Official Tourism Website of Bruce County, Ontario, Canada


Fen Tours in Bruce County

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What are fens?

Fens are low and marshy areas of land that have water flowing through them, unlike a bog that’s only source of water is rain. You can visit three fens in Bruce County: Oliphant, Singing Sands and Petrel Point. Each spring, over 200 species of birds can be observed in area, as well as orchids and carnivorous plants.

Singing Sands

Please note: Singing Sands is closed from September 5th, 2017 until the spring of 2018 for construction and restoration of the Dune Ecosystem. 

This 3km Singing Sands Loop is an easy and accessible trail for all ages and hiking ability. The trail winds its way through cedar forest and sand dunes with great opportunities for viewing birds and wild flowers, in particular some of Bruce Peninsula National Park’s famous orchids. Make your hike a loop by coming back along the Dorcas Bay shoreline with large expanses of flat limestone rock, sandy beach, and great views of the bay. An additional 200 meter boardwalk into a fen ecosystem provides rare glimpses of some of the parks carnivorous fen plants. Cool off after your hike at Singing Sands Beach in the shallow inviting waters of Lake Huron

General Information about the Trail:

  • 3 km linear
  • Easy
  • Hard-packed
Oliphant Fen

This short, wide boardwalk that is equipped with bumper boards on both sides was built by local field naturalist groups and intended for wheelchair access as well as for walkers. It winds through the fen across the road from Lake Huron shoreline allowing views of lady slippers in spring and a mass of gentians and other wildflowers in fall. Interpretive panels are present.

General Information about the Trail:

  • 1.4 km
  • Easy
  • boardwalk
Petrel Point Nature Reserve

A Federations of Ontario Naturalist nature reserve, the Petrel PointBoardwalk runs on both sides of the road, snakes through cedar bush bordering the fen as well as through the fen itself. Several orchids grow here, blooming in late spring or early summer. The boardwalk is narrow and unsuitable for wheelchair access.

General Information about the Trail:

  • .5 km
  • Easy
  • Boardwalk