Friday, August 29, 2014

Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario: Little Dunks Bay

Part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park is on the mainland.

I know. Canada does things a little differently sometimes.

The idea behind many of the parks on the Bruce Peninsula is to preserve the forest in the Niagara Escarpment area, so in that sense it's a good move. This park, right on the tip of the peninsula, has plenty of wilderness to explore by foot. It also shares a visitor center with Bruce Peninsula National Park.

From that visitor center, it's an easy walk east to the shore line. There hikers encounter the coastline of Little Dunks Bay, which is shown in the picture. As you can see, the Escarpment rivals Maine when it comes to a rocky coast. The Georgian Bay side of the peninsula has taken a bit of a pounding over the years and thus rock is exposed. The Lake Huron side is much smoother.

By the way, the relatively famous Bruce Trail goes through this park. There are signs for it throughout the peninsula. All of Ontario looked like wilderness once upon a time, so it's nice to save a slice of it. You can hike from Tobermory to the edge of Niagara Falls if you are so inclined. Some portions are rated as very difficult, so it's not for beginners.

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