Fantasy Friday – Bruce Peninsula

I’ve heard so much about “The Bruce” from many cottagers in the Toronto area.

Growing up near London, Ontario, our beach/cottage get-aways always consisted of going south instead of north to beaches such as Long Point, Port Dover and Turkey Point.

I really feel like I missed out on some gorgeous northern/ish landscapes by not visiting the Bruce Peninsula, aside from Sauble Beach once upon a time. I barely remember anything about it, except that the water was freeeeezing!

So a little fantasy about an area very close to where I am right now: the Bruce Peninsula.

Here’s my agenda:

1. Hiking in Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada for this:

The Niagara Escarpment runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. It forms the backbone of the Peninsula and shapes the northern boundary of most of the park, providing our new park with some of its most spectacular scenery. The rock of the Escarpment is very old.

Since the last Ice Age, water levels in the region have undergone great changes. Softer limestone has been eroded away by water action, leaving magnificent overhanging cliffs at various points along the shore. These are the big attraction of the Cyprus Lake trails.

Where erosion has cut more deeply, caves have been formed, like the Grotto on the shore between Marr Lake and Georgian Bay Trails. Great blocks of dolomite, undercut by wave action, have tumbled from the cliffs above and can be clearlyseen below the surface of the deep, clean waters of Georgian Bay.

Commonly seen wildlife on The Bruce Peninsula includes chipmunk, squirrel, raccoon, porcupine, snowshoe hare, skunk, white-tailed deer, snakes and frogs. Black bear, fox, fisher, martin and the Massasauga rattlesnake are not as commonly seen.

2. Greig’s Cave to experience this:

Enjoy a one hour hike through the rugged forested trails and explore the natural limestone caves where part of the movie Quest for Fire was filmed, but come prepared with good hiking shoes with a good tread, as the rocks may be slippery. You will also need a flashlight for some parts of the cave.

3. Sauble Beach (again) to watch the gorgeous sunset, walk along the softest sand, and star-gaze at night, like so:

Lake Huron shoreline is where you’ll find 11 km of the softest sand and most pristine waters in Ontario: SAUBLE BEACH. Sounds like paradise? While the beach is the main attraction for many visitors, there are plenty of activities as well as a vibrant commercial sector. As evening falls, Sauble Beach offers perfect views of the world’s most spectacular sunsets over Lake Huron. Star gazing in Sauble Beach is an astron-omer’s dream come true. The lack of urban lighting allow for amazing views of the heavens!

The beautiful sand dunes of Sauble Beach are part of an ecosystem that has evolved over thousands of years. The dunes provide natural shore protection, and are home to many rare and unique plants and grasses. Please respect our beach and use the boardwalks to protect the dunes and their plant life. We all want to enjoy our world-class beach for generations to come.

4. Hike the Singing Sands Trail at Dorcas Bay:

This trail crosses a small stream, then turns left following a two-track path through the woods. In the spring, many wildflowers can be seen along the way. At the end of the trail, one can loop back following the rocky shoreline of Dorcas Bay, ending back at the sandy beach of the starting point.

5. Visit Devil’s Monument and marvel in the physical forces that shaped this ‘flowerpot’:

Devil’s Monument is a 44′ “flowerpot” formation located inshore on the coast of Georgian Bay. This large inland flowerpot or stack was formed by wave action from a post-glacial lake 5,500 years ago. It is directly on the Bruce Trail – accessible from the end of Cape Chin North Road on the Bruce peninsula.

It’s unique formation makes this a true wonder of the earth and should not be missed on your trip “Down Cape Chin North Rd Tourist Area” The Niagara Escarpment represents a “driftless area” in Southern Ontario, where the rock outcrops and landforms are exposed.