Clear-blue waters of Georgian Bay, caves, rock formations and extraordinary scenery make Bruce Peninsula one of Ontario's must-see places. Book early or you'll miss out!
300 km from toronto
Introducing Bruce Peninsula
Town of Tobermory
This charming town at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula is your gateway to the Fathom Five National Marine Park and offers plenty of outdoor activities, boat tours, dining and hotels. Choose from a variety of places to stay and things to do. We'll drop you off right at the Manitoulin ferry terminal.
Cyprus Lake at Bruce Peninsula N.P.
Bruce Peninsula National Park offers the perfect outdoor experience in a breathtaking setting. The bus stops at the Cyprus Lake Campground, which is where the Head of Trails is located, along with connection to Bruce Trail. Campsite reservations must be made in advance for staying at the park.
Get off at the small port town of Lion's Head to access the Lion's Head Nature Reserve. We'll drop you off at the Fitz Hostel, from which you can also access Lion's Head inland hiking trail for a wilderness backpacking experience. Bruce Trail also passes through this area.
Camp, Hike and Grotto Experience
The Bruce Peninsula is considered one of the most beautiful places in all of Ontario. The crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay crash against the towering cliffs of the escarpment, creating what looks like a tropical paradise here in Ontario.
Pickup locations in Toronto
5 Old York Mills Rd
The pick up is at the York Mills TTC subway drop-off/pick-up area at 5 Old York Mills Rd - just to the SOUTH of Shells gas station on the SE Corner of Yonge and York Mills.
30 Carlton Street
The pick up location is in front of Holiday Inn/Starbucks, on the north side of Carlton Street. TTC College Subway station is located less than 100m away.
1126 Bloor Street West
The pick up location is on the north side of Bloor to the East of Dufferin (1126 Bloor St West) - TTC subway station Dufferin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to visit Bruce Peninsula? Can I visit all of the destinations below on one visit?
Bruce Peninsula is a vast region, and Parkbus offers access to its highlights - Cyprus Lake Campground in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory, Lion’s Head and Wiarton.
Cyprus Lake Campground offers access to trails in the National Park, including the Grotto, Overhanging Point, and a number of caves. During peak summer weekends this area reaches capacity by 9am or earlier, and park rangers close off access to most new visitors until the evening due to limited parking spaces. If you want to visit this area with Parkbus, you must be camping either at Cyprus Lake campground or at one of backcountry camping spots. All-inclusive group guided options are available if you have no equipment, experience, or cannot find a campsite. A limited number of Yurts are also available, but it is likely sold out already.
Lion’s Head is a town and a spectacular nature reserve about 50km south of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Tobermory is a small town about 20km north of Cyprus Lake, and is a most popular place to stay for people looking for roofed accommodation. Hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and a grocery store are located in town. People staying in Tobermory can visit Fathom Five National Marine Park, and walk over to the portion of Bruce Peninsula National Park adjacent to town, including the visitor center (but it is too far to walk to Cyprus Lake / Grotto/etc)
What are some things I can do from Tobermory?
Tobermory is located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, a beautiful place to call home for the weekend, offering plenty of different activities depending on what it is you’d like to do. There are a number of hikes accessible right from the town centre, cruises you can take to see the sunset and explore Fathom Five National Marine Park (Flowerpot Island), as well as historic shipwrecks located near the bay. The town itself also offers a good selection of restaurants, bars with live music and small boutiques for shopping. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also contact Thorncrest Outfitters and rent a kayak to go paddling for the day (experts only).
The 2 night Tobermory itinerary recommended by our passengers include walking to the National Park Visitor Center and Observation Tower on the day of your arrival, then spending your second (full day) going to see shipwrecks and Flowerpot Island with one of private operators, exploring Flowerpot Island on your own. On the last day, you can hike a portion of Bruce Trail and explore scenic town of Tobermory.
Can I go to Bruce Peninsula for a day trip?
Not really. Since there is no highway that connects the region directly to Toronto, a travel between Toronto and Tobermory takes close to 5 hours, so a return trip would mean 10 hours spend on the road.
I cannot find a place to stay, what can I do?
