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Explore North Bruce Peninsula

Northern Bruce Peninsula is a waterfront municipality that features the Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, the Chi-Cheemaun ferry between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island.

Northern Bruce Peninsula is the northernmost part of Bruce County, located between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. 

The Bruce Peninsula is the largest intact natural habitat in southern Ontario. More than 19% of the land is protected and provides an important flyway for migrating birds. The area’s diversity includes globally rare alvar and cliff ecosystems, 44 species of orchids, 50 species of ferns, and the oldest trees in eastern North American, some of which are over 1,000 years old. A wide range of animals includes black bears, fishers, barred owls and massasauga rattlesnakes.

Northern Bruce Peninsula hosts the last segment of the Bruce Trail, Cabot Head and Lion’s Head Nature Reserves, two First Nations Hunting Reserves and the Lindsay Forest Tract. Northern Bruce Peninsula has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The largest villages in Northern Bruce Peninsula are Lion’s Head and Tobermory. Some of the smaller communities include Dyer’s Bay and Stokes Bay, which are profiled below.

Dyer's Bay

The area around Dyer’s Bay is a great place to hike, with some of the most spectacular scenery and geological features found on the Niagara Escarpment. It’s a short hike from Dyer’s Bay to Devil’s Monument, the largest of the Bruce Peninsula’s flowerpot formations. A map of trails in the area can be found in the Dyer’s Bay parking lot at the top of the hill as your enter the hamlet. For portable maps and apps, memberships and other information, visit the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Volunteers of the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club build and maintain the Bruce Trail from Wiarton to Tobermory and offer organized hikes.

Just north of Dyer’s Bay is the Cabot Head Lighthouse and museum, maintained by the Friends of Cabot Head, and the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (not open to the general public, but watch for open house days). 

In the village of Dyer’s Bay itself, master storyteller Ron Baker hosts an evening of entertaining stories every Monday evening at 7 pm at the Red Story Barn, located at 995 Dyers Bay Road. 

Stokes Bay

Stokes Bay is located on Lake Huron, halfway up the Bruce Peninsula. In 1882, a log hotel was built at Stokes Bay to provide accommodation for the men building a road up the west side of the peninsula. A designated town plot was planned with the name Hardwick, but that town never came to be. 

Later, settlers decided to name their settlement Storke’s Bay after Captain John Storke, the first white man known to sail into the area. However, when the official papers were returned, the letter “r” from the name had been omitted, so the village became known as Stokes Bay. 

Timbering was one of the most popular early industries. By the late 1800s, there were two sawmills, three stores, a livery stable, a blacksmith shop, a post office, a dance hall, and two hotels.

Today, the village hosts a campground and marina, nearby Black Creek Provincial Park, and the Stokes Bay Community Centre (for booking information, visit their Book or Rent a Municipal Facility page).

Do you have questions about living, cottaging, or visiting North Bruce Peninsula? Please contact us, we’d be happy to talk to you!


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Visiting North Bruce Peninsula

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