Hiking the Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath and provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Running along the Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, it spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over 400 km of associated side trails! Enjoy some of Bruce County's best hiking at the Purple Valley Access Trail.

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Northern Confections on the main street in Wiarton. Try Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benny, or a Toasted Western, with your locally roasted coffee. While you’re there, re-live your childhood by stocking up on some classic candies!

After breakfast, head north on Highway 6, turn right at Bruce Road 9 to Purple Valley. Continue on Bruce Road 9 until you reach Purple Valley Road. Park your vehicle at the end of Purple Valley Road at Wright’s Crescent. GPS Coordinates: - 44.83638, -81.05423 (Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve)

Begin your hike on the Purple Valley Access Trail. Head north on the main trail as it journeys on the Escarpment edge, passing lookouts over Whitecloud, Hay and Griffith Island before descending to a lower ridge. Take the Malcom Bluff Side Trail (4.6 km) looping back to the parking lot totalling a 9.9 km hike.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to Wiarton’s waterfront and enjoy a home cooked meal at Dockside Willies Restaurant in Bluewater Park. Enjoy the breath taking views of Colpoys Bay while dining on the patio.

Stroll through Bluewater Park after dinner, and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of Wiarton Willie! Turn in for the night at Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge. Try out one of their Cabin tents: semi-permanent 8 x 10 tents, nestled in the bush, complete with a double bed, lantern, seating, and shared access to a fire-pit, barbecues, showers and washrooms. A truly unique experience!

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