Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Northern Bruce Peninsula with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

19 days ago

Next to Horse lake trail is the Georgian Bay - Marr Lake Trail which has the best view.

Pretty easy hike with beautiful views

Nice walk around the island.

Amazing place to hike. If you are nature’s fan this is the place. But do check the weather before u go n stay hydrated...

Went here end of October last year. Only one other person on the trail! It was absolutely incredible, I had no idea Ontario was so beautiful. A must see

Good hike with some really nice views

Should be noted that you’ll need reservations to hike in the Cypress Lake area and the trail is fairly busy. You can make reservations ahead of time online or on the phone with Parks Canada. Cost per car is $17 including parking and entrance fee. If you don’t make reservations ahead of time, chances are you’ll be able to make the 530 to 930pm. Great place to bring a family, not really any difficult hikes in the area.

2 months ago

Great little hike!

3 months ago


Great little trail to do as part of the glass bottom boat and shipwreck tour. Easy for my then 8 year old and still a nice walk for us old people.
Can be very busy.

6 months ago

We visited this island a few years ago . Kind of costly if your just going for a hike . I could not believe all the garbage that people had left , it was disgusting . Wildlife way too friendly , actually pestering us for snacks . Lots of snakes , had to watch our step in spots . Other than the garbage it was nice .

When we went the hiking was good for the majority of the trail. The cave was closed, light house closed as was the trail to the light house. So 3✡ is all I can give.

Great half day/day trip. The water is beautiful!

The boat cruise and view of shipwrecks in the crystal clear water is worth the cruise to Flower Pot Island. Once on the island there is over 6km of trail. The less used trails are to the SW end of the island and the western end of the loop to the lighthouse, which have some demanding sections. The east end is well groomed, heavily trafficked and wheelchair accessible leading directly to the Flower Pots.

Really nice hike. Wish it was 5 times longer.! :-). Good varied terrain and beautiful scenery.

Quite nice location. Worth the trip

Nice, sometimes narrow and rough.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This Trail was perfect for all levels with Beautiful Scenery!

Friday, April 07, 2017

loved this trail nice hike

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When you leave the groomed trail and head south from the Lightstation onto the actual hiking trail, it us marvellous!! Like walking through an enchanted forest.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Did the Horse Lake trail - Marr Lake trail loop. It was great! The Grotto was crowded. Be sure to continue north past the Grotto and check out overhanging rock. It was the best experience imho. Just ask the park staff how to get there when you check in. Just remember its not as easily accessible as the Grotto. There's moderate hiking required. There's also a path under the rock on the far side of the site.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nice hike, continue on to the grotto.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The camping at Cyprus Lake isn't terrible, but I have camped else where that has been better. The trail is easy enough, with most of it being boardwalk. You can continue on the trail right to the Grotto. The Grotto is spectacular and the water on the Georgian Bay is very blue. Be cautious in wet weather, and winter as the rocks can be very slippery and icy. It is also highly populated in the summer, which makes it hard to enjoy the true sights of the Grotto.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Absolutely lovely trail alongside Cyprus Lake and on to the Grotto. I highly recommend this trail, and it's not super difficult. A lot of it is boardwalk. Just be careful when you get to the Grotto, the rocks can be slippery in wet weather!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

We did the loop trail, starting along the coast to the lightkeeper's station, and then back towards the interior of the island. The coastal part is easy and flat, although the second part of the loop through the island interior is significantly more rocky and might not be the best choice for parents with small children or people with joint problems.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Crystal clear turquoise water, sheer limestone cliffs, rock beaches and pine trees. These images are iconic of the Northern Bruce Peninsula and a trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of this unique part of the Niagara Escarpment.
Georgian Bay Trail and Marr Lake Trail are two of several tails that can be accessed from Cypress Lake Campground (Right off of highway 6 on Cypress Lake Road). Arrive early, as early as possible to avoid the crowds. There can be long line of cars at the gates and the parking lot will eventually fill up.
Georgian Bay Trail is incredibly popular as it is an easy route to Indian Head Cove (rock beach) and The Grotto (underwater cave). You will park near Cypress Lake Campground and follow Cypress Lake Trail around the lake shore and over a bridge until you connect with Georgian Bay Trail. Relatively undiscovered 20 years ago when I first visited, this trail now buzzes with people and has become a fairly easy hike - great for family's with children (they have even installed washrooms at the end of the trail). The trail is a point to point trail and heads straight out to the shore of Georgian Bay. It is a little bit of a climb down to the water (watch your children the limestone can be slippery) but a great spot for a picnic and a swim (if you enjoy ice cold water).
Hikers looking for something more challenging should not be discouraged. Once you reach the end of Georgian Bay Trail, your are now connected to the rugged Bruce Trail. Follow the trail to the left and along the shore of the bay (watch your step and wear proper footwear you are hopping boulder to boulder) until you arrive at Boulder Beach. You can either continue along the edge of the water to stay on the Bruce Trail or you can follow the sign for Marr Lake Trail to head back to Cypress Lake. Marr lake trail is much more like a hiking trail than the path you came out on and also much less busy. This will connect back to Cypress Lake Trail and take you back to the parking lot.
Set aside a full day for this trip especially if you are driving a couple hours to get to the park. I would recommend even staying overnight. There are plenty of things to do on the Bruce Peninsula. Tobermory is right at the tip of the Peninsula and is a great little town to visit. From there you can take a boat ride to Flowerpot Island or you can go to the other side of the Peninsula to visit Cabot Head Lighthouse.

Loved it!!!

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