Hikes: Hope Bay

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Over the course of living on the Bruce Peninsula during the summer of 2016, my boyfriend and I made it our mission to complete the Explore the Bruce passport. One of the stops was the Bruce Trail Lookout at Hope Bay, which I was delighted about because the more hikes I get the chance to do, the happier I am!

Hope Bay is between Lion’s Head and Wiarton, and the trailhead is located at the end of Water Street. This can be found by turning right onto Beech Street off of Highway 9 when traveling north, and then turning left at the end of the road onto Water Street. Follow this road until it opens up into a small dirt/gravel area where you can park.

I would describe this hike as moderate, with a well-established dirt path in some places and rocky terrain in others. The Bruce Trail markers made it easy to follow.

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The return trip hike took us just under two hours. The elevation gain was somewhat gradual and led to astonishing views, and there was lots of greenery to be seen along the path.

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Make sure you keep an eye out for the small limestone caves and rock formations on the side of trail!

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On our return to the parking area, we did some bushwhacking through a few Jurassic Park-sized ferns, and discovered a little pond!

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