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Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Bruce Peninsula National Park is located on a peninsula in Ottaway, Canada northwest from Toronto and northeast from Detroit.  It is part of the larger Niagara Escarpment area.  The national park encompasses an area of 59 square miles (154 sq km).

The coastline of Bruce Peninsula National Park is rugged with various rock formations.  The Grotto is one of the more picturesque rocky landscapes.  There are a variety of lookouts that offer views of the setting sun, the rock formations along the coastline, or some of the wildlife found within the park.

Although there are black bears and white-tailed deer, the majority of wildlife includes smaller mammals like raccoons, rabbits, skunks, chipmunks, coyotes, and squirrels.  Birdwatching is considered a common activity for nature enthusiasts.


The rugged and rocky coastline with vistas for beautiful panoramic views is the highlight.  Most people visit the Bruce Peninsula for an escape into nature.  The jagged coastline is part of the larger Niagara Escarpment.

The park has something for almost everyone.  The fresh clear waters invite swimming while the densely wooded areas attract the hikers.  The rugged and jagged coastline makes for a playground for the more adventurous explorers.

A visitor's center was constructed in 2006 serving the national park as well as the Fathom Five National Marine Park. The visitor's center has a 65.6 feet (20 m) observation tower, exhibit hall, and theater for educating people about both parks.

Bruce Peninsula National Park Trails

There are a good number of trails that meander throughout the national park with hiking being one of the most popular activities.  Trails range from easy to more challenging.

Park Protection

Bruce Peninsula National Park protects the striking rugged rocky coastline and the captivatingly crystal clear blue waters.  Canada elected to establish the park to prevent humankind from encroaching upon the splendor that it affords to visitors who come to escape into the wilderness.  It is not secured for future generations of Canadians and global visitors.

Bruce Peninsula Highlights

  • The Grotto
  • Rock formations of the Niagara Escarpment

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