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Simply and stunningly beautiful, the 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, the 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. 

Sled Heaven

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.  Work up your own itinerary or check out these Snow Tours.

Play All Day, Sleep All Night

One of the liveliest winter spots is MacGregor Point Provincial Park, open year-round.   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.  Two loops in the Algonquin Campground stay open for winter tent and trailer camping on a first come, first served basis and have a heated comfort station with flush toilets.   Also open for winter camping are the 16 popular yurts – roofed, heated shelters.  Reservations are strongly recommended as they are in high demand.  Call 1-888-668-7275 to book yours.  And, join in the fun on Family Day Weekend in February, when the park hosts its annual Snowfest.
 
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*. 
*Note that this type of camping is geared to the experienced camper. 
 
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.  They take care of the details and planning, you just show up to enjoy!  

For Hard Core Anglers

Bruce has ice fishing (conditions permitting and recommended for experienced anglers only) in some of its inland lakes and sheltered bays, with Colpoy’s Bay near Wiarton being 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.

Festivals and Experiences

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.  

Stay Warm Indoors

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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