Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Parks Canada administered places in Ontario will resume offering camping and yurts as of June 11, 2021, as part of Step One of the province’s reopening plan.
  • Beginning June 3, day-use access to the Grotto and Cyprus Lake area require a parking reservation
  • Watch and obey all warning and closure signs.

Visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

Bruce Peninsula National Park receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Parking must be booked in advance for the Grotto & Cyprus Lake area, and for Halfway Log Dump. Other parking lots fill up quickly every morning. Plan and reserve your visit in advance. We do not recommend travelling to the park without a confirmed reservation. 

Bruce Peninsula National Park experiences high visitation during the summer. Once parking lots are full, usually by mid-morning each day, there is no other access to shorelines, hiking trails or picnic areas in the park. Avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting at another time.

Learn more about visiting different locations in the park:

Name of location Description 2021 Operating dates 2021 Reservation dates Fee

1. The Grotto & Cyprus Lake Area

The Grotto is a natural cave. It is near Indian Head Cove, a rocky bay. Getting here is a 1 km hike from the parking lot.

Reservations required

 

Open year round May 20 - October 31

Reservation launch April 29, 2021
Parking, reservation and admissions fee

2. Cyprus Lake Campground

The campground has 232 campsites. Potable water and vault toilets are available in the campground. Firewood and ice can be purchased.

Yurts are currently closed.

Reservations required
Poplars
May 20 - October 30

Birches
May 20 - October 30

Tamarack
Open Year Round
Poplars
May 20 - October 30

Birches
May 20 - October 30

Tamarack
May 20 - October 30

Reservation launch April 19, 2021
Camping, reservation and admissions fee

3. Halfway Log Dump

This rugged shoreline is about a kilometre hike from the parking lot at the end of Emmett Lake Road. Emmett Lake Road is about 8 kilometers long, windy and covered with loose gravel.

Reservations required

Seasonal road access

No winter maintenance
  • Do not attempt to drive on this road when snow covered.
June 18 - September 7

Reservation launch April 29, 2021
Parking, reservation and admissions fee

4. Visitor Centre

The Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory has information and hiking trails. Offers and services may be reduced during COVID-19.

May 20 - October 31
Parking is first-come, first served. Admissions fee

5. Singing Sands 

Singing Sands beach on Lake Huron has fragile sand dunes, rare flowers, a boardwalk and hiking trails.

More details
  • Located on Dorcas Bay Road west of Highway 6.
  • Washroom and change room facilities are available.
  • Picnic tables are available.
  • Charcoal barbeques are allowed in designated picnic area. Please dispose of ashes in signed container.
  • No open fires are allowed.
  • Site open from sunrise to 10:00 pm.

May 20 - October 31

No winter maintenance
Parking is first-come, first served. Parking and admissions fee

6. Little Cove

Small stony beach. Limited facilities. Not recommended for day trips.

More details
  • There is a very small parking area, which fills up early each day.
  • When the parking lot is full, there is no more access to the site or shoreline.
  • No open fires or charcoal barbecues are allowed.
  • No roadside parking allowed – this is enforced by the municipality.

Seasonal road access

No winter maintenance
Parking is first-come, first served. N/A

7. Flowerpot Island

Visiting Flowerpot Island requires a boat. Private tour companies sail from Tobermory. The island has hiking trails, a historic light station and the unique rock formations known as the “Flowerpots.” May 20 - October 31 Please contact tour boat companies for details. Admissions fee included in tour boat companies fees.