The Bruce Peninsula is one of the most gorgeous areas for the senses to explore. There is so much to see; from cliffs and peaks, waterfalls and beaches. The sounds of nature are the perfect musical backdrop. The sand is soft, the water is warm and there are some great eats along the way.
Highway 10 and Highway 6 offer a breathtaking trail to several destinations along the peninsula. The first stop before arriving in the peninsula is about an hour outside of the city, in Orangeville’s caribbean restaurant; Soulyve, featured on the Food Network’s: You’ve Gotta Eat here, Soulyve adds a little spice to the Orangeville area with dine in and take away menu items like tamarind glazed short ribs, eggplant ragout and rotis of many different varieties.
Soulyve: 19 Mill St. Orangeville, ON
A visit to Sauble beach is always a great way to start a tour of the Bruce Peninsula. Sauble Beach sits on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, in South Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County. The resort community boasts a population of about 2000 people and has been voted one of the best beaches in Ontario. There are plenty of places to shop and eat and parking is free! Beach Burger has some tasty options. The Beach Burger is packed with flavour, topped with grilled pineapple and peameal bacon. The Spicy burger offers breaded jalapeño peppers for some heat and some crunch. Stick to the regular fries though, the sweet potato fries are a bit lack luster and the poutine leaves little to be desired. The gravy is too salty and not hot enough for the curds to melt.
Suggestion: grab a burger at Beach Burger and fries from Mars Cosmic Fries; a French Fry shack right across the street from the beach and then head down to the water and enjoy, lakeside.
After dinner and before heading back on the road, be sure to grab a Beavertail. There are a vast array of toppings but the classic cinnamon, sugar and lemon is an obvious must have.
Beach burger: 203 Main St, Sauble Beach, ON N0H 2G0
Mars Cosmic Fries: 5 Lakeshore Boulevard N, Sauble Beach, ON N0H 2G0
Beavertails: Lakeshore Boulevard N, Sauble Beach, On N0H 2G0
Heading north, just a few kilometers from Sauble Beach is by far one of the nicest B&Bs, Haven on the Bay. Be sure to call ahead and book a room at this quant resting spot that offers such fantastic hospitality and breakfast that’s to die for, at the hands of hosts, Gord and Ruth. The rooms are nicely decorated and the entire establishment allows guests to feel right at home. With a lovely backyard area to relax in and fresh produce to accompany mouthwatering morning entrees, Ruth and Gord find themselves with a steady flow of guests to attend to. After Ruth’s delicious breakfast it will be hard to pack up and head back on the road, but remember, there’s always next year.
About 50 minutes away is Singing Sands beach in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Grabbing its name from the sound that occurs when the wind blows through the sand dunes, Singing Sands offers extremely shallow waters and is a perfect warm and calm spot for bite sized road trippers as well as anyone looking for a light peaceful visit to the beach.
Next stop on the map is Tobermory; otherwise known as paradise. There are a handful of places to dine, from pubs, to fish and chip shops and a number of cafes and restaurants but skip all of that and try Papi’s Taco. A new hot spot at the boutique, A Mermaid’s Secret. Don’t let the small trailer tucked under the large store deter you. This is some of the finest fresh Mexican food, maybe the only Mexican food, to be found in the area. Punta music of Honduras blares from inside the trailer and starts once an order is placed and the chefs get to work on a number of tacos, quesadillas, burritos and daily specials. To sit and eat, while enjoying the music and a chat with the owner; the sweetest elderly lady in a calico dress who will gladly share her story, is most definitely a highlight of the trip.
Papi’s Taco: 7433 Hwy # 6 Tobermory Ontario
The second last stop in the Bruce Peninsula road trip is to head over to Cape Crocker Park. This trip is well worth making if road tripping toward the end of August when the Chippewa Nation of Nawash hold their annual Pow Wow. The ceremony is a feast for the eyes and ears, filled with dancing, singing and drumming and the food is fantastic as well. Indulge in delicious, fluffy frybread sandwiches, corn soup or Indian tacos that are all a must when visiting the Reserve, Wash all the rich goodness down with a fresh lemonade. Om nom nom nom...
After honouring the Creator and the Elders of the community for little while head out of Cape Crocker and into Lion’s Head for a quick stop to dip toes into the cool water of Georgian Bay and tour around Colpoy’s Bay in the car before making a decent trek to Owen Sound. Spend a bit of time in Owen Sound and tour the Tall Ships. Skip the Captain’s Dinner for $60 and instead try Tibetan food at Rocky Raccoon Cafe, or any of the plethora of unique flavour parings this place has to offer.
Rocky Raccoon Cafe: 941 2nd Ave E Owen Sound, ON N4K 1S3
Then it’s time to head home after a global experience of scrumptious om noms just a few hours outside of the city. Dig in, eat up and enjoy!