Revel in serene hills that roll gently in pastoral beauty or taper off to share a big sky view as the Trail guides you to the Town of Bruce Mines. Nestled on the shores of Lake Huron, and located directly on the Trans-Canada Highway, Bruce Mines is a scenic community rich in history that also serves as the civic centre for the neighbouring Township of Plummer Additional. The Town was founded in 1846 as Canada’s first copper mine and is the first Northern Ontario town to be incorporated. Bruce Mines is home to all types of accommodations from camping to full service motels to cottages that include a unique stay in an island lighthouse. The local restaurants serve great food with Northern Ontario hospitality and are known regionally for their homemade pies and butter tarts.
Visitors to this vibrant community can connect to local history with a visit to the museum or a tour of the Simpson Mineshaft, relax on the shores by the public marina, or stage for a rugged excursion on the nearby Voyageur Hiking Trail. In early fall, fortunate travellers in the countryside may catch the exultant rise of Sandhill Cranes as they gather in fields in their hundreds during their annual migration. The community provides several amenities to visitors including groceries, restaurants and free WIFI at the library, making Bruce Mines an ideal stop on your trip along the Lake Huron North Channel.
Just under 4 km north of the Trail, you can visit the Meadowview Alpaca Farm. They offer tours and sell many products made with alpaca wool. If you miss them on the Trail, you can visit their booth at the Johnson Township Farmers Market in Desbarats.
Paved rural and (some) residential roadways
2.5km on Provincial rural Highway 638, which includes an length posted at 80km/h with narrow paved shoulders.
Approximately 5km on unpaved (gravel) rural roads