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Osler Bluffs Trail


Highest Point on the Bruce Trail - Osler Bluff Lookout. This trail is worth the time and effort involved if only to tell your friends you have hiked to the highest point of the entire Bruce Trail. For statistic lovers, it's 540 m above sea level. The real payoff comes from marvellous views from the top of Osler Bluff, a towering three-sided promontory on the famed Niagara Escarpment. From its pinnacle the eye takes in the patchwork quil of the valley directly below, and beyond it the blue waters of Georgian Bay stretching to the horizon.

The many hills of the escarpment roll away to the east, and to the northwest are the Blue Mountains of the Collingwood area. Follow the 2nd Line road allowance south for 400 metres along the Osler Side Trail and turn left (east) into Pretty River Valley Provincial Nature Reserve. Following the blue-blazed side trail, you will soon pass the highest point on the Bruce Trail (540 metres) and reach the Bruce Trail. Follow it east along a high ridge to reach the Osler Bluff Lookout. From here, follow the Trail out to Gibraltar road allowance, turn left and head west to the Russ McConnell Side Trail. Follow this trail south to rejoin your route in at the Bruce Trail. Turn right and retrace your steps to 2nd Line road allowance along the Osler Side Trail.

Direction: From Collingwood take 6th street west to Osler Bluffs Rd. Go south to Grey Rd 19. Follow Grey Rd. 19 to 2nd Line and turn left. Follow the road south for approximately 2 km and park at intersection of Gibraltar Sideroad and 2nd Line Information provided by the Bruce Trail website.


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