Bruce Penin­sula

Gripped - - FEATURE - N AT I O N A L PA R K

Along the coast of Ge­or­gian Bay are many amaz­ing ar­eas, but per­haps the one of most in­ter­est to climbers is the Bruce Penin­sula. There are dozens of cliffs, such as those found at Lion’s Head and White Bluffs. The best boul­der­ing on the Bruce Penin­sula can no doubt be found at Half Way Log Dump. The beach-side blocs have long at­tracted climbers and while there are more in the for­est, they are off lim­its be­cause of en­dan­gered fo­liage such as the Lady’s Slip­per, Lake­side Daisy, Dwarf Lake Iris, Hill's This­tle, Provancher's Philadel­phia Flea­bane and Ohio Gold­en­rod.

Many of the prob­lems climb above the water and a fall can re­sult i n a soak­ing, but the cold water is a nice re­lief on a hot day. The stone is fea­tured lime­stone that has been beaten down by the weather. It is solid and of­ten smooth from the water. There are few easy prob­lems, with most com­ing in from V3 to V7, and many are named af­ter the lo­cal fauna and f lora.

Like many On­tario climb­ing ar­eas, ac­cess is al­ways an is­sue so fol­low the rules of the park and those of the On­tario Climb­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. There is a day fee, which is cheaper than climb­ing in a gym for the day. This is one of the most stun­ning places in Canada to spend your day boul­der­ing.

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