Hikes: Little Cove

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

Little Cove is a great “little” adventure for two reasons. The first reason is that it’s a very, very short hike down to the beach. I’m talking less than half a kilometre – MAYBE five minutes, if you walk slowly. The second reason being that this beach is incredibly beautiful and pretty much always deserted!

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

To reach the parking for Little Cove Beach, turn east  (right, if you’re heading north up towards Tobermory) onto Little Cove Road and simply drive for 5 minutes or so until you reach a dead end and a parking lot. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on a gently sloping gravel path towards the water, and then relax on the beach or head into the forest or to your right along the coast for more exploring and hiking! We brought a picnic lunch, and ate it on the rocky beach before walking down the shoreline to look around.

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The short walk down to the beach (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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Looking back on the beach from our walk on the shoreline. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

If you decide to continue onto the Bruce Trail (which starts at the end of the path right before you reach the beach), you can head south for a 12.6km/5.5 hour hike to The Grotto, or walk 7.4km/2.5 hours north into the town of Tobermory.

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A view from up on part of the Bruce Trail (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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Cutting up to the Bruce Trail briefly. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

If you walk along the rocky shoreline to the right (to the left is private property), you’ll see interesting rock formations and be able to catch a glimpse of both Flowerpot and Bear’s Rump Islands. Eventually, you won’t be able to continue any further without some serious rock climbing skills – we turned back at that point, but use your discretion!

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One of the neat rock formations in the area. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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View of Flowerpot Islands through another rock formation! (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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Flowerpot Island to the left, and Bear’s Rump Island in the middle. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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My favourite adventure buddy. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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A butterfly on the path down the water. (Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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(Little Cove Beach, Tobermory, Ontario — June 2016)

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