Step Outside the Ordinary in Bruce County
Go ahead, get off the beaten path, where you can truly connect with nature and immerse yourself in local experiences.
It doesn’t mean you must skip all the hotspots and popular attractions, like the Grotto and Bruce Peninsula National Park. You can visit the beautiful Bruce Peninsula and also go off the beaten path to experience what Bruce County truly has to offer .
And by going to places that are less discovered, you’re helping protect our environment and explore without crowds or entry fees.
Let us guide you to the lesser-known places and spaces that make Bruce County your next must-see, adventure-filled destination.
Get Off the Beaten Path
Beaches on the Bruce
South of the Bruce Peninsula you’ll find fewer crowds to contend with on Bruce County’s sandy beaches! Sink your toes into soft, sandy shores, swim in Lake Huron’s waves and spend the day by the water. Bruce County’s beaches are the perfect day trip.
Enjoy a serene paddling journey along the Saugeen River. Rent a kayak or canoe and glide through calm waters surrounded by farm fields and greenery galore. Drift along at your own pace, taking in the landscape.
Experience a low, cascading waterfall at Sauble Falls Provincial Park, the perfect day trip destination and only one hour from Tobermory at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. Pack your own picnic and don’t forget your swimsuits and water shoes to enjoy a dip in the Sauble River.
Spirit Rock Conservation Area
One hour south of the Grotto, this is the perfect place to go hiking! Discover a hidden spiral staircase down a steep cliff, ruins of an 19th century mansion and a secluded beach.
A Culinary Road Trip
Plan a road trip through the food scene of Bruce County. Savour farm-fresh flavours at local markets, indulge at farm-to-table restaurants and leave craving more.
Lighthouses to Brighten Your Day
With hundreds of kilometers of coastline and 14 lighthouses, an unforgettable experience awaits. Pick and choose your favourites to explore, and make stops along the way to discover local craft breweries or hiking trails.
Ultimate Hiking Haven
With diverse trails, rugged cliffs, pristine beaches and forests, Bruce County is a paradise for hikers of all skill levels. There’s so many hidden gems and fan favourites to explore!
An Overnight Escape
If you’re looking for the complete Bruce County experience, then an overnight (or two!) is best. You’ll get to experience the beauty of the Bruce at different times of the day, from day to night, and explore the best the area has to offer.
Less Crowded Spots to Add to Your Itinerary
Activities Within One Hour from Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Check out the countless other experiences Bruce County has to offer.
With 12 unique towns and dozens of communities in between, huge diversity of natural landscapes and very long list of ways to have fun outdoors, Bruce County has you covered. The region abundant with unbelievable landscapes, unmatched adventure and tons of hidden gems.
Remember to Explore Safely and Sustainably
Remember that parks, beaches and farms are carefully managed eco-systems, not just awesome Instagram backdrops.
It’s our responsibility to leave nature untouched and preserve its beauty for future generations. When visiting Bruce County, prioritize sustainable travel practices. Here are a few tips to help you leave no trace:
- Pack in, pack out: Be mindful of the waste you generate. Bring reusable water bottles, food containers and bags to pack out any trash and minimize your impact.
- Stay on designated trails: Stick to marked paths to protect fragile ecosystems and prevent damage to flora and fauna. Resist the urge to venture off-trail.
- Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a safe distance and never feed or disturb them. Remember, they are the rightful inhabitants of this land, and our presence should not disrupt their natural behaviour.
- Capture memories, not souvenirs: Take plenty of photographs but resist the temptation to collect natural souvenirs like rocks or seashells. Leave them where they belong, as each element plays a vital role in the delicate ecosystem.
Remember to reduce your environmental impact while still exploring and having fun. Let’s make every adventure count for our planet!