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“Backcountry camping - High Dump”

Bruce Peninsula National Park
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: When visiting Bruce Peninsula National Park, start your adventure at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory. Here you'll find information to help plan your visit including tips on where to go when the Cyprus Lake parking lots are full, activities for children, and recommendations on hiking trails. Don't forget the Visitor Centre also includes a natural history museum and just around the corner, a viewing tower and some great hiking trails. While you're at the Visitor Centre take in an Interpretation program. Other visitor attractions in the park include Singing Sands Beach, Halfway Log Dump with incredible views of limestone cliffs and boulder beaches, and of course the Grotto and Indian Head Cove near Cyprus Lake. Bruce Peninsula National Park also includes the popular Cyprus Lake Campground with 232 camp sites and 10 yurt accommodations. Please visit the park website for more information and links to the Parks Canada reservations website. July and August are extrememly busy times in the park so plan your trip accordingly and visit the park website for information on other attractions in the area, fees, hours, park regulations and safety tips.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Cyprus Lake campground was full so we booked a spot at High Dump at backcountry campground. There are two ways to hike in to high Dump - from the High Logging Dump parking (what we did) or from the Crane Lake parking lot. They are both 7-8km hikes, with the easier hike being from the Crane Lake starting point. The High Logging Dump parking lot has bathrooms and is also a popular day beach/hike spot. It is an 800m walk from the parking lot to the trailhead. The trail to High Dump is entirely up along the escarpment and there is no access to water until you reach the campsite. The first half of the hike is on a dirt path that winds through forests and out to the edge of the escarpment with some beautiful views of the coastline. The second half of the trail heads a little more inland and is rockier in spots. There are a few slightly steeper section but the rock has many footholds and for the most part you just need to watch your step (wear hiking boots). We hiked on a hot day and while the path is mostly shaded, it was extremely muggy and buggy. You then make a short descent down to the beach (there is a rope to help you over the steepest section if you need it). The campsite was great and the beach absolutely beautiful. The campsites are private sites and as the beach is long and there are only 9 campsites, it is definitely not crowded. The water was very refreshing as we arrived sweaty and bitten! Absolutely beautiful sunset too.

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The Bruce Peninsula National Park is such a treasure to Canada. The Limestone bottom makes way to some of the clearest water I have ever seen in the world. Bright and clear blues almost make you feel like you are in the Caribbean. The water is always pretty cold though, so a wetsuit of some kind along with water or Vibram shoes are strongly recommended. The campsites at the Birches, Cyprus Lake are well maintained and cleared, as are the surrounding bathrooms. Bug spray is a definite, sage sprigs for the open fire also recommended as the bugs can be pretty annoying at times. The wood at the park office is a good deal, however just 0.5 km's south of the park entrance is Roxy's and their wood burns a lot longer for about $1.00 cheaper.

1  Thank Brynlea W
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Truly amazing scenery, but make sure you wear hiking boots or running shoes. It was definitely worth the short hike. Stayed in Cyprus Lake camp grounds. No shower facilities. Contrast to provincial parks, no park officials patrolled the park.

Great rugged hike. Crystal clear water, beautiful rocky shore and glorious view.

Fish & Chips at Shipwreck Lee's was fantastic. Luke was so kind enough to entertain us.

We will visit again

1  Thank rivera j
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The campground is fairly basic -- no showers or general store. Lots of wildlife around. As I pulled up on my motorcycle the rangers said right off, "You're gonna need a bear box!". Thankfully one is provided free of charge, and like the firewood, will be delivered right to your site. (Maybe that was only because I was only a bike, and had no obvious way to carry if back on my own?)

I was there the 2nd weekend in August, so the park was chock full of families with their RV's full of kids. If you want a great place for your child to roam all day, meet other kids and have, safe, loud, boisterous fun -- this could be it. If you're inclined to believe people will heed the "No Excessive Noise" signs posted throughout -- ha!!! Good luck with that!

My biggest complaint was the cost. They had, by far, the cheapest rates for basic camping, at $23 per night. However, the online booking fee is $11!!! If you come mid-summer though, you had better book ahead. I saw at least three families turned away at the gate while I checking in for my reservation. I have never seen a sadder looking set of children ...

Cyprus Lake itself is small, warm and swimmer-friendly. The hiking trails are only so-so. Fairly flat, so easy on the knees, and not too technical.

3  Thank pelau
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

we didn't camp here, but went in for the day. wish we had more time to see more, but it was a great walk out to the water to see the gratto and the cove and the lookout. the path is easy to walk and the water is great to explore. it is really worth the visit and is a must see.

1  Thank duane p
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