Found between Georgian Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula is a popular destination where you can embrace the great outdoors. This natural playground is home to summer hot spots like Tobermory and Sauble Beach. Though it is a bit of a treck from Toronto, the four-hour car ride will be worth the sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and crashing waters. From a race-car speedway to daily boat tours, there are a number of attractions to enjoy. Read on for our guide to the Bruce Peninsula.
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Beach Bum Around
After being a stuck in a cramped car for hours, relaxation is just what the doctor ordered. Surrounded by Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of sandy beaches. As a freshwater, white sand beach, Sauble Beach becomes a hot destination when summer rolls around. It is the second longest freshwater beach in the world, and spans over seven kilometres. If you’re aiming to escape the city limits or perhaps get your friends and family together for a day in the sun, Sauble Beach may be a go-to spot.
With water being the forefront of the Bruce Peninsula area, there are a number of boat tours that are offered to visitors. Choose between a glass bottom boat tour or high speed boating experience. These tours are an exhilarating way to see Flower Pot Island, Cove Island, Imperial Light House and the numerous shallow water shipwrecks in the region.
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Visit the Underwater National Park
The Bruce Peninsula is also home to two national parks, and one happens to be underwater. Fathom Five National Marine Park is an ecosystem of ancient rock formations, cliff-edged forests, shipwrecks and more. Meanwhile, the beautiful Flowerpot Island is known for its rock pillars, caves and rare plants. It is a must-see for Bruce Peninsula visitors who want to soak up the scenery and natural beauty of the region.
Explore the Lighthouses
There are a number of lighthouses in the area, and each one has a unique history. Once essential to ships and sailors, they are now popular tourist attractions. Lions Head Lighthouse, for example, was replaced by a metal post in 1969,but was later restored in 1983. In fact, high school students in the area used the original blueprints to build a replica, which continues to stand tall and proud today.