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Bruce Peninsula and Southern Georgian Bay
The Bruce Peninsula region of Southern Ontario is basically a finger of land pointing northwards to the waters where Lake Huron and Georgian Bay meet. This is rugged country that somewhat resembles a long narrow table that is severely tilted to the west.
The eastern side of the peninsula boasts high cliffs and rugged boulder beaches that are pounded by the waters of Georgian Bay, while the western side slips gradually into the deep waters of Lake Huron.
Although the Bruce is a hive of activity during the summer months the year-round population is relatively sparse once you venture north of the town of Wiarton. The main population centers along the Bruce are (from South to North) Southampton, Port Elgin, Sauble Beach, Wiarton, Owen Sound, Lions Head, Miller Lake, and Tobermory. There are many other small settlements but mostly without stores or other amenities.
The Bruce Peninsula is classed as the largest unbroken tract of forest in Southern Ontario. The main highway that splits the peninsula is Hwy #6. But it is important to note that the maze of secondary roads in the area are well maintained and, for the most part, paved. Besides the big waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay there are many smaller inland lakes in the region that range from shallow marshes to deep lakes with an abundance of smallmouth bass and pike.
Every year thousands of vacationers travel Highway 6 as a shortcut to Northern Ontario destinations via the M.S. Chi Cheemaun; a large modern ferry that runs between Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and South Bay Mouth on Manitoulin Island. It also completes a circumnavigation route of Georgian Bay. Unfortunately many transient visitors never see the spectacular scenery of the Bruce because neither Lake Huron nor Georgian Bay is within sight of the main highway.
Whether you want to hike, camp, cycle, fish, hunt, canoe, or kayak on the Bruce Peninsula region of Southern Ontario you are sure to put this on your “must return to” list of destinations for outdoor activities.
Bruce Peninsula - Destinations Overview
Bruce Peninsula Points of Interest