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2014 Bruce Peninsula Hiking Festival


The 11th Annual Hiking Festival is hosted by the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club in cooperation with Parks Canada on the weekend of October 3 to 5, 2014. Our theme this year celebrates the UNESCO INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING with hikes that explore the rich history of early settlement on the Northern Bruce Peninsula.

In addition to the weekend itinerary this web page provides you with other information such as site locations, directions, a link to the online Registration Form, and access to Paypal.

Please fill out the Registration Form and submit it. For payment, either use the Paypal option (below) or submit a cheque to PO Box 122, Tobermory, N0H2R0. Price details are given below.

Pre-Registration & Payment Online

Pre-registration, using the online Registration Form, is required since most events will sell out in advance. To register and pay online see the details below or contact the Festival Registrar John Greenhouse. Telephone 519-596-2081.

Pricing Overview

Arrow Bullet Festival Pass: $55.00 CAD > It includes the Friday social, Saturday events/hikes, Saturday wine & cheese followed by guest speaker. It does not cover lunch or the Flowerpot Island tour/hike.

Arrow Bullet Alternatively, you can register and pay for events individually.
Friday evening social: $5.00 CAD
Saturday evening Wine and Cheese and Talk $25.00 CAD
Individual Saturday AM event: $20.00 CAD
Individual Saturday PM event: $20.00 CAD
Rattler Run $10.00 CAD
Kids Run $0.00 CAD

Arrow Bullet Lunch $8.00 CAD > During online registration you have the option of asking for a lunch.

Arrow Bullet Flowerpot Island trip $35.00 CAD > During online registration you have the option of signing up for this trip and hike to be held Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ... details below.


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NOTE: During the online registration process you will be asked how you wish to pay. There are two options:
1) Paypal using a credit card. If you are using Paypal, register first then use Paypal that appears below.
2) cheque mailed to PBTC Hiking Festival, PO Box 122, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0. (Cash can be accepted at the registration desk, but choices cannot be guaranteed.)


 Pay Online (Paypal - using credit card) 



Festival Headquarters: Parks Canada Visitor Centre, Tobermory




Festival Events & Itinerary


Flowerpot on Flowerpot Island

Friday, October 3, 2014

Arrow Bullet 1:00 p.m. Flowerpot Island Tour
Location: Blue Heron Dock (The Blue Heron Co.), 24 Carlton Street, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory. Join us for a hike at Flowerpot Island if you want to start the weekend early! Meet at the Blue Heron dock in Tobermory harbour. Note: This tour is not included in the festival pass price but we do need you to pre-register. We have negotiated a special price of $35 for preregistered festival attendees, to be paid as part of your online registration.
Duration: about 3 hours <> Dock location: Google Maps

Arrow Bullet 6:00 p.m. Evening Social at the Ancient Cedars Cafe
Join us for a social evening at the Ancient Cedars Cafe, Cornerstone Golf Course, 7178 Highway #6, Tobermory (Google Map | Street View). Shaun and Judy Hurst pride themselves in using locally grown and raised foods. Order directly from the menus, but do let us know if you are coming. There is a $5 cover charge if you do not purchase the Festival Pass. Arrive early for a round of golf - its just a hike with a ball!



Saturday October 4, 2014

Two Saturday events (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) are included in the Festival Pass. Individually they are $20 each. When completing the online Registration Form, please indicate a first and second choice for both the morning and afternoon; events will be filled on a first come first serve basis. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THESE EVENTS START AND END AT THE PARK VISITOR CENTRE UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED OR ARRANGED.

SATURDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES – You may participate in one of the following morning events and must indicate a first choice and a second choice when completing the Registration Form.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. Event 1. The History of Lumbering at Gillies Lake Hike (I)
Ned and Mary Crawford have offered to show small groups around their property that includes the old flume and sawmill that made Gillies a lumbering centre over a century ago. Limited to 10 persons. This event is repeated in the afternoon. Hike level is moderate.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. Event 2. Roofed Accommodations Hike
From the Yurts along Cyprus Lake to the naturally eroded shelter provided by Overhanging Point. If you haven't enjoyed the view from under either "roof" this is a must. Two registration options are available for this hike. Meet at the visitor centre for 8:30 a.m. and drive up as a group to the yurt area, or if you are staying in a yurt, sleep in a bit, and we will bring the reservation to you at 9:00 a.m. Hike level moderate to difficult. Leader to be announced.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. Event 3. The Settlement Loop Hike
Take a hike through 'The Settlements' agricultural past. Starting at Lot 47 Concession 1 EBR, the original homestead of Jacob Belrose, our walk will follow the open fields and stone fences through several early farms to 'Daves Bay' and then back for a historical tour of the original farm house. Hike level moderate. Hike leader: Darla Campbell.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. Event 4. Tobermory's Fishing History Hike
Start with coffee and muffins at the Reader's Haven Book Store, 10 Bay St. Tobermory, ON (Google Maps | Street View), and continue with Holly Dunham to explore the fishing history of the Tobermory settlement. For those who have gone with Hike Leader Holly before, she promises that this year will have a new perspective and it's worth going again. Hike level easy.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. Event 5. Art in the Museum
Join local artist Julie Heinrichs in the St. Edmunds Township Museum, (Google Maps | Street View) for a morning of sketching and watercolours. Materials are provided, but you can of course bring your own if preferred.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. Event 6. Fourth Annual Rattler Run
Distance 5 km. Bring your competitive spirit to the Park Visitor Centre, also your running shoes for a pleasant run around the Burnt Point Loop. Please arrive early at the Visitor Centre for check-in and marshalling. The fee for this event has been reduced to $10. ADDED FEATURE: KID’S RUN (up to Grade 8) 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. to the Dunks Bay lookout and back to the base of the tower, with a victory climb to the top for a prize. This kid's event is FREE.


$8 Lunch
$7 Lunch


A lunch will be provided at the Visitor Centre for $8.
The cost of a lunch is not included in the Festival Pass.
Indicate on the registration form if you want to buy a lunch.



SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES – You may participate in one of the following afternoon events and must indicate a first choice and a second choice when completing the Registration Form.


Moonshine Jug

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Event 7. Rock Ramble to Bootleggers Cave
Another perennial favourite. Follow Sheila and Jeff Buckingham deep into the crevices and crannies among the boulders strewn along the shore above halfway log dump. There is an easier way to get to bootleggers’ Cave, but the shore is by far the most interesting! This is more than a hike as minor caving, climbing and crawling are involved; please be advised that it is a very tough route. Wear sturdy boots, bring extra water but not poles. Difficult to extreme! Leaders: Jeff and Sheila Buckingham.

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Event 8. The History of Lumbering at Gillies Lake Hike (II)
A repeat of the morning Event 1. Again limited to 10 persons. Ned and Mary Crawford have offered to show small groups around their property that includes the old flume and sawmill that made Gillies a lumbering centre over a century ago. Limited to 10 persons. Repeated in the afternoon. Hike level moderate.

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Event 9. Field Hopping Hike
A mix of the old and the new. The Johnstone's field is being restored with native tree species in the coming years. Starting there on Highway 6 and heading north towards the Warder Ranch, see an area of the Bruce Peninsula National Park that is seldom visited. Hike level moderate. Leader: Cavan Harpur.

Footloose on the Bruce

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Event 10. Hike through Bruce Peninsula History: The Warder Ranch
Again, a popular repeat from last year. Entering at the Crane Lake gate east of Dyers Bay we will hike through the pastures and buildings of this legendary Bruce Peninsula farm, featured in Maitland Warder’s book “Footloose on the Bruce”. Hike level moderate. Hike leader: Lenore Keeshig.




Saturday 1:30 p.m. Event 11. Gas and Whistle, Fen and Fossil Hike
A repeat of this popular hike from last year. The hike starts at Johnson’s Harbour heading south, crossing the mouth of the Crane River and continuing to the Cove Island Gas and Whistle Buoy now derelict on the shore. Time permitting we will visit a small fen and then a shoreline site with some of the best fossils on the peninsula. Easy to Moderate, 4 km. Waterproof boots recommended. Leader: Grace Telfer.



SATURDAY EVENING – Following tradition, we will close this day of hiking with an evening reception and a fascinating talk.

Wine and Cheese

7:00 p.m. > Wine and Cheese
Location: Parks Canada Visitor Centre

The wine and cheese will be followed by a talk by well known artist, author and playwright Allen Smutylo. The presentation will include live original music from his play "The Portrait".

This event is included in the Festival Pass - otherwise $25.





Bruce Trail Day Hike

Sunday, October 5, 2014

This is free to everyone but we would appreciate an indication as to whether or not you will attend when you complete the online Registration Form.

Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director, Bruce Trail Conservancy

The Bruce Trail Day hike will be led this year by the irrepressible Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and geology fanatic. Learn about fossils of the Niagara Escarpment on this exploration of Coveney Hill, Cape Croker. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the parking area (P) at the corner of Boundary and Crooked Toe Rds, coordinatres 44.873790, -81.075044 or 44-52-26.26, 81-04-31.35.

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