Exploring Ontario's Bruce Peninsula
June is the peak month for wildflower viewing, but the black flies and mosquitoes can overwhelm a hiker. Be prepared! Prime hiking season is August, when the insect population drops and the weather stays warm and dry.
Experienced hikers recommend the Bruce Peninsula segment as the most scenic portion of the Bruce Trail, good for a week or two of backpacking. The Bruce Trail Association provides maps and guidebooks for the entire trail and gives recommendations on shorter loop hikes in the Bruce Peninsula, such as the pothole hike at Hope Bay Forest Provincial Nature Reserve. The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club maintains this segment of the Bruce Trail and is your best resource for current information on camping and backpacking permits, trail closures or reroutes, reservations for tent sites, and the like.
Most lodgings on the peninsula are bed and breakfast, particularly along the Bruce Trail.The Home to Home Bed and Breakfast Network allows you to hike, paddle, or bicycle between homes and have your luggage delivered to your next stop. Make reservations in advance at (888) 301-3224. For a regional B&B guidebook, call the Grey Bruce Bed & Breakfast Association (888-749-6604) or visit their website.
Campers (RVs and tents) are welcome at the Bruce Peninsula National Park, with its extensive campground at Cyprus Lake. For reservations (recommended, as this is a popular destination during the summer season), call (519) 596-2263, or email the park. There are many private campgrounds along the peninsula, including one at the Cape Croker First Nation (519-534-0571). Hunting lodges, fishing camps, and cottages abound. For detailed information on lodgings, call Bruce County Tourism at (800) 268-3838, or visit their website
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication