Bruce Penin­sula, Tober­mory Ont.

On­tario’s best kept se­cret, and a par­adise of end­less trails for the ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner

Canadian Running - - PLACES - By Dan Dakin

a20-me­tre-tall ob­ser­va­tion tower sticks out like a giant above the tree­tops of Bruce Penin­sula Na­tional Park. From the top deck of this tower one truly starts to ap­pre­ci­ate the vast beauty of Tober­mory, On­tario. Sur­rounded by crys­tal clear wa­ter on three sides, Bruce Penin­sula is a unique ecosys­tem of Ni­a­gara Es­carp­ment lime­stone rock and dense for­est. Hid­den from the deck of that

ob­ser­va­tion tower is one of Canada’s most unique trail sys­tems, where run­ners and hik­ers are treated to well­marked, but tech­ni­cal ter­rain shared with the oc­ca­sional bear or rat­tlesnake.

Tober­mory is a small com­mu­nity lo­cated wit hin t he mu­nic­i­palit y of Nort her n Br uce Penin­sula . While it ’s a pop­ula r pit stop for t hose head­ing to nort hern On­tario via t he Chi-Cheemaun Ferr y, it has be­come a busy tourist dest inat ion for t hose look­ing to get out of t he c it y and into nat ure.

Over­look­ing Lit­tle Tub Har­bour and the small shops that sur­round it is the stone cairn mark­ing the north­ern ter­mi­nus of the Bruce Trail. It’s from this point that the trail f lows 895 km south to Ni­a­gara Falls.

The Br uce Tr a il sec t ion from Tober­mory to Wiar­ton is 166 km long and acts as a cen­tral arter y, to which dozens of smaller t rails are con­nected. As any­one who has ever r un a ll nine Br uce Trail sect ions c a n at test , t he tech­ni­calit y of t he Penin­sula sec­tion is un­matched.

Though the trails are eas­ily iden­ti­fied with white hash marks for the Bruce Trail and blue marks for side trails, they tra­verse over dif­fi­cult ter­rain that will slow down even the most sea­soned trail run­ners. The sin­gle­track is rough and rid­dled with tree roots, jagged rocks and tight turns. El­e­va­tion change is a con­stant theme with

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