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Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Bruce Peninsula, where majestic cliffs, turquoise waters and some of Canada's rarest wildlife await. Wilderness Eco-Adventures offers guided excursions for those wanting a deeper understanding of this World Biosphere Reserve. Our half, full and three day learning adventures will take you off the beaten path from coast to coast to explore the breath taking landscapes and hidden ecological treasures of the Bruce Peninsula. Best of all, net proceeds support local environmental conservation!

Are you ready for adventure?


Put Some Spring In Your Step!


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Migrate to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory this May. Hike the escarpment edge, through lush landscapes to an inland flowerpot, waterfalls and ancient sea caves. Witness life pushed to the limits in alvar habitats. Learn about forest and inland lake ecology and try your bush-craft survival skills. Gaze upon the star studded heavens with local astronomers in our Dark Sky Preserve. Includes 6 excursions with local guides, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and all entrance fees. Only $349!  All proceeds go to the charitable conservation and stewardship work of the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association. Accommodation not included.

BPBA Biosphere  Weekend ECO Adventure May 24 - 27, 2018

 

 

Thursday May 24 -The Arrival

  • 16:00  Check In at Summer House Park, Miller Lake (see directions at end)
  • 17:00 - 19:00  Dinner (Guests responsible for first night dinner)
  • 19:00 - 20:00  Wine & Welcome, Introductions, BPBA projects (Elizabeth), weekend overview


Friday May 25 - Quest for Fire

  •  7:00 - 9:00  Rise and Shine, Breakfast at Summer House Park
  •  9:00 - 9:30 Transit to Grieg’s Caves, 407 Scenic Caves Rd, Lion's Head
  •  9:30 - 12:00  Explore spectacular sea-caves and forest ecology overlooking Georgian Bay
  • 12:00 - 13:00  Picnic Lunch provided by BPBA at Grieg’s Caves
  • 13:00 - 13:30  Transit to Lindsay Tract Trails - Bruce County Forest
  • 13:30 - 15:30  Bushcraft Walk, Fire Lighting,  and Spring edibles
  • 15:30  Free Time
  • 18:00  Dinner
  • 20:00  Evening Stargazing and Skywatching in our incredible Dark Sky Preserve OR Free Night in Tobermory (Stargazing will occur on the clearest night of either Fri or Sat)

      

Saturday May 26 - Birds,Bays and Basins

  •  6:30 - 7:30  Early morning Rise and Shine and light breakfast at Summer House Park   
  •  7:30 - 8:00  Transit to Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory at Cabot Head
  •  8:00 -11:00  Bird Observatory tour, mist nets, banding.  Second breakfast and Wingfield Basin Gargantua wreck maritime heritage tour
  • 11:00 -11:30  Bird Observatory wrap-up and transit to Dyer’s Bay
  • 11:30 -14:00  Dyer’s Bay -  Hike along the turquoise shores of Georgian Bay through ancient cedars with scenic views. Discover a disappearing stream, glacial pothole and Devil’s Monument flowerpot. Enjoy a picnic lunch atop towering majestic cliffs!
  • 14:00 - 18:00  Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00  Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:30  Evening Stargazing and Skywatching in our incredible Dark Sky Preserve OR Free Night in Tobermory (Stargazing will occur on the clearest night of either Fri or Sat)


Sunday May 27 - Inland Lake Ecology, Alvar Adventure

  •  7:00 - 9:00  Rise and Shine, Breakfast at Summer House Park, Pack Up
  •  9:00 -10:00  Walk and Talk around Miller Lake, Discussion of Peninsula Inland Lakes
  • 10:00 - 10:15  Transit to Nature Conservancy of Canada Alvar (Hwy 6 & Dyer’s Bay Rd.)
  • 10:15 - 11:30  Explore  the unique and extremely rare alvar ecology on the NCC’s forest boardwalk system.
  • 11:30 -12:00  Debrief, Thank-yous, Comments, Good-byes.

Times and dates of modules subject to be modified or re-arranged depending on weather conditions and/or time needed to complete activities.

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Half Day Guided Hike


# 1 Bushcraft on the Bruce

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Description: A guided survival hike under the canopy of Bruce Peninsula's lush forests.

