June 08, 2015

bruce peninsula [national park]

guys, it's almost summer. and you know what that means...camping!  who doesn't love camping: the fresh air, the relaxed casual pace of the weekend, and food cooked over an open fire (why does it make something as simple as pancakes taste so darn amazing?!?).




only a few hours from the city, bruce peninsula surpassed my expectations.  located at the top of georgian bay at the start of the bruce trail, the park has amazing hiking trails and views of some of the bluest water's i've seen in this country.

here are few of the things we did while camping at the park:

[visitor's centre & lookout tower] the 20 metre tower located at the visitor's centre is worth the climb - it overlooks the region and georgian bay.

[hiking to the grotto] on our first day there we did our largest hike, starting on the marr lake trail to boulder beach, walked along the coast to the grotto & indian head cove, & continued along the horse lake trail back to our site.  we packed lunches, took (a lot) of photos, & had a really awesome day.

[half log dump hiking trail] this trail can be short, taking you right to the shore, or extend past to offer some amazing views of the cliffs.  hiking from halfway log dump to cave point is only 1km in distance, but is a trail full of ups & downs.  it was definitely a challenge in spots, but the amazing views were worth it.

[tobermory] this place is tiny & very touristy.  full of cafes, restaurants, & boat cruise options, it's a nice change of scenery. a great way to spend an afternoon..

[boat cruise] we did the fathom five non-stop glass bottom boat tour with blue heron cruises & had a total blast.  touring around georgian bay, it offered some incredible views of the cliffs, remote islands, the flowerpot rock & a trip over a ship that sunk in the harbour.

[watch the sunset]  a vacation tradition for us, we grabbed a bottle of wine & enjoyed the sun setting over cyprus lake.

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