Bruce Peninsula 6 Day Hike

Bruce Peninsula 6 Day Hike

Trip Highlights

  • Experience some of the Bruce Trail's best day hikes
  • Take in sweeping coastal views atop the UNESCO-designated Niagara Escarpment
  • Dip your toes into the inviting crystal-clear turquoise waters
  • Hike through fairy-tale like forests of moss-covered boulders and lush foliage
  • Enjoy worry-free self-guided hiking with the use of an emergency satellite transponder
  • Relax as local hosts take care of trailhead transfers and luggage movement

Trip Summary

Due to popular demand, we are happy to offer a shorter version of our Bruce Peninsula self-guided hiking tour. We give you the best of the best day hikes from Lion's Head to Tobermory, following the magnificent Niagara Escarpment - a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve. Our friendly local hosts and knowledgeable local guides facilitate it all by reliably taking you to trailheads, moving your luggage onward, and being there for you in the rare case that you require emergency assistance while out on the remote trails. Enjoy hassle-free hiking on one of Canada's top hiking trails, with incredible cliff-top views, magical forests, and stunning turquoise shores.

Suitability

Daily walks are between 10km and 20km on well-marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to short, steep sections with some light scrambling. Hikers should be prepared for plenty of roots, rocks, and potential variable weather conditions. You should pay particular attention to your footwear to ensure that it is suitable to avoid blisters and rolling ankles. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. Suggested preparation: 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week and extended periods of exercise during the weekend. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. Hill or stair walking with a full day pack is strongly recommended at least once per week.

Route finding will be reasonably straightforward as the Bruce Trail is well-marked using its own system and signage.

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Sometimes route finding, losing your way, and finding it again is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide an emergency communications device in the event of any problems.

Itinerary

If you have a vehicle or have sourced transportation to Lion's Head, this is where your adventure begins.* The small town of Lion's Head is a popular base for those coming to explore the Bruce Peninsula with a few restaurant options, accommodation, shops, a campground, and some basic services. Main attractions are surrounding nature, the shallow beach, water sports, and Lion's Head Lighthouse. Tonight, make yourself comfortable at your charming B&B which will be your home for the first 3 nights. *Option to add on a pickup from Owen Sound (bus station or hotel) at an extra charge

Meals:  Nil

After a delightful breakfast from your B&B hosts, head out for the hike that some claim to be the highlight of the peninsula - the Lion's Head Loop. This is one of the more challenging sections of the trail with plenty of ups and downs, exposed tree roots, and rocky pathways. What a great way to start! The dramatic views from the exposed cliff-tops at Gun Point and postcard-perfect Lion's Head Lookout make it clear as to why this is a 'must-do' on any hiker's list. We recommend walking the loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your trusty transfer service and taken to the trail head at Cape Chin South where you will begin your walk back to Lion's Head. Before getting right onto the trail, perhaps take a little walk up the beach to check out the whimsical benches, walkways, and fire pits constructed out of the surrounding beach stone. It's as though every resident along the shore agreed to follow a landscaping guideline of creativity. Back on the trail, you will follow the turquoise shoreline until you go inland through a forest of hardwood trees before coming out to impressive Smokey Head lookout with sweeping views over the coast. Continuing south, you follow rugged trails atop the escarpment and the mixed forests of a provincial nature reserve until you reach the apex of your hike at White Bluff which offers a spectacular vista across Isthmus Bay to the cliffs of Lion's Head, where you were precariously perched the day before. The rest of the hike is mostly on a paved road leading into Lion's Head, but ends with a pleasant walk past some impressive caves in the adjacent cliff face and a stroll past the harbour into town.

Meals:  B,L

There are a few options for your hike today, as there are multiple drop-off points along the trail between Cape Chin and Dyer's Bay, and a few optional side trails which can either shorten or extend your walk. For the longest hike on the main trail (approx 18km), you will be dropped off just north of Dyer's Bay near Juniper Flats. Alternatively, you may be dropped off at the trailhead in Dyer's Bay for an 11km walk on the main trail. Either way, your walk will take you past several fantastic lookouts atop the escarpment. For those interested in birding, the Otter Lake Side Trail is your highlight today as you will walk through a nesting habitat (peak months are May and June) for a large variety of wetland bird species. Another highlight today, regardless of your chosen route, will be the Devil's Monument - A large sea stack or 'flowerpot' which has separated from the adjacent cliff face. Your accommodation tonight is a remote B&B in quiet Cape Chin North, where you will enjoy a home-cooked meal and friendly hospitality before retiring for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we enjoy a spectacular section of the trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park. You will be dropped off at the Halfway Dump trail access within the park and continue northwest along the main trail. Within the park, the main highlights are Indian Head Cove, the Natural Arch, and the 'must see' Grotto - An impressive cave on the shore with sunlight from the outside revealing a brilliant blue underwater tunnel on the inside. Other than the park highlights today, a real gem is further north at Little Cove where the trail descends to a shore of weathered dolostone blocks. You will be picked up at the Little Cove Provincial Nature Reserve parking area and transferred to Tobermory. Apart from being home to the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail, Tobermory is known as the freshwater SCUBA diving capital of the world and has plenty of tourist facilities, shops and restaurants to explore. Overnight in a hotel near Big Tub Harbour.

Meals:  B,L

A simple, continental breakfast is included at your hotel today but other options are also available at the hotel or in town. At the prearranged time, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred back to Lion's Head.* If you have scheduled extra time in Tobermory, we recommend taking the glass-bottom boat tour to Fathom Five National Marine Park to view shipwrecks and to visit the park's Flower Pot Island. *Option to add on transfer to Owen Sound (bus station or hotel) at an extra charge

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • 5 nights in a combination of inns, B&Bs and hotels, generally with private facilities, on a twin share basis
  • Detailed route notes and maps (1 package per 2 hikers)
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece per person)
  • Garmin Inreach satellite transponder for use on the trail
  • $50 donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from start/end of the trip
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks
  • Meals where not indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees and optional activities
  • Optional guided excursions
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Province/Territory:Ontario
Starting Point:Lion's Head
Activities:Hiking: Self Guided
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:BT6
Prices From:USD$890
Child Discount (12-17yrs with 2 full paying adults):USD$-293 
Single Supplement:USD$190 
Solo Traveller Surcharge:USD$350 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes