Winter on the Bruce
Distance from Toronto
About this Trip
Explore the Bruce Peninsula covered in a blanket of white. On this spectacular winter trip we'll snowshoe to ice caves, cross country ski through spruce forests and climb frozen waterfalls. We'll also learn a bit about winter photography, and cap off each day with delicious local treats and wines!
+ spectacular views from the Bruce Peninsula
+ photographing wild escarpment ice formations
+ exploring escarpment caves
+ climbing frozen waterfalls
+ private cross country ski lessons
The trip begins in the evening before our first day of adventure, you'll check into your lodge in the late afternoon where your guide will meet you for a hot drink and to chat about what to expect over the next few days.
Day 1 - Peninsula Snowshoeing - After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we'll head North towards Bruce Peninsula National Park for a snowshoe adventure. After hiking along the top of the escarpment and enjoying spectacular views and exotic ice formations, we'll have the option make our way down close to the frozen water's edge, and discover the wild ice formations formed where the escarpment meets the Georgian Bay coast. Enjoying a hot chocolate, we'll spend some time learning how to take world-class winter photos using just a smartphone. After a day of spectacular snowshoeing, we'll head back to the lodge for a fresh bonfire dinner and some local beverages.
Day 2 - Cross Country Ski Experience & Evening Dogsledding - We'll kick off the morning with a cross country skiing skills workshop. Warming up on beginners trails, we'll work on technique and efficiency, getting comfortable exploring some easier routes. After a lunch break, that includes some maple syrup dessert surprises, we'll hit the trails on a guided excursion, discovering the beautiful forests and rolling hills of Sawmill Dunes. After freshening up and grabbing a snack at the lodge, we'll head out for a unique evening experience, dogsledding under the stars and cooking bannock over the fire with a representative of the local Saugeen first nations.
Day 3 - Frozen Waterfalls - On our last day, we'll offer three different ways to experience frozen waterfalls. We can go as photographers, taking easy trails and focusing on shooting the the falls with a series of winter photography tips and lessons. We can go as hikers, heading out for a longer excursion to some of the more isolated falls in the region. Finally, for those feeling adventurous, we can explore the frozen falls as ice climbers, strapping on our crampons and ice axes and learning how to safely ascend a wall of ice!
Winter (December - April)
2 Days & 2 Nights
3 Days & 3 Nights
Inn at Cobble Beach - A unique waterfront golf course and resort in the township of Georgian Bluffs.
What's Included | What to Bring
+ Inn at Cobble Beach or equivalent accommodations
+ All meals except for dinner upon arrival and departure
+ Cross country ski equipment
+ Ice climbing equipment
+ Private guide for all excursions
+ Safety and first aid equipment
+ Park & conservation area permits
What to Bring
+ A packing list will be provided upon booking.
The Bruce Peninsula, also known as the Saugeen Peninsula, extends northwestwards into Lake Huron, separating Georgian Bay from the primary basin of the lake. The peninsula, which contains part of the Niagara Escarpment, is known for steep cliffs that drop into Georgian Bay's turquoise waters. The peninsula is one of Ontario's top adventure destinations with an abundance of climbing, hiking, skiing, cycling and paddling as well as some of Ontario's most spectacular scenery.
All guides leading the Winter on the Bruce Adventure are experienced winter guides with appropriate first aid training and certification.