of fertile farming soil inland with cottages lining the coastline on the eastern and western sides. The drastic landscape was carved out hundreds of millions of years ago in a time where the region was submerged in sea water.
The result today is rugged cliff faces, deep water bays, world class beaches and dense growth.
Driving north on Highway 6 is a deceiving feeling. Surrounding you on all sides is farmland. Hay, vegetables, and cattle set the scene for a trip like the pastured land of Nova Scotia. Rolling hills, long laneways and a single lane road travelled at a calmed and relaxed pace.
Leave your led boots at home - this journey is about taking in every detail of where you come from to where you’re going. Know that gleaming out the window to either side, just beyond sight is a waiting adventure. Villages are peppered throughout. Each with a personality that cannot be duplicated. Wiarton rests on the edge of one of the largest bays on the Peninsula - Colpoys Bay. A town of no more than 2000 full time residence, yet it pulls off the dynamic of a much larger town.
Lions Head is a moment off the beaten path of Highway 6 Between Wiarton and Tobermory. Lesser known as a destination for travellers, but one look from the waters edge outward and you will instantly see why this is a necessary destination for those in-the-know! The view of Lions Head National Park is sensational and is one of the Peninsulas BEST hikes.
Tobermory is the central hub town for the key points of interest of Northern Bruce Peninsula - The Grotto of Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Park, Boat Tours, and the Freshwater Scuba Capital of the world.
Sauble Beach is Ontario’s answer to the quintessential beach town. Cottages line rivers and coastline beaches for a rustic getaway feel - complimented by the surf-town style retailers that you expect to help you step out of your everyday. Shallow warm water, sandy beaches and minimal waves resulted in Sauble Beach being rated by a major publication as one of the top beaches in the world.
The list of what can you NOT do on the Bruce Peninsula would be easier to write. So know that your imagination and ability is your limit. The mixture of diverse geography combined with the deep-rooted spirit of the locals to enjoy their natural surroundings has created endless opportunities.
The natural landscapes have inspired generations of artists from painters to chainsaw carvers - all looking to translate the tapestry of their environment into a medium that all can enjoy through galleries and Artists Co-Ops. If there is one common theme here on the Bruce, it’s that you don’t come here to sit on the couch - so come prepared. Hiking boots to bathing suit. If there is one piece of advice that can be given regarding travel on the Bruce Peninsula - Plan and Book.
Spontaneity is the spice of life - but know your core trip in advance. Each year more and more people discover how amazing the Bruce Peninsula really is - and they are coming in flocks. The best things to do - the stuff you really want to see - fills up quickly. Try our handy itinerary planner tool to help you make the most of your travels.
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