I have wanted to hike the 885-kilometre (550-mile) length of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Niagara in Ontario, Canada, since June 1981. That means we just passed the 36-year point.
However . . .
First, I am now in Alberta, which is over 3,000 kilometers (2,000 miles) away. Second, my life didn’t happen the way I expected. (Does anyone’s?) I had planned to be a lot more involved with the outdoors, hiking, camping, and canoeing, and introducing my kids to this lifestyle as well. More recently, there have been several other obstacles. So the Bruce Trail hike remains on the bucket list.
When I saw this breathtaking picture on Instagram several days ago, it got me thinking about the Bruce Trail/Niagara Escarpment all over again.
Slide Show: Up the Coast of Lake Huron to Tobermory (1986)
High on a rocky ledge
I’ll build my wigwam,
Close to the water’s edge,
Silent and still.
Blue lake and rocky shore;
I will return once more.
Land of the Silver Birch
Canadian folk song, author unknown
Tobermory is at the top of the Bruce Peninsula. There is a ferry to South Baymouth Ferry Terminal on Manitoulin Island (not visible on this map).
More links for the the Bruce Trail, Bruce Peninsula, and Niagara Escarpment, including the complete lyrics to Land of the Silver Birch, can be found at the bottom of “Dip, Dip, and Swing.”
Bruce trail pictures and information on Wikipedia