If you are looking to visit Southern Georgian Bay this summer, there is an endless amount of amazing outdoor spots to explore. With plenty of natural beauty in and around Southern Georgian Bay, you can guarantee some pretty spectacular views! With hundreds of kilometres of outdoor trails with the Bruce Trail, there is so much terrain to conquer this summer. Get out and enjoy the fantastic weather this summer with a trip to one of these amazing spots!
Big Bay Scenic Lookout
Big Bay Scenic Lookout is located along the Bruce Trail near Kemble Mountain Management Area. Walk up Bruce Trail to this stunning vantage point of Georgian Bay and Kemble Mountain. Since it is in conjunction with the trail, this is spot is suitable to visit on an afternoon hike in with the family to enjoy the outdoors in Wiarton.
Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Section
As one of the best year-round hiking destinations in the area, Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Section is the ideal spot for a leisurely hike this summer. This part of the Bruce Trail spans from Lavender to Craigleith, with varying trail conditions due to the all-season use. From this trail, you can experience excellent views of the rolling countryside and Nottawasaga Bay. If you’re looking for people to hike with, check out the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club who organize scheduled group hikes.
Epping-John Muir Lookout Conservation Area
Epping-John Muir is a popular spot to revel in the beauty of Beaver Valley, with soaring views of Georgian Bay, Niagara Escarpment, and Blue Mountains also visible in the distance. The lookout is named after American naturalist, who had spent some time in the valley along the Bighead River researching orchids and making rake handles at the Trout Hollow Mill. This area is perfect for a family outing, with a picnic pavillion and a pine plantation that is open to stroll.
Located in the Blue Mountains, Metcalfe Rock is the centre of all the action. The summit of Metcalfe Rock overlooks Kolapore Creek Valley to the west. Getting to this beautiful summit can be quite an adventurous hike, as the white blazes of the Bruce Trail cross a small stream and climb into the tumbled rock of the Niagara Escarpment. You have a choice of climbing to the top on either the main Trail or via a blue-blazed side trail – the latter option takes you through a rocky gorge 30 m high. Be sure to take all safety precautions when attempting advanced hikes.
Bognor Marsh Management Area
This is a unique area.This short hike can have you standing on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment and looking down on the backs of turkey vultures as they soar on air currents above the marsh. One of the largest marsh systems in Grey County, this area is 668 hectares of escarpment upland forests, three major marshes, you can enjoy all of this from the observation tower onsite.