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.
Free ebooks/ibooks of my trip across Canada are available on my ‘Creations‘ page (or in the iBookstore).