I spent a few days hiking several sections of the Bruce Trail that runs through Bruce Peninsula National Park. The National Park is part of a World Biosphere Reserve. People come from all over the world to see the rugged cliffs and the Caribbean-hued water that is part of the Georgian Bay. Reportedly there are 1,000 year old cedar trees too. What there isn’t mid-week is a single park ranger to answer any questions or provide information due to massive cuts at Park Canada. That seems very short-sighted in my estimation. But I digress.
The park is still very much open. You fill in some paperwork for park passes ($11.70 per vehicle per day) – and camping spots should that be of interest and then head out to whatever areas you want to see. Most people head for the gorgeous area around the Grotto. Yesterday when I started out it had just finished raining hard and by the time I reached the Grotto on the Georgian Bay I could hardly see a thing because of dense fog. Fortunately towards the end of my hiking day it started to lift. I don’t know how common fog is though I had it again today.
The main trailhead starts from Cyprus Lake. There are a range of trails to choose from starting from here. Most are easy down to the Georgian Bay but then there level of difficulty is all over the map from easy to very difficult.
Any trail that is marked with a white blaze is part of the Bruce Trail. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada – running 893.9 kilometres. It starts in Queenston Heights Park near Niagara Falls and finishes at Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. In Bruce Peninsula National Park there are approximately 21 kilometres of the actual Bruce Trail.
Here is a look at some of the beautiful scenery along the Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park that I enjoyed.
Bruce Peninsula National Park is located 289 kilometres northwest of Toronto. It’s about a four hour drive to reach the park.
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