Thursday, July 1, 2010

Singing Sands – A Sensory Experience

If your Southern Ontario outdoors adventures take you to the top of the Bruce Peninsula don't miss the chance to visit Singing Sands just south of Tobermory on the Lake Huron side. Just off of Hwy #6 this wonderful natural area maintained by Parks Canada located at the foot of Dorcas Bay has something for everyone. Small children will enjoy the sand beach and shallow water, while nature lovers will be treated to a variety of sights, sounds, and smells.

The crunch of gravel in the ample parking lot soon turns to the soft silence of damp sand. You can wander down to the water's edge where there are always seagulls strolling in the shallow water; listen to the gurgle of the creek as it makes its way to the beach; or gaze in wonder at the vast beauty of this spectacular venue.

Next your footsteps echo the soft hollow knock of wood as you stroll along the well maintained boardwalk and gaze over a sensitive protected "fen" where you will see a variety of flora and fauna unique to the Northern Bruce Peninsula. Pitcher plants, venus fly trap, ferns, and orchids are just some of the treasures that will great you along this self-guided walk. When you're finished take a stroll along the bush trails and bask in the natural beauty of pines, cedars, and open meadows.

Be sure to scoop up and waste that your four legged friend might leave behind, but the Parks Canada crew have made this easy with doggie bag dispensers located in the parking lot. There are also modern clean washrooms onsite.

Spend an hour or spend the day but don't miss this great sensory experience on the Northern Bruce Peninsula in Southern Ontario.


© Lloyd Fridenburg - 2010

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