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Bruce Peninsula National Park Tobermory

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Bruce Peninsula National Park
P.O. Box 189
Tobermory
ON
N0H2R0
Tel: 519-596-2233

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In the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve, the 'Bruce' is a place of global significance. The massive, rugged cliffs of the park are inhabited by thousand year old cedar trees, overhanging the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. The park is comprised of an incredible array of habitats from rare alvars to dense forests and clean lakes. Together these form a greater ecosystem - the largest remaining chunk of natural habitat in southern Ontario.
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    We drove to the town of Tobermory from Ann Arbor, Michigan. It took about 7 hours we many stops and fun along the way. Google maps says you can do it ~6.5 hours and I believe it.

    The town of Tobermory was cute and we stayed in a small cabin. Camping in the national park would be amazing if we had more time and equipment to make it worth while.

    First off, I love Canada. All the trails of the Park are well kept and marked well. The level of difficulty based on the maps is meant to include the elderly and handicapped so most young and healthy...Read More

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    The Georgian Bay shore is one of the most beautiful places I've been to! It's great for hiking and swimming, and good for snorkelling. Cyprus Lake is a great place to camp. The main disadvantages are that it can be crowded during peak season, and that there can be biting flies at the Georgian Bay shore. I prefer to visit in June or September.

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    AMAZING! feels like ocean!

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    I usually just hike through on the Bruce Trail; but have parked at the trail head locations at Emmett Lake, Cyprus Lake and Crane Lake Road. The park is beautiful, the trails are challenging but scenic. I haven't camped so I cannot comment. There are toilets at the Emmett and Cyprus Lake Trailheads and near the grotto. From the trail the view of green trees, white cliffs and the blue water of Georgian Bay are spectacular. Places of interest: Cave Point (and Bootleggers cave, below) and the grotto are two of the main places to see.

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    We drove for 1.5 hours, only to be turned away as the girl at the entrance claimed they were "full". We decided to still drive in, attempting to find a parking spot, at which point we would then purchase a parking pass. We discovered there were about 5 empty spots, and decided to drive back to purchase a parking pass. The woman at the desk then asked if we had an "orange card". When we said no, she became extremely rude and very unprofessional. When we asked to speak with management, she claimed to be the manager. She claimed that only she decides...Read More

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by J Thomas Kofoed

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We drove to the town of Tobermory from Ann Arbor, Michigan. It took about 7 hours we many stops and fun along the way. Google maps says you can do it ~6.5 hours and I believe it.

The town of Tobermory was cute and we stayed in a small cabin. Camping in the national park would be amazing if we had more time and equipment to make it worth while.

First off, I love Canada. All the trails of the Park are well kept and marked well. The level of difficulty based on the maps is meant to include the elderly and handicapped so most young and healthy people should have no problem with the trails.

We Enjoyed Indian Head, the Grotto the most. We did not think that Cabot Head light house was worth the drive. It was cute, but not spectacular, and it took ~30 min down dusty gravel road. I consider it a "check out if bored" site.

This is the prettiest place I've seen since living in the area, and would strongly suggest it over the UP and thought it was much nicer than Pictured Rocks.

by Mike Lennox

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We drove for 1.5 hours, only to be turned away as the girl at the entrance claimed they were "full". We decided to still drive in, attempting to find a parking spot, at which point we would then purchase a parking pass. We discovered there were about 5 empty spots, and decided to drive back to purchase a parking pass. The woman at the desk then asked if we had an "orange card". When we said no, she became extremely rude and very unprofessional. When we asked to speak with management, she claimed to be the manager. She claimed that only she decides who gets an "orange pass". She also claimed we were "harassing" her, even though we were simply trying to pay for a pass and enjoy nature. After we got back into our car to leave, as there was no reasoning with these people, the woman followed us out and spoke with the girl at the entrance to make sure we did not get an orange pass. There is an extreme amount of discrimination on who gets in, and this was the most disgusting and most unprofessional experience I have ever had. If you are planning on having a nice family day out, do not waste your time driving all the way here.

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