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Fall on the Bruce Peninsula

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Fall in Love with the Bruce Peninsula
Fall in Love with the Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula in fall is sensational. Those vibrant greens along the trails shift into a blossom of bright colours against the blue hues of Lake Huron. While the refreshing water temps often hold into September, the crowds begin to dwindle on the trails and beaches.

So Much to Do
So Much to Do

Toss on a sweater and watch the surfers and kiters perform on the frothy waves of Lake Huron at Sauble Beach. Take a stroll along the beach dunes, then continue up Main Street for a tour of the local shops and a bite to eat.

The Wiarton Fall Fair equals fun for the entire family. This 'biggest little fair in the north' has been a seasonal celebration for over 150 years, where the locals exhibit their rural way of life in style with farmer's olympics, livestock competitions and delicious harvests with fresh baked foods for the tasting.

Be sure not to miss the Lion's Head Annual Pumpkin Toss event, and experience the locals take fun to a whole new level, before hiking the Bruce Trail and view the fall colours from the Lion's Head lookout

Get Outside
Get Outside

With considerably less seasonal traffic on the Peninsula, a bike ride along the back roads is a great way to connect with the local landscapes, past farm fields and local orchards during harvest season.

Visit the farmers market in Lion's Head for some in-season produce on a Saturday morning, then take the 40 hills road from Lion's Head to Dyer's Bay and cool down with a refreshing swim at the pier.

Or if single-track riding is more your thing, September and October just may be the best time of year to ride at Mountain Bike Adventure Park or Lindsay Tract. Surrounded by more than 8000 acres of forested and marshy wilderness, the Lindsay Tract offers 15km of single-track trails with options for all skill levels, while Mountain Bike Adventure Park boasts the regions first and only 'pump track'. Be careful on the rocky sections of these trails after a rainy day, as they can get pretty slick.

Enjoy the Water
Enjoy the Water

Autumn in Tobermory is the perfect time of year to shop and dine without the wait-times. You'll see the dive boats operating up until Thanksgiving, offering charters and instruction. Line ups for the tour boats are almost non-existent, making a trip to see the flowerpots more readily accessible.

Anglers will find the boat launch in town is less crowded, which means more time on the Fathom Five, casting off toward a Lake Huron sunset. If it's too windy at the tip of the Peninsula, try launching at nearby Look About Bay, west of Ferndale. The boat launch is at the end of Burma road, and the waters are more protected behind Lyal Island. Be sure to have a proper navigational chart and be mindful of the time of day, as this area has many shoals to be wary of.

Paddling along the escarpment in the fall offers some spectacular views. With golden colours crowning the bluffs, hitting the water on a calm September afternoon is surreal. Plan accordingly and keep your eyes on the skies in case the winds take a turn on you.

Spectacular Storms

But don't be discouraged if you see some grey weather in the forecast. Fall storms on the Bruce Peninsula can be a spectacle to behold, with waves swelling up on the Bay that prove Lake Huron has all the might of an inland sea.

Whether you are strolling the small towns, or wandering the many trails, caverns, or beaches; or whether you are travelling on foot or on a bike, exploring the Bruce Peninsula in autumn gives us something to be thankful for. If you haven't already, you are sure fall in love with the region

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