The Beta: Halfway Log Dump to Tobermory

Halfway Log DumpThis overnight trip is a great way to see Bruce Peninsula National Park. Along the trail you will have vast views of the Caribbean colored waters of the Georgian Bay as you scramble along the Niagara Escarpment and its towering dolomite cliffs. The Bruce Trail winds through Ontario from Niagara to its northern terminus of Tobermory. The northern most section of the Bruce is the most rugged and most remote.

You can start at either High Dump or Halfway Log Dump based on how many miles you would like to cover on day one. From the parking lot at Halfway Log Dump head east to meet the northbound Bruce Trail. Once at the Bruce Trail (marked with white blazes) head north where you will begin scrambling and hiking on a very rocky trail. You are rewarded with your first view from above the Georgian Bay at Cave Point, a 200 foot overhang. Continue north to the backcountry area of Stormhaven.

Stormhaven offers 9 backcountry spots all equip with a platform. Make sure that your tent is free standing. The platforms won't support tents that need to be staked out. There is a great area next to the Georgian Bay for you to set up and cook dinner away from your tent. There is a common area that has a composting toilet and a area to hang bear bags.
Sunset from StormhavenBackcountry platforms at Stormhaven

The next morning you will continue north along a cobblestone beach that will lead you to the Indians Head Cove. This area is frequented by day hikers, swimmers, and scuba divers alike. There are plenty of places to take a plunge in to the frigid waters of Lake Huron. Beyond Indians Head Cove there are two underwater caves. The first is apparent from the natural arched formed. The second is The Grotto, there is two
underwater entrances to the grotto from the Georgian Bay side. 

From there you will continue north across another large cobblestone beach. After the beach you will head up to Halfway Rock Point. From this vantage you can see Flowerpot Island and Bear's Rump Island of the Fathom Five Marine Park. Take in a moment to enjoy the Georgian Bay from this vantage. From there you will dip back into the forest filled with thousand year old cedar trees. You will emerge at the Bruce Peninsula National Park visitor’s center. From there it is a quick hike to the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail at Tobermory's picturesque harbor.

The Bruce TrailMorning on the Bruce. Flowerpot Island and Bear's Rump Island on the horizon

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