This is a Bruce Trail (BT) post from the hike we did in Bruce Peninsula a few years ago.
We stayed at the Taylormade Bed & Breakfast in Lion’s Head for a few days to explore some of the fine parts of the BT.
Taylormade B&B was really nice place to stay especially for their breakfast.
They also offer shuttle service for hikers as well as packed lunch. (they require some notice for these services)
On the first day of our hike, the owner and her two dogs dropped us off at the trail head at Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve.
Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve is located in the mid section of Bruce Peninsula and is considered as one of the best hikes along the BT.
We were excited to have great weather and ready to set off to explore this beautiful path.
We started off on the south side of the park, Ilse Hanel Side Trail. We will end up on the north side of the park by walking coastal liner hike on the main path.
From BT website
At the beginning, we walked through a nice forest and it was mostly flat (well, compared to other parts of the trail).
There were some interesting trees along the way.
Even though the temperature was cold (approx 5C), we really enjoyed the walk with crisp spring air.
A couple of Black-throated Blue Warblers welcomed us on the trail.
I particularly found female of Black-throated Blue Warbler beautiful.
We found a tree loved by woodpeckers.
Getting close to the coast, we have a view of Georgian Bay.
As we approached to the view point, you can enjoy the turquoise color of the water, which makes this hike so enjoyable.
This IS the view. It was breathtaking but we later found out that we will be walking along this beautiful view for quite some time.
Near the top of the cliff, we saw an American Redstart.
Trees were growing out of the rock, quite amazing but hard to walk on.
We went back to the forest for a short time. It is really rocky on the surface and hard to walk on. Sturdy boots are a must to walk on those rough surfaces.
This is our lunch view. Can’t go wrong with this. It made us feel like we were overlooking the Caribbean beach.
We grabbed some sandwiches from a local bakery (Rachael’s Bakery) and it was delicious.
We could sit and enjoy this view for a long time but we must keep going to finish this hike before dark. After all, this is about 14 KM hike.
At some parts, we were walking along this interesting formation of the Niagara escarpment.
Must follow the BT sign!
Along the trail, there were beautiful Trilliums, the official emblem flower of The Province of Ontario.
I found this beautiful Red Trillium, which is less common than white Trillium.
We walked down the hill and now found ourselves at the bottom of the cliff, Mackay’s Harbour.
Continuing on to the rocky beach away from Mackay’s Harbour…..
then again climbed up to the top of the cliff….
There’s always something beautiful waiting for you that makes the climb worthwhile.
What a view!!!
At the end of the trail, there was another patch of beautiful fully bloomed Trilliums waiting for us.
Some other wildflowers that we found on the trail
End of the trail at the north side of the park (McCurdy Trail head)
It was an amazing trail with some challenges.
This trail offers you a beautiful view of Georgian Bay, nice wild flowers in spring, nice birding spots and some physical challenges. All in all, I call this a perfect trail.
We toasted to our great hike with a roast dinner at a local restaurant called Lion’s Head Inn.