Discover Ontario: Driving Hwy 6, An Introduction

Happy (belated) Canada Day, everyone! As the 1st of July fell on a Wednesday, a traditional long-weekend away to celebrate all things Canadian was out of the question for most people. However, I decided to make the best of a post-celebration weekend by rediscovering a few places in Ontario that I haven’t visited for at least a decade.

To make this weekend as adventurous as possible (and incorporate some proper road trip feels to the mix), I decided to thoroughly explore the route which will take us to our destinations – Ontario’s Highway 6.

ON-6 divides Southwestern Ontario in half, beginning in Port Dover on the shore of Lake Erie and ending at the Trans-Canada Highway, 117 kilometres from the northern coast of Georgian Bay. It was one of the first highways established in the province when Ontario introduced its highway network in 1920, and its route can be traced back to a series of wagon trails that were created during the early settlement of Upper Canada. It’s also only one of two highways in Ontario that includes a ferry ride.

From Port Dover, ON-6 will take us through towns and cities such as Hamilton, Guelph, and Owen Sound, before we reach our final destination for our first night — Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. While here we’ll be taking a boat cruise, checking out Little Tub Harbour, and ending the day with some good ol’ camping.

Then in the wee hours of Sunday morning, we’ll be catching the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry over to the largest freshwater lake island in the world, Manitoulin Island. Continuing on Highway 6, we’ll pass through South Baymouth, Manitowaning, Sheguiandah, and Little Current, as we make our way to the Little Current Swing Bridge, to once again reach the mainland. From here we’ll continue north through the La Cloche Mountains to Espanola before we make our way back home on the Trans-Canada via Sudbury.

I’ve been waiting a few months for this trip, and I’m excited to finally get on the road! I haven’t been to Tobermory or the Bruce in twelve years, and the last time I was on Manitoulin my age may have still been in the single digits. Needless to say, this return trip is long overdue.

I’d like to take a moment to introduce my trip partners for this weekend. Without them this trip wouldn’t be possible, so a huge “thank you” to:

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Ford Canada, who are lending me a new C-Max Hybrid for the drive.

 

BHC LogoThe Blue Heron Company, who will be providing us with a boat cruise to Flowerpot Island in Tobermory.


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The Owen Sound Transportation Company (part of the Ontario Ferries group), who will be providing us and our ride passage across Georgian Bay to Manitoulin Island.

 

I’ll be documenting the sights we see along the way, so keep an eye on my Instagram for trip photos! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Canada than by sharing this special region of Ontario, so I hope this trip inspires you guys to do a bit of discovering of your own 😉

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