Official Tourism Website of Bruce County, Ontario, Canada

Outdoor Activities in Bruce County

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Wilderness is only a couple steps away

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the woods is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”―John Muir

Listening to the wind blow through the trees at any time of year is a soul-soothing sound. It’s like a spiritual reset button. And there are plenty of places to do that in Bruce County. If getting into the wilderness is a necessity for you, this is the place to do it. For the outdoor recreation buff, nature is at its best in Bruce County; fishing, swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, the list goes on and on. In any season. This wilderness is only a couple hours’ drive from downtown Toronto.

Fishing

The ultimate Bruce County fishing adventure is drift boat fly-fishing with Ken Chandler. If you feel like ‘getting away’ for the day, this is the guy to do it with. He’ll set you up with rods, reels and all the know-how for pulling lunch right out of the Saugeen River. Single or multi-day boating trips will have you chasing Salmon and Steelhead with one of the best guides in the province. And you’ll have a shore lunch that you’ll never forget.

Hiking

The world famous Bruce Trail stretches 892 kilometres from Tobermory to Niagara, with a huge chunk of it in Bruce County. This trail is stunning. And there is a lot of it to explore in Bruce County. Buy a map from their site to find your own section of trail, or head to Lion’s Head for a spectacular hike along the escarpment where it drops dramatically into the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

One of the fastest growing paddle sports, stand up paddle boarding is an amazing way to enjoy the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The learning curve is steep, so as long as the weather cooperates you can get out there immediately. Board rentals are available at Suntrail Outfitters, Thorncrest Outfitters and SUP Sauble Beach. If you’re looking for a guided tour, or a multi-day excursion on an SUP, then Fathom Paddle Guiding can create the trip of a lifetime.

Star Gazing

With very little light pollution on the Bruce Peninsula, stargazing up here is top notch any time of the year. Designated a dark sky preserve, the Peninsula offers so many great places to watch the stars from your campsite, a beach, or even the Bluewater Astronomical Society’s observatory in Oliphant. No matter where you are in Bruce County, if the sky is clear, be sure to look up. What you see will amaze you.