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

These destinations attract almost 750,000 visitors each year. Discover tips from Parks Canada pros to plan your visit and have the best experience possible!

Plan ahead

Book ahead of time

Learn which places to visit and plan in advance to avoid disappointment. There is a limit to the number of visitors admitted into these two parks for safety and resource protection reasons.

Reserve your parking spot before you arrive at the Grotto or Halfway Log Dump. These are very popular places and 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.

Book your visit at Flowerpot Island, a popular spot with limited availability! Boat tours are a great way to see the famous flowerpots or the shipwrecks from a glass bottom boat. Note that not all vessels will stop at Flowerpot Island; check carefully before booking.

Avoid the crowds

Nothing like an off-season visit! Escape the crowds, traffic jams and crowded parking lots by planning your stay midweek in May, June, September or October. Looking for a winter adventure? Check out the activities, accommodations, and camping experiences available and plan ahead for a safe and memorable visit.

Be #ParksSmart

Before travelling, make sure to check for updates on current closures and restrictions. Pay close attention to the regulations, so everyone can enjoy national parks and historic sites in a safe and respectful manner.

If the park is full…

There are plenty of beautiful places to explore nearby. Visit and and get inspired with alternate suggestions and accommodation options.

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