Bruce Peninsula: A Perfect Camping Guide 2020
1. A Brief History of Bruce Peninsula
The number one sign of a true traveler is their will to know more about the past of the place they are visiting. Just like people have stories of how they came to a certain point in their life, tourist spots are no different.
2. National Parks in the Bruce Peninsula
There are 2 National Parks located in the Bruce Peninsula. There are 8 Ontario Parks and 4 Federation of Ontario Naturalists Parks along with the two national parks. These places make the Bruce Peninsula a really popular attraction. Let’s take a look at the two prominent national parks where you can camp!
1. Bruce Peninsula National Park
It is one of the largest protected areas in southern Ontario, with an area of 156 square kilometers. The National Park at the northern Bruce Peninsula is located at the heart of UNESCO‘s Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. It is the chief jewel of tourist attractions in Northern Bruce Peninsula.
The Dolomite cliffs rise along the shoreline of the national park that faces the blue waters of the Georgian Bay shoreline. Grottos have been formed along these cliffs, as the erosion of the rocks continued. These grottoes are now the main attraction of the national park, along with the park that leads to the Bruce Trail.
2. Fathom Five National Marine Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park is the first national marine conservation area in Canada. Its purpose is to conserve and protect freshwater ecosystems. Apart from that, the Fathom Five National Park displays shipwrecks and lighthouses.
3. The Guide Book
Bruce Peninsula’s own website, Beautiful Bruce Peninsula has been quite active. It informs visitors about the places to explore. Download their guidebook to the Bruce Peninsula. You will find a detailed account of navigation through the area.
4. Grotto Parking Reservations
Grotto parking reservations are hard to get at the eleventh hour. It might seem weird that one section is totally dedicated to grotto parking reservations. But the grotto is a popular attraction in the Bruce Peninsula Provincial Park. Grotto parking reservations do become a headache if you don’t think about it earlier. Don’t forget to get your grotto parking reservations!
5. Campgrounds of the Bruce Peninsula
Looking for designated campgrounds for a stay in the area? Keep thee places in mind as you plan your trip. Check out the list below for the names of some of the most reliable campgrounds:
- Cape Croker Park
- Happy Hearts Tent And Trailer Park
- Lions Head Camping
- Lakeside Camp
- Roth Park
- Summer House Park
- Tobermory Village Campground
- Woodland Park
- Cyprus Lake Campground
Most of the campgrounds in the area are pet-friendly. You can bring your furry buddies along on your hiking trip. For a detailed look at all of the campgrounds mentioned above, check out this link. Might just prepare you for the hike to the grotto!
6. Ontario Parks/Lighthouses
As mentioned above, there are six Ontario Parks in the Bruce Peninsula. They are:
- Little Cove
- Cabot Head
- Black Creek
- Ira Lake
- Smoky Head
- Hope Bay Forest
- Johnstons Harbour
- Lion’s Head
Of all of the Ontario Parks mentioned, Lion’s Head is the most prominent one. Let’s have a look at all the lighthouses present in the area as well:
- Knife & Lyal Island Lighthouse
- Cape Croker Lighthouse
- Flowerpot Island
- Big Tub Lighthouse
- Cabot Head Lighthouse
- Lion’s Head Lighthouse
It’s a great idea to give all of them a shot while you find yourself around the Bruce Peninsula area.
7. The Bruce Trail
8. Sauble Beach
Sauble Beach lies on the northern edge of the Saugeen nation and the eastern shore of Lake Huron. It was originally named by the French but has now developed its own identity as a small community of people. Public transport doesn’t exist in the Sauble Beach area. All the permanent residents in the area are dependent on their private vehicles.
Sauble Beach’s motto is one that I wholeheartedly agree with, and hope that you will too: Live life slow.
9. Things to Keep in Mind
Here are some tips before you plan your trip to the grottos.
- Alcohol consumption is not allowed at the grottoes.
- Barbecuing is not allowed along the shoreline due to the risk of fires.
- Jumping off cliffs is not considered safe, due to the heavy undercurrent and the cold nature of the waters.
- Do check out the Indian Head Cove and the Natural Arch while heading towards the grotto.
- Be prepared for a full-blown hike to the grotto, because the surface can be challenging at times. The hike to the grotto takes about 45 minutes. Ancient cheddar trees will keep you company on your arduous hike to the grotto!
- Essential supplies like food and water are not found in the surrounding area. Do consider packing a picnic to avoid problems later on.
If you come prepared, the Bruce Peninsula can be one of the best Bruce Peninsula camping experiences. There’s plenty of things to explore, and two sides of beautiful water bodies to swim in. Go ahead, make reservations and plan your trip!
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