Georgian Bay Sea Kayak Route
Hope Bay to Cape Croker
Getting to Hope Bay
Heading North on Highway #6 from Wiarton, travel 3.5 kilometers to County Road 9 and turn right. Travel north for approximately 18 kilometers before turning onto Hope Bay Road. Continue on Hope Bay road to the Cedarholm Campground and general store.
Travel for 44 kilometers from Tobermory to Ferndale and turn left. Drive for two kilometers to a T-intersection, then turn right onto County Road 9. Drive approximately 11 kilometers to Hope Bay Road. Turn left onto Hope Bay Road and continue to the Cedarholm Campground and general store.
Leaving Hope Bay parking lot, turn right onto Hope Bay Cottage Road briefly before reaching Brock Street. Turn right onto Brock Street and cross a small stream as you come to the foot of the escarpment. The trail then ascends up a ladder then follows the edge of the escarpment overlooking Hope Bay. Next, you will head inland and cross a gravel road where the trail heads west along the top of the escarpment. This section offers some spectacular lookouts over Sydney Bay. At this point the trail descends sharply using a set of stairs to the base of the escarpment. From there you will continue east on the camp road. You will emerge onto a 900 meter boardwalk that was constructed by the Chippewas of Nawash First Nations people before reaching the beach. The trail follows many old camp roads before reaching Cape Croker Campground.
The campground is located 11.3 kilometers from Hope Bay on the Bruce Trail. The campground is run by the Ojibway First Nations people and has full facilities and a general store. The campground offers a range of campsites, from primitive to fully serviced sites. The short distance makes this a perfect little day trip, taking roughly four hours to complete.
Leaving Hope Bay from the water you will travel northeast to Cape Paulett, the closest point from Hope Bay. The escarpment gradually gets steeper and, as you round Cape Paulett, you will see the somewhat sheer cliff edge of the Sydney Bay Bluffs. Deep into Sydney Bay you will see a boat launch, an excellent place to stop for a break. Please ensure that you move your boats out of the way of other boaters.< Lion’s Head to Hope Bay > Cape Croker to Wiarton