Bruce Peninsula National Park Facts

Bruce Peninsula National Park Facts
Bruce Peninsula National Park is a 154 square kilometer park located on the northeast side of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. It is located on a part of the Niagara Escarpment which runs from Rochester, New York State, through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and ends in Illinois. Bruce Peninsula National Park was established in 1987 and is one of the province of Ontario's largest protected southern regions. UNESCO formed the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve with Bruce Peninsula National Park as its core. The rock in the park is more than 400 million years old and is home to some of the most photographed scenery in the world.
Interesting Bruce Peninsula National Park Facts:
One of the most famous spots in Bruce Peninsula National Park is the Grotto, which is a cave on the shore of Georgian Bay that was carved from the waves hitting the rock.
Visitors to the Grotto can swim in the turquoise water and view the underwater tunnel. It takes a half an hour to hike to the Grotto from the parking area. To reach the Grotto one must climb down an open rocky cliff of more than 40 feet.
Wildlife that can be seen in Bruce Peninsula National Park includes raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, porcupines, skunks, frogs, snakes, foxes, martins, white-tailed deer, black bears, and snowshoe hares and the famous Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.
Visitors to Bruce Peninsula National Park can enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and bird watching, as well as photography and sightseeing. Those who attempt cliff diving are often evicted from the park.
The massive overhanging cliffs in Bruce Peninsula National Park have been created since the last ice age when water levels eroded the limestone. These can be seen in many places but Cyprus Lake trails are a popular spot for viewing them.
Some of the oldest trees on the Niagara Escarpment are found in Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Because of the black bears on the Bruce Peninsula, visitors to the park are advised to store their food in their cars and not coolers or tents.
400 years ago the area where Bruce Peninsula National Park lies would have been similar to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Visitors to Bruce Peninsula National Park can rent yurts to sleep in, which are a type of permanent tent.
Canoeing and kayaking are popular in the park, as well as winter activities such as winter hiking, cross-country skiing, winter camping, and snowshoeing.
The land that the park encompasses was the Saugeen Ojibway Nations traditional territory.
The most popular sites of Bruce Peninsula National Park are the Grotto, Singing Sands, Indian Head Cove, and Cyprus Lake campground.
Bruce Peninsula National Park has a large variety of orchids, as well as ancient cedar trees that can be seen growing out of the rock of some of the cliffs in the park and in other spots along the Niagara Escarpment.
Roughly 215,000 people visit Bruce Peninsula National Park each year, throughout all four seasons.
Bruce Peninsula National Park was the subject of the film National Parks Project, which was filmed in 2011.

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