Bruce Peninsula is located on the north side of Southern Ontario in between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. About 4 hours drive from Toronto, it is a popular area for camping and hiking in the summer due to an abundance of national and provincial parks. Everywhere you go there is unspoilt countryside and crystal clear waters. It is also part of the Niagara Escarpment, and is the starting point of the popular Bruce Trail.
This past weekend I car-camped with some friends at the peninsula, and did some great hiking in the area. Before setting up camp, we stopped by some of the main towns in the region.
This is a small community at the centre of the peninsula on Georgian Bay, about half way between Owen Sound and Tobermory. Located at the 45th parallel, it also happens to be half way between the Equator and the North Pole (something noteworthy as pointed out by the local tourism office). A scenic town popular with boaters and drivers alike, Lion’s Head has a marina, small sandy beach, and a lovely little lighthouse. When we arrived there was also a small Farmer’s Market set up for the weekend.
Tobermory is located on the northern most tip of the peninsula, and is the terminus of the Bruce Trail. It also seems to the Fish-n-Chips capital of the region :-). The harbour is the starting point for boating to surrounding islands, including the famous Flowerpot Island. On the weekend there was also a local show-and-shine classic car meet, and everyone was out enjoying the great weather and atmosphere.