One thing that this area is known for is the amazing nature that surrounds us. We are so lucky to get the opportunity to watch the leaves change throughout the seasons and the various crops grow and produce. But the best part is getting to explore the hidden gems of nature in the area. If you’re looking for something to check out on a sunny day, head to the Nottawasaga Lookout. Located on the Osprey- Clearview Townline, this provincial park also has a path that is an extra loop off the Bruce Trail. This 1.3 KM loop has a lookout to Collingwood and Georgian Bay but also has multiple caves and crevices that you can explore throughout your hike.
Of course the lookout from the “Standing Rock” is breathtaking but the fascinating part of this hike is the crevices and caves. These rock formations have been around for at least 10,000 years and were shaped during the ice age. The pressure from the ice cap when they started to melt caused the shale and dolostone that that was located underneath to dislodge from itself. This sent rocks everywhere, creating the crevices you see at the Nottawasaga Lookout. The other interesting part of this walk is the plants and animals you may encounter. The Nottawasaga Lookout is a nature reserve and protects a number of rare plants that are only found in this area. As well, there are some trees that could be over 1,000 years old. It’s very important when you’re hiking through to watch where you step, but also make sure to check out all of the amazing nature that surrounds you. The loop of the Nottawasaga Lookout will take about 1 hour to 1.5 hours to hike. Camping, off-road vehicles, mountain biking, rock climbing and hunting are not permitted. As well, there are no facilities provided, so make sure you come prepared. The Nottawasaga Lookout is a great place to hike with your friends and family, so make sure to check it out sometime soon.