Looking to escape the city for a bit? I (Gabby) have visited a gorgeous gem just 3 hours away from Guelph this weekend. Let me just tell ya, this is a next level, out of this world national park. My family and I kind of forgot we were still in Canada.
Bruce Peninsula is located about 3 hours away from Guelph and 4 hours away from Toronto in Tobermory, Ontario. The park is located on Georgian Bay and offers a lot of camping areas and hiking trails. Bruce County also offers a lot of activities to do and places to stay (if you’re not into getting mosquito bites in peculiar places), like Tobermory town or Singing Sand Beaches.
-This post will be geared towards getting ready for the day and making sure to be prepared.-
Since my family and I only had a day to spend in Bruce Peninsula, we made the most of the time we had.
So our preparation started the night before. We packed a bunch of hiking appropriate foods like apples, energy balls (a favourite and all gone!), cliff bars, baby carrots, pita, hummus, bananas (would not recommend, they all got smoooshed), crackers and a HUGE Mexican-inspired rice salad (rice, beans, avocado, tomato and lime dressing). I also made myself some overnight oats for the ride up.
- Little Containers; used as bowls to serve up the salad
- Metal Cutlery
- 2 Reusable Water Bottles for each person (fill up with water beforehand)
- Bag to collect garbage
- Weather appropriate clothing; make sure it is comfortable
- Hiking Shoes
- Bug Spray
- Tissues/Toilet Paper
Our drive started at 8am the next morning. We drove for about 4 hours and made a couple washroom stops. Since we did pack reusable mugs, we were able to fill them up with tea at the local coffee shop.
Tips Before Heading out
- Make sure to have your phone and camera fully charged before getting on the trail.
- If carrying food (highly suggested), make sure to have a durable, comfortable backpack. My cousin’s backpack ripped on our hike and it was not a fun time.
- SHOES!! Wear a good pair of hiking shoes, whether they are sandals (I looove my Teva’s) or running shoes.
- If you are visiting a place different from home, make sure to check the weather and climate states to be properly prepped for the conditions you will be exploring.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhats. Wear them all. Trust me. Especially when you are laying by the water.
- The water was freezing in the beginning of June, so we did not go swimming (swim if you dare >:) ) However if you do go swimming I suggest wearing a wetsuit (not kidding), bring a towel or two, and a change of undergarments.
- Since a lot of the trail is located near a cliff (with a marvelous view), make sure to always have your eyes on the trail.
- Watch for tree trunks and small holes along the ground. If you would happen to sprain your ankle, you might have a hard time finding someone who will be willing to carry you back.
Are you ready for the adventure that awaits…?
Grab your backpack and lets GO!!
The Ladies of Sustainability ❤