It was a cloudy, cool morning with temps about 20 degrees lower than yesterday.
We had a good, filling breakfast in Grand Bend, and then made a quick stop at an ATM to get some Canadian money before heading up to the Bruce Peninsula.
It was about a 160-mile drive up to Tobermory. The speed limits are relatively low and we enjoyed the slow ride on the good roads. Also, the clouds disappeared and the temperatures increased nicely.
We arrived at the Adventure The Bruce Inn around 1:30, well before the 3:00 check-in time. They weren't ready for us, so we went to the nearby Parks Canada Visitor Center for Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park.
As is our custom, we watched the 15-minute movie about the parks in the Visitor Center theater. It was very well done and highlighted the beauty of the shoreline along the Niagara Escarpment and The Bruce Trail. That's what drew me to choose this area for our second stop in Canada before we go on to meet our friends Esther & Steve.
After the movie, we talked to one of the staff about hiking and paddling opportunities. He was very helpful and drew on our map the points of interest he thought we would enjoy.
Since we still had a while before check-in, we checked out the lookout tower at the Visitor Center.
The were some nice, but distant views beyond the high-flying Canadian flag.
At the bottom of the tower, Linda read up on the Burnt Point Loop, which is a 4k side trail off the famous Bruce Trail. The Bruce Trail runs from the Niagara Peninsula over 800k (500 miles) to Tobermory. Some of the most beautiful scenery is in this area, and we're hoping to take it in.
The Bruce Trail is marked by white slashes on the trees, and the side trails are marked by blue slashes.
We walked the Bruce Trail ....
about a half mile down to the Dunk's Bay overlook.
That part of the Bruce Trail was wide and easy, but we'll be hiking some rugged sections over the next couple of days. Here are a couple pics from the overlook.
After that, we hopped on the narrower, rocky and rooty, Burnt Point Loop.
It wasn't a difficult trail, but we definitely had to watch where we stepped to avoid turning an ankle and tripping. Open-toed shoes would not have been a good choice. :)
The trail winds through the woods and then has three or four very short spurs out to the shoreline.
Here are more pics of the lake from another spur.
Crystal clear water with shades of blues and greens draws me in every time - love it. :)
Back into the woods.
It was an enjoyable little hike and a nice workout. It was almost 5:00 by the time we returned to the inn to check in.
I booked two nights for the same nightly rate as we paid last night. But the Adventure The Bruce Inn is a newer, and much nicer facility. In fact, it is such a nice room that we bit the bullet and booked a third night at the much higher weekend rate.
By the time we got settled in our room, our big breakfast was starting to wear off so we went to the Grandview Dining Room for dinner out on their deck.
We had a nice view and the weather was pleasant although it cooled off quickly when a few clouds blocked the sun. After a delicious onion potato bacon soup, I went with their salmon dish with cashews ....
and Linda chose a pecan encrusted chicken.
The service was pretty good, but slowed way down toward the end of our meal. Still, the flavors were great and I'd have to say the setting and food together combined to make it worth the higher prices.
We're quickly learning that the prices and sales taxes up here are a bit higher than we are used to and the dollars are adding up quickly for this little trip. Of course, the tourist season is short and we understand they have to make as much as they can while they can. And I inflated our entertainment budget for the year mostly based on this month in Canada, so we'll just keep having fun even if it does cost a little more than my "value meter" likes. :)
By the time dinner ended, we had changed our evening plans. We were going to do a sunset hike, but instead decided to soak in the hot tub at the inn and then just relax in the room. Good decision. :)
Our only issue with our room is that the Wi-Fi is pretty bad. So, we'll have to find another option in town if we want to get photos uploaded and Journal entries posted.
Tomorrow, we'll have a little breakfast somewhere that has Wi-Fi, and then do a couple of hikes. More photos of clear water and beautiful shorelines to come. :)