Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory
Categories: National Parks, Hiking Trails, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Witness the biodiverse scenery of Bruce Peninsula National Park, a protected area located on the rocky Niagara Escarpment. Explore an array of habitats and landscapes in one place, from dry rocky cliffs to limestone plains and wetlands. Choose from a variety of hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, camp out under the stars, or brave the steep cliffs in the designated bouldering area. A paradise for birdwatchers, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, squirrels, deer, foxes, the massasauga rattlesnake, and over 40 species of orchids. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park by using our Tobermory family vacation planner.
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A very large park that has so many different attractions and different places to go. A park pass here will get you into many different locations. There are so many possibilities for adventures all wit... read more »
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This place is absolutely amazing. For day trips I recommend parking at the Halfway Log Dump parking lot down Emmett Lake Rd. It is easier to get a spot (cost $11) and there are plenty of rock beaches and swimming holes. It is less busy too - you can often get an entire beach to yourself. This park has so many beautiful spots and fun things to explore- I highly recommend visiting.
Went for the day on the civic holiday long weekend. First day got turned away because no parking , following day made sure to go bright and early but got in. The park it self is beautiful but the people that it seems to attract suck. If you're looking for a relaxing place to go this is defineatly not it. The grotto was beautiful but the constant yelling and people littering ruined it for me. I will consider going back on a regular weekend or during the week when it's hopefully not so busy.
Incredibly beautiful, just like the pictures. Don't go there after 10am you won't get a parking place unless you wait hours. Don't recommend it for people who can't climb, getting inside the grotto can be really hard. Bring good shoes and flip flops. Removed a star because there's a lot of people. People complain about the parking places being limited but if there was more places the place would be way too crowded.
My boyfriend and I drove 4 hours to visit the infamous "Grotto". We arrived around 11:30 and got up to the gate where they told us the parking lot was full. We are not farmilliar with the area so we thought we would drive around and come back and check if it was full or not after 15 minutes. When we came back we parked on a shoulder inside the entrance of the park (which btw it doesn't say anything about not parking) and thought we would wait till someone left. A man directing traffic finally came over and we rolled our window down to ask him where would be a good area to wait for now until something opened up. Before we could even say anything he cut us off and said "no this is not a parking area, get moving NOW. Let's go NOW) my boyfriend tried to ask him where we could go instead and he was raising his voice saying "I don't care. You need to move now. GET GOING NOW". Firstly, we were not being rude at all. For someone who works there, to treat the general public like that is disgusting. People drive to see this place from all over and the least you can do in a situation like ours is ask us nicely to move our car and explain that we can't have it parked there. Won't be going back there. HOWEVER, a beautiful alternative which we found after the fact was just up the road called Little Cove Road. Beautiful water and fun hike amongst the rocky escarpment.
Get a yurt here and explore the beauties of tobermory. You must plan well in advanced for things to go smoothly as parking is limited and fills up fast for those who don't have a campground or yurt. Hike along cyprus lake trail and check out the grotto!
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