Hike the Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is home to the famous Bruce Trail. Starting in Tobermory, the main trail follows the Niagara Escarpment for approximately 800km. In fact, this trail provides the only public access to the Niagara Escarpment, which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, meaning various levels of protection govern the land. In its entirety, the rugged footpath is Canada’s longest hiking trail and stretches through the province to Queenston in Niagara Falls. However, some of the most spectacular views—particularly of Georgian Bay—occur in the northern part of this Peninsula. Because The Bruce Trail Conservancy requests visitors refrain from using bicycles, motorized vehicles and horses on the path, the best way to see these views is by foot.

Rich in natural beauty, the peninsula does not only provide a greatly admired part of the Bruce Trail, but it’s also where you will find the 11-km-long Sauble Beach—Canada’s number one freshwater beach.

Amenities: Some campsites are available along the trail, but must be booked in advance with the facility operator. Before you go, check for service changes due to COVID-19.

What to do: There are plenty of places to explore no matter the time of year. Going in the autumn? Here’s your guide to taking in the spectacular fall colours.

How to get there: Travelling from Owen Sound, Highway 6 is the main route leading up the 100km-long peninsula to Tobermory, where the trail begins. With hundreds of access points along the path, white markers indicate the Bruce Trail’s main route, while blue markers signify side trails.
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