Welcome to Lion's Head - Saugeen Bruce Peninsula
Lion's Head, Bruce Peninsula is a peaceful port village, located on the shores of Isthmus bay. Surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs which, when viewed from Georgian Bay, resemble the head of a lion, giving Lion's Head it's name. Lion's Head is also located at the 45th parallel - exactly halfway between the equator and the north pole. One visit to Lion’s Head and you will want to make it a regular stop while visiting the Bruce Peninsula. When locals and visitors are asked to describe Lion’s Head, they typically pause and say “you can’t…it‘s a feeling“. There is a sense of serenity like you have just come home. The scenery is nothing less than stunning. The limestone cliffs rise from the turquoise Caribbean- coloured waters, and at sunrise and sunset, they have an amazing “pink” aura, due to the sun’s reflection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lion's Head is a very popular tourist destination in the summer. Accommodations book fast and early. Restaurants get full.
BOOK IN ADVANCE - Do not drive up without booking your accommodation for the night. Many nights are fully booked and you may have to drive 1.5 hours to find somewhere to stay.
- WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR - Most of the trails in the area are rugged. Hiking shoes are necessary.
- BRING GARBAGE BAGS WITH YOU - Do not expect there to be garbage cans & bins when you go for a hike. Do NOT leave your garbage in the bush. Be responsible and take your garbage with you. DO NOT leave your diapers in the bush. Take everything out with you.
DO NOT SPEED - There is one highway to Tobermory and it is now well patrolled by the OPP. Do Not Speed as you will be fined. There have been 100's of tickets for speeding and stunt driving.
Grotto parking - Reservations online or by phone
The Grotto is a very popular attraction. Parking space is limited and quickly fills up. The time slot parking limits help to ensure there is access to enjoy a Grotto experience. Reservations allow you to plan your trip in advance.
How to get to
Flowerpot Island is 6.5km from Tobermory harbour and reached only by boat. Two private tour boat companies operate return trips from Tobermory to the island from mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting.
Check with them for schedules and rates:
Kayaking or canoeing to the island is recommended for experienced paddlers only.
How long to spend on the island?
- 1.5 Hours: see the flowerpots and cave
- 3 Hours: see the flowerpots, cave & light station
- 4-5 Hours: see the flowerpots, cave, light station, picnic, hike the entire loop trail
- hiking trail (loop)
- picnic shelter
- composting toilets at Beachy Cove (main dock) and the light station
- historic light station maintained by the Friends of Bruce District Parks
What to bring?
- sturdy footwear (hiking shoes or boots)
- sunscreen & hat
- carry water; no tap water is available
- during summer, drinks & snacks may be available at the light station
There are no garbage facilities on the island. Please take back everything you brought with you.
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