|09:13 pm - A Walk Along Colpoy's Bay (Canada Memory #1)|
For our third in a series of walks on the Bruce Trail, we chose a loop hike starting in Wiarton's Bluewater Park. Three years ago, my family and I had bought a set of maps published by the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club. Previously, we had hiked Jackson Cove to Hope Bay and Dyer's Bay. This year we opted for a 5.6 km loop along Colpoy's Bay, rated "easy" in the map book. Along for the hike were volksmarchinguy, L., little A. (in the trusty Kelty pack), and our dog, Sprout.
We began in Bluewater Park in Wiarton. There is a boat launch there and a playground and an RV park/campground. We walked along Colpoy's Bay, which leads out to the Georgian Bay, past the RVs to the marina, with its rows and rows of boats. The trail followed a road for a while, past the marina, past a number of cottages on the water, past a marker for Spirit Rock, and past the Wiarton Water Plant, and then on a trail along the water, along the base of the escarpment. A couple of kilometers down the trail, it turns up the escarpment, up a series of stairs and a spiral staircase. volksmarchinguy had to carry our dog, Sprout, up the spiral staircase. At the top, we took a short diversion to the Corran, a ruins of a 19th century manor home.
From there, we walked through the woods, with some views from the top of the escarpment, to the Spirit Rock lookout. And then, oddly enough, we walked down a power line cut and then down the road and back to Bluewater Park. It was a nice walk, perhaps not the nicest of the three we've done. But still nice.