Looking for something a little different to do this fall? Try the Loree Forest Loop: part of Georgian Triangle’s Bruce Trail and rated one of the top ten hiking trails of the area.
Experience nature through the calm beautiful forest and take in the magnificent views of Georgian Bay. As the cool winds blow gently through the trees this time of year, one especially notices that mystical feeling created; both tranquil and quiet. You’ll find the view from the top of the Peaks to be spectacular. The Bay seems enormous from this viewpoint than from anywhere else.
The trail is particularly good for beginner mountain bikers, hikers, and for winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s a moderate 4.4 km stretch with views of Thornbury tucked in below the shore with Christian Island in the distance. You’ll see how this once pristine wilderness has been changed by fire, the lumber trade, farming and, the ski industry.
Wonder how the trail got its original name? In the early 1870’s, the Loree brothers, John, William and George settled here, ignorant of Ontario’s severe winters. By 1878, the hardships won and the Loree’s had left the area, leaving only their name and a few stray apple trees. The trail is now named Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, in tribute to a report written in 1968 drawing attention for the need to protect the Niagara Escarpment. A special thanks goes out to the students and teachers of Georgian Bay Secondary School who cut a cross-country loop on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in the 1970’s; we are now able to enjoy a breathtaking trail.
Did you know? “The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada – it’s 840 km. long, with over 440 km. of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are make to the trail as people, walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment.” (Ontario Trails)
The Loree Forest loop of the Bruce Trail is yours to discover. To get there - travel up Scenic Caves Road to Banks; turn right and follow the winding road until you hit a dirt road and on the north side of Sideroad 21/22, just west of the final bend, you’ll see Loree. Please note: The Bruce Trail does not allow bikes. Signs for the trail are on the right and parking is alongside the road. Enjoy the serenity!
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