Inglis Falls is located in a beautiful Conservation Area just south of the town of Owen Sound. Follow 2nd Ave east and watch for signs.
The falls are 18m high and cascade over the Niagara Escarpment to the Sydenham River. You can take an easy nature hike here, or follow a more challenging path northeast to Harrison Park in Owen Sound. The Bruce Trail also passes by the falls and will lead you northwest to Jones Falls.
Located just south of the Bruce Peninsula, minutes from Sauble Beach on Hwy 21 is Southampton. It has some beautiful period buildings including the town hall, pictured here and large Victorian homes as well as a sandy beach with views of the Chantry Island Lighthouse across the water. You can take a boat tour to the island to see a restored lightkeeper's house, bird sanctuary and the lighthouse which was first lit in 1859.
Tobermory is also the home of the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry, the southern terminus to very touristic Manitoulin Island. Reservations are definitely recommended for the 7:00 am sailing in July and August. We had heard so much about a trip to Manitoulin Island that we planned a trip to it taking the ferry. An unexpected thunderstorm stranded us at Wiarton, a city at the base of Bruce Peninsula, thwarting our last minute dash to board it. That whole day was lost for any excursion.
You can take your car in the Ferry, which is more like a cruise ferry than just a simple ferry.
Most people miss out on this wonderful beach when staying in Tobermory. This is because it isn't directly in Tobermory like it's other attractions for example flower pot island. Though it is right outside Tobermory and very close. Less than a 10 minute drive!
One reason why this beach is so fascinating is because of it's shallow waters. At most beaches you can walk/swim for 15 minutes and you'll be up to your neck. But not here! Walk for miles and still only be up to you knees. This is wonderful for people with small children. Now they will ACTUALLY be able to go out as far as they can. Although if your not five you can still enjoy it.
Heading south from Tobermory approx. distance
1. Bruce Penninsula National Park - 10 km
2. Dorcas Bay - 10 km
3. Cabot Head Provincial Nature Reserve and Cabot Head Lighthouse 20 km
4. Dyers Bay - 20 km
5. Miller Lake - 30 km
6. Smokey Head-White Bluff Provincial Nature Reserve - 40 km
7. Stokes Bay/Tamarac island/Black Creek Provincial Park - 40 km
8. Lion's Head - 45 km
9. Hope Bay, Pike Bay or Red Bay - 60 km
10. Cape Croker Indian Reserve - 65 km
12. Sauble Falls Provincial Park - 70 km
13. Sauble Beach amusement park 75 km
14. Owen Sound
15. Grey roots tourism centre 100 km
16. Niagara Falls 5/6 + hours of driving
You will probably pass signs on the way to Tobermory for each one of these places except for the last one. Niagara Falls, the last one is a joke, but someone else here at VT has a tobermory tip of niagara falls as an out of the way tip. Note: the bruce trail does go to Niagara but it is 400 km so put this into perspective!!!! You are not going to walk this in one day! It would be funny if someone were to go into Tobermory and ask for the Maid of the Mist, a Niagara Falls attraction. Ha ha
This area is 30 km in length and about the same distance in width. The Bruce Trail runs along the east on the Georgian Bay side and continues through Dyers Bay. It does reach the Huron side, but that area is not highly populated. There are three "washrooms", without flush toilets, on each of the three roads that travel into the park: one at the end of Cyprus Lake Rd, Emmett Lake Rd, and Hidden Valley Rd. There is swimming at Cyprus Lake (follow Cyprus Lake rd 10 km south of Tobermory off highway 6), and at Halfway log dump (end of Emmett Rd on the Georgian bay). Also there are snow mobile trails in the park too.
This sandy beach is on the Lake Huron side 10 km south of Tobermory. I have memories from my time here during my childhood. You can walk a long way away from the beach, about 1/2 a mile out and the water will only go up to your waist or chest! Really, give it a try. The beach is less popular now that a lot of greenery ( tall grass) keeps on growing. It is no longer pure white sand beach that it was in the past. It is great for kids and toddlers because there is no deep end area. There are many orchids along the trails in the area. There are flush toilets, picnic tables, and a change room. Take highway 6 south of Tobermory to Dorcas Bay rd. Follow the signs to singing sands.
Another private garden that you can tour on the Bruce Peninsula is located in Dyer's Bay and it is called Larkwhistle. The owners of this garden practice organic gardening and they have a beautiful variety of both flowers and vegetables, ponds and pergolas.
It is open on Sat, Sun, Wed and Holiday Mondays until 3pm, admission is $3.
Take Dyers Bay Road off of Hwy #6, then turn left at the T intersection and follow the signs.
Cape Croker Indian Reserve is home to the Chippeas of Nawash. They operate a large and scenic campground on the shores of Sydney Bay. The Bruce Trail also passes through the Reserve, see my Sports Travel Tips for a description of that hike.
In mid August a traditional pow-wow featuring colourful costumes, songs, crafts, food and authentic ceromonies is held.
You can also visit the Cape Croker Lighthouse. You cannot get inside or even close to the structure, but close enough for a photograph. I passed this large porcupine on my way out to view the lighthouse early one morning. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my subject to turn his face to the sun....oh well.
On our way to the Trail Head for the Lion's Head portion of the Bruce Trail, we became lost and happily ended up here at Barrow Bay. It is a beautiful, quiet bay just south of Lion's Head. There are lovely cottages lining the water's edge.
I guess the moral of the story is, get off the main highway and don't be afraid to explore down some of the lesser travelled roads. You never know what you may discover!
This charming limestone church was built in 1932 and overlooks a field of wildflowers. It has modern stained glass windows that depict the local flowers found in the area such as trilium, lady's slipper and columbine.
It is located in Cape Chin on the East Road north of Lion's Head.