Destination guide

Lose yourself on the breathtaking Bruce Peninsula

Nestled between the golden beaches of Georgian Bay and the shimmering Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula is among Ontario's most stunning beauty spots. Conveniently located around 3 hours by car from the bright lights of bustling Toronto, it's ideal for a revitalizing weekend getaway or leisurely summer vacation. With sheer cliffs, fragrant forests and uninhabited islands, diverse natural spectacle is the big draw here. The area is also dotted with alluring boutiques and family-run restaurants. Bruce Peninsula vacation rentals are just as warmly welcoming, whether you choose to opt for a cozy cabin or a sprawling waterfront house.

Things to do

Towering lighthouses and mesmerizing museums

You'll find a wealth of eclectic attractions within easy reach of your Bruce Peninsula vacation rental. The Lion's Head Lighthouse is one of the region's most charmingly photogenic spots. First established in 1903 and lovingly rebuilt from scratch in 1983, this dazzling white, clapboard-clad landmark provides an idyllic backdrop for a waterside picnic. For an immersive trawl through local history and culture, swing by the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre. Here, you can peruse enthralling exhibits about First Nations peoples, sea exploration and life during wartime, as well as local stories from down the ages.

Activities

Outdoor adventures around the Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is a positively thrilling destination for lovers of the great outdoors. During the sunny summer months, the region throngs with hikers and mountain bikers. The expansive waters beg to be explored by kayak or canoe, and teem with giant lake trout, salmon and other highly-prized catches, attracting anglers from far and wide. The peninsula is also one of the most popular spots in North America for scuba diving, with surreal rock formations and stunningly preserved shipwrecks to explore. All ages and abilities are catered for, with shallow dive sites offering ideal conditions for first-timers.

Weather

Seasonal fun on the Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Peninsula vacation rentals are in particularly high demand during the peak season of June to August. Summer weather here is typically sunny and warm, but very rarely oppressively hot – ideal conditions for long, leisurely hikes and refreshing lake swims. Early fall is often pleasantly mild, and having fewer out-of-towners around may make it easier to secure a great deal on sought-after accommodation. Spring tends to be unpredictable, with plenty of rain. Winters can be bracingly cold, but an abundance of snowfall turns the region into a hotspot for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Natural features

Animal encounters on the Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula's pristine national parks and dense forests are home to an array of flora and fauna. Tread gently as you hike and you may catch a glimpse of darting white-tailed deer, cheeky chipmunks, bushy-tailed raccoons or even a majestic black bear. The peninsula is also home to the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. Should you encounter one sunning itself on the rocks, be sure to admire it from a distance, as they're shy but venomous.

Where to stay around Bruce Peninsula?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 329 vacation rentals near Bruce Peninsula. From 231 Cottages to 231 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bruce Peninsula for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bruce Peninsula?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bruce Peninsula. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tobermory: 77 vacation rentals
  • Sauble Beach: 162 vacation rentals
  • Lake Huron: 2,269 vacation rentals
  • Manitoulin Island: 49 vacation rentals
  • Georgian Bay: 1,148 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bruce Peninsula! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bruce Peninsula?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bruce Peninsula:

  • Tobermory: 77 rentals
  • Sauble Beach: 162 rentals
  • Owen Sound: 16 rentals
  • Southampton: 146 rentals
  • Wiarton: 294 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Bruce Peninsula?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bruce Peninsula. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: 105 rentals
  • Port Elgin Beach: 171 rentals
  • Dyer's Bay Beach: 115 rentals
  • Big Tub Lighthouse: 85 rentals
  • MacGregor Point Provincial Park: 164 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bruce Peninsula listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.