Guide to nature and landscape photography locations in Ontario

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Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve

Large area of deciduous forest along the escarpment


Photographic Potential:  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Natural History Diversity: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Landscape Features: Bedrock outcrops and large boulders; some viewpoints past loop trail; autumn colours of deciduous forest

Flora & Fauna: Spring wildflowers and forest birds in this diverse & mature deciduous forest of maple, beech and ash with moist ground cover communities of mosses and ferns; mature nurse log and moist boulder communities of mosses, ferns, spleenworts, polypody and lichen


Facilities: Roadside parking

Access: Approx 5km loop along the Bruce Trail and side trail; Narrow, rugged and/or rocky trail and a wide ide walking path; further hiking is possible along the Bruce Trail; Open dawn to dusk

Winter Access: Walking/hiking possible, even nordic skiing and snowshoing, depending on snow conditions, espcially along the side trail

Hazards & Precautions: Boulder-strewn, Rugged rocky trail in places; slippery rocks when wet; cliff edges; deep crevices; nettles

Notes: The Bruce Trail is rugged over rocks and small boulders in places, but very lush with great diversity of ground cover, rock cover and bird life.

The Side trail is an old logging road, wider and easier walking through a more open but less diverse maple forest.

Additional Information (links open in a new window):


  •  Waterfalls of Ontario

  •  Ontario Trails

  •  Bruce Trail Map 26 (direct download for $3)


  •  Kolapore Wilderness Trails

  •  Eugenia Falls

  •  Hogg's Falls