School visits to Bruce Peninsula and Fathom Five

Educamp Interpretative Programs

Parks Canada welcomes you to Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park – perfect places to book your next school trip. Learn about the amazing geology of the area, the incredible plants and animals, the different forests, cliffs, alvars, shipwrecks, lighthouses and history. 

Contact Information

Lenore Keeshig
Interpretation Coordinator

Email: Lenore.Keeshig@pc.gc.ca
Telephone: 519-596-2233 ext. 240
Facsimile: 519-596-2298

Reservations

As visitation levels are expected to increase during 2017, we encourage all groups, whether planning a self-guided visit or taking part in a heritage presentation program, to reserve ahead of time to secure your space, as well as avoid congestion and potential delays. Capacity at some locations is limited and a reservation will ensure a smooth and pleasant experience.

Maximum number of people that can be accommodated
  • Group camping sites at Cyprus Lake Campground can accommodate groups 10 to 40 (depending on site).
  • The ratio for guided-hikes (in both Parks) is 24 persons per guide to a maximum of 3 guides.
  • The Parks Canada Visitor Centre can accommodate groups of 10 to 111 for theatre viewing, and larger groups for touring the gallery exhibits.
List of interpretative activities available to school groups
  1. Escarpment Explorer Hike (from Cyprus Lake Campground)
    Recommended for grades 9 and up.
    A 2½ to 3-hour hike along the Georgian Bay shoreline, with strategic stops to learn about the natural and cultural history of the local area, specifically, and the Niagara Escarpment and the Great Lakes in general.
    One (1) guide per 24 students, up to a maximum of 3 guides.
    Cost $ 73.60/hour.

  2. Full Fathom Five Hike (on Flowerpot Island)
    Recommended for grades 9 and up.
    A 2½ to 3-hour hike on Flowerpot Island, shoreline and inland trails with strategic stops to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Fathom Five islands, specifically, and the Great Lakes and Niagara Escarpment in general.
    One (1) guide per 24 students, up to a maximum of 3 guides.
    Cost $ 73.60/hour. (Weather dependent. Group must arrange own transportation to
    Flowerpot Island.)

  3. Singing Sands Hike (at Dorcas Bay)
    Recommended for grades 9 and up.
    A 2½-hour hike in and around Singing Sands shoreline and inland trails with strategic stops to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, and specific seasonal topics (wild flowers, snakes, the species at risk, specifically the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake).
    One (1) guide per 24 students, up to a maximum of 3 guides.
    Cost $ 73.60/hour.

  4. Medicine Walk (South Cameron Lake Road)
    Recommended for grade 9 and up.
    A 2½ to 3-hour hike through the forests of South Cameron Lake, with strategic stops to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, through a First Nations perspective, with an emphasis on the Aboriginal uses of plants for food, medicine, utilitarian and ceremonial purposes.
    One (1) guide per 24 students.
    Cost $ 73.60/hour.

  5. Parks Canada Visitor Centre
    Suitable for all grade levels.
    Watch “Life on the Edge,” a 15-minute film featuring the very special places in both Parks. Then enjoy the fun-loving and provocative exhibit gallery, climb the 20-metre high viewing tower, and hike out to the Little Dunks Bay shoreline. We area also just a 10-minute walk to downtown Tobermory. No entry fee for students, teachers and accompanying adults.

  6. Orienteering Activities
    1. Visitor Centre Score O (VC Score O) is a map-reading group activity. It involves using a map to find the twenty coloured control discs that are located around the Visitor Centre Trail. The colour of the control discs makes finding it a challenge. Each control has a point value. The object of this activity is to gain the most points by locating the controls and answering the corresponding quiz questions correctly. This activity can be made more challenging by having a number of teams compete and/or setting a time limit. This activity can be with or without a Park interpreter).
    2. Basic Compass is an activity to introduce visitors compass use. This involves learning the different parts of a compass, and how to set a bearing and follow it. The object of this activity is to use a compass and landmarks to find ten (10) orange and white control discs set out along a trail. This activity can be with or without a Park interpreter.

  7. Custom Programs
    Custom Programs can be developed on specific topics and grade levels. Cost is $49 per hour, including development. Cost is $49 per hour, including development. Example: First Nations theme activities – Storytelling, Anishnaabe Arts. Other. Please inquire as to availability.

  8. Self-Guided Activities
    1. Self-guide tours through the Parks Canada Visitor Centre – exhibit gallery, theatre and viewing tower; a selection of scavenger hunts (Who am I?—Senior elementary; Animal Tracks—Junior elementary; Find the pictures in the gallery—Primary, Elementary) in an around the Visitor Centre.
    2. Visitor Centre Score-O or VC Score-O – This activity can also be self-guide (without a Park interpreter). See 6a Orienteering Activities for a description.
    3. Basic Compass – this Activity can also be self-guided (without a Park interpreter). See number 6b Orienteering Activities for description. Compasses can be rented from the Visitor Centre. Rental fee $5.
Certificate of Insurance (listing School Boards as additional insured)

As part of the federal government, Parks Canada does not carry third-party liability insurance, but is selfinsured.
Any documentation such as consent forms are the responsibility of the schools.

Costs

$ 73.60 / hour Guided Hikes (2.5—3 hours).
$ 49 / hour Custom programs, includes development, preparation and delivery.
$ 2.20 / student Guided tours of the Parks Canada Visitor Centre exhibition gallery.
$ 2.20 / student Orienteering activities with a Park interpreter.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, entry fees and parking fees are waived for all visitors throughout 2017.

For information on commercial group tours of the Grotto.