Know before you go

Be aware!

The Grotto and Flowerpot Island are incredibly popular places to visit, especially during summer months and long weekends. In July and August, they fill up fast each day and campsites are fully booked. There is a limit on how many people can enter the park and this keeps visitors safe and conserves the park for future generations. Please be aware of the summer crowds and how to plan for them to avoid any disappointment.

Make plans — and all your bookings — now!

Our campsites are very popular. Make sure you have a place to stay before you arrive. There is no overflow camping in the park. With the park almost at capacity for summer camping, beat the crowds and avoid disappointment by booking a fall camping trip today!

For other accommodation options, visit Tobermory.com or ExploretheBruce.com. Want to visit Fathom Five? Call the tour boat companies to make your reservations for excursions to Flowerpot Island and “don’t go unless you know”.

New this season!

Timed parking passes are in operation this year to help avoid traffic delays. Parking passes are available from         7 am for that day from the park entry point on Cyprus Lake Road and usually reach full allocation by early morning. And once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Three time slots are available from:

  • 7 am to 11 am
  • 12 pm to 4 pm
  • 5 pm to 9 pm

Come early to avoid full parking lots, and be prepared for traffic and long wait times.

Want to guarantee a no-stress visit?

Stick to shoulder season! Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park have extended their season and are open from May 1 to October 31. You can avoid the crowds, delays and packed car parks if you visit during the week in May and June or between September and October.

Be prepared

Use your smartphone!

To get instant access to Parks Canada’s Camping Registration, GPS-triggered interactive maps, and all the latest information about special events happening in 2017 just download it now on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

Be Parks smart

Pay attention to guidelines so everyone can enjoy the beauty of our Parks and National Historic Sites and most important of all, don’t forget your Discovery Pass!

When you arrive

Make Tobermory and its excellent Parks Canada visitor centre with its exhibits, scenic viewing tower, parks movie theatre and interpretive programming (don’t miss the famous ‘snake talk’!) your number one stop to find out about all the area has to offer.

Front view of the visitor Centre building
Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitor Centre

And if the park is full?

No need to panic, there are plenty of beautiful places to visit within an hour’s drive. Take a look at Bruce County to spark some ideas. Make an advance booking now for a glass-bottom boat tour through the crystal-clear waters around Fathom Five, or make plans to hit the Huron Kinloss ice cream trail when you arrive.

Hop on board the MS Chi-Cheemaun from Tobermory for a day cruise accompanied by knowledgeable Parks Canada interpreters, or relax over a sunset dinner cruise or night time exploration of the magic of the Georgian Bay star system with expert astronomers.

Discover the beauty of three of Ontario’s Provincial Parks at Sauble Falls with its sandy beaches, fun rapids and natural water slides, MacGregor Point with its exceptional bird-watching opportunities and yurt camping, and the First Nations history and beachside attractions of Inverhuron.

Don’t forget, the Parks Canada Discovery Pass is only accepted at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, so provincial parks are not covered.

Best times to visit

Advice on the best times to visit, peak hours, parking, traffic conditions and more...