Discover the magic of Bruce County transformed into a winter wonderland
Fresh, crisp air, bright sunshine, snow covered escarpments and incredible landscapes; when the ground is covered by three feet of snow, it’s more the reason to visit the Bruce.
Snowshoeing has been one of the fastest growing winter sports in Canada over the past few years. And for good reason, anybody can do it, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. The Bruce Trail is a great place to start exploring. It travels the entire length of the Peninsula (and beyond) with lots of incredibly scenic day hikes.
Looking for some great trails to try? Check these ones out:
Stoney Island Conservation Area
Winter like you’ve never seen before
Fresh, crisp air, bright sunshine, snow covered escarpments and incredible landscapes, when the ground is covered by three feet of snow, there’s all the more reason to visit the Bruce. Some might even say it’s the best time to visit – no crowds! You’ll have incredible places like the Grotto all to yourself, and it’s arguably even more beautiful wrapped in ice and snow. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling snowmobile ride or a relaxing Sunday drive, winter is for you in Bruce County.
Now available for download – the Winter Activity Guide will help you plan your winter excursions!
Cross Country Skiing
If you’re looking for a great workout, or a fun day out with the kids, then cross country skiing is the perfect outing, sliding through the forest in the quiet of winter is such an exhilarating way to experience the winter. You won’t be cold for long as this is an awesome workout. There are numerous places to get out there including Colpoys Bay. Both Thorncrest Outfitters in Southampton and Suntrail Outfitters in Hepworth offer XC ski rental packages and the XC ski community is known for creating great programming, lessons and guiding for kids and adults alike. Check out the Jackrabbits programming if you want to get your kids involved.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park on the shore of Lake Huron has one of the coolest (pun intended) attractions around: an ice skating loop in the middle of the forest. 400 metres long, the Park staff also light up the loop at night for a winter night time experience like no other. They have a change hut here too for warming up and putting your skates on.
Camping? In the winter? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It isn’t. The yurts at MacGregor Point Provincial Park provide an easy camping experience. The yurts are warm, cozy and dry, and sleep up to six people.
Electric heat warms the yurts, with a cooking shelter complete with barbecue, plus a fire pit, these yurts are perfect for an epic weekend away. And with the incredible dark skies of Bruce County, you’ll get amazing view of the stars while creating memories for a lifetime.
Bruce Peninsula National Park is a popular hot spot all summer long, but it’s even better in the winter. Depending on the snow pack, you can hike, snowshoe or cross country ski all the regular trails there. The only accessible parking lot is a bit further from the Grotto than usual, but the hike in is pretty easy and the view is easily worth the effort.
Do you hear them calling? The more than 2,000 kilometres of beautifully groomed trails within Bruce County that is. Here’s where you’ll find the majestic scenery of the Niagara Escarpment, various shorelines, rolling farmland and loads of bush trails awaiting you.
Before you head out, visit OFSC.on.ca to check out the interactive map, parking locations, and to purchase your trail pass.
Need a Rental?
Whether you’re a beginner, don’t want your personal equipment to make the journey or just plan forgot – we’ve got you covered up and down the County. Check out our Winter Rentals!