Bruce Peninsula National Park Travel Guide

  • Hikers negotiating cobbled beach
    Hikers negotiating cobbled beach
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  • Halfway Rock Point & Grotto from Overhanging Point
    Halfway Rock Point & Grotto from...
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  • Kayaks and a view of Fathom Five in far background
    Kayaks and a view of Fathom Five in far...
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Bruce Peninsula National Park Things to Do

  • Exploring Emmette Lake

    On the 3rd day, we took a gravelled Emmett Lake Road (picture 2) from Highway 6 and a drive of 15 minutes at less than 40 kms per hour brought us to the Emmett Lake. There were very few visitors on this lake, some enjoying kayaks and others took cycling on a narrow track.The Lake looked beautiful without any major human activity.

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  • From High Dump to Crane Lake Parking Lot

    At High Dump, the Bruce Trail said goodbye to the Georgian Lakeshore and turned south i.e. inwards into the deep forest. This was an 8 km long hike that meandered through dense forest and through a number of lakes, namely, Warder Lake, Quenlin Lake, Upper Andrew Lake, and Moore Lake to reach the Crane Lake Parking Lot, where I picked my husband up...

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  • Exploring Cyprus Lake

    When my husband left us for hiking towards Cave Point, Ifrah, Rayyan and I returned to the Cyprus Lake for a little bit of exploration. The lake offered many scenic views and canoeing and fishing was allowed. There were few campers who were swimming in the lake. We love canoeing and could have planned to have it here. We thought that we missed the...

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  • Resting and munching while watching...

    Between the Halfway Rock Point and the Grotto, we perched ourselves on a high rock for resting, having snacks, and watching water based activities.We noticed an increasing number of visitors pouring in and climbing down to the rocky beach for picnics and taking a dip in the lake. Ifrah descended on the rocky beach and attempted to get into the...

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  • From Halfway Rock to Cave Point to High...

    This 8.5 kms of hike was done the next morning by my husband alone. Yes, the remaining 3 of us chickened out. The trail was difficult over rocky terrain, but offered fantastic lookouts. Since my husband only wanted to complete the hike as quickly as possible, he used only a small time over photography at Cave Point and taking shots of some...

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  • At Overhanging Point

    The Overhanging point is named so because that portion of the cliff is not supported by ground below it, which is one of the main features of the Niagara Escarpment (see picture 1). An outcrop on a cliff is the most picturesque spot of the national park with many a picture of hikers / couples taken for showing off and for making posters. My husband...

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  • Hiking towards the Overhanging Point

    As we started for our next section, negotiating a steep decline over huge rocks and loose boulders, Ifrah, the most excited hiker of the pack, got hurt and had to give up. This left Rayyan, my husband and me to rethink our strategy. My husband and I thought to give up for the day, but then Ifrah pushed us to complete the hike. I decided to stay...

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  • At Grotto

    We hiked westwards over large rocks and through hundreds of beach and caves lovers to reach the high cliffs at the Grotto (picture 1). As explained by Wikipedia a grotto (Italian grotta) is any type of natural or artificial cave that is associated with modern, historic or prehistoric use by humans. When it is not an artificial garden feature, a...

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  • At Halfway Rock Point

    When we reached our 1st destination on the shore, we were pleasantly surprised to see hundreds of visitors way down on the rocky beach (picture 1). Since this national park allows pets with the visitors, we saw many dogs accompanying their owners (picture 2). The rock is calcareous in nature and therefore, many caves are formed on the lakeshore...

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Bruce Peninsula National Park Transportation

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jul 25, 2009

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    The only options you have are a car that can take you to the parking lot deep in the national park and then hike.

    Hiking on the Bruce Trail and smaller access trails are the most rewarding experience. You will meet many strangers who will become friends, offering help during harder sections of trails (picture 1),

    Hiking on Alvar soil Responding to a help call Hikers negotiating rocks
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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Bruce Peninsula National Park Shopping

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jul 25, 2009

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    Souvenir shop at the Visitor Centre carries gift items reflecting two national parks - Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park.

    What to buy: Books, post cards, local crafts, T-shirts, sweat shirts, gift items for all ages.

    What to pay: Prices are typical of souvenir and gift shops

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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Bruce Peninsula National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Red Alert! Massasauga Rattlesnake calls...

    Note: The picture was taken at Visitor Centre's Exhibit.Bruce Peninsula National Park is amongst the last few abodes of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. This is the only venomous snake of southern and eastern Ontario. Parks Canada advises the following precautionary measures:1. Wear long pants and boots2. Always look where you are putting your feet...

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  • No cliff jumping please

    Cliff jumping is strictly prohibited, but daredevils got to do what daredevils got to do (picture 1). There are signs advising against Cliff Jumping and telling that two people recently lost their lives jumping on shallow waters. Besides, there have been numerous injuries reported. What I was afraid of was someone jumping from the cliff over divers...

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  • Beware! This is Bear Country

    Park Canada Advisory:Please note that the picture was taken at Visitor Centre's Exhibit.“Black bears are spectacular and beautiful creatures, and where they have had little contact with humans they tend to avoid us. Bears are strongly attracted to human food and garbage, and can lose their natural inclination to avoid us if they become accustomed...

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Bruce Peninsula National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Observe unique geological features

    While hiking on Bruce Trails we observed 'overhanging cliffs. The harder dolomite limestone forms much of the rock of the escarpment cliffs along Bruce Peninsula National Park's Georgian Bay shoreline. The dolomite "caprock" erodes more slowly than the rock below it, creating the sculptured cliffs for which the area is famous.Since the last Ice...

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  • Observe Fauna / Wildlife

    Commonly seen wildlife on The Bruce Peninsula National park includes chipmunk, squirrel, raccoon, porcupine, snowshoe hare, skunk, white-tailed deer, snakes and frogs. Black bear, fox, fisher, martin and the Massasauga rattlesnake are not as commonly seen.Unfortunately, due to our focus on hiking, we were not able to see any wildlife except for...

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  • Observe Unique Flora / Plant Life

    This national Park is unique in Canada for its wide variety of wildflowers. This is because it has has an unusually rich diversity of habitats, from the rugged cliffs to flat, dry rock plains called alvars, to various types of swampy wetlands within the park.The national park is also known as orchid capital of Canada. They are not just tropical...

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Bruce Peninsula National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jul 25, 2009

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    Following sports activities are available:

    Hiking
    Climbing
    Boating / Sailing
    Snorkelling
    Kayaking / Canoeing

    Kayaking Snorkelling
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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Kayaking
    • Sailing and Boating

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