With its dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters and lush forests, Bruce Peninsula National Park is a Canadian treasure. Luckily for us Ontarians, depending on where you’re situated, it’s only a brief car ride away. Home to stunning scenery and an endless list of activities, a trip to the Bruce Peninsula is always exciting. Not to mention that it’s any instagrammer’s dream.
Here are 10 things you have to do the next time you visit the Bruce Peninsula.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that’s done on small rock formations without the use of harnesses or ropes. It’s an exhilarating sport that can be done in the designated bouldering area located in the park. The bouldering area sits on the Georgian Bay shoreline offering breathtaking views.
Cool off with a swim
Visit a beach and enjoy the cool and refreshing water. Singing Sands Beach, located on the Lake Huron side of the peninsula is home to beautiful white sands and diverse flora.
Snap a pic at Lion’s Head Lighthouse
Lion’s Head, located on the tip of the peninsula, is home to a little lighthouse and a beautiful view. Stop by to simply take in the relaxing and calming atmosphere, or snap a cool pic for your insta page.
Rent a yurt
Yurts are a circular tent-like structure, with a wooden frame, traditionally used as a dwelling by nomads in Central Asia. Today, they are often used worldwide for camping purposes, because of their space and ability to withstand harsh weather. The Bruce Peninsula has 10 yurts available, all along the picturesque shore of Cyprus Lake. Each Yurt comes with beds, a woodstove, a BBQ and a deck for taking in the views.
Visit the Grotto
Located on the Georgian Bay shoreline, the Grotto is an otherworldly cave that boasts some of the bluest water. To reach the Grotto you have to climb down the side of a rocky cliff, which only makes it that much more of an adventure.
Go canoeing or kayaking
The Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of lakes that are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. Steer through the open water and take in all of your surroundings. You may even discover a place of the park you haven’t seen before.
Visit the flowerpots
Flowerpot Island gets its name from the two rock pillars that stand on its shore and look like flowerpots. These pillars have become a popular image associated with the Bruce Peninsula, and are two things you won’t want to miss.
Look out for wildlife
Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to a variety of rare plant and animal species. The park contains over 40 orchid species, even though orchids typically only grow in tropical environments. The park is also a great place to go birding, and you may even spot some other familiar friends such as porcupines, racoons, deer, fox, snakes, chipmunks and even bears.
Hike the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail runs from the Niagara River to Tobermory, located at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The trail is more than 890 km long and has over 400 km of side trails, so it’s safe to say that you will not run out of places to explore on this hiking trail.
The Bruce Peninsula is a designated dark sky reserve, which means that the night sky is completely free from light pollution. City life has many perks, but perhaps one of the biggest downfalls is not being able to see the stars at nighttime. Get your fix by curling up with a blanket and relaxing under a breathtaking display of stars like no other.
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