Things To Do In Bruce Peninsula
The Bruce Peninsula is a wonderful little region in southwestern Ontario that is surrounded by Georgian Bay on one side and Lake Huron on the other. It is covered with water from three sides and is the most famous tourist destination in Ontario. The Bruce Peninsula also covers a part of the Niagara Escarpment and therefore it is a very preferred location for visitors who are looking for an outdoor trip. It is considered to be the largest area of natural habitat in Southern Ontario and has two very famous national parks. The Bruce Peninsula is known for its unique flora and wildlife which is home to some of the oldest trees in Northern America.
Apart from the amazing natural beauty, this place also has a lot to offer in terms of sporting and water-based activities. It is a must-visit place for everyone owing to its picturesque views and vibrant energy.
The Bruce Peninsula is located just 2 hours away from Toronto, and we will recommend that you visit Toronto while you are on your trip to Southern Ontario. Check out our post Things To Do In Toronto to find out more.
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Now let’s jump straight into the Bruce Peninsula and see what more can you find here.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
The most popular attraction in the entire Ontario region is the Bruce Peninsula National Park owing to the beauty and peace that this place has to offer. It also covers a part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve and is considered the largest area that is left undeveloped in Lake Huron. Due to its protection from any development, it is a completely different way to experience the natural beauty and shorelines. You should definitely visit this place and explore the various new species of plants and wildlife. There are various outdoor activities that you enjoy and the place is preferable in any season.
In the winter season, they host special camping and bonfire events which is a really great way to witness the milky way galaxy. Apart from this they have skiing and skating tracks too.
Timings: Open all day. They have special events and camping trips. You can check out their official website and plan your trip accordingly.
This Cave is also known as the Bruce Peninsula’s best kept secret and rightly so. These limestone caves are an extensive and spectacular formation on Georgian Bay that are considered to be decades old. This is a must-visit place as it provides a unique escape into the natural environment. It is also an amazing opportunity for hiking. The Caves provide picturesque views of the vast Georgian Bay which is a spectacle not to be missed.
There are various fun activities that you can try such as trekking, hiking, and bird spotting. It is a really fun place to spend your day and explore the hidden parts of the Bruce Peninsula.
Timings: Open all days. 9 am to 6 pm. The last person entry is at 5 pm. You can check out their website here to get more information about the things that you can enjoy.
Lions Head Provincial Nature Reserve
This natural reserve is located near the town of Lion’s Head which derives its name from a famous rock formation that resembles the head of a Lion. It is the most visited tourist destination in the Bruce Peninsula region due to the availability of rare species of both plants and wildlife. Apart from the natural beauty, this place is also a passing point of the Bruce Trail. Many trekking enthusiasts prefer to start their trip from this park.
There are also other significant natural attractions that you can explore in the park. If you find yourself visiting this place, make sure to check out the neighboring area of Lion’s Head. Also, visit the famous Lighthouse.
Timings: Open all days. 9 am to 8 pm.
Things to do: take a self-guided tour of the natural reserve. Explore the Niagara Escarpment. Go hiking or trekking.
Devil’s Monument Loop Trail
This loop t is a unique formation that resembles a “flowerpot”. It is said to be formed by wave actions from a glacier 5500 years ago. It is definitely a natural wonder of the earth in a true sense and you should definitely check this out on your trip. Apart from visiting this wonderful formation, this place is widely used as a hiking trail by tourists. Not only just for leisure walks but Devil’s Monument Loop Trail is the most famous Trail owing to its connections with the Bruce Trail. You should definitely check out this hidden gem on your trip and enjoy the picturesque views.
Timings: Open all days.
Things to do: go on hiking and trekking expeditions. Visit the famous Devil’s Monument.
Bayside Astronomy is a free program launched by the government to educate and provide a wonderful experience of the Peninsula’s skies to its visitors. It is a really beautiful experience to add to your collection. Their advanced telescopes and various other professional gadgets allow you to view planets and stars that are a million light-years away!
The skies of Bruce Peninsula are considered to be the darkest in southern Ontario which makes this place a perfect place for stargazing.
