Bruce Peninsula National Park
About Bruce Peninsula National Park:
Roped Climbing is permitted.
Bouldering not permitted. Also:
On the cliffs is a fragile community of plants. Clinging here are remarkable white cedar trees. In these harsh conditions they grow slowly but continuously and are the oldest living things in Eastern North America...some over 1,000 years old.In a nutshell: if you want to climb inside the park, you'll be soloing.
Soloing: There's a wealth of cliffs that extend straight up out of Georgian Bay, many of which plunge down below the surface for 40 feet or more, which should be enough to absord a good free-fall ;-). If you are going to climb them please be extremely careful about the location of any tranverses you make during your climb. The nature of the rock under the water is such that one moment you may have 40 feet of clearance below but move five feet one side or the other and you'll find yourself over a two-foot deep puddle hiding a solid rock shelf.
Always, always scope your climb from the water first. Which means getting down in it - don't trust your eyes since algae, shadows and reflections off the water can mask hidden outcroppings. In other instances the water will be so beautifully clear that judging depth will be extremely difficult. Something 20 feet down often looks as close as something two feet down.
So get down in it. And know that the water in the Bay is always cold, even in August. You might want to wear a wet suit.
|Nearest town or city:||Tobermory|
Cyprus Lake Campground (the access point into the park) is located 20 minutes south of Tobermory.
From Southern Ontario head north up Highway 6 or 10 to Owen Sound. From Owen Sound head north on 6 for about two hours (past Lion's Head and Halfway Log Dump). The road into the park will be on your right-hand side. Follow that road for twenty minutes and you'll reach the campground.
Any trail in the campground will get you to the escarpment except the Cyprus Lake trail. Find the Head of Trails, pick one and head out. Average hiking time to the cliffs is about 45 minutes.
|Latitude, Longitude:||45.22364, -81.51031|
|Access Issues:||Roped Climbing is permitted. Bouldering not permitted. For more details please see: www.climbers.org/access/status|
|When to Climb:||Summer|
|Quantity of Climbs:||Lifetime|