Bruce Peninsula National Park

The centrepiece of the marvelous National Park Visitor Centre is the 14,000 sq foot theatre and exhibit gallery. Nearby is the 65 foot observation tower, offering a panoramic view of both parks.

Bruce Peninsula National Parkis near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and can be entered from Highway 6 south of Tobermory. The park’s shoreline cliffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment which rises 40 metres out of Georgian Bay, then gently slopes westward into Lake Huron. Inland from Georgian Bay are maple groves and cool, dark cedar forests surrounding many lovely lakes. The park is unique in Canada for its variety of wildflowers and other plant life.

Niagara Escarpment, Photo Credit: Willy Waterton

Cyprus Lake Campground has campsites for tents and trailers, and offers beaches, trails, exhibits and an outdoor amphitheatre. Some short and easy hikes originate from the Head of Trails at Cyprus Lake.  Three trails lead to the shoreline where they intersect the Bruce Trail.  Most people turn this layout into a loop hike. Plan for at least a half day on these trails to view the beauties of Indian Head Cove, the Natural Arch and the Grotto. Many of these hikes still penetrate remote areas, so take precautions at all times. A sturdy pair of shoes is a must!

A relatively easy hike goes from a parking area to Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay. This walk through the woods, on an excellent trail, leads to a beautiful cobblestone beach and an “enchanted forest” of rock, trees and moss. Follow Hwy. 6 to Emmett Lake Road, then follow the signs leading to the Halfway Log Dump parking lot.

On the west side of the peninsula, the Lake Huron shore is rimmed with rock, sand, and fen wetlands. There is no vehicle access to the park on the Lake Huron side except at Singing Sands (Dorcas Bay), where there is a sand beach with shallow water, a picnic area and public washrooms.   Singing Sands is the best sand beach in the area, but recent lowering of the levels in Lake Huron  has lengthened the walk to the water. This area also features trails through a habitat renowned for its unusual wildflowers.