Darkness over Cyprus Lake

I caught a nasty cold towards the end of this week which I thought would put a wrench in my camping weekend in Tobermory, Ontario. Luckily they were calling for a heat wave so I decided to go up and just relax by the lake. I did get out for a short hike on the second day I was there which might have been a little too much for the cold. In the end it was worth the walk and I ended up feeling better by the Sunday drive home.

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Beautiful views are always to be enjoyed here – and there are many of them to see. The above photograph is on the west end of the lake as I approached the main trail from my campsite. Escarpment WallEscarpment Wall

From here I headed to the Bruce Trail portion of the trail system, hiking along the Horse Lake Trail straight to the waters of Georgian Bay. Along here the Bruce Trail hugs the coast until Loon Lake, 4km further north and south to High Dump campground 11km away. After my 4.5 km hike which took me in a circle past the Grotto and back to the campsite I was ready for a snooze. I may have pushed myself a little too much on that hike but how could I not check out the trails when I made the trip here? It’s one of my favourite campgrounds and I especially love visiting in September when most of the crowds are gone.

I had to rest up because the stars were going to light up the night and I was looking forward to seeing the milky way. I was not disappointed.

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Unfortunately there was quite a lot of light pollution from those around me so I had to wait it out longer than usual. I think the warm temps were a huge factor in the crowds that decided to camp this year. At least that’s what I’m hoping, which will mean next year there won’t be as many out if the temps stay to the cooler, normal temps of late September.

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