Fall and winter camping
October 31 to April 30
The Bruce Peninsula is spectacular in all seasons. Fall and winter camping is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. There are a few things you should know before you arrive.
Expect limited service in the winter, both in the park and in the surrounding area. As a pilot for 2021-22, the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and Cyprus Lake Campground Office will be open over the winter (see hours of operation). There is a gas station, grocery store, post office, liquor store, and a handful of other businesses that stay open throughout the year in the town of Tobermory. Hours are limited. Check www.tobermory.com for more information.
- Winter conditions can be dangerous - be prepared and cautious.
- Emergency response is limited during winter.
- Cell phone reception is not reliable.
- Make a trip plan and share it with someone.
- Winter activity is more strenuous and daylight hours are short. Watch your time.
- Be alert for exhaustion and hypothermia.
- The shoreline becomes icy, especially at the Grotto/Indian Head Cove. The ice is often covered by snow. Do not approach the edge closely
- Danger of thin, moving ice on Georgian Bay. Do not walk on the ice!
Where can I camp?
- Yurt camping will be available as a pilot in fall 2021 and winter 2021-2022 at Cyprus Lake Campground.
Front country camping:
- Tent camping is permitted only on designated campsites in the Tamarack area of Cyprus Lake Campground.
- You are not able to drive directly to the campsite at this time of year. You will have to park nearby in the P2 parking lot and walk into your campsite with your camping gear.
- Sleeping in cars or a trailer in the parking lot is not permitted here or any other parking lot in the national park.
Backcountry camping (remote, hike in wilderness sites):
- Stormhaven backcountry sites (map )
- Be prepared for a 3-4 hour hike from P2 parking lot
- High Dump backcountry sites (map )
- Be prepared for an 8-10 hour hike from P2 parking lot
How do I register?
- Yurt camping requires a reservation.
- Front and backcountry camping is first come, first served.
- You must register at Cyprus Lake Campground Office or at the self-registration kiosk located near the office if staff is not available. For self-registration, complete the self-registration form and payment process. Payment can be made by cash (exact change) or credit card.
How much does it cost?
Please visit our fees page for more information.
- Camping, reservation and daily admission fees apply
- Extra vehicle parking fee applies if there is more than 1 vehicle per yurt
- Front country (Tamarack)
- Camping and daily admission fees apply
- Extra vehicle parking fee applies if there is more than 1 vehicle per campsite
- Backcountry camping (Stormhaven, High Dump)
- Camping, parking and daily admission fees apply
What should I bring?
- To prevent the spread of invasive species please purchase your firewood only from local suppliers near the park. There is a limited supply available at Cyprus Lake Campground.
- Collecting firewood from the forest is prohibited
Everything you need to enjoy your camping. This includes:
- Tent or sleeping shelter (no trailers – they won’t get through the snow!);
- Warm sleeping bag and appropriate clothing;
- Food and water – there is no potable water in the winter;
- Cooking gear (stove, pots, pans, etc) and other standard camping gear.
- Anything you need to enjoy your experience;
- Don’t forget your lighter or waterproof matches.
- For a list of winter camping tips – check out this article from our friends at MEC.
Anything else I should know?
- Fires are only permitted in the designated fire pits at your yurt or at your campsite in the Tamaracks campground.
- Fires are not allowed anywhere else in the park, including the Stormhaven and High Dump remote campsites.
- There is no running water available at front and backcountry campsites. Bring your own water or filtration system.
- Toilets are primitive at front and backcountry campsites. There are no flush toilets or running water.
- You must pack out your garbage.
- Your cell phone may not work, in the campground, on the trails, or elsewhere in the park.