Bruce Peninsula experienced unprecedented growth in visitors in the last decade, and finding places to stay are difficult for anyone, regardless of whether you are camping or staying in Tobermory. The best way to assure that you have a place to stay is to make a reservation far in advance.
If you are set on going to Bruce Peninsula National Park, all-inclusive guided camping trips may have spaces for both front and backcountry campers - check out our packages page.
If you are going to Tobermory, and everything appears to be sold out, keep checking for cancellations, try to split your reservation into separate nights.
Going to Lion’s Head instead of Tobermory / Cyprus Lake can be a great option if you are looking for a less crowded natural experience and still want to see the famous cliffs and blue waters of Bruce Peninsula. Lion’s Head offers camping at McKay’s Harbour (primitive, non-reservable Leave No Trace) camping for backpackers, and a town campground is located right on the beach! There is a hostel, hotel and a number of other accommodation options available.
Where can I stay in Lion’s Head?
Our drop off at Lion’s Head is right at the Fitz Hostel, conveniently located in the heart of the town offering affordable roofed accommodation options. Campers can also contact the Lion’s Head Beach Campground. Finally limited primitive backcountry camping is available in Lion’s Head reserve (McKay Harbour) - get in touch with Bruce Trail association for details - 1-800-665-HIKE (4453)
Where can I stay in Tobermory? Are there any accommodation options near the drop off?
Our drop off in Tobermory is very central, conveniently located by the Manitoulin Ferry Terminal, within walking distance to the town centre as well as a number of accommodation providers. The closest property to drop off is Harbourside Motel. Wherever you decide to stay, make sure to confirm with your property the distance from the ferry terminal/Parkbus drop-off point.
How do I get to Flowerpot Island?
Flowerpot Island is 6.5km from Tobermory harbour and reached only by boat. Two private tour boat companies operate return trips from Tobermory to the island from mid May to mid October, weather permitting. Check with them for schedules and rates:
How can I travel between the Cyprus Lake (Grotto) and Tobermory?
Unfortunately at this point there is no shuttle service between Bruce Peninsula National Park (Cyprus Lake) and the town of Tobermory. Walking is not an option either - as the distance between them is about 20km.
However, Cyprus Lake is just one part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park, which actually borders the town. You can walk to the Visitor Center, or even walk a portion of Bruce Trail that runs through the park and follows Georgian Bay shoreline.
If I am camping, where do I store my food overnight?
Cyprus Lake Campground (Bruce Peninsula National Park) does have a limited number of bear/raccoon proof boxes available on-site, but they must be reserved in advance by calling 519-596-2233. Parks Canada staff will then deliver the box directly to your campsite. You must store all your food, and any animal attractants (such as garbage, deodorant, etc) inside those boxes - otherwise they will be confiscated by park rangers.
If you are backpacking in Bruce Peninsula / Lion’s Head, bring a rope and be prepared to hang your food, although National Park may have some food storage options for backcountry campers.
Are there showers at Cyprus Lake?
There are no showers available at to campers at Cyprus Lake Campground. There are showers for visitors staying at one of the reservable yurts.
Is there any place to buy food at Cyprus Lake Campground (Bruce Peninsula National Park?)
Unfortunately there is no place to buy any food at Cyprus Lake Campground. All visitors must arrive self reliant for the duration of their stay.
If you are staying at Tobermory, plenty of restaurants and a grocery store are available.
Is there any cellphone reception?
Cellphone reception is very limited at Cyprus Lake Campground and Bruce Peninsula National Park in general.
There is good reception in Towns of Tobermory, Wiarton and Lion’s Head however.
How far is the walk from the bus drop off in Tobermory to the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island?
Our stop in Tobermory is right beside the ferry terminal.
If you are taking the ferry, make sure you make a reservation in advance, and make sure there is plenty of extra time between ferry arrival/departure and Parkbus arrival/departure. Either can be delayed, leading to a missed connection!
What is there to do on Manitoulin Island? Is it same as Flowerpot Island?
Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world, and is huge - it takes many hours to explore by car. While it has great places to visit, you cannot go there for a day trip - and cannot explore it by foot. It is not part of the national Park.
Flowerpot Island, on the other hand, is part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, has no cars (only hiking trails) and is an excellent day trip destination.