Bruce Peninsula National Park Tobermory to the Grotto

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. At the tip of the peninsula is Bruce Peninsula National Park. Although there are still large private land holdings on the north shore of the Bruce Peninsula, the park contains much of the shore from Tobermory to Cabot Head. The famous Bruce Trail, which stretches 500 miles from Lake Ontario to the tip of the peninsula, follows this coast along the north shore. The northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula has some of the most spectacular shoreline, with the high, white dolomite cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment rising up from the water’s edge. At the Grotto and Cave Point, there are sea caves and sculpted cliffs to explore. Enjoy the rock and cliff coast, but be very cautious about the weather because 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. At the tip of the peninsula is Bruce Peninsula National Park. Although there are still large private land holdings on the north shore of the Bruce Peninsula, the park contains much of the shore from Tobermory to Cabot Head.

The famous Bruce Trail, which stretches 500 miles from Lake Ontario to the tip of the peninsula, follows this coast along the north shore. The northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula has some of the most spectacular shoreline, with the high, white dolomite cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment rising up from the water’s edge. At the Grotto and Cave Point, there are sea caves and sculpted cliffs to explore. Enjoy the rock and cliff coast, but be very cautious about the weather because 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: 19
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Long day trip, possible overnight
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS 2235, Canadian topographic map 41 H/5 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Bruce Peninsula National Park: Tobermory to the Grotto

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