Hi there! The Bruce Peninsula National Park and Tobermory are some of the most beautiful places in Ontario and definitely worth a visit if you want to explore some amazing Canadian landscapes. We decided to write a comprehensive guide on the Top 10 Things to Do in Bruce Peninsula to help you plan your trip! The Bruce Peninsula can get very busy during summer months (July/August) so you will want to make sure to book/plan your trip early in the year to ensure you can get accommodation. We really liked hiking at Cyprus Lake Campground but there are many other location accommodations depending on your preference. Keep reading to find out the best activities for your trip!
1. Check out Indian Head & the Grotto
Pictures of Indian Head and the Grotto are some of the top reasons why people decide to visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The turquoise waters and white cliffs are truly remarkable and worth seeing at least once! Indian Head and the Grotto (nearby cave) can get very busy during the summer months, so plan to visit off season or during off hours if you want a quieter visit. You can find our full guide to exploring Indian Head and the Grotto here.
2. Visit Tobermory
Tobermory is such a small, beautiful town! It is a great place to visit for souvenirs, ice cream, or strolling around. We got ice creams and walked around the town and waterfront. We took refuge in Tobermory during a rainstorm and got some warm pizza! Tobermory also has a Foodland Grocery store for all of your trip needs. Parking can be more challenging during the summer so make sure to leave some extra time when planning your trip to Tobermory.
4. Visit the Lighthouses
The Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory also have some beautiful lighthouses that you can visit during your trip. The parking is limited for most of these lighthouses so try to visit during off hours! These lighthouses don’t take very long to visit so the guest turnover is relatively high.
6. Hike Lion’s Head
Lion’s Head is a great place to hike on your trip! It is a relatively easy hike and you are rewarded with amazing views of the lake and Lion’s Head. It took us an hour to hike to the top each way and an hour to appreciate the views. We will be posting a comprehensive guide to Lion’s Head next week so stay tuned!
7. Visit Flowerpot Island
Visiting Flowerpot Island is a must-do during your trip to Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory. You can take a glass bottom boat and/or jet boat out to the island and view the amazing stone ‘flowerpots’. There is also a great hike around the island that allows you to see the old lighthouse and lighthouse master’s house. Check out our comprehensive guide to visiting Flowerpot Island here.
8. Explore the Bruce Caves
One of the best things to do in the Bruce Peninsula is check out the amazing caves! Our favourite place was the Bruce Caves Conservation Area, which was free to visit (except minimal parking) and allowed dogs in the park. You can also visit Greig’s Caves if you are looking for something a bit closer, however they do have an admission fee and don’t allow dogs. Check out our comprehensive guide to exploring the Bruce Caves here!
8. Hike Around Cyrus Lake (and swim!)
Another great hiking location in the Bruce Peninsula is Cyprus Lake. Cyprus Lake has beautiful paths around the perimeter of the lake that are great for a quick hike and swim! This is a great activity for after visiting Indian Head and the Grotto or before dinner if you are staying at the campground!
9. Visit the Singing Sands Conservation Area at Sunset
Head over to Singing Sands Conservation Area for swimming and a beautiful sunset! Singing Sands is free to visit and has amazing views of the lake. The beach is very sandy and the water is shallow and warm. It is a great place to swim and play with pups or kids!
10. Explore Nearby Waterfalls
If you are looking for something else to do during your stay in Tobermory, I would highly recommend checking out some amazing waterfalls on your way to/from Tobermory. These waterfalls are located in Owen Sound, Ontario and about a 1.5 hour drive to Tobermory. They make for a great pit stop on your drive and allow you to stretch your legs! Check out our comprehensive guide to the Owen Sound Waterfalls here.