Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory Ont.
Ontario’s best kept secret, and a paradise of endless trails for the experienced runner
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