Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. Indian Head Cove #canada #travel
Bruce Peninsula, Canada | Since America closed all its national parks, we hopped the border and headed up the coast of Lake Huron to Canada’s beautifully rugged Bruce Peninsula National Park. And that’s pretty much how we feel about the Great Government Shutdown of 2013. (You might recognize the above photo from Instagram. Are we Insta friends yet? We definitely should be: @amyleescott)
Every year Warren and I plan birthday getaways for each other. Sometimes it’s something short and sweet, like a drive around Lake St. Clair, and other times it’s something extravagant, like, you know, a trip to Hawaii. This year Warren looked at a map and said, “Hey, that place that juts into Lake Huron looks like it could be fun.” And he was not wrong. 
Bruce Peninsula was ablaze in fall colors when we arrived. And though it was cloudy and rainy, we loved that the incoming storms produced mini whitecaps and great crashing waves in Lake Huron. We found out too late that our GPS doesn’t work in Canada so we rocked it old school with a paper map. 
Friends, words simply can’t do Bruce Peninsula justice. It is rugged and sweeping and forested and bouldered and wonderful. I put some of our clips into a short video so you can see the magic for yourself. Nick Drake is my permanent soundtrack in the fall. I think you’ll agree. 

Bruce Peninsula | Canada from Club Narwhal on Vimeo.

Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. Indian Head Cove #canada #travel
Lake Huron, bravo. I mean, look at this place. Unreal. Hiking the craggy shoreline made me want to pose like the dude in Caspar David Friedrich’s epic “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.” 
Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. Indian Head Cove #canada #travel
Warren obviously felt the need to get to the bottom of this arc/hole thing. He hiked around the rest of the day soaking wet but he thought it was worth it. 
Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. Indian Head Cove #canada #travel
The famous grotto. Mermaids could totally preen here. 
Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. The Grotto. #canada #travel
Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. The Grotto. #canada #travel

Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. #canada #travel

Boulder Beach. 

Bruce Peninsula National Park | Canada. Boulder Beach. #canada #travel
All in all, it was a lovely fall weekend and the perfect way to celebrate Warren’s birthday. Do you have any fun birthday traditions?
If you get the chance to visit Bruce Peninsula, do it and plan to spend a few days awed by its beauty. Don’t miss Indian Head Cove, the Grotto, or any of the historic lighthouses. The lake was too rough to take a boat out to Flower Pot Island, but I bet that trip would not disappoint either. 
Next Monday I’ll show you the adorable cabin we stayed in and the super cool shores of Sauble Beach. And if you are feeling hungry, check out the delicious White Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes I made for Warren’s birthday treat. The frosting is like, whoa. 

We are on a mission to visit all of the Great Lakes while we’re here in Michigan. So far we’ve been to:

Lake Erie
Lake Huron – Where lighthouses, powerplants, and men hoisting boom boxes collide
Lake Michigan – Just a sand dune away from Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City
Lake Superior – Totally worth a visit to Michigan’s gorgeous Upper Peninsula

Lake Ontario, we’re gunning for you!

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