You’re Welcome #2, Southwestern Ontario North, East, West and South

It’s a chilly first week of January morning, sun shiny and lots of new snow from a recent lake effect storm. I love to walk cold days, if I’m bundled up. My mind likes to wander too, and often to my warm weather fun places in southwestern Ontario.

Places such as Tobermory, our ‘far north’ escarpment peninsula tip village; Niagara Falls, our ‘Vegas’ with bonus botanical gardens and massive, famous waterfall – also escarpment; Pinery Provincial Park, 8 kms of superior sand beach plus oak and cedar on dunes; and Long Point Provincial Park, birds, snakes, birds, turtles, birds, cottonwoods – they shed a cottony substance, birds, some great camp sites, birds, prairie grasses, did I mention birds?

Through the You’re Welcome blog series, you will discover more about these and other southwestern Ontario locations through my photographs and travel information. Each place merits an individual blog and will have one.

For today, North, part one of a four points preview.

North – Tobermory (est. pop. 1,200), Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, County of Bruce

Tobermory harbour

Tobermory harbour

The small harbor village of Tobermory welcomes close to 200,000 visitors throughout the spring to fall seasons as the southern station for the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.

MS Chi-Cheemaun at Tobermory

MS Chi-Cheemaun at Tobermory

It is a passing-through location for many, and those many spend many hours waiting to board the ferry. The harbor area of town delights the captive audience with fun and funky shops, restaurants, outfitters and a grocery store. It is well-maintained with attractive, easy trails along the docks.

MS Chi-Cheemaun at Tobermory

MS Chi-Cheemaun at Tobermory

Located at the Bruce Peninsula tip (drive Highway 6 – it traverses southwestern Ontario from the Hamilton region north through Guelph, Arthur, Owen Sound and at the peninsula base, Wiarton), the village is a wonderful destination. I try to get there for at least a few days every couple of years for the hiking and photo opps.

Along the Bruce Trail near Tobermory

Along the Bruce Trail near Tobermory

The village is not far from Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada, one of the most beautiful locations for hikers.

Rocky trail, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Georgian Bay

Rocky trail, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Georgian Bay


It entails the northern section of the popular hike-heaven, the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Georgian Bay

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Georgian Bay


Tobermory is most busy from Friday to Sunday during the summer months. Off season is a wonderful time to get less expensive accommodation and have more space to discover the wild beauty of this more remote, less-populated region of southwestern Ontario.

Next blog, east – Niagara Falls, the other end of the escarpment from Tobermory.

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