Summer guided activities

Information on group tours of the Grotto.

June 29 - September 2, 2019

Monday

Shoreline Explorer
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cyprus Lake Poplars beach
Ever wonder who lives in the water? Drop by the beach, get your feet wet as you explore the shoreline waters of Cyprus Lake. Grotto [P1] timeslot parking applies. Visit parkscanada.gc.ca/grotto or call 1-877-RESERVE

Cruisin’ to Manitoulin ($)
11:20 am departure from Tobermory 1:30 pm departure from South Baymouth

Ms Chi-Cheemaun ferry
A park interpreter will be on board the Chi-Cheemaun to share fascinating facts of Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Tuesday

Reptile Roadshow
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Visitor Centre
Drop by to meet our resident painted turtle and milksnake. Learn about reptiles, road ecology and more!

Adventure on the Edge
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (one way)
Halfway Log Dump parking lot
Looking for a challenge? Climb your way to hidden caves and incredible views. This one-way experience lets you stay and picnic/swim or return with the group. Max. 20 people, age 12+, level: Difficult!

Forests in the Night
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm July
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm August 

Meet at P2 at Cyprus Lake
Travel with a park guide through dark forest trails. Experience the mysteries of the nocturnal world. Flashlights not required. Insect repellent recommended.

Wednesday

Mini Snake Hike
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Singing Sands buildings
Time for only a sneak peak at the fascinating world of snakes? Join this kid-friendly 50-minute hike.

Snake Hike
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Singing Sands buildings
Together we’ll learn about the mesmerizing behaviour of snakes in the park.

Classic Campfire
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm July
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm August

Cyprus Lake canoe launch
Come together for a classic campfire with fun and games while learning about our parks.

Thursday

Reptile Roadshow
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Singing Sands buildings
Meet our resident painted turtle and milksnake. Drop by the beach to learn about reptiles, road ecology and more!

Medicinal Plant Hike
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Little Cove parking lot
Learn about the healing properties and diverse uses of plants. 

Canoe Program ($)
3 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm
Ever wanted to paddle a canoe?
Bring your family and friends for a guided big canoe experience that will inspire a love for paddling. Ages 6+, space is limited. $7.30 per person.
Pre-registration is recommended:
519-596-2233 ext. 244.

Friday

Cruisin’ to Manitoulin ($)
11:20 am departure from Tobermory 1:30 pm departure from South Baymouth
Ms Chi-Cheemaun ferry
A park interpreter will be on board the Chi-Cheemaun to share fascinating facts of Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Family Crafts
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visitor Centre
Let your creative side show! New family-friendly crafts inspired by nature every week.

Fathom Five Discoveries
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Big Tub Lighthouse
Lightstations, islands, shipwrecks and more! Our park interpreters will bring Fathom Five alive at this perfect afternoon spot for your picnic and/or swim. Paid municipal parking is limited.

Night at the Theatre
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Visitor Centre
Check out what’s happening at the theatre. Dry seats, surround sound, a big screen and no bugs!

Saturday

High Tech Hiking
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm &
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Visitor Centre
Learn about apps that will help ID that strange plant you saw! Be a part of our new citizen science project. Device with data not required, but recommended.

Mini Snake Hike
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Singing Sands buildings
Time for only a sneak peak at the fascinating world of snakes? Join this kid-friendly 50-minute hike

Sunday

Carnivorous Plants
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Singing Sands buildings Insects beware! These plants will surprise you with their unique adaptations for survival. Join us for this short walk on the beach to learn more!

Canoe Program ($)
3 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm
Ever wanted to paddle a canoe?
Bring your family and friends for a guided big canoe experience that will inspire a love for paddling. Ages 6+, space is limited. $7.30 per person.
Pre-registration is recommended:
519-596-2233 ext. 244.

Special events

Geocaching in the Forest 
June 29 – 30
Go to the Visitor Centre and ask for a geocaching kit. Hunt for treasures on park trails to earn a prize!

Paint in the Park
July 6
Create your own turtle-themed art piece! Call 519-596-1024 or email pc.bruce.r2r.pc@canada.ca

Paddling Puppeteers
July 13 – 14
Glen and his star puppets are back! Be entertained by one of the two hit shows this weekend.

Obstacle Challenge
July 20 – 21
The obstacle course at Singing Sands beach will test your ability to behave like an animal. Challenge your friends and family or work as a team.

Dark Skies Weekend 
July 27 – 28
Experience the stars like never before. This is your opportunity to view the night sky through telescopes with Bluewater Astronomical Society.

Celebrate Fathom Five
Aug 3 – 4
Discover mysteries beneath the waves with activities set up on the shoreline of Canada’s first National Marine Park.

Remarkable Reptiles
Aug 10 – 11
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet snakes and take a selfie!

Geocaching at the beach
Aug 17 – 18 
Spend your afternoon at the beach looking for treasure using a GPS. Interpreters will be at Singing Sands with geocaching kits and prizes!

Monarch Festival
Aug 24 – 25
Join interactive demonstrations.
Help us celebrate the beauty and resilience of these remarkable insects together with the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.

Anishnaabe Arts
Aug 31 – Sept 1
Join us in learning more about and experiencing the rich cultural history of Anishnaabe Arts and Culture.

 

Make the most of your interpretive experience: 

  • All hikes are limited to 25 participants in order to ensure the ecological integrity.
  • Show up on time.
  • Have proper footwear, a snack and a drink.
  • Kids must bring at least one of their adults with them.
  • For more information, please phone 519-596-2233 ext. 233.
  • Parking fees apply.