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Simply and stunningly beautiful, Bruce is transformed in winter.  Stroll Lake Huron’s frosty shorelines on one side of the Bruce Peninsula and hike or snowshoe the Bruce Trail on the other.  The iconic trail follows the Niagara Escarpment to Tobermory with periodic scenic lookouts overlooking the frigid waters of Georgian Bay.  A winter paradise, Bruce is interlaced with both groomed and ungroomed snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that pass through wooded areas, parks and along community trail systems.
 
Love to sled?  Welcome to snowmobile heaven!  As part of OFSC’s District 9, some of the province’s best snowmobile trails are here, a short drive from many urban centres.  It’s the perfect destination for a day trip or overnight tour with over 2400 kilometres of groomed trails covering both Bruce and Grey.  Snowmobile friendly restaurants and accommodators can be found all over Bruce, all the way up to Tobermory.  Choose your own route or one from Ride GreyBruce.
 
One of the liveliest spots is MacGregor Point Provincial Park, open all winter.   Geographically diverse, the park is located just south of Port Elgin and has trails for cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing.  Snowmobiling is allowed on the park roads.  Glide through the trees on the frozen ice-skating loop and under the lights at night.  The Birch Boulevard Campground stays open for winter tent and trailer camping on a first come, first served basis and has a heated comfort station with flush toilets.   Also open for winter camping are the 16 popular yurts – roofed, heated shelters.  Reservations are highly recommended as they are in high demand.  Call 1-888-668-7275 to book yours.  And, join in the fun on Family Day Weekend, when the park hosts its annual Snowfest, February 18 to 20, 2017.
 
For those who prefer camping at its most basic, there’s rustic winter camping at Cyprus Lake Campground in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.   Note that only tent camping is allowed at the Tamarack area with campsites available on a first come, first served basis.  Self register when you arrive at the park.  Bring your own water and be prepared to pack out your garbage.  Visit the website for more detailed information.
 
Not ready to tackle winter camping on your own?  Explorer’s Tread and Ontario Winter Camping each offer unique camping experiences on the Bruce Peninsula.  show up to enjoy!
They take care of the details and planning, you just show up to enjoy!

Bruce has ice fishing (conditions permitting and recommended for experienced anglers) in some of its inland lakes and sheltered bays, with Colpoy’s Bay near Wiarton a popular spot.   For up-to-date fishing conditions, contact Bob Bell, owner of the Spirit Rock Outpost & Lodge.   Note that fishing licenses are required in Ontario.

Winter sparkles and glitters at our festivals.  In early February, celebrate the groundhog’s annual prediction at the Wiarton Willie Festival.  Community suppers, live concerts and more make winter a social affair.  Have fun and play at Sauble Beach’s annual Snowfest in January and spend Family Day Weekend at the Ripley Winter Carnival. 
 
Look up, way up!  Twinkly, frosty stars look so much brighter in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.  Declared a “dark sky community” in 2004, stargazing conditions are ideal far from the city’s lights. 
 
In Southampton, the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton is a hotbed of history!  A blustery, snowy day is the perfect time to explore this area’s extensive history through interactive displays, exhibits and programs including an 1812 warship and popular General Store.   Open Tuesday to Saturday.
 
Visit Bruce’s art galleries and studios, browse and shop, warm up at a local café or restaurant after strolling a windswept shoreline.  Pick up a copy of the Saints & Sinners map to follow the bootleggers trail to Bruce’s two breweries and winery.  Make a point to spend a night or two – sleep under the stars or slumber in the comfort of a warm bed at an inn, motel or bed and breakfast. 
 
It’s winter in “the Bruce”…come and share the beauty…
 
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