Experience the wonders of the beautiful Bruce Peninsula
Are you a curious explorer, looking to get off the beaten track? You're invited to join us on a half-day or one-day Eco-Adventure. Hike, bike or paddle in pristine waters amid stunning scenery AND at the same time gain an in-depth understanding of the natural wonders of the Northern Bruce Peninsula -- an ecological treasure chest.
Half-Day Eco-Adventure Sun. AM and Tue. PM
Bushcraft: Learn basic outdoor survival skills under the canopy of the Bruce Peninsula's lush forests. Deepen your knowledge of forest ecology and challenge yourself with geo-caching to find hidden ecological treasures. Make and enjoy bannock, a bread of early Canadian settlers and indigenous peoples. This adventure is led by Program Manager Sean Skinkle.
Geological Mystery Tour: A disappearing stream, ancient potholes, towering cliffs and the Devil's Monument: a landscape legacy of our rare dolostone geology. Come hike with us and encounter these dramatic karst formations and learn of the fascinating geological forces that produced them. This adventure is led by Daryl Cowell, a professional geoscientist and expert in the karst landforms of the Bruce Peninsula.
Coast to Coast Explorer: From the towering cliffs of the Georgian Bay coast to the sandy shores of Lake Huron, join us as we explore remarkable biodiversity from ancient cedars to macroinvertebrates on the Northern Bruce Peninsula, part of a UN-designated World Biosphere Reserve. This adventure is led by Program Manager Sean Skinkle.
A cycling option for the Coast to Coast Explorer is being offered in August 2017. This adventure will be led by John and Wendy Rodgers. Coming from a multi-generational Bruce Peninsula family, John knows well the hidden nooks of the area. He is an avid cyclist and science teacher. Wendy farms their land and pilots ecological approaches to agriculture. She is an experienced hiker and canoeist.
Part of a World Biosphere Reserve, the Bruce Peninsula has recently been cited by the Nature Conservancy of Canada as one of the most important places to protect IN ALL OF CANADA. Located in the heart of the Great Lakes on Lake Huron, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, “The Bruce” has:
- The largest connected forest in Southern Ontario
- Breathtaking cliffs overlooking Georgian Bay and sandy beaches on Lake Huron
- Globally rare alvars, dunes and coastal wetlands
- Some of the darkest skies in Southern Ontario.
These natural landscapes are home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, supporting one of the highest concentrations of rare species in all of Canada. We have two national parks and many other protected places and some of the most spectacular sections of the Bruce Trail.
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, a registered environmental charity, invites you to participate in one of our Eco-Adventures. Come and enjoy your favorite activities (e.g. hiking, biking, paddling and swimming), while at the same time discovering and learning about the Bruce's ecological treasures.
Proceeds from these Eco-Adventures will support the local conservation and sustainable development work of the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association. For this reason, the venture is called a "Social Enterprise".
Our adventures will vary with the seasons so that we can showcase the remarkable biodiversity as it changes.
Please let us know if you would be interested in an adventure that includes showing you some of our stream and wetland restoration work or that provides you with an opportunity to volunteer and make a difference through your personal efforts.
Eco-Adventures with a Difference
Integral to each outdoor adventure is the opportunity to learn from local experts to deepen not only your connection to this place but also your ecological knowledge of the outdoors.
Our adventure program is designed under the guidance of our Advisory Team and delivered by Sean Skinkle and Rod Steinacher. Sean's passion is to help others discover the beauty of the Bruce Peninsula and connect deeply with nature through sustainable eco-tourism. He has an academic background in environmental studies, adventure expeditions and interpretation.
Rod spent his career as a science and outdoor education teacher and is an avid birder, astronomer and photographer. He has devoted countless volunteer hours to conservation on the Bruce.
A range of accommodation options is available from cottages to camping at our partner Summer House Park (http://www.summerhousepark.ca/) located on the sandy shore of Miller Lake. Please call (519) 377-5166 for more information about accommodation and a referral for our group rate.
Programs are subject to adjustment depending on weather and other circumstances beyond our control.
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