Driftwood Cove at Bruce Peninsula

Credit: Bruce Trail Conservancy

Parks Canada has opened a new place to explore in Bruce Peninsula National Park — Driftwood Cove.

Driftwood Cove represents 9 per cent of the park’s lands and 22 per cent of the park’s shoreline and preserves an expansive, ecologically-sensitive landscape .

An open house will be held at Driftwood Cove on Sunday, May 5, 2019 starting at 10 a.m so that visitors can explore this incredible property and share your views about the future of this important addition to the national park. You can meet Parks Canada and Bruce Trail Conservancy team members, enjoy the breathtaking views, and tour buildings on the property. The open house will take place rain or shine, so guests should dress for the weather and plan to spend time outside.

Government of Canada finalized the purchase of the Driftwood Cove property with financial support from the Bruce Trail Conservancy on November 30, 2018.

WHAT TO SEE & DO AT DRIFTWOOD COVE

Credit: Bruce Trail Conