Fall Tour: North Bruce Ramble

Lynn and Tim Spencer would like to extend an invitation to all HCCA members to
attend the Southern Ontario Region’s Fall Tour, September 14, 15, and 16th 2012.
As promised, this will be the 2nd half of the Second Last Goodwheel Tour; the first
portion was out of Owen Sound and took in South Bruce and Northern Grey Counties a few
years ago.

The host hotel is:
Big Tub Harbour Resort & Restaurant
236 Big Tub Resort Rd.
Tobermory, ON
Telephone (519) 596-2219

Please call and reserve your room either on the water or otherwise. Your contact person is
Melissa Lyons who owns and operates this lovely place with her husband, Curtis, and their
two children. There is a restaurant overlooking the “Big Tub” on site. Tell her you are with the
HCCA tour and she will give you rates and will answer any questions you may have regarding
your stay. Packed lunches are available as are all meals from the resort. We have booked the
entire resort for this tour. It has a charming southern exposure right on the Big Tub (an inlet
of Georgian Bay in Tobermory) with docking facilities for boats as well. Rates are very
competitive and the rooms are very nice but not “fancy”. As usual, reservations are on a first
come first served basis.

We will inform you of trailer parking which will be close by in Tobermory. Alternate accommodations are available on your own at the Blue Anchor Motel and Cottage Rentals (519) 596-2555 or the Princess Hotel and Restaurant (519) 596-8282 as well as others.

Events:

Beautiful fall touring in one of the very most scenic areas in Ontario and the fall colour
should be well underway. The weather should be somewhat warmer than even much further
south as we have a very moderate temperature range surrounded by the waters of Lake Huron
and Georgian Bay We will tour the west side of the Bruce Peninsula and view Lake Huron as well as a drive up to the Cabot Head Lighthouse on the east coast.

Boat tours to Flowerpot Island as well as others to view shipwrecks are also available as
is interesting shopping in Tobermory. Any who wish to extend their tour might enjoy taking
their cars on the ferry to Manitoulin Island for a few days after the tour is over. I will be happy
to provide you with help doing this.

Perhaps the premiere event will occur on Saturday evening. We have rented the small
theatre in the new headquarters of the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Museum where we
will be able to all gather for our annual meeting. Paul Dodington from Port Carling will provide a
wonderful group of films accompanied by music played on original gramophones in this small
theatre. After we finish here, we will have a real gaslight tour on good roads as we head back to
our rooms. So, please tune up those old lights and let’s have some fun with our cars. We will
travel together on this one.

In this regard, I will ask every car to pay a registration fee of $10 to help with the rental
of the theatre and a wine and cheese event at the resort on Friday night with repeats until the vino runs out!

I caution those who do not wish to run on gravel roads. I will be in touch with the road
superintendent on the Bruce and see if we can get any roads we travel upon scraped for the
occasion. But, there are enough hard top roads to allow you to steer clear of the gravel and I
will inform you of them in the tour pack.

Suffice to say, the beautiful drive up along the edge of Georgian Bay to Cabot Head is gravel. I
am planning to drive the Tudhope as she is 100 years old in 2012 and she has conveyed many
people over the years along this spectacular route.

Gas is available at two sites in and near Tobermory. Stay tuned for further updates as
they become available.

To register, please contact all Lynn or Tim Spencer via email at spenceracorn@gmail.com.