Bruce Peninsula Hope Bay to Lions Head

Tobermory, Ontario

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The Bruce Peninsula, a narrow finger of land about 50 miles long, separates Georgian Bay from the rest of Lake Huron. The Niagara Escarpment, a line of high dolomite cliffs, follows the eastern shore of the peninsula and ends north of the tip of the peninsula in the islands just offshore. Much of the coast between Hope Bay and Lions Head is privately owned, but the high cliffs and boulder jumble shoreline has kept much of Cape Dundas undeveloped. Lions Head, the other large cape, which has high dolomite cliffs, is a Provincial Nature Reserve, which has been left undisturbed. The famous Bruce Trail, which stretches 500 miles from Lake Ontario to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, also follows this coast. Enjoy the rock and cliff coast, but be very cautious about the weather, as there are only a limited number of safe landing beaches that are acceptable in rough conditions.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

by Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Bruce Peninsula, a narrow finger of land about 50 miles long, separates Georgian Bay from the rest of Lake Huron. The Niagara Escarpment, a line of high dolomite cliffs, follows the eastern shore of the peninsula and ends north of the tip of the peninsula in the islands just offshore. Much of the coast between Hope Bay and Lions Head is privately owned, but the high cliffs and boulder jumble shoreline has kept much of Cape Dundas undeveloped.

Lions Head, the other large cape, which has high dolomite cliffs, is a Provincial Nature Reserve, which has been left undisturbed. The famous Bruce Trail, which stretches 500 miles from Lake Ontario to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, also follows this coast. Enjoy the rock and cliff coast, but be very cautious about the weather, as there are only a limited number of safe landing beaches that are acceptable in rough conditions.

©  Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Tobermory
Distance: 15
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS 2282, Canadian topographic maps 41 A/14 and 41 A/3 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Bruce Peninsula: Hope Bay to Lions Head

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