Friday, August 31, 2012

Halfway Log Dump at Bruce Peninsula National Park

This is a video I took this past Wednesday (August 29, 2012). The video shows several areas at the Halfway Log Dump area of the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Located between Tobermory and Lion's Head (just south of Cyprus Lake Campground), Halfway Log Dump has minimal facilities but provides great outdoor activities along the shores of Georgian Bay.

A word of warning: The parking lot is located ten kilometres off Highway 6, down a washboard gravel road. The charge for parking is $11.70 per vehicle. The payments are self-serve, meaning you put your cash in an envelope and stick it in a slot. The closest ATM is in Tobermory and there's no one there to make change! Take the right amount of money with you - the National Park service checks the box often!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Devil's Hole Rapids on the Niagara River

This is some video I shot at Devil's Hole Rapids. The location is downstream from Niagara Falls on the Niagara River. It's shot from the Canadian side, looking across at New York State in the U.S.A.

Why is this place awesome? The massive class V and VI rapids are an amazing sight to behold. Scrambling along the boulders at the edge of the Niagara River is a blast - and a great workout. The hiking between the river and the edge of the gorge is fantastic.

How to get here? Take the Niagara Parkway north, away from the Falls. Pass the Whirlpool Rapids and Great Wolf Lodge. On the right side of the road, there will be a sign for Niagara Glen. Park there. Parking is free! A rarity for the N. F. area. Walk through the park until you find a steel staircase leading down the edge of the escarpment. Follow the trails until you reach water.

At the top of the stairs, there is a list of rule a kilometre long (this is the nanny state of Canada, afterall...). I believe one mentions bouldering. Ignore at your own risk.