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Bruce Peninsula Portage

Bruce Peninsula Portage

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Bruce Peninsula Portage

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula
On Road 13, 6.5 km west of Highway 6 in Wiarton
on the shore of a lake at a parking area
on the north side of the road at street number 3209

Coordinates: N 44 44.671 W 81 13.190


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Plaque Text

The Bruce Peninsula presents a formidable barrier to water transportation between Lake Huron and southern Georgian Bay. To avoid a difficult detour to the north, aboriginal peoples developed a portage route across the base of the peninsula. Its eastern section ran along high ground between here and Colpoy's Bay at Wiarton. West of here were two routes. One ran south across Boat Lake and along the Rankin and Sauble Rivers to Lake Huron. The other crossed from Boat Lake to Spry Lake, then overland to the Lake Huron shore opposite the Fishing Islands. For centuries the Bruce Peninsula portage was an important link in the Great Lakes transportation network.


South Bruce Peninsula Plaques

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