Top 10 things to do in Northern Bruce Peninsula
Dreaming about turquoise water views? Longing for some time spent on a boat? Want to take a dip in the water? Thinking about discovering caves and ancient rock formations? Northern Bruce Peninsula is where you need to go! Here are 10 must-do activities on the northern region of the Bruce Peninsula!
View the Shipwrecks
Did you know Tobermory is home to over 20 remarkable shipwrecks that make up the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Lake Huron? These spectacular pieces of history can best be seen from a glass bottom boat or by curious scuba divers willing to take the plunge. There are 2 great companies in Tobermory that offer the glass bottom boat experience, the Blue Heron Company and Blue Anchor Cruises. This is an excursion you won’t soon forget filled with stories, rich history and Lake Huron beauty. The turquoise waters and rocky coastline that you will be treated to on your tour are absolutely awe-inspiring. Bring a camera! If you are interested in taking in the history from under the water, scuba diving and snorkeling are both very popular in this National Marine Park. In fact, Fathom Five offers some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in the world. If this excites you, swing by the Divers Den in downtown Tobermory, a company that provides snorkeling tours and scuba diving voyages. This is an experience on the Bruce Peninsula that you won’t want to miss.
Tour Flowerpot Island
A trip to picturesque Flowerpot Island is one of the most fascinating attractions on the Bruce Peninsula. This island is located 6.5 kilometers off the shore of Tobermory and is only accessible by boat. There are a few boat companies that offer transportation out to the island- Blue Heron Company and Bruce Anchor Cruises. You can opt for a half or full day of exploring the island, and then hop on the boat and cruise back. Hike the loop trail, explore the flowerpot rock pillars up close, seek caves to climb in, examine the rare plants and wildflowers, or discover the historic light station the island houses. Pack your lunch and eat at a picnic table with a great view of the turquoise water. The striking views that you will encounter on Flowerpot Island will stay with you for the rest of your life. Flowerpot Island is an adventure you simply must take part in when up the Bruce Peninsula.
Shop in Downtown Tobermory
Tobermory is a quaint little community on the very northern tip of Bruce County. This small town is full of history and character, interesting restaurants, unique shops, charming hotels, woodsy campgrounds, informative tour companies, and friendly locals. This little town is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, unique Bruce County items and to snap a few pictures. The unique shops and restaurants will keep you busy all day. Make sure to hit up the Tobermory Brewing Company, where they brew their own Bruce Peninsula themed beer. Don’t miss the Blue Heron Shop to pick up clothing perfect for any adventure. The Hummingbird House carries Tobermory souvenirs and unique giftware. Hit up The Coffee Shop for homemade treats and great service. Don’t forget about picking up a tasty treat at the Beaver Tails stand located right on Little Tub Harbor. There is so much to indulge in and to explore in Tobermory, you’ll need a full day to receive the full experience. Have fun!
If you are up for some hiking action, Greigs Caves are an adventure that you must hit up on your way up the peninsula. Located between Wiarton and Lion’s Head, these caves were formed thousands of years ago by the harsh wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin. Take a one hour quest through the scenic Bruce Peninsula terrain to reach these natural limestone caves. Once your there, enjoy climbing around the rugged landscape, listening to the tranquility of birds chirping and examining the beautiful ferns and wildflowers that bloom around the caves. These ancient caves are absolutely breathtaking, and they spark a sense of adventure inside anyone who uncovers the beauty of these rock formations. For an extra adventure, walk the trail along the top of the caves for a beautiful view of the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. This is a quest that you won’t want to miss when on the Bruce Peninsula.
Take a Kayak Tour of the Lighthouses
Did you know there are 14 lighthouses located in Bruce County? And 8 of them are located on the Bruce Peninsula? If you are interested in marine history and amazing waterfront views, these lighthouses are a must see. Driving your vehicle around to each light station is an option, but for an even more realistic experience, rent a kayak and hit the water for tour of the Georgian Bay coastline. This spectacular experience offers you magnificent lighthouse views as well as an up-close look at the rocky Niagara Escarpment that plunges in and out of Georgian Bay. This adventure is perfect for the explorer who likes clear waters and spectacular scenic views. Take a camera and pack a lunch for a full day of adventure out on the water. Contact Explorers Tread in Lions Head for more tour information and for Kayak rentals.
Ride the Chi-Cheemaun
While wandering around in downtown Tobermory, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear the loud sound of a ferry horn and wonder, “what was that?”. Head over to Big Tub Harbour and give a welcoming wave to the MS Chi-Cheemaun! Hop on this massive 111 metre car and passenger ferry and take a 2 hour trip out to Manitoulin Island! Explore the delicious cafeteria, the inspiring art gallery, and ongoing live entertainment! Once you’ve finished exploring inside, relax on the viewing decks and take in the beautiful view of Lake Huron. How many islands can you count along the way?
Stargaze in Lion’s Head
Ever wondered what it would be like to feel like you’re in outer space? Curious about the planets of our solar system? Every Friday and Saturday night, Bayside Astronomy offers free stargazing programs at the Peninsula Observation Deck at the Lion’s Head Marina. These great programs, run completely by volunteers, allow the whole family to learn about the stars and planets of our galaxy. Listen to fascinating stories that make you feel out of this world, literally! Take the opportunity to talk to one of the 12 astronomy experts about th
e Bruce Peninsula’s dark sky communities, and find out how you can help to protect Bruce County from light pollution. While you’re there, don’t forget to peak through the giant telescopes to see planets such as Saturn and Venus!
Spend Some Time on the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Peninsula is the proud home to 264km of the famed Bruce Trail that runs from Niagara all the way to Tobermory. The section of trail in Bruce County offers spectacular lookout points over Georgian Bay, rugged forest terrain and great camping areas in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Some of the most popular points along the Bruce Peninsula section of the trail include Spirit Rock, Hope Bay, White Bluff, Dyers Bay and Half-Way Log Dump. All of these points offer astonishing views of Georgian Bay and the rugged Niagara escapement. Hike the Bruce Trail from Wiarton to its ending in Tobermory for a great journey on the Bruce Peninsula.
Little Cove Adventures
Interested in challenging your agility, balance and strength? Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Little Cove Adventures is perfect for you! Test your climbing skills at this aerial adventure park on the high ropes or low ropes course, and test your balance, planning and problem solving. The high ropes course elements are 20-30 feet above the ground and this course includes nets, swings, beams, tires and rope crossings! The park also offers a low ropes course is perfect for those who aren’t so keen on heights, as these adventure elements are located much closer to the ground. Plan to spend 2 hours at this adventure park for a day full of extreme fun and exciting challenges!
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Please be aware that this article list contains activities that may be out of season for the winter.