Are you little bored with summer Toronto and you wanna see more than street food, festivals or Ontario lake? If so, you must go north – MacGregor Point either Bruce Peninsula are perfect escape-from-city destionations with true Ontario nature! I was lucky enough to visit both places this year.
MacGregor Point Provincional Park
First destination is this beauty park located approx. 200 kms nort-west from Toronto by lake Huron. Actually it was the same place where I tried ice-skating in the forest in February! 🙂 Me and my friends (thanks Sayaka, Nico & Izumo) decided go there because of campside.
Originally we thought about just Bruce Peninsula but due to busy reservation system, all campgrounds were totally full for every summer weeekend at the end of April(!). So, golden advice – if you wanna camp in Ontario’s well-known places, you must reserve months in advance!!!
However, MacGregor Point still had one weeekend available and it’s not too far from Bruce Peninsula, so we booked in the middle of May and arrived in the middle of July 😉
The place itself is kinda interesting too. There are a lot of trails, some around the Huron lakeshore with beaches, another ones going to forest and wetlands. Lake looks more like sea (surprisingly water wasn’t too cold) and it’s not industrial as Ontario, just natural. Campground is big but quiet and every spot has own grill for BBQ 😉 Price for one spot is reasonable 52$ per night (rules say for max 5 people). It was a good stay over there.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Name as a hint, this are is quite popular and totally different from MacGregor Point. It’s a national park, not just provincial. You have several options where to go and what to see. Having one day we decided to start with Indian Head Cove and Grotto – popular natural attractions by lake Huron. Really really really nice. You can think you’re somewhere in Meditterian Sea until you try the water temperature hehe 😀 But looks fantastic – totally clear water, rocks and caves. Of course little crowded but that’s something you count on in this area. The whole area is accessible by short walk from parking lot (often busy & full on weekends later morning) through forest with some ponds and visiting all together takes approx. 3 hrs. By the way, due to National Park, there is a entrance fee, 12$ per car.
Another popular spot we wanted visit is called Flowerpot Island. Island is located somewhere else – close to town Tobermory (30 mins from Grotto area) and is famous for it’s bizzare rock formations looks like growing from the water. Problem is accessibility. You can go to the island only by ferry operated by two companies and route is quite expensive. Regarding their websites, return rate is approx. 40$ per person and there would perhaps be additional entrance fee cost as island is technically part of another National Park – Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada. But I don’t know.
Honestly, pictures look soo beautiful, unreal but after calculating all pros and cons, I changed my mind and preferred watching EURO 2016 final in local pub instead 😀 which was in the end also unforgettable experience. My friend French, pub totally full of French either Portuguese fans and atmosphere like in Europe. Sorry Flowerpot, maybe some next time…
And what about Tobermory? Well, it’s small port town, very touristy with lot of cafes, fish&chips restaurants, marine but also trails to Bruce Peninsula Park. For example, there is watch tower with nice lookout just 30 mins from town centre. And if you are even more excited you can continue hiking in forest of course.
Worth to see, worth to go. Definitely!