Hi there! Welcome to the Bruce Caves Conservation Area! Bruce Caves Conservation Area is located in Wiarton, Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula. The caves are estimated to be 7,000-8,000 years old. On our recent trip to the Bruce Peninsula we wanted to visit some of the renowned caves in the area. We initially looked into the popular Greig’s Cave’s, however they charged admission fees and didn’t allow dogs. With a little bit more research, we found the Bruce Caves Conservation Area, which is free to visit (with a minor city parking fee) and allowed dogs. It was also completely very unpopulated and had some remarkable caves to explore! We spent about an hour at the Bruce Caves, exploring the different crevices and taking photos. Keep reading for some of our cave travel tips!
You can access the Bruce Caves driving down a long winding road, which leads to a very small parking lot. Just a heads up that this road had huge pot hole during our visit, which slowed us down quite a bit. As a girl who grew up on a dirt road, I am used to pot holes but these were unlike anything I had seen before. I am sure they will grate the road, but make sure to go slowly if there are lots of pot holes!
The Bruce Caves themselves are easily accessible by a small hiking path on the right hand side of the parking lot. It is about a 5 minute hike from the parking lot to the Bruce Caves. However, the caves have a lot of loose stone that was trickier to navigate for ourselves and our pup. We took it slowly but people with accessibility limitations may want to admire the caves from the outside.
Best Time to Visit
As with anything on the Bruce Peninsula, it is probably best to visit the Bruce Caves during off-season and/or off-hours. We went during the second last week of June and only met two other people on our adventure. I think most of the crowds go to the more popular Grieg’s Caves, so it was nice to have this place to ourselves!
Most Iconic View
There is a considerable amount of area you can explore at the Bruce Caves but we stuck to the main two caves since we were hungry for breakfast! In my opinion, the most iconic view is of the main stone pillar in the first cave (see above). That stone pillar seems to be the trademark view of the Bruce Caves and is very spectacular in real life. I also really like the rock wall between the two caves (see below) because I thought it showed off the rock formations really well!
We didn’t do anything too adventurous at the Bruce Caves but it is definitely worth checking out both caves. The first cave is noticeable immediately from the hiking trail and the second cave is to the left of the first cave. You can walk to the back of each cave if you are looking for a bigger challenge or exploring the little caves.
The Bruce Caves were actually one of our favourite adventures on the Bruce Peninsula. The stone pillar was similar to Flowerpot Island but I loved the caves and having a less populated area to explore. It was so neat to walk through the caves and see how they were eroded so many years ago. The Bruce Caves also have the most amazing green surroundings. I know you are probably thinking “its like every other forest from your trip” but somehow it felt different. Maybe it was because epic caves kept popping up in the woods, but it was a really enjoyable experience. I kind of wish we had stayed a bit longer to explore more of the conservation area, but we had just finished another hike that morning and needed to get some breakfast in our bellies!