What you'll do
We’ll begin our hike at the trailhead in Lion’s Head, Ontario (30 minutes from Tobermory, 35 minutes from Sauble Beach, 1.5 hours from the Blue Mountains, and 3 hours from Toronto Pearson International Airport). We’ll first meander through an old growth forest in Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve, which sits at the 45th Parallel North, exactly halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Look closely to discover layers of embossed, fossilized coral shielding dolomitic limestone carved out with hidden caves and overhanging cliffs. Watch your step as we scale the 500-million-year-old Niagara Escarpment—there are glacial pot holes everywhere! We’ll get up close and personal with these geological wonders formed more than 12,000 years ago during the last glaciation. In fact, the Lion’s Head Pot Hole is so big, we can duck inside for a great photo opportunity! From the forested trail emerge nonstop breathtaking vistas. Here, we’ll ascend Lion’s Head Lookout, where white limestone cliffs rise out of the turquoise blue waters of Georgian Bay. With a 200-foot sheer drop below us, we can look out to Isthmus Bay and the 1903 lighthouse at Lion’s Head Harbour. Our hike winds under a precarious rock ledge scooped out from the wave action of a post-glacial lake and out to McKay's Harbour. Here at the craggy shoreline we will devour our well-earned, locally sourced lunch.
Hikes are led by Hailey, a South Florida transplant who fell in love with the Bruce Peninsula! As an active member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Hailey has hiked the Bruce Trail from Niagara to Tobermory. She is an avid traveller, conservationist, educator, and iPhone photographer. She has scaled the Andes Mountains in Patagonia, sailed across the Gulf Stream to the Abaco Islands, and been deported from Estonia. She is a knowledgeable and passionate host who specializes in hosting unique and personalized experiences with emphasis on science education and nature conservation. She also offers Hikes To A Cascade Waterfall (https://www.airbnb.ca/experiences/690290) and Sailing Cruises on Georgian Bay (https://www.airbnb.ca/experiences/903953). Follow her sailing adventures on Instagram @sailinggeorgianbay.
Locally Sourced Picnic Lunch (please inform your guide of any food allergies or dietary restrictions)
Entrance to Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve
Official Bruce Trail Reference Guide and Maps, Wilderness First Aid Kit, Insect Repellant
Where you'll be
Highlights include hiking through an old growth forest in Lion's Head Provincial Nature Reserve, stepping inside a 12,000-year-old pot hole formed during the last glaciation, scaling the white limestone cliffs of the 500-million-year-old Niagara Escarpment, taking in endless views of the turquoise Georgian Bay from atop 200-foot cliff faces, and enjoying a locally sourced picnic lunch on the craggy beach of McKay Harbour.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Remember: hiking is a sport. This trail can be challenging. There are crags, sinkholes, and no handrails. For the best experience, hikers should be in good physical condition, focusing on cardiovascular…
This hike is just under 12km, or 7.4 miles, and takes about 4 hours at a decent pace. It is rated Moderate by AllTrails. We will experience elevation change and rocky footing. Dogs welcome! If a time or date is not available on the calendar, please inquire and we will do our best to accommodate!
Hiking Lion’s Head Lookout