4 December 2011

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Experience Nature :: Itineraries :: Grey Bruce Nature Experience

Grey Bruce Nature Experience (2 - 3 Days)

Explore the natural surroundings of western Georgain Bay as you make your way from Owen Sound to Tobermory. This 3 day tour follows the Georgian Bay Coastal Route through the Bruce Peninsula.


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Day 1

Arrive in Owen Sound today, and start your tour at Inglis Falls (Inglis Falls Rd south of town) where the Sydenham river cascades over the limestone ledges.  Hike the short Pines Loop trail through the forest, or the longer and more strenuous loop to Harrison Park and back.  Next, travel north of the city to Indian Falls.  A short hike (0.8km) will reveal a horseshoe shaped falls. (Please note the trail to Indian Falls may not be passable in extreme wet conditions).  Your waterfall tour will end at scenic Jones Falls, where the Pottawatami River cascades 12 metres over the Niagara Escarpment to the pool below. 

Accommodation Options:

  • Highland Manor B & B
    867 4th Avenue 'A' West, Owen Sound
    P. 519-372-2699
    http://www.highlandmanor.ca
  • Best Western Inn on the Bay
    1800 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
    P. 866-719-9200
    http://www.bestwestern.com/ca/innonthebay
  • The Falls Inn
    113 Robert Street, Walters Falls
    P. 519-794-4388
    http://www.thefallsinn.com

Dining Options:

  • Nathaniel's
    215 8th Street East, Owen Sound
    P. 519-371-3440
  • Rocky Raccoon Café
    941 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
    P. 519-374-0500
    http://www.rockyraccooncafe.com/
  • Harrison Park Inn
    137 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound
    P. 519-376-5151
    http://www.harrisonparkinn.com

Things to Do:

  • Harrison Park
    Owen Sound
    Location: 75 2nd Ave East
    P. 1-888-675-5555
    http://www.owensound.ca/recreation/harrisonpark.php
  • Inglis Falls
    Owen Sound
    Location: From Rockford - take Grey Road 18 West to Inglis Falls Road. From downtown Owen Sound - south on 2nd Ave E to 2nd Ave SE, take Inglis Falls Road.

    http://public.greysauble.on.ca/ca_lands/inglisfalls.html
  • Waterfall Tour
    Grey County
    Location: Various - see map
    P. 519-376-3265 / P. 1-877-7334739
    http://www.visitgrey.ca/waterfalls

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, head for Wiarton (Hwy 6 north, or the scenic route along Grey Rd 1), making sure to check out Skinner’s Bluff (accessible off Grey Road 26 and township roads 23-24 and 20-21) on the way.  A short but rigorous hike on the Bruce Trail will lead you to this magnificent bluff for a spectacular view of the surrounding rural landscape and Georgian Bay.  When you’re finished, make your way up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory (Hwy 6 North).  Stop at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre, and climb the look-out tower for a bird’s eye view of Georgian Bay.  Spend the rest of the afternoon, wandering the streets and watching the boat traffic in this picturesque fishing village.

Distance:
Owen Sound to Wiarton (32 km (20 m), 30 min)
Wiarton to Tobermory (75 km (47 m), 1 hr 7 min)

Accommodation Options:

  • Blue Bay Motel
    32 Bay Street South, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2392
    http://www.bluebay-motel.com
  • Innisfree B&B
    46 Bay Street, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-8190
    http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
  • Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages
    7468 Hwy 6, 19 Front Street, Tobermory
    P. 1-800-591-4254
    http://www.bruceanchor.com
  • Adventure Inn the Bruce
    #7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2273
    http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com
  • Grandview Motel
    8 Earl Street, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2220
    http://www.grandviewtobermory.com

Dining Options:

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
    At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
    P. 800-265-3163
    http://www.chicheemaun.com
  • The Grandview
    8 Earl Street,, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2220
    http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/dining.htm
  • Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
    Bay Street,, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2867

Things to Do:

  • Little Tub Harbour
    Downtown Tobermory, Tobermory
    Location: Downtown Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2452
    http://www.tobermory.org
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre
    PO Box 189, Tobermory
    Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra Street off Codrington Street)
    P. 519-596-2233
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre Lookout Tower
    7374 Highway 6 , Tobermory
    Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra St off of Codrington St)
    P. 519-596-2233
  • Skinners Bluff
    Wiarton
    Location: Accessible off Grey Road 26 and township roads 23-24 and 20-21

Day 3

Hit the water today and go exploring.  Book a glass bottom boat tour to Flowerpot Island with the Blue Heron Company, and enjoy the scenery while you tour Fathom Five, Canada’s first National Marine Park.  Once on Flowerpot Island, make the trek to the former lightkeeper’s quarters and stand atop White Bluff where the lighthouse once stood.  When you’re finished exploring, board the boat back to the harbour and make your way to Bruce Peninsula National Park (Hwy 6 South).  Park in the Head of Trails parking lot and hike the main trail for extraordinary views of the Niagara Escarpment and the Georgian Bay coast.   Be sure to check out the Grotto, a natural sea cave formed by 100s of years of Georgian Bay wave action.  When you’re finished, return to Tobermory for one more night of rest or relaxation, or you’re on your way home until your next Georgian Bay Coastal Route adventure.

Accommodation Options:

  • Blue Bay Motel
    32 Bay Street South, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2392
    http://www.bluebay-motel.com
  • Innisfree B&B
    46 Bay Street, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-8190
    http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
  • Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages
    7468 Hwy 6, 19 Front Street, Tobermory
    P. 1-800-591-4254
    http://www.bruceanchor.com
  • Adventure Inn the Bruce
    #7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2273
    http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com
  • Grandview Motel
    8 Earl Street, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2220
    http://www.grandviewtobermory.com

Dining Options:

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
    At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
    P. 800-265-3163
    http://www.chicheemaun.com
  • The Grandview
    8 Earl Street,, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2220
    http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/dining.htm
  • Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
    Bay Street,, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2867

Things to Do:

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park
    PO Box 189, Tobermory
    Location: 8 km south of Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2233 / P. 1-877-737-3783
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/index_e.asp
  • Fathom Five National Marine Park
    PO Box 189, , Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2233
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index_e.asp
  • Hike to the Grotto - Bruce Peninsula National Park
    Hwy 6 south , Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2233 / P. 1-877-737-3783
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/bruce

Suppliers:

  • The Blue Heron Company
    24 Carlton Street, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2999 / P. 1-855-596-2999
    http://www.blueheronco.com

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