Experience the Bruce Peninsula Land
Experience the Bruce Peninsula on Land!
Hiking, cycling, bird watching, gardens tours, museums, star gazing, romantic sunset viewing... there are plenty of things to do off the water on the Bruce Peninsula. Please find below some suggestions of experiences on the Bruce Peninsula for all ages and levels of experience.
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This trip will take most of a day - Or you can take 2 - there are lots's of Accommodations available for you on the peninsula. Visit our Bed and Breakfasts, Motels / Hotels and Cottage Rentals. Or spend the evening in a campground.
Start your drive in Sauble Beach. The beach in itself is a great place to visit and stay - with the second largest freshwater beach in the world -who could ask for anything more! Our tour starts at the sign - which is located on the beach just off Bruce Rd 13. Enjoy the beach - the sunsets are awesome. Spend the night - enjoy dinner on the beach and set out for the peninsula in the morning.
Follow the beach north until you wind your way back onto Bruce Road 13. Turn left and you are immediately at Sauble Falls, another good picture stop. Follow Bruce Road 13 all the way to Wiarton until you reach Highway 6. Turn right into Wiarton. Go down hill until you reach William street. Turn left. Go to 578 Brown Street - This is home to Wiarton Wille. After visiting Willie - continue 100 m to Bluewater Park. Here you can walk the lovely waterfront and take your photo beside the giant Wiarton Willie statue. Now leave the way you came. Follow HWY north ubtil Bruce Rd 9.
Follow Bruce Rd 9 north 15 minutes to Beech St. This will be on your right hand side. - there are a couple of lovely views of Colpoy's Bay on your way. You are now going to drive to Hope Bay. Here is a gorgeous small community with a harbour and a small beach. There is great hiking close- by - don't forget to purchase a Peninsula Bruce Trail Association map so you can see where the trails are and the parking for each trail!
Leave the way you came - back to Hwy 6. Follow north into Lion's Head. This quaint port village has a some interesting stores such as an art co-op gallery, a photo store, a place to get ice cream - and a fabulous family style restaurant called Marydales - the perfect spot for your lunch! Or picnic down at the shore over-looking the bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Visit the Lighthouse which is located in the Marina -turn right on scott street, then left on Helen St - then right on McNiel St to get to the Marina.
Now continue north on the street you arrived on - now called Main st. This Rd will turn into Isthmus Bay Rd. Follow Isthmus Bay Rd north along the shore. You will have some breath taking views of the "lion's Head" escarpment to the south - and Smokey Head to the north. You will reach a bend in the Rd - follow to the left - the road bends north again. After 1 km - the rd comes to a junction. Follow the Rd straight - this turns into 40 Hills Rd. This windy hilly Rd leads north through some deciduous forest an wetlands. follow 10 minutes until you pass Lindsay Rd 5. The Rd now becomes East Rd. On the right hand side just past Lindsay Rd 5 you will hopefully see a field of Buffalo. They sometimes hide amongst the trees in summer to escape the heat. A little further up this Rd is St Margaret's Chapel. Stop and visit this quaint little church. Continuing north along East Rd - take a detour along Cape Chin Rd North - there is a pottery shop and a restaurant located down this Rd - as well as a excellent masseuse and aromatherapist at Aromatica. You can also hike to Devil's Monument at the end of the rd.
Continue north along East Rd until the end - Dyer's Bay Rd. Turn right. Follow to a T junction then turn right (this is still Dyer's Bay Rd) If you turned left here you could take a side trip to LarkWhistle Garden - open 3 days per week. Continue along Dyer's Bay Rd - you will drive past the public dock (great spot to cool off in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay) the a long row of cottages. When you come to a hill - you will turn right on Forbes Rd and this will veer to the right and turn into Cabot Head Rd. Follow this dirt Rd along the shores of Dyer's Bay. This is a lovely drive with some wonderful views of the bay, and the cliffs. There is a small waterfall halfway down (bring a fishing rod and worms and you might catch a rainbow trout in the right season!). Watch out for poison ivy if you stop on the shore for a walk. At the end of this Rd is Cabot Head Lighthouse - where there is a small art gallery and museum. There are trails to hike around the area - a visit to Wingfield basin is a must see. This is a perfect spot to picnic overlooking the beauty of Georgian Bay.
Return the way you came along Dyer's Bay Rd. Go past East Rd and follow Dyer's Bay Rd to HWY6. Turn right. Head north to Cyprus Lake where you can take a side trip into the Bruce Peninsula National Park and visit the "grotto" located on the shores of Georgian Bay. There is a great campground in the park - but reserve in advance so you wont be disappointed.
Take HWY 6 north to Dorcas Bay Rd. Turn left and follow down until you reach Singing Sands - entrance on your right. If it is near sunset - a surprise is waiting for you at Singing Sands. The sunsets on Lake Huron are second to none! Or visit this sandy beach in the day and relax in the calm warm waters of this shallow bay.
Last stop - Tobermory. Head back north on Hwy 6 10 minutes and you are in Tobermory. If you go to the end of Hwy 6 and turn left - you can follow this Rd to the Big Tub Lighthouse - great spot to swim in the bay and/or have a picnic. The village of Tobermory has some world class dining as well as lots of lodgings. Make sure you book lodgings in advance in summer!
Kiteboarding is a fast and furious sport, a great way to spend a day on the water. More and more people are taking to this wild sport and the waters of Lake Huron are a great spot to do this! The beaches off Oliphant and Sauble Beach are some places known for great winds and waves.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
Whether you are experienced, or looking to learn a - Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to spend time on the Bruce Peninsula. Spend a couple of hours or a couple of days discovering the hidden places of the Bruce Peninsula by kayak or canoe. There are several outfitters available to provide you with top quality canoe or kayak rentals - and there is dozens of areas to take your boat to explore the wonders of the Bruce Peninsula .Visit our boating page to view more information on Canoeing & Kayaking on the Bruce Peninsula.
FISHING ON LAKE HURON
Fish the depths of Lake Huron for prize winning salmon or trout - or fish for bass, brook trout and other smaller gamesfish from shore or from the mouth of one of the many rivers and streams that run into Lake Huron from the peninsula. Visit our fishing pages for more information on fishing on Lake Huron