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.

 Bruce Peninsula Highlights

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.

Trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park

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.

Horse Lake Trail: This is a pleasant easy 1.5-mile (2.41 km) trail with minimal elevation gain.  The trail meanders through the forest out to a view overlooking the lake. Wildflowers and wildlife are both potential highlights of the outing.

Georgian Bay Loop: This is an easy 2.4-mile (3.86 km) that circles around the lake with different views of lakes and the bay. The trail provides access to a beach as well as opportunities for seeing wildlife, birdwatching, and various scenic landscapes.

Georgian Bay Marr Lake Trail: This moderately rated loop trail circles a lake, meanders along with another, while also having views along the bay.  The trail covers a distance of 2.1 miles (3.38 km).  There is an elevation gain of 216 feet (65.84 m) during the adventure.  The trail provides opportunities to see wildlife, capture photos of wildflowers, as well as birdwatching.  Although it has a moderate rating, it is a child-friendly excursion.

Cyprus Lake Trail: This is a little longer 3.1-mile (4.99 km) loop trail that travels around the circumference of Cyprus Lake. This trail traverses through the forest while providing chances to see wildlife, wildflowers, and lake wilderness.  Birdwatching is popular on this trail.  This is a good escape into the nature that calls the national park home.

Bruce Trail:  A trail that runs 550 miles (890 km) starting from the Niagara River to the endpoint of Tobermory, Ontario. The trail spends most of the time along the Niagara Escarpment, which is where people visiting the national park can connect up with the trail.

Bruce Peninsula Highlights

  • The Grotto
  • Rock formations of the Niagara Escarpment


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