For this post, we are going to visit Bruce Peninsula National Park which is at the top of the Bruce Peninsula here in Ontario. We have been visiting this area for the last couple of years and thoroughly enjoy its spectacular scenery, wildlife and the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. We camp at Cyprus Lake Campground which gives us easy access to the popular hiking trails in the park, beaches and the community of Tobermory. Tobermory is at the top of the Bruce Peninsula that has many unique shops and services for local population and the summer tourists including the passengers of Chi-Cheemaun ferry and visitors to Flower Pot Island.
The idea of this post came to me back in July when we were visiting two of the most popular places in the park on the shores of Georgian Bay, Indian Head Cove and the Grotto. The Georgian Bay side of the park has massive, rugged cliffs which end at the waters edge. There is limited parking at the trail head which leads to the coast and quite often during the summer, visitors are turned away because the parking lot is full. Indian Head Cover is very popular for swimming including those with scuba gear. Thanks to Dianne who took the following images.
The title of this post comes from the actions of some of the more adventurous park visitors. As we enjoyed the ambiance and surroundings of the Cove, I couldn’t help but notice the individuals who were pacing back and forth cautiously peering down weighing their options and finally jumping off the 50′ (15 meter) cliffs and with camera in hand, I recorded several of the thrill-seekers. I was desperately hoping that I wouldn’t be recording anyone miscalculating and hitting the rocks on the way down or at the bottom.
There is plenty to see and photograph in the area and one morning we joined a Parks Canada guided snake-seeking hike at the Singing Sands day use area at Dorcas Bay. The tour started in the late morning so the light was rather harsh but I was able to capture some interesting images of the local flora of the alvar habitat.
At one point as we walked through the area, one of the naturalists called out for everyone to stop moving! A large Massasauga Rattlesnake was hidden close by a large rock next to a depression in the soil and we were all walking close by and even over top of it as it lay out of sight. Our movements had caused it to retreat and we all got a look at it as it slithered away. The Massasauga Rattlesnake is listed as threatened under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007 and is currently the subject of a number of different studies on its health and welfare.
And finally, we learned that the weather folklore saying ‘red sky at night, sailors delight’ isn’t always true since we got drenched the next morning as we packed up!