Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area (near Wiarton, Ontario, home of Wiarton Willie, Canada’s prognosticating ground hog, and his descendants/replacements) is an incredible wander into geology and history. Hiking with a former student, her husband, and her sister, is a great combination for wonderous times, much mirth and laughter, and general awe. Plus the siblings’ family has lived in this area for a number of generations which lead to some amusing anecdotes and old tales told them by their father.
These caves were formed 7000-8000 years ago by the wave and weather action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin. This illustrates how high the water levels were in this region following the recession and melting of the glaciers.
The name “Bruce’s Caves” derives from Robert Bruce, a Scotsman immigrant to the area, who lived as a hermit in the caves.
You can find more information on the caves and Robert Bruce at Grey Sauble Conservation.
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What a FABULOUS post, Jordan! I love stories like this that whisk us way back in time. It’s always so fun trying to imagine what it was like back then, especially when we can reference current times with your great photography! Hope your trip continues to amaze and delight you, my friend!
Thank you very much Toad! It is quite the adventure! I’m learning lots, meeting many wonderful people, and working on a number of projects still. I hope things are going well for you over there! Love seeing your adventures in images 😀
What a fabulous place! Thank you for sharing another beautiful spot in Canada.