Hope Bay features the Jack Poste Side Trail, an easy, but longer, 4-kilometre loop; it is here that you’ll uncover the site of the popular Glacial Potholes, created by a late stage of glaciation. Meltwaters running over the Escarpment created small eddies that eventually carved these potholes out of the bedrock.
Who was Jack Poste? He was a Flying Officer, holder of WWII's Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), schoolteacher, historian, environmentalist, and a much-beloved, early champion of the original Bruce Trail. He was a local character, often opening his home to trail volunteers. Take the Don Irish Side Trail off Cathedral Drive or descend the gravel track from Bruce Road 9 until you see the blue blazes. This trail climbs and descends several ridges, gradually climbing to an old logging track that was used to bring timber to the log dump above Hope Bay.
TIP: The glacial potholes are near where the main trail again joins the Jack Poste Side Trail. This trail features an abundance of trilliums in May.
Now available for download, the Trails Map is the perfect companion piece when you're planning your trip or looking for more trails to explore!