Grey Bruce Nature Experience (2 - 3 Days)

Explore the natural surroundings of western Georgian 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.

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. 1-800-780-7234
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
http://www.nathanielsrestaurant.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.
Waterfall Tour
Grey County
Location: Various
P. 519-376-3265 / 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. 519-596-2220
http://www.bluebay-motel.com
Innisfree B&B
46 Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-8190
http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
Grandview Motel
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com
Adventure Inn the Bruce
#7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2273
http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com
Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages
7468 Hwy 6, 19 Front Street, Tobermory
P. 1-800-591-4254
http://www.bruceanchor.com

Dining Options:

Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2867
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/

Things to Do:

Little Tub Harbour
Downtown Tobermory, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2452
http://www.tobermory.org
Parks Canada Visitor Centre
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
Parks Canada Visitor Centre Lookout Tower
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra St off of Codrington St)
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
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
Grandview Motel
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com
Adventure Inn the Bruce
#7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2273
http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com
Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages
7468 Hwy 6, 19 Front Street, Tobermory
P. 1-800-591-4254
http://www.bruceanchor.com

Dining Options:

Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2867
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/

Things to Do:

Bruce Peninsula National Park
PO Box 189, Tobermory
Location: 8 km south of Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233 / 1-877-737-3783
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/index_e.asp
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index.aspx
Hike to the Grotto - Bruce Peninsula National Park
469 Cyprus Lake Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233 / 519-596-2263
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/grotto.aspx

Suppliers:

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