The town of Bruce Mines (population 600) is located on the North Channel of Lake Huron about 65km east of Sault Ste Marie. Bruce Station annexes the town with as many, or more, people.
We are in the depths of the Canadian Shield with its glacier scraped hills north of us and the fresh clean waters of the great Lake Huron to our south. The surrounding countryside is dotted with lakes being filled by rivers and streams. Our own Rock Lake, Ottertail Lake and Gordon Lake are part of the Thessalon River which flows into the North Channel just east of here at the town of Thessalon.
Although there are farms along the only major highway (Hwy 17), north of the highway the rocks, trees and water take over the scenery whereas south of the highway are cottages remotely scattered along the shore facing St Joseph Island, Manitoulin Island, Cockburn Island and the American Drummond Island. The North Channel (of Lake Huron), accessible from the Bruce Mines Marina, is recognised as one of the best boating area in the world.
Living in Bruce Mines allows you to enjoy the well defined four seasons. Our summers are usually warm through day time with cooler evenings for comfortable sleeping. Spring and fall have warm days with frosty mornings to freshen your spirit. Of course the fall colours are beautiful with the reds and oranges of the maples mixed with the yellows of birch and poplar, outlined by the dark of the evergreens.
In Spring, when the snow starts to melt, we have maple producers of all sizes collecting the sap of the maple tree. Some commercial operations make barrels of syrup using large complicated evaporators while the hobbyist works with a single small pan over a wood fire.
Winters tend to be cold with snowfalls there to provide the base for groomed snow machine trails that seem to never end. You can travel from Bruce Mines to all of Ontario on groomed trails or you can bushwack your way along abandoned logging trails and portages crossing untravelled lakes and trails.
Fishing is done in all four seasons and makes up a large part of the reason for tourists here. Some come for the available quiet and scenery.
The housing in Bruce Mines ranges from modern construction to renovated 19th century homes overlooking the calm waters of the harbour. Streets in the town circle the harbour providing many places for those who like a waterfront home. Some are for sale if you are interested. Back from the water the selection is varied but reasonable in price. You can get an attractive modern home here for the price of a lot in southern Ontario. Services include sewers, water, natural gas and garbage pick up. Streets are ploughed in the winter and kept clean the rest of the year.
Community events range from live theatre, music, dances, Fall Fair, Community Day, car shows and the list goes on. Check out the rest of the activities in town on this website. Don't be surprised if you find new activities not listed as there usually is someone with an idea or two that they want to try out.
We have a modern public school with a high school just a short ride up the highway in Desbarats. Algoma University and Sault College offer many educational courses in Sault Ste Marie which is just a 45 minute drive mostly on the new four lane Highway 17.
Our town boasts a good grocery store, Ontario liquor/wine/beer store, Library, Doctor's building, two gas stations, a garage for car repairs and other businesses listed here on the website.
To summarise Bruce Mines is easy. It is a place for everyone, no matter what your interests. Outdoor activities abound all year round. Entertainment is available regularly in town, at nearby areas or in the Sault if you like indoor pursuits. It is a good quiet place to start and raise your family. It is a good spot to rest and enjoy your retirement years. It simply is a good spot period.
Come and visit us - then stay a while.