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Bruce Peninsula National Park

Learning Experiences

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
A view of the Grotto
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NEW in 2016– Guided Group Tours to the Grotto 

Book your group tour early!
1-519-596-2233 ext 236
Available from May - September

Carved over thousands of years by the waves and ice of Georgian Bay, the iconic Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park is a must see attraction. Accompanied by a park guide, your group will view the Grotto and experience the beautiful Georgian Bay shoreline. This unique and meaningful visitor experience includes access to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre exhibit gallery and viewing tower in Tobermory.

• Suitable for individuals able to hike 2 km on an easy to moderate trail.
• Participants are advised to dress for the weather.
• Good hiking boots or running shoes are a must.
• Group picnic area is available.
• Spaces are limited. Groups must book in advance.

Fees (taxes included):
  • One vehicle up to 26 passengers $420.40 CAD
  • One vehicle up to 56 passengers $813.60 CAD

  A group hiking
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School Visits to Bruce Peninsula and Fathom Five

For reservations and information:
1-519-596-2233 ext
Available May - June, September - October

Download our Educational Offer Brochure (PDF 338kb)

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.

Guided programs are experiential and hands-on opportunities to develop a sense of belonging, appreciation and understanding of two national parks and the local region. These programs are available for 2 to 3-hour explorations of various locations in Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park.

A guided-hike coupled with a stop at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre exhibit gallery and theatre, plus the 20-metre high viewing tower becomes a memorable experience for students and teachers alike.

Fees (taxes included):
  • Guided hikes $73.60 CAD / hour
  • Visitor centre $1.90 CAD / student
  • Camping and yurt accomodations are available by reservation.

Self Guided Group Activities

For information:
1-519-596-2233 ext 240
Available May - October

  • Do It Yourself
    With a visitor map in hand, you can lead your group to the Grotto by following your choice of 3 trails, take your group to discover the rugged cliffs of the Bruce Trail from Halfway Log Dump or hike the Burnt Point Loop from the Visitor Centre. There are some great hiking adventures from easy to challenging that will suit your group’s needs.
  • Visitor Centre
    The Visitor Centre boasts a 112-seat theatre featuring a 15-minute film of both parks in English and French. Explore the exhibit gallery, see original artefacts and learn about the area. You can also climb the 20-metre high viewing tower or hike the trails to the Georgian Bay shoreline.

Summer Interpretive Programs

This summer, leap in with both feet! Let our park interpreters awaken your family’s sense of wonder.

2016 Summer Interpretive Program (PDF 590KB)

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