Hike the Bruce Trail

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Welcome to Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, stretching 890km through Bruce Country and along the Niagara Escarpment. Hiking the Bruce has been on many a Bucket List, but one needn’t attempt it all at once.  The most spectacular leg is along the Bruce Peninsula from Wiarton to Tobermory, offering great views from the escarpment’s cliffs, rocky beach traverses, and the mind blowing waters of Georgian Bay.  Waterfalls, foliage,  flowerpots – The Bruce is truly one of Ontario’s great outdoor experiences.

Overview

Length of Trip : 10 Days, although a 6-day package is also available

Cost : Great Canadian Trail's Bruce Trail package starts at CAN$1925 and includes:

  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 9 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)
  • Return transfers from Owen Sound and to/from trail heads, where listed in itinerary
  • Garmin Inreach satellite transponder for use on the trail
  • Glass-bottom boat to/from Flower Pot Island on Day 9
  • $50 donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy

Best time to go : From June through early October

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Meals are catered at hotels, B&B's and restaurants along the way.

Official Site : The Bruce Trail Great Canadian Trails Bruce Trail Itinerary Bruce Peninsula National Park

Where to Stay : Great Canadian Trails arrange accommodation in local B&B's, hotels and inns, with en-suite bathrooms and soft beds to recuperate for the next day's hike.

Getting There : The start and end of the hike is from Owen Sound, which is located about 3 hour's drive north of Toronto.  Transfers can be arranged by the operator.

Note from Robin : Georgian Bay is one of those head-scratching Canadian destinations.  The turquoise water looks like you've just slipped down a wormhole and found yourself in Barbados.

Gallery

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Georgian Bay

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Flowerpot Island

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Bruce Peninsula

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Credit: Pyzote

Map

Do It!


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Want to take on one of the world's great Bucket List hikes, but don't know where to start?   Great Canadian Trails offers a guided Bruce Trail itinerary that takes care of all the logistics, allowing you to focus on the task at hand - completing the hike.

The Great Canadian Trails' Bruce Trail package includes:

  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 9 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)
  • Return transfers from Owen Sound and to/from trail heads, where listed in itinerary
  • Garmin Inreach satellite transponder for use on the trail
  • Glass-bottom boat to/from Flower Pot Island on Day 9
  • $50 donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy

A 6-Day Bruce Trail Hike is also available.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK YOUR TRIP

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