Found on the Niagara Escarpment, this nature reserve contains outcroppings of exposed bedrock that are 500 million to 435 million years old, making it of keen interest to geologists. Other unusual geological features include a subsurface karst pavement. The rock in such a pavement has weathered through naturally occurring acids.
The Hope Bay Forest features spring wildflowers, and a selection of many types of fern. Walk down the cart track to the east of Bruce 9 until you see the blue blazes of the Jack Poste Side Trail.
The last section gradually climbs an old logging track that was used a century ago to bring timber from the interior to the log dump above Hope Bay. Near where the main Trail again meets the Jack Poste Side Trail, you can visit the Glacial Potholes, located just a short distance to the right (east) on the main Trail. This area also has a fine display of trilliums in May.
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.
Take Bruce 9 one road north of Beech Street (the road into Hope Bay). Park on the east side of the highway opposite Cameron road. Do not drive in the track to the east, there is no room there for cars to turn around.
From Tom Hall of the Bruce Trail Club - Bruce Peninsula - The Jack Poste Loop is permanently closed. The Side Trail can only be accessed by the south end of Cathedral Drive, or by hiking the Main Trail to the junction with the Side Trail near the glacial potholes. There are no blue blazes at the end of the road allowance.
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