1. Rent a cottage in Bruce Peninsula
Bruce Peninsula offers very unique nature environment based on crystal blue water, ancient rocks and clear sky that is very healthy for humans. The best way to enjoy Bruce Peninsula is to spend whole week exploring its wonders in the wide variety of cottages offered by private owners and professional rental agencies. And the best way to find the perfect place from this wide variety is to use a reliable cottage rental website.
Price: In summer, most cottages are rented on a weekly basis starting from Saturday. Average price during the summer months is $ 1000- $ 2500 per week. During late spring and early fall you can get the best deal, and in winter most cottages are closed.
2. Explore Flowerpot Island
Flowerpots are rock formations that have a shape of flowerpots and are formed by erosion and separation of portion of the mainland rock. The process takes millions of years and it is still happening today. Flowerpot Island is an island (that was part of the land bridge connecting Bruce Peninsula with Manitoulin Island) that has two Flowerpot Formations and is just a short boat ride away from Tobermory.
The island contains 6 km trail system that takes you around the island interior. It leads you through variety of forest settings and naturally formed caves (you get to them by climbing beautiful wooden staircases). This place is also a beautiful nesting place for many birds and other animals. To get to the island you need to take the tour boat.
Price: The tour boats prices range from $ 25 to $ 40 per adult.
3. Hike Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Bruce Peninsula Nation Park was established in 1987 and is a part of the Niagara Escarpment. The park is 156 square kilometers, and is considered to be one of the largest protected park areas in southern Ontario. Visitors of the park get an opportunity to see how the southern Ontario wilderness once looked.
The park is great for outdoor adventures such as hiking and camping. The park’s main attraction is its preserved wildlife such as deer, chipmunk, red squirrel, black bear and foxes. The park also features a wide variety of flowering orchids, of which there are 44 species in the park.
Hikers should check out the breath taking views from the Overhanging Point, Halfway Rock point, Cave Point and Halfway Log Dump.
All of those are very famous sightseeing places, and if you are there, make sure to check out the Grotto, a huge cave formation with Georgian Bay water in its bottom.
Price: Daily parking is $ 11.70 per car. camping is $ 23.50 per night.
4. Dive clear waters to see ship-wrecks
Tobermory, small village that is located on top of Bruce Peninsula, attracts many diving enthusiasts, mainly because there are tons of stuff to see underwater. There are over twenty ship wrecks in the clear waters of Tobermory, many of them dating back to mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The underwater beauty doesn’t stop with the ships. Beneath the water you will find beautiful corals, underwater caves and stunning geological formations.
There are few locations in Tobermory that organize scuba adventures and rent diving gear:
Diver’s Den, G + S Water sports.
Price: The prices start from $ 40 per dive and packages that include gear and dive start from $ 120. You are required to have a diver license.
5. Ride Chi-Cheemaun Ferry with your car
The MS Chi-Cheemaun is a passenger and a car ferry service that has been in operation since 1930s. The ferry goes between Tobermory and South Baymouth on Manatoulin Island and connects the two geographically-separate portions of Highway 6, the service runs seasonally from mid-May to mid-October.
It is completely worth it to spend one full or even multiple days on Manitoulin Island that is the world’s largest freshwater island famous for its spectacular sunsets, scenic landscapes and tranquillity.
The ferry has a capacity for carrying 648 passengers and 143 vehicles, including room for large transport vehicles such as buses and transport trucks.
Price: The prices for Adults start at $ 15.95, rates per vehicle range from $ 34.70- $ 74.50.
6. Hit Sauble Beach
Sauble Beach is a resort area on the eastern shores of Lake Huron, and it is a very popular tourist attraction in Bruce Peninsula. The shoreline is over 11km long, and is said to be the second longest freshwater beach in the world after Wasaga Beach. The shoreline has an interesting phenomenon that has developed sand dunes, which keep the beach very shallow and warm, and that makes it a perfect family getaway with children.