Highlights:

  • Learn bushcraft skills to survive and thrive in nature
  • Deepen your knowledge of forest and wetland ecology
  • Challenge yourself to find geo-chaching treasures
  • Cook delicious bannock over a fire with new friends 

Dates: To Be Announced

Duration:  9 AM to 12 PM (3 Hrs.)

Tour Departs: Tobermory, Northern Bruce Peninsula 

Locations Tour Visits: Lindsay Tract Trails

Cost: $49 (+hst) Net proceeds directly support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, a registered charity, to continue their projects that protect our environment.

Click BOOK NOW and begin your next adventure of a lifetime! Space is limited to twelve people. Group discounts available, please contact us.

For more information call (519) 377-5166 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


# 2 Mystery Rocks Tour  

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Description: A guided geology hike along the towering, rocky cliffs over Georgian Bay.  

Highlights:

  • Trek the tops of majestic cliffs with breathtaking views
  • Find a rare and beautiful flowerpot rock formation
  • Discover disappearing streams off the beaten path
  • Learn about ancient potholes within the forest
  • Experience nature's serenity in our UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

Dates: To Be Announced

Duration:  1 PM to 5 PM (4 Hrs.)

Tour Departs from: Tobermory, Northern Bruce Peninsula

Locations Tour Visits: Devil's Monument

Cost: $49 (+hst) Net proceeds directly support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, a registered charity, to continue their projects that protect our environment.

Click BOOK NOW and begin your next adventure of a lifetime! Space is limited to twelve people. Group discounts available, please contact us.

For more information call (519) 377-5166 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Full Day Guided Hike


# 1 Hidden Treasures 

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Description: An exclusive guided tour of Cabot Head area with colourful birds, geological wonders and pristine waters.

Highlights:

  • Exclusive tour of Cabot Head Research Station with Dr. Stéphane Menu
  • Experience colourful migratory birds up close
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch atop towering majestic cliffs
  • Hike along the turquoise shores of Georgian Bay through ancient cedars with scenic views
  • Discover a disappearing stream, glacial pothole and Devil’s Monument flowerpot
  • Meet new friends while supporting environmental conservation on the World Biosphere
  • Many opportunities for beautiful nature photography

Dates: To Be Announced

Duration:  approx. 6 hours

Tour Departs from: Tobermory, Northern Bruce Peninsula 

Locations Tour Visits: Cabot Head

Cost: $129 (+hst) Net proceeds directly support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, a registered charity, to continue their projects that protect our environment. This program also includes a donation to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory on your behalf. Tweet about it!

Click BOOK NOW and begin your next adventure of a lifetime! Space is limited to twelve people. Group discounts available, please contact us.

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 Don't miss Allison Davies' blog about her unique experience with Wilderness Eco-Adventures. Click here.


Your Destination


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 some of the most spectacular sections of the Bruce Trail. Our adventures will vary with the seasons so that we can showcase the remarkable biodiversity as it changes.

Explore the places you can go when you book a Wilderness Eco-Adventure. Watch our videos below! You'll never believe it's only a day trip from Toronto. 


Travel for a Cause


The net proceeds from our fun and educational Wilderness Eco-Adventure tours go directly to support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association. The Niagara Escarpment is designated by the UNESCO as one of fifteen Canadian World Biospheres Reserves among 564 Reserves worldwide in more than 100 Countries. The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association was the first community association to promote the Biosphere concept along the Niagara Escarpment, which is part of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The three principles that are the foundation of biosphere reserves are conservation, sustainable economic development and capacity building. We are working on the ground on several projects including the Six Streams initiative improving water quality, protecting forests, monitoring ecosystems, removing invasive species, supporting and presenting our Dark Sky and more. To discover more about the Bruce Peninsula environment and how to protect it, please read our Conservation and Stewardship Plan Summary.

Please let us know if you would be interested in a tour of our projects or would like to participate in an enriching volunteer experience.

Unable to join us on an eco-adventure? Consider a rewarding membership for only $20 or giving a generous donation toward our vital work. You will be protecting one of the most ecologically important places in the world for future generations and nature thanks you.


Local Guides


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 (left) and Rod Steinacher (right).

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.


Supporting Partners


A range of accommodation options is available locally. When booking, consider our partners Summer House ParkThe Fitz Hostel; On The Rocks B&B and Cape Chin B&B. Please call (519) 377-5166 for more information about accommodation and a referral for our group rate. 

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