Bruce Peninsula NP & Hogg’s Falls

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On March 5th we took a day trip up to the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Although 3 hours is pretty far for a day trip it is worth it to see everything frozen and all the interesting ice formations.

To break up the drive a bit we stopped at Hogg’s Falls which is located in Flesherton (pretty close to Owen Sound.) Although it is a small waterfall it is still pretty impressive and it is a very easy hike. It was nice in the winter but I’m sure it would be even more fun to swim in the water in the summer. Warning: to get to the bottom you have to climb a sketchy looking path with an even sketchier looking rope (we didn’t because of the ice.) The hike to the falls was at most 10 minutes so this makes a good stopover on the way to the Bruce!

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After the waterfall we continued on to the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Upon arrival, we noticed it was super quiet compared to the summer months and all services are closed. You must have cash to pay the self registration fee at the parking lot since it is not staffed in the winter. We put on our microspikes since it was very icy and headed past Cyprus Lake towards to Grotto and the shoreline.

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Since we had the microspikes we were able to walk on all the ice very easily which made it much more fun to explore the caves and icicles.

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We spent a few hours checking out the ice formations and caves and then got back on the trail to the car. During the winter the closer parking lot to the Grotto is closed so it takes a bit longer to hike out.

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After the hike it was time for a well deserved burger from Superburger in Shelburne. Finally almost home!

 

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