Last week I came up with this crazy idea to make a day trip to the Bruce Peninsula. Sunday’s weather was perfect, so I convinced my sister and cousin to join me on the 3.5 hour car ride from Mississauga.
I did a bit of research beforehand and found a few spots I wanted to check out, including the community of Tobermory and Indian Head Cove at the Cyprus Lake Campground in Bruce Peninsula National Park (BPNP).
We left at 7 a.m. in hopes of getting ahead of the rush to Indian Head Cove since we knew it was popular. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the campground, all parking lots were full. The park employees were so friendly and apologetic, mentioning that parking spots typically fill up around 9 a.m. and free up around 4 p.m. They offered us a handy map with suggestions of other areas to explore in the meantime, including alternate access to the Georgian Bay shoreline.
We decided to drive to the Halfway Log Dump parking lot (about 5 KM into the park from the main highway). Parking costs $11.70 a day and covers you for all lots in the BPNP. From the lot, we walked 1KM to the shore, which did not disappoint. It was absolutely gorgeous. I would suggest wearing running or hiking shoes because the beach is full of large rocks, not sand.
For lunch, we drove over to Singing Sands beach to enjoy our prepared picnic. This is also a popular spot with a small parking lot, so many drivers parked along the side road. I was surprised to see that Singing Sands beach is not really sandy at all, but you can wade so far out into the water that it makes up for it (oops – didn’t get a photo of this!).
Tobermory was our third stop of the day, which is just the cutest little community. We stopped for ice cream at The Sweet Shop before walking around the harbour and browsing through the shops.
At this point, it was getting close to 4 p.m., so we drove back to Cyprus Lake and were finally allowed entry to the campground.
It was about a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to Indian Head Cove, but it was well worth it. I honestly felt as though I was on an island in Greece or Croatia.
Since it was only a day trip and far from home, we had to leave quite early. For my next visit, I plan on staying a night or two. Swimming over to The Grotto from Indian Head Cove and exploring Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada are on the to-do list!
This country continues to amaze me.