Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport

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Peninsula Route (Stops 1-4)
Lion's Head to Sauble Beach
  • Giggles Arcade
  • Garden in Thyme
  • Jones Bluff
  • Rural Rootz

Start your day early enough to catch the sunrise along the shores of Georgian Bay in Lion’s Head. Spend time sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea on the observation deck on the beach as you savour the suns rays. With the Niagara Escarpment behind you along the shoreline, it’s a serene place to begin your adventure! Get a selfie at the #findthelionshead sign to capture this amazing view. Grab breakfast at MaryDale’s Family Restaurant or Rachel’s 50’s Diner and Bakery before heading east to the first passport stop. Garden in Thyme is located just east of Lion’s Head along County Road 9, find the passport box at the storehouse, which is neither a store nor a house! This spot will give you an amazing backdrop to take some family photos using the vines or the lush fields as a backdrop.

For your next stop head south on County Road 9 until you reach Waughs Road. Waughs Road turns into Purple Valley Road, before hanging a left at McIver Road make a right onto Boundary Road, on the second bend, you’ll see the Jones Bluff parking lot with the first detour sign to start this epic hike!

Head in along the Jack Poste side trail, following the blue markers until you come out at the main Bruce Trail. Remember to keep right as the main trail splits! You’ll find the box at the second lookout – and what a sight to behold! Keep going along the trail as the hike rewards you with spectacular views of McGregor Harbour, where Cape Croker plummets into Georgian Bay, Sydney Bluff, Cape Dundas and Barrier Island, Colpoys Bay, White Cloud and Griffith Islands. This is a rewarding hike – but a long one. Be prepared! Once you’ve looped back to your car, be on your way back to Purple Valley Road. Driving south, turn right at Bruce Road 18, this will take you back to County Road 9 and heading south again.  You’ll pass through the town of Colpoys Bay, be sure to stop in at the Government Dock to try your hand at fishing with some locals or simply enjoy the view!

Past Passport Location! One of last years stops is just off County Road 9 on Kribs Road, find benches in the middle of the bridge and relax to the peaceful sounds of the waterfall.

Once you meet up with Highway 6, head south and turn right onto Bruce Road 13. You’ll see the Rural Rootz sign before long, pull in and see a small parking lot for the Bruce Trail – and now it’s decision time! Do you head left and experience the challenge or walk up the road to the easier hike? It’s a loop so bear in mind that you can take the challenging hike in and the easy hike out. Once you start to see the tell tale signs of a beaver the pond is not far off, this 10-acre pond is full of beavers and dams – and a passport box! Find the box just off the boardwalk and collect your punch.

After you make your way back to your car, head for lunch at one of the restaurants in Wiarton, Dockside Willies at Bluewater Park or Green Door are two great options, if it’s just a snack you’re looking for stop for an ice cream at Northern Confections. Alternatively, continue on County Road 13 (and make the left at Oliphant) towards Sauble Beach for the last punch in this route. Once you’ve made it to Sauble Beach, roll down the windows to get that fresh, crisp off the beach smell on the wind. Find Giggles Arcade just off Lakeshore Boulevard N, just a short walk away from the iconic Sauble Beach sign. Here you’ll see the detour sign directing you to your next Passport box location.

Remember to read the ‘Top 3 things to do’ list on each Passport box for more options in the area. Use this year's Adventure Passport to create your most memorable experience along the Peninsula!

Start Point

Lion's Head

End Point

Sauble Beach

Distance
81km
Surface
Mixed