Located at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, South Bruce Peninsula is a sprawling municipality in south-east Ontario. It comprises several beachside towns and villages, including Sauble Beach, Hepworth and Hope Bay. Part of the area is managed by the Chippewas of Saugeen, a First Nations band of the Ojibwe people.
Things to do in South Bruce Peninsula
Keen hikers can tackle part or all of the 890-kilometre-long Bruce Trail, which is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment from Queenston to Tobermory and runs up the eastern side of the Bruce Peninsula. In addition to its spectacular waterfalls, the trail takes in the geographical wonders of the Cheltenham Badlands.
Offering magnificent views across Colpoy’s Bay is the Spirit Rock Conservation Area, which can be accessed along the Bruce Trail. It encompasses the historical ruins of the McNeill Estate and a spiral staircase that takes you to the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Also nearby is the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park with its 15 kilometres of double and single tracks.
One of South Bruce Peninsula’s most popular stretches of sand is Sauble Beach, which overlooks the waters of Lake Huron. Extending to around 11 kilometres, it is one of the longest freshwater beaches in Canada and an idyllic setting for swimming, beach volleyball and a range of water sports. Coincide your visit with the annual sandcastle-building contest or the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival.
Getting around South Bruce Peninsula
South Bruce Peninsula is around three hours’ drive from Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Buses travel between towns and villages throughout the municipality. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to South Bruce Peninsula and exploring the surrounding region.