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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. Biosphere 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 Adventure


 Bushcraft on the Bruce

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Experience this intriguing guided survival-skills hike under the canopy of the Bruce Peninsula’s lush forests. This adventure will take us deep into the heart of 8000 acres of the Lindsay Tract Trail system, past wetlands, waterways and through a mixture of forest types. Learn basic bushcraft skills to survive and thrive in the wild. We’ll build an emergency shelter, discuss water purification, finding direction, wild edibles and more. We’ll even cook traditional bannock over a fire made without matches or lighter! Opportunities for birding and spotting occasional snakes, amphibians and forest mammals.

Deepen your knowledge of this biosphere’s forest and wetland ecology on this unique curated half day excursion.

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  • Rating:145px Ski trail rating symbol green circle.svg This adventure is rated accessible with light hiking over maintained trails. Suitable for children over 10.
  • Where: Meet at the Lindsay Tract Trail Parking Lot on Highway 6 about 12 km north of Ferndale. Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration Approx 3 hours.
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks.
  • Price: To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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THE QUEST FOR FIRE- Caving

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Another Biosphere exclusive! A guided discovery tour of Greig's Caves. These spectacular “sea” caves were the site of filming for the movie Quest For Fire. Go as deep as you dare in the 7000 year old limestone caverns. Learn the history of post-glacial Lake Algonquin that created these geological gems. Search for rare fungi, flora and ferns such as the Hart’s Tongue in the lush deciduous forest beneath the cliff edge. Experience spectacular views of secluded Rush Cove before returning to the picnic area where we’ll create our own fire with tinder and spark and enjoy a gourmet lunch.

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  • Rating:145px Ski trail rating symbol blue square.svg This adventure is rated moderate with some challenging sections. Moderate hiking over uneven terrain with some harder slippery sections, cliff edge, steep descents and loose shore stone.
  • Where: Meet at Greigs Caves Parking lot. Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration approx. 4 hours.
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks.
  • Price: To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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SOUL STROLL: A Mindful Walking Meditation

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Looking to leave the stress and noise of modern life behind?Looking to leave the stress and noise of modern life behind?Join us on a unique experience of mindful discovery. Let yoursenses savour “the path less travelled” as we embark on a journey along the aptly named Cathedral Drive, under toweringforest canopies to magnificent vistas overlooking the glacia lvalley of Hope Bay. Join our Interpretive Guide and MBSR facilitator and experience silence and solitude in a spectacular setting. Sketch pads provided for notes, reflections, drawings.Enjoy a snack and discussion break midway at a breathtaking lookout. This early morning forest bathing will take you off the beaten path and reconnect you with nature.

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  • Rating: 145px Ski trail rating symbol green circle.svg145px Ski trail rating symbol blue square.svg  This adventure is rated accessible with some  moderate Bruce Trail Hiking sections.
  • Where: Meet the end of Cathedral Drive. Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration approx.3 hours
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks, hiking pole if required.
  • Price: To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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Full Day Aventure


BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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Catch an exclusive guided tour of the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory. Join us and Dr. Stefane Menu for a VIP look at the important work of this picturesque research station. This Cabot Head area tour features migratory birds surrounded by unique geological wonders and pristine waters. Explore the secluded Wingfield Basin, site of the wreck Gargantua. Hike along the turquoise shores of Georgian Bay through ancient cedars with scenic views. Enjoy a picnic lunch atop towering majestic cliffs.

Discover a disappearing stream, a glacial pothole and the Devil’s Monument flowerpot. Enjoy endless opportunities for nature and wildlife photography.

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  • Rating:145px Ski trail rating symbol blue square.svg This adventure is rated moderate. Light walking at bird observatory, followed by moderate Bruce Trail hiking over uneven terrain with slippery sections near Cape Chin.
  • Where: Meet at Dyer’s Bay Parking lot. GPS: Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration approx. 5 hours
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks, camera, binoculars
  • Price: To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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FIRE, WATER, AIR, EARTH- The 4 Elements

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A sensory exploration of how the 4 Elements have shaped the landscape of the Bruce Peninsula. This guided geological adventure takes you along the towering, rocky cliffs overlooking Georgian Bay. Search for traces of the great fires that swept through the area during the turn of the last century. See how water and ice have scoured and scraped and shaped the rocky landscape we call home. Climb from shore to sky to stand on majestic cliffs with breathtaking views into the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Discover the rare flora and fauna that inhabit the mixed forest’s fragile post glacial soils.

Highlights include a secret waterfall, an inland flowerpot rock formation as well as ancient potholes and other mysterious features.

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  • Rating: 145px Ski trail rating symbol blue square.svg This adventure is rated moderate with some challenging sections. Moderate Bruce Trail hiking over uneven terrain with some harder slippery sections, cliff edge, steep descents and loose shore stone.
  • Where: Meet at Dyer’s Bay Parking lot. Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration approx. 5 hours.
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks.
  • Price: To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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GUN POINT

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You’ve done the Grotto, you’ve seen The Lion’s Head Lookout, now challenge yourself to make a “Run to the Gun”.This rugged Bruce Trail section through the Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve offers numerous spectacular lookouts to Barrow Bay more than 60m below. You'll experience the cliff edge more on this adventure than almost any other trail in the area! See the sentinels of White Bluff,Cape Dundas and Cape Croker in the distance looming over Georgian Bay. As we forge through rich mixed forest, discover the evidence of the post glacial lakes, ancient potholes and other glacial features that comprise this area. 

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  • Rating: 145px Ski trail rating symbol blue square.svg 145px Ski trail rating symbol black diamond.svg 1 This adventure is rated moderate to challenging. 10km round trip over rugged uneven terrain with multiple elevation changes.
  • Where: Meet at Cemetary Road Trail Parking lot. Map of area
  • When: Dates and time to be announced. Duration approx. 5- 6 hours
  • What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, 2l water, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks, hiking pole suggested
  • Price:To be announced. Net proceeds to BPBA conservation work.

 

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Contact Us


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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 Biosphere 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


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Integral to each outdoor adventure is the opportunity to learn from local experts to deepen not only your connection to this sacred place, but also your ecological knowledge of the outdoors. Our adventure program is designed under the guidance of our local Advisory Team. Your guide, Graham Thomas has been a resident of the Bruce Peninsula for over 20 years. A former chair of the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group and board member of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, he has been committed to this area and ensuring its ecological integrity survives into future generations. He was instrumental in initiating the Dark Sky Preserve status of the peninsula and interpreting the importance of the night sky to residents and visitors alike.

Graham and his wife Christina have operated 3 businesses on the peninsula focusing on ecological tourism, organic agriculture, and local food and hospitality.

Before choosing to make the Peninsula home, for 5 years he lived in worked in the remote wilds of British Colombia, the Yukon and The Northwest Territories.

His outdoor pursuits include hiking, 4 season camping, whitewater canoeing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, trail running, mushroom hunting, bouldering, swimming, and amateur astronomy.

He is thrilled to be able to share his knowledge, experience, and passion for the Bruce Peninsula as the new manager of the Biosphere’s Eco-Adventure Program.


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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