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Jones Bluff Side Trail


If you want to feel the way a bird does, take this trail. Look over MacGregor Harbour where Cape Croker juts into the waters. Then, turn your head to see Sydney Bluff and Cape Dundas, and Barrier island in the distance. The shoreline from Sydney Bay to MacGregor Harbour spreads in front of you. On many Bruce Trail walks, hikers hope the rush of the breeze through the trees means they're near the water. On this trail, although it never reaches the shoreline, you hear the waves lapping the beaches . . . they seem to rise up towards you. Some of the outcrops are large rocky areas where you can walk to a few different lookout points in one large open section. On others, you actually see the space in between a rock you're standing on, and the actual escarpment edge.



Even while in the forest you see the bluffs through the trees and the wide expanse of the open water directly in front of you. As you round the loop, you'll see the beginning part of Colpoys Bay and the next entrance harbour of the neighbouring bay. You also see Hay Island slowly inch forward as you move around the bluff, and then White Cloud and Griffiths Island in the distance, as you walk above Colpoys Bay. With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment.



The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.



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