Our Forest Sanctuaries
Dyers Bay Wild by Nature Forest Sanctuary
953 Dyers Bay Rd, Miller Lake, ON
Our Dyers Bay Forest Sanctuary is closed for the 2020 season. Please visit us at our Colpoy’s Bay location: 264 County Road 9
Barbara purchased the Dyers Bay property years ago when it was a depleted quarry, and has restored a slice of nature’s paradise by planting native trees and shrubs and pollinator-friendly plants since. Our forest sanctuary has been designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a certified wildlife habitat. Native species have returned in abundance to these lands, which are now rich with nature. Peregrine falcons, owls, hawks, bald eagles, flocks of bluebirds, foxes, porcupines, minks and black bears have travelled through this wonderful forest at Dyers Bay. Our forest bathing experience will lead you up the path where you will open the beckoning red doors in the forest, stepping into an intriguing experience. Through this forest sanctuary you will wander, noticing wildlife and nature all around you. Meander along a stream which disappears beneath your feet, across meadows, and up the magnificent limestone steps to enjoy a tea ceremony at the base of an escarpment “flowerpot” formation.
Our Dyers Bay property is located just south of Bruce National Park and is located adjacent to the Bruce Trail, and municipal parking lot at Dyers Bay. Local points of interest include the beautiful Cabot Head lighthouse, which is currently closed for the season and the Dyers Bay public dock offering a spectacular view of turquoise Dyers Bay waters and the Niagara Escarpment. Bruce Trail access and a public parking lot is conveniently located right beside our property.
Colpoys Bay Forest Sanctuary
264 Bruce County Rd 9, Wiarton, ON
Our Colpoys Bay Wild by Nature Forest Sanctuary is located near to the Bruce Trail just north of Wiarton. This wonderful woodland is home to many species of wildlife such as owls, hawks, woodpeckers, jackrabbits, deer, foxes, porcupines, minks, coyotes and an occasional black bear. Within the forest is a massive limestone boulder left behind during glacial times, now covered with moss and trees. Glacial deposits of granite boulders are also found throughout the forest, remnants of faraway lands moved by glaciers during the last Ice Age. The Colpoys Bay Wild by Nature Forest Sanctuary has also received certification by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Habitat location.
The forest trail at Colpoys is ideal for family or people who prefer relatively level terrain. As with much of the Bruce Peninsula karst topography, rock fissures and cracks are present, so attention must be paid to treading mindfully. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
Local points of interest include the lovely waterfall at Krib’s Road which once powered a lumber mill, as well as the Colpoys Bay public dock offering a spectacular view of Colpoys Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Bruce Trail access is just across the road. There is onsite parking for our visitors.
“The guided invitations to explore the forest were so rewarding, I did not want to leave!”
“I have never felt so relaxed, and so at one with nature.”