There is an endless list of activities you can do at Sauble Beach such as swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, tennis, beach volleyball and etc. Sauble Beach is also very popular among the cottage owners and renters, to accommodate a lot of people, Sauble beach is filled with local business that provide great food, restaurants, hotels, daycares and a medical clinic. Many restaurants on Sauble Beach provide free high-speed internet connection, so even if you are on vacation, you can always stay connected.
7. Enjoy the spirit of Tobermory village
Tobermory village is a small community (local population – 500 residents) that is located at the top point of Bruce Peninsula. The village itself is very popular tourist attraction – there are a lot of restaurants and cafes (popular dish is the local white fish), beautiful harbor with many private and tour boats, cozy motels and Bed & Breakfast cottages.
The lives and activities of Tobermory’s residents have always centered on boats and the two, fine harbors of Big Tub and Little Tub. Its strategic location has made Tobermory a port of refuge for canoe, mackinaw boat, schooner, steamer and yacht. The harbors have also provided an ideal base of operations to fleets of fishing tugs, the Manitoulin car ferries, guide boats, dive tugs and tour boats. At the beginning of past century during the boom of logs cut, there were 3 sawmills operating in Tobermory. In 1930s, the focus switched to guide boats and eventually it became one of the main tourist destinations in Ontario.
There are a lot of restaurants and cafes in Tobermory. One very popular dish around the village is the local white fish. There is also a wide range of local accommodations such as hotels, cottages, Bed & Breakfasts and campgrounds. In general, Tobermory is a perfect getaway spot for families, photographers, divers, hikers and everyone who loves beautiful nature.
8. Camp at Sauble Falls Provincial Park
Sauble Falls Provincial Park is located in south part of Bruce Peninsula, in the lower base of Sauble River. The park is divided in campgrounds, the side on the west is a quiet site, while the east side is not, and perfect for group camping. The park is also great because you don’t necessarily need to camp there, as you can just enjoy Sauble Falls.
During spring and fall the area is perfect for fishing enthusiasts as Rainbow Trout and Chinook salmon are popular fish in the Sauble Fall. In the summer people tend to do a lot of water activities around the park, such as water rafting and cliff jumping.
Price: Camp site rentals are usually from $ 25.75 to $ 40.00 depending if the site has electricity or not.
9. Ride a Mountain Bike at Adventure Park
For adventurous mountain bikers, Bruce Peninsula can offer Mountain Bike Adventure Park – the Eastern Canada’s first legal free-ride mountain bike park. The park is located just north of Wiarton. The park has over 20 km of trails and it features rock drops, skinnys, suspension bridges, teeter totters and dirt jumps. The trails also vary by difficulty levels, so this makes the park appealing to all kind of riders. Admission to the park is FREE!
If you are more into recreational biking, you can still enjoy on many paths around Tobermory and if you don’t have a bicycle, it is not a problem since there are rentals available right in Tobermory.
Price: Bicycle Rent is around $ 15.50 to $ 23.50 per day of biking.
10. Visit Neyaashiinigaamiing First Nations reserve
Neyaashiinigaamiing or in other words Cape Croker is the name of the reserve located just north of Wiarton. A First Nations community that still lives there is big part of Bruce Peninsula and its history, as they have lived there for centuries.
Neyaashiinigaamiing is surrounded by Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, so the scenery is incredible. The area is saturated with exotic plants and wildlife, and of course the native community. While visiting you can check out the trails that take you through the reserve, you can also purchase souvenirs and learn a lot about Bruce Peninsula and its First Nations history.
11. Explore Bruce’s Caves
Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area is located 4.8km northeast of Wiarton. The conservation area is almost 7 hectares in size; it consists of Niagara Escarpment, rock talus, upland hardwoods, wooded swamp and caves.
The main cave has a 20 m high portal with a stone pillar in the entrance. The caves are significant in that they dramatically illustrate ancient weathering processes and the magnitude of post-glacial lake levels created 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. The caves are for you to enjoy for free, parking is also available nearby.