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Bruce Peninsula National Park is by far one of the most spectacular national parks in Canada. With its turquoise water, stunning white cliffs, rocky areas, and forests, it is the perfect place for outdoor activities. It is a paradise for forest enthusiasts since 70% of the peninsula is covered by mixed forests. 

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Where Is Bruce Peninsula National Park Located?

45.2297° N, 81.5250° W 

Bruce Peninsula National Park is in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is a part of the Niagara Escarpment. Search for Bruce Peninsula National Park between Georgian Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron. With about 154 km², you have a large area of roads and trails to explore.

How to get to Bruce Peninsula National Park

By car: 
Traveling to the park would be best with your own transport, since getting there is a challenge without a car. Once you are in the park, there are no bus or taxi services; this means you don’t have the ability to move from one location to another, which is difficult, since many of the park’s destinations are up to 30 minutes away from each other.

Cars driving near Bruce Peninsula National Park in Canada

Cars driving in Bruce Peninsula National Park

By bus: 
You can reach Bruce Peninsula National Park by park bus as well. There is a bus service called “Park Bus” that drives people to the park. Keep in mind, once you are dropped off there, you will not find any type of transportation to move around. 
By boat and plane: 
You can also get there by private boat or by plane. 

General information about Bruce Peninsula National Park

  • Size – 154 sq km (59 sq mi) 

  • Location – Ontario, Canada 

  • Established - 1987 

  • Best time to visit - May-Oct 

  • Number of visitors – 490,388 (2019/20) 

  • Activities – Hiking, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Bouldering 

Bruce Peninsula National Park infographic

Infographic of Bruce Peninsula National Park

What is Bruce Peninsula National Park known for?

Flowerpot island and Bruce Peninsula National Park 4k

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a national park on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. It was set up in 1987. The park comprises 
154 km² and is one of the largest protected areas in southern Ontario, forming the core of UNESCO's Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The park offers something for everyone, such as many outdoor activities, including camping, mountain climbing, animal watching, hiking, and so much more. The park has trails changing to difficulty levels, from easy to challenging.

Interesting facts about Bruce Peninsula National Park

  • If you try cliff diving in Bruce Peninsula National Park, you are likely to be evicted because it’s extremely dangerous here. 

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park holds Niagara Escarpment’s oldest trees. 

  • Because of the black bears roaming about, visitors of the part are advised to store the food inside their cars instead of coolers or tents.  

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to a huge variety of orchids and ancient cedar trees that can be seen growing out of rocks at the edge of the cliffs.  

  • The most popular attractions in Bruce Peninsula National Park are Singing Sands, the Grotto, Indian Head Cove, and Cyprus Lake Campground.  

Things to See in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula Aerial Drone View of clear water

Aerial drone view of the beach in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park: This beautiful place in Canada offers something for everyone, including incredible sights, gorgeous hiking trails, and wildlife species that are native to the area. Here are the top three attractions you shouldn’t miss while visiting Bruce Peninsula National Park. 

The Grotto – The most scenic attraction for tourists when visiting Bruce Peninsula National Park. It is said that The Grotto is the jewel of Ontario. This is an area of rocky cliffs, turquoise waters, and carved caves along the Georgian Bay side of Bruce Peninsula. Although it is forbidden to swim or explore this natural or artificial cave right now, it is still worth visiting and sightseeing or even hiking at The Grotto!

Grotto Cave in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Grotto cave

Indian Head Cove – A lesser-known, picturesque beach consisting of flat, limestone rocks, located next to the Grotto. Although cliff diving is forbidden in this place, you are allowed to swim there. However, if you are planning on swimming, think ahead and bring water shoes for your own comfort. The stunning Indian Head Cove is a true paradise for nature lovers!

Lake Huron in Canada

Lake Huron

Singing Sands – It is a part of Bruce Peninsula National Park and is found on the Lake Huron shoreline near Tobermory. Singing Sands is a small beach with rare plants, short hiking trails, sand dunes, and clear water, which stays shallow for a long time. It is the perfect place to visit with your family, as it has a picnic area near the beach. 

Photographer taking pictures of Singing Sands in Canada

Photographer capturing the sunset at Singing Sands

Best Time to Visit Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. If you want to enjoy the gorgeous scenery to the fullest, you should consider visiting during the warmest months of the year: July or August. The summer months usually are crowded. If you want to avoid massive crowds of people, then the best option is to visit during spring or autumn (from mid-May to late October).  

Bruce Peninsula Steep Cliffs near Lake Huron

Steep cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park

Where to Stay in Bruce Peninsula National Park?

Tobermory town in Canada

Tobermory town in Caanada

Bruce Peninsula National Park offers comfortable yurts and backcountry camping in perfect locations for your park experience. 

Cyprus Lake Campground - Situated in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Cyprus Lake Campground offers spacious and quiet sites in the middle of nature. The campground is 15 km from the town of Tobermory and less than 2.5 km from the famous Grotto. 
Yurt Camping - The yurts, located along the shore of Cyprus Lake in Bruce Peninsula National Park, offer a unique camping experience. The biggest advantage of yurts is that, when you arrive at the site, you don’t have to set up your camping gear. All you must do is enjoy sleeping on a comfortable bed, instead of on the ground. It’s a perfect combination for people who like to be out in nature but hate sleeping in tents.

Tent in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Camping in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Tobermory Village Campground and Cabins - A quiet, family-owned campground situated at the tip of Bruce Peninsula on Highway 6, just 3 km from Tobermory. The campground is dedicated to cleanliness and comfort. It’s the perfect match for people who like nature and comfort at the same time 
There are many hotels, motels, and B&B's along with other accommodations in the village of Tobermory and along the Bruce Peninsula. 

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