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2014 Bruce Peninsula Hiking Festival

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind. IYL 2015 opening ceremonies was held on 2015 January 19–20 in Paris. Official website | Wikipedia

Since UNESCO has deemed 2015 “The Year of Light” the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club will celebrate this theme with visits to several of our local lightstations, hikes to areas with “hidden light”, and the most magical of all, our starlit skies! Details follow below.


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Friday, October 2, 2015 Schedule

1:00 pm

Visit to Cove Island

See the iconic Imperial Tower at Cove Island up close. Weather dependent, extra charge for boat. Cove Island boat trip – pick up your passes and instructions at Festival headquarters at the Park Visitor Centre by 12:30 pm Friday, October 2.

5:00 pm
7:00 pm

Friday Night Registration

Get your name tag and info for the weekend.

7:15 pm

Social Shenanigans at Tubby’s Pub

Featuring live music, the “Ol’Thyme Contraband” performing toe-tapping jigs and reels to inspire some fancy footwork. Tubby's Lounge & Gastropub, 122 Bay Street South, Tobermory


Saturday, October 3, 2015 Schedule

8:40 am

Medicine Walk

Lenore will demonstrate the native medicinal uses of local plants found on a walk in one of our hardwood stands.  Car caravan.

8:40 am

Cabot Head Light station tour and walk

Explore the rich history of this secluded location.

8:40 am

Hidden Valley GOOD LONG HIKE

Walk in places you wouldn’t find on your own – led by a knowledgeable local.

8:40 am

Birding Hike

Find our feathered friends, some following the southern migration route.

8:40 am

The Light in the Lens-Photo tips from a Pro

Take your photography to the next level.  All day seminar, lunch break at Parks V C.

12:00 pm
1:00 pm


Boxed lunch available for $10 by preregistration only. Vegetarian option available, please reserve.

1:00 pm

The Light in the Cave

Explore overhang point and the incredible grotto.

1:00 pm

The Light of Flowerpot

Hike out to the Lightstation and explore maritime history.  Weather dependent, extra cost. Location: Blue Heron Dock (The Blue Heron Co.), 24 Carlton Street, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory. Dock location: Google Maps See further information under this table (chart).

1:00 pm


Walk in places you wouldn’t find on your own – led by a knowledgeable local.

1:00 pm

Light for the Soul

Art exploration in nature …

1:00 pm

The Light in the Lens-Photo tips from a Pro

Continued from morning session.

1:00 pm

Lighting the Way

Learn about local marine navigational equipment.

6:30 pm

Wine and Cheese

Visit with fellow hikers and talk about your day.

8:00 pm

Key Note Speaker

Mike Warkentin

“International Year of the Light – I humbly disagree!”

“Mike Warkentin is a computer professional with over 30 years of experience in working on midrange and enterprise size computer platforms for companies as varied as Manulife, GE Canada and IBM. His interest in Astronomy developed early in his teens when he caught his first view of Saturn through a telescope. He built his own reflector, majored in Astronomy and Physics at University of Toronto and after graduation promptly discovered the jobs were all in computing. He and his wife Elizabeth completed building a lake front home on Lake Huron at GreenoughHarbour outside of StokesBay a few years ago and now enjoy the dark skies of the NorthernBrucePeninsula as often as the 3.5 hr drive from Mississauga allows. Mike is also a member of the Bruce Peninsular Bio-Sphere Association working on the Dark Sky Committee and he volunteers to show the wonders of the night sky through his two telescopes (Clara and Kristen) at Bayside Astronomy in LionsHead during the summer.”

Description of the Talk:
This presentation will cover the importance of dark skies in the NorthernBrucePeninsula and will then go through the local skies as seen looking north, south, east and west from the BrucePeninsula. This will include the major constellations and mythologies, the major deep sky objects visible and of course the planets visible. By the end of the talk attendees will be able to find the major constellations and use them to find their way in the night skies.

All hikes meet at Park Visitor Centre in lobby. Morning Hikes gather at 8:40, leave by 9:00 am sharp. Afternoon hikes gather at 1:00 pm, leave at 1:15 pm sharp. Cove Island boat trip – pick up your passes and instructions at Festival headquarters at the Park Visitor Centre by 12:30 pm Friday, October 2. Saturday October 3rd Flowepot Island Boat trip – meet at the Blue Heron Boat Dock by 1:15 pm. Your tickets will be in your registration package.

Bruce Trail Day Hike

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Bruce Trail Day Hike

The Bruce Trail Day Hike will be a pothole hike to Lions Head Lookout returning via the Geodetic Point on the 45th parallel starting at 10 am.

Visit some of the most curious features on the Niagara Escarpment and locate yourself exactly halfway between the equator and the north pole.

Meet at the McCurdy Parking Lot on Moore Street in Lion’s Head by 9:40 am for sign-in and briefing with your leader Bridget.

This hike will accommodate all levels of walking ability and tasty lunch opportunities exist in Lion’s head for post-hike appetites. This hike is free for all!


Pre-Registration & Payment Online

Pre-registration, using the online Registration Form (below), 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 > Covers all options EXCEPT Lunch, Cove Island trip & Flowerpot transport

Arrow Bullet Alternatively, you can register and pay for events individually.
Friday evening social: $10.00 CAD
Saturday evening Wine and Cheese and Talk $15.00 CAD
Individual Saturday AM event: $20.00 CAD
Individual Saturday PM event: $20.00 CAD

Arrow Bullet Lunch $10.00 CAD > During online registration you have the option of asking for a lunch.

Arrow Bullet Friday Cove Island Trip $35.00 CAD
Arrow Bullet Saturday Flowerpot trip $33.00 CAD


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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 return to this web page and 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.)


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Festival Headquarters: Parks Canada Visitor Centre, Tobermory



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