Bruce Peninsula National Park is located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and encompasses an area of 156 sq. kilometres. The park was established in 1987, when private lands were acquired by Parks Canada and added to an existing provincial park.
400 million years ago the area around the park was submerged under a tropical sea. As the sea gradually dried up magnesium was absorbed into the limestone creating dolomite. Over thousands of years the softer limestone has been eroded by the waves of Georgian Bay creating huge cliffs and unusual rock formations such as the Grotto, located within the park along the shore of Georgian Bay.
The Niagara Escarpment runs from Rochester New York to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and then on to Manitoulin Island. The Bruce Trail runs through the park as it winds it's way from Niagara to Tobermory. A dense forest and several small lakes form a unique ecosystem where over 40 varieties of orchids and 30 species of ferns can be found. The park is part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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