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Know before you go to Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park

With unique Flowerpot rock formations, dive sites of 22 shipwrecks, crystal blue waters at the Grotto and singing sands, the many treasures of Fathom Five and Bruce Peninsula attract almost 750,000 visitors each year.

There is a limit to the number of visitors admitted into these two parks in order to keep visitors safe and conserve them for future generations. Bruce Peninsula National Park parking lots fill up early in the morning each day. Once these lots are full, there is no access to any of the shoreline, hiking trails or other day-use areas in the park. The Grotto and the Halfway Log Dump are very popular places. If you choose to visit these areas, reserve your parking spot before you arrive. To avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting us in the fall.

Many boat companies offer excursions within Fathom Five National Marine Park. Boat tours are a great way to see the marine park, but not all vessels will stop at Flowerpot Island. If you want to see the famous flowerpots or the shipwrecks from a glass bottom boat, plan ahead, these are popular options with limited space!

Want to avoid the crowds? Check out our suggestions and discover these quieter places that are so worth the visit.