Rules and regulation
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Regulations are designed to protect you, the visitor, and also the Park for enjoyment by future generations. It is your responsibility to be aware of the regulations. If you have any questions please contact the Park Information Centre at 519-596-2233.
Bruce Peninsula National Park has implemented changes to policies at Cyprus Lake Campground in all camping and yurt accommodations.
While excessive noise is not permitted at any time of the day, the park is implementing a formal Quiet Hours schedule.
- Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., from April 29th to October 29th, inclusive.
- During quiet hours, music, generators, loud conversation and consumption of alcohol are prohibited.
- Kindling or maintaining of a campfire is prohibited during quiet hours.
- Only campsite / yurt site occupants are allowed on a site after 10 p.m.
Please remember, even quiet conversations can carry through a forested area. Please report disturbances to the wardens or park staff.
Please keep your campfire safe for you and the environment by following these rules:
- Keep fires small – To reduce their impact on the environment, fires must be contained within the fire pit provided and be kept to a reasonable size. It is illegal to start a fire outside of a designated location.
- Use firewood provided – Purchase firewood from the Cyprus Lake Campground Office. It is prohibited to use or possess firewood that has not been sourced from within the boundaries of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive bugs and disease. Do not burn garbage or collect deadfall from the surrounding forest for burning.
- Keep it down - Please respect your neighbour by keeping your voices down. Remember kindling or maintaining of a campfire is not permitted after 11 p.m. and all campfires must be extinguished by midnight (12 a.m.)
- Never leave a fire – Fires must be attended at all times.
- BBQ’s – Charcoal barbeques are permitted. Please dump cold ashes into a fire pit.
- Backcountry camping – No open fires are allowed.
From May 1 to October 31, an alcohol policy is in place.
- Alcohol can only be consumed by campers at their specific site in the Cyprus Lake Campground
- During all long weekends, a full ban on the possession, use and consumption of alcohol will be in effect. The weekends when alcohol is not permitted in the park at any time are:
- Victoria Day Long Weekend
- Canada Day Long Weekend
- Civic Holiday Long Weekend
- Labour Day Long Weekend
- Thanksgiving Long Weekend
You can ensure you're a good neighbour, and guarantee a good camping experience for yourself, by respecting and adhering to the following guidelines:
- Campsites – Camping is only permitted in designated campsites.
- Noise - Excessive noise in the park at any time is prohibited. Tamaracks Campground, group sites and the Yurt Camping area are radio free at all times.
- Washing Dishes – Use a personal basin for washing dishes on your campsite (not the bathrooms or water taps).
- Washing Laundry – Please use your own tub and dump water down the outdoor sink or toilets. Laundry facilities are available in the Town of Tobermory.
- Children –To ensure the safety of your children, please supervise them at all times. Children may become lost in the campground or may unknowingly trespass on a neighbouring campsite.
- Driving – Respect the posted speed limits and remain alert while driving in the campground. Trees may obstruct your view and pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly dart out onto the road.
- Accessing Facilities – Please use roadways and pathways to access campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.) and your own campsite. Cutting through a neighbouring campsite will disturb other campers and may cause damage to the fragile vegetation.
- Recycling – Recycling depot is located across from the Birches campground.
- Garbage – Help keep the park clean by disposing non-recyclable contents into marked garbage receptacles.
- Pack In, Pack Out - Flowerpot Island and all back country campsites have are "Pack In, Pack Out," whereby all garbage (food wrappers, beverage containers, etc...) brought into the site must be brought out on your person.
Vehicles staying overnight must be registered to a campsite. The number of additional vehicles permitted per site has changed for 2016.
- Campsite reservations include parking for 1 vehicle only. This vehicle can be parked on the campsite.
- A maximum of 2 additional vehicle permits can be purchased for each campsite. These permits must be purchased at the time of the arrival of the additional vehicle. These vehicles will be assigned a parking area at the time of purchase.
- The additional vehicle permit fee is $11.70 per vehicle per day. They are valid until 11 a.m. on the date of departure.
- Campground vehicle permits are only valid for the designated campground parking areas. If campers park their vehicles in any other Bruce Peninsula National Park parking areas during their stay, they must purchase an additional day use parking permit. Day use parking permits are valid until dusk on the date of purchase.
All Parks Canada places are “no drone zones” for recreational use. Please leave your drone at home.
Under the National Parks Act it is illegal to disturb or collect any plants, animals, rocks, shells or artifacts. By complying with this regulation you will be helping to preserve Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park for future visitors.
For the protection of the inland lakes in the park against the threat of invasive species, the use and possession of live, natural or other fish bait is prohibited.
Motorised boats are prohibited on all inland lakes including Cyprus and Emmett Lake including electronic trolling motors
The reason for this prohibition is to prevent the spread of invasive species into inland lakes in the national park, and to mitigate against the threat of pollution.
- Pets are to be on a leash at all time.
- Pets are not to be left unattended on campsites or in vehicles. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to leave your pet unattended in your car during warm weather. Authorities will be contacted if necessary.
- Please clean up after your pet.
Bicycles and motorised vehicles are prohibited on all trails unless otherwise authorised
This prohibition is in place from May 1 to October 31. This order is in place to ensure visitor safety on a busy road that does not have required dimensions to allow for pedestrians.
This prohibition is in place from the Friday of the Victoria Day Long weekend until the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend. This order is in place to ensure visitors safety on a busy road that does not have required dimensions to allow for pedestrians.
Use of, selling, or purchasing fireworks, or any type of explosive, is not permitted within the national park.
For a complete listing of the Canada National Parks Act and Regulations visit: www.parkscanada.gc.ca