Bruce Peninsula National Park
Canadas Most Scenic National Parks
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Theatrical cliffs straddle the blue-green waters of Georgian Bay, in the northeast sector of Lake Huron, at Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario. Situated about 300km (186mi) northwest of Toronto, Bruce Peninsula National Park is marked by its excellent visitor centre in the town of Tobermory.
The Bruce Peninsula and its lengthy hiking trail is aptly named; it looks a great deal like parts of Scotland. Craggy rocks, rugged scenery, venerable cedar trees, fresh water lakes, and night skies so dark (without city-style light pollution) the stars shine all the more brightly.
Botanicals abound here, with a range of soft ferns and delicate orchids, among many other summer wildflowers. It is also home to a range of fauna, including black bears, birds of prey, and some quite rare reptilian inhabitants, making it a paradise for eco-tourists.
Bruce Peninsula National Park offers guided tours, a good plan for the neophyte forest hikers among us; the trails are well marked and bucolic. Campers will be happy to know they can use the sites all year round, but reservations are essential in the summer.