Skating the trail at MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Lion's Head Lighthouse
Bruce Peninsula National Park
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Simply and stunningly beautiful all year long, the Bruce transforms into a whole new kind of beauty 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. Snowmobilers love sledding here on some of the best trails Ontario has to offer. Take a tour up the Bruce Peninsula by car, stopping at picturesque Lion's Head to snap a selfie with the iconic "lion's head" formation in the background. Or travel through the communities along the Lake Huron shoreline — Southampton, Port Elgin and Kincardine — and take breaks along the way at local restaurants and shops.
Take it outside this winter and "explore the bruce" on foot, snowshoe, cross-country ski or snowmobile. For snowshoers and cross-country skiers, trails wind through the bush north of Sauble Falls, Hepworth and northeast of Wiarton. Break your own trail on rail trails or on the other trails spread throughout the Bruce. Many local clubs maintain groomed trails - contact a local info centre for more info.
Life moves at a slower pace during the winter months in Bruce County, making it a great time to explore the small communities. From Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, to Wiarton, Sauble Beach and the inland communities of Paisley and Walkerton there is dining, shopping and accommodation. The Southampton Arts Centre is open all year (check hours before visiting) as are other studios and galleries. Contact local info centres before heading out to check operators' off season hours.