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Hope Bay pothole

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  • Address: Jack Post Side Trail & Bruce Trail,Hope Bay, ON

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Towering cliffs surround the hidden enclave of Hope Bay with its lovely beach. Washrooms and a picnic site adjoin the beach.

A trek along the Bruce Trail to the Jack Post Side Trail on the north escarpment reveals giant glacial potholes in the beautiful, old growth forest of Hope Bay Forest Nature Reserve where many rare ferns grow along the limestone cliffs. The cylindrical potholes were eroded out of the bedrock by spinning boulders caught in giant whirlpools during the previous Ice Age meltdown. They attest to the power of the vortices that were created as water surged between gaps in the escarpment.


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