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Canada has only three species of poisonous snake and one of them happens to reside along the Niagara Escarpment. I happened across this Massasauga Rattlesnake on one of my hikes along the Bruce Trail. As you can see it is very well camoflauged and I nearly stepped on it. They can deliver enough poison to kill an adult. As it was lying in the middle of the trail, I risked poison ivy and avoided him by walking off the path through some heavy undergrowth, but not before snapping a photo as you can see.
The Massasauga Rattlesnake is a threatened species, so you should in no way try to harm one if you should see one. You can also report your sighting at the website below. My rattlesnake was about 2 feet long.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
As you can see from my site you will probably be doing a lot of hiking or time out with nature while on the Bruce Peninsula and they do have rattlesnakes.
The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, an endangered species, is now reduced to a few scattered populations. The snake was once found throughout Southern Ontario. When hiking in the area wear long pants or thick socks and boots. Always look where you are putting your hands and feet.
On of the park guys was explaining to me, they are a lot like humans. They won't bother you but if you walk on it or poke at it and so on it will probably react then. They are endangered so don't try to kill it.
The only snake I was fortunate to see was a garden stake. See the photo!
Updated May 3, 2006
If you arrive in Tobermory by boat, you might find on a busy summer's day that there is no room to dock your boat. This can be critical if you really do need shore power.
If you are lucky, you might find some nice fishing boat captain willing to let you tie up to his boat. The downsize of this is that very early the next morning you are going to be awakened to let him get away from the pier, and be untied. Yes, I do speak from experience.... oh and the other thing is the smell of the diesel engine isn't the most pleasant thing first thing in the morning.
Written May 29, 2004
As you explore the Niagra Escarpment you will see there are a lot of cliffs. Some people have jumped off of these in the past and I can tell you some of them have died. They are dead. So don't get any funny ideas.
You'll see from the pictures, I had a little peak over the edge.
Enjoy the pics!
Written May 3, 2006