Make sure you plan to include this amazing place in your trip.
Timings: they are only open from Canada Day to Labour Day. The shows start at 5 pm after sunset, from Monday to Friday. Make sure to check out their website for more information and advance bookings.
The Grotto is widely known as a tourist hot spot because it is visited by more than hundreds of tourists every year. It is located in the Bruce Peninsula National Park and offers a perfect view of the Georgian Bay shoreline. This widely visited place is surrounded by trails and has many beautiful parks.
It is a must-visit place for everyone. We recommend that you spend your day relaxing and enjoying the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. There is also a trail that runs across the Grotto and is mostly preferred by tourists who are looking for a nice short walk. Due to the scenic views and beautiful paths, this place can be enjoyed every season.
Timings: Open all days.
Things to do: visit the national park. Take a hike in the Grotto. Visit the long dump shoreline. You can make advance bookings on their website so that you don’t miss a chance.
Lions Head Lighthouse
This place is located in the small town of Lion’s Head and makes for a perfect destination for a short day trip. It is a nice and pretty place that offers various delicious cuisines and serves the best seafood. If you find yourself in the town, make sure to check out the Lion’s Head Lighthouse which is a very significant tourist attraction. It is located on the Municipal Harbour which is considered one of the deepest points in Georgian Bay.
You can spend a nice relaxing day enjoying the crystal clear waters and magnificent cliffs.
It is well worth a place to include in your trip to the Bruce Peninsula.
Timings: Open all days. 9 am to 11 pm.
Ascent Aerial Park
Located in the southern part of the Bruce Peninsula, this adventure park is a great place to visit with your family and friends. It is a perfect idea for a getaway trip to Sauble Beach that lies 40 kilometers to the south of the Bruce Peninsula.
It is filled with so many adventure sports and fun activities that you will want to visit this place again and again.
They offer various activities according to the age groups that allow everyone to enjoy their time. There are fun Basecamp activities for children which are a great attraction. Make sure to try out rock climbing and ropes courses. These activities are widely loved by tourists.
Timings: Open all days.
Things to do: try various aerial activities. Do rock-climbing, rope courses, and zip coasters. Make sure to book your tickets in advance and get more information on the website here.
St. Edmunds and Peninsula Museum
If you are wondering the Bruce Peninsula is all about beaches and parks, we bring to you our next pick. St. Edmunds and Peninsula Museum is the right way to go if you want to take a day off from all the fun activities and explore the city. This museum preserves the heritage of the Northern Bruce Peninsula and offers insights into the history of this vibrant place.
You can go back in time to the 19th century and gain a deeper understanding of the early settlers in the area. It is a great place to visit. There are also a number of cafes in the area that you can stop by and have a quick bite. It is located on the Tobermory Highway.
Make sure to check out their amazing collection of artifacts that document the history and culture of the place.
Timings: Saturday and Sunday. 11 am to 4 pm.
There isn’t a better way to explore the blue waters of the Bruce Peninsula other than taking a cruise from the Tobermory area.
There are various packages available for you to choose from and you can explore all the significant places with great fun.
The most famous cruise is the Tobermory Blue Heron Boat Cruises. They offer various tours and you should totally check them out on their website to book your package.
Things to do: we recommend that you try the Tobermory Sunset Cruise which will take you past the Grotto and the flowerpot formation. All of this while enjoying the beautiful sunset!!
Earthbound Touring Gardens
This beautiful garden located in the Red Bay area of Southern Bruce Peninsula is a great place to visit on your trip. It is a very interesting place with vibrant gardens and country art. The major attraction of this garden is the unique plants. You can also purchase these plants if you wish to buy some for yourself. The owners have done a really good job in preserving the native species and you should definitely check this place out.
Timings: Open all days. 9 am to 5 pm.
Fathom Five National Marine Park
This freshwater ecosystem is located in the Tobermory region of the Southern Bruce Peninsula. It is a really fascinating place including natural rock formations and shipwreck sites that are both amazing and rare.
You should definitely spend a day in the park and explore the hidden gems in the deep oceans. To book your tickets you can visit their website here. Also, find more information about the latest tours.
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