National Parks

Before leaving home this summer to visit the national parks in BruceGreySimcoe, take the time to plan ahead, book ahead and contact the parks BEFORE leaving home to camp, hike or visit.  Reserve your camp site ahead of time as these are booked quickly and, if possible, plan your camping adventure in the spring or fall. 

 

 
Refer to COVID-19 and your visit to Bruce Peninsula National Park for information on what's open, closed and running at reduced capacity during this time.  Information on Fathom Five National Marine Park can be found via the same link. Another valuable resource is Parks Canada's "The Complete Guide to visiting Parks Canada", with updated and useful information on planning your trip to fully experience the wonders of these natural beauties.

Watch the video below for help in planning your visit:
 


Discover nature at its best and help to honour this shared outdoor space – check out the Visitor Manifesto for guidance on how to camp and hike respectfully. Our national parks, with their stunning scenery (above and below water) and back-to-basics camping adventures, offer an opportunity to escape into the wonders of nature.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Wildly gorgeous and extremely popular, the Bruce Peninsula National Park is probably the most visited natural site in BruceGreySimcoe. Part of the Niagara Escarpment’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, it’s located between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and home to a rare ecosystem and the well-known Grotto and Halfway Log Dump shoreline. (Parking reservations are required to hike these areas, so book well ahead of your planned hike).

Cyprus Lake Campground, set in the park’s spectacular rugged beauty, is naturally suited for “no frills” camping with un-serviced campsites, with park showers closed for 2021 due to COVID-19. Ten waterfront yurts – open until late October - take rustic up a notch on the shores of Cyprus Lake.  These roofed accommodations go fast so make a note to book yours early.  

The Bruce Trail runs through the park on its way to Tobermory and features spectacular vistas of Georgian Bay.  Hiking levels vary, ranging from easy to very difficult. 

 


Fathom Five National Marine Park

Camping facilities may be limited on Flowerpot Island in Fathom Five National Marine Park, but what an awesome experience.  Only six tent campsites are available in Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area, each equipped with a wooden camping platform close to a composting toilet.  As these sites are boat-accessible only via private tour companies, so bring everything you need with you, including drinking water.  As at Cyprus Lake, reserve your site well ahead of time.   
During your stay, hike the island trails to its unique flowerpot formations, caves and lightstation (maintained by volunteers).  Hike lengths vary from 1 ½ to up to 5 hours. Try something different this summer and sign up for the Volunteer Lightkeeper Host Program (note that it may be suspended in 2021 due to COVID-19). 


For more information and experiences:

COVID-19 Information

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