About Hiker's Heron
My name is Kathy, your host, and I have lived on the Northern Bruce Peninsula for 14 years. As an avid Bruce Trail hiker and a former competitive long-distance cyclist, I have the expertise to assist in planning hiking and cycling adventures on the Bruce Peninsula.
I am proud to be a trail captain for the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club, and maintain a section of trail near my house. I have a particular fondness for the looped side trail hikes, as well as hikes on the main Bruce Trail. Along with the beautiful escarpment hikes on the main Bruce Trail there many delightful 5-6 km side trails to explore around Dyer's Bay, nearby Cape Chin and in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Because I prefer to eat organic food that is produced locally, the meat and vegetables I serve at the B&B are sourced locally from Eat Local Grey Bruce in Owen Sound and other local, organic farmers.
I am available to discuss and plan an adventure for you on the Peninsula whether it be hiking, cycling, mountain biking, birdwatching, lighthouse touring, visiting the National Parks, Flowerpot Is., sunset chasing or night sky gazing or any combination of awesome activities! As you head north from Wiarton at the base of the Peninsula, you will find the turnoff for Dyer's Bay half way between the communities of Lion's Head and Tobermory. Turn right on Dyer's Bay Rd. and travel 10 kms east to the hamlet of Dyer's Bay and the magnificent Georgian Bay coastline. Continue north along the coast and turn right on Shoreline Drive. Plan to make Hiker's Heron B&B your base as you explore the beautiful and unique Northern Bruce Peninsula.
The Bruce Peninsula
There is so much to enjoy on the Bruce Peninsula. Along with hiking, great road and mountain biking, you can swim in the crystal clear refreshing waters, explore the sandy Huron shores and spectacular sunsets, birdwatch, and stargaze under the clear night skies.
The Bruce Peninsula National Park is recognized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as a protected Dark-Sky Preserve and stargazing is an awesome experience here. Sit around the fire pit at Hiker's Heron and enjoy the night sky. Firewood is available for purchase.
The Bruce Peninsula is also home to a variety of indigenous rare orchids and plants, black bears, fox, Sandhill Cranes and many varieties of snakes, including the Massassauga Rattlesnake. In early June come and enjoy the Orchid Festival hosted by the Bruce Peninsula National Park. There are 44 species of wild orchids growing on the Peninsula, including Yellow Lady Slipper and the tiny Ram's Head Lady Slippers. #orchidfest.ca
With 2 national parks - the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park , several provincial nature reserves, and the Niagara Escarpment as its base - there is no end to the worlds you can discover in this wondrous place. However you choose to spend your time on the Bruce Peninsula, it is an outdoor persons paradise, an adventure waiting to happen!