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Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada, Ontario

Established in 1987, the Bruce Peninsula National Park stands as one of the last untouched wilderness areas in southern Ontario. In the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve, ‘the Bruce’ features two impressive natural formations: the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail.

A geologically ancient rock formation, the Niagara Escarpment is a largely forested ridge that spans 725 km from Queenston, (near Niagara Falls) to Tobermory, at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The waters of Georgian Bay have molded the escarpment into a series of cliffs, flat, dry rock plains (alvars), and various types of swampy wetlands, which support a wide variety of wildlife.

Winding along Georgian Bay, the beautiful well-groomed Bruce Trail offers the opportunity to hike along side the massive rugged cliffs of the escarpment. The Bruce Trail also passes through thousand year old cedar and birch forests highlighting a beautiful display of flowers and wild life such as: porcupine, chipmunk, red squirrel, raccoon, white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, and Black bear.

Open all year round, the Bruce receives thousands of visitors each year. The summer activities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. During the summer tourist season, park staff host evening programs, guided hikes, interpretive stations, sunset excursions and star gazing.

In the winter visitors often spent time snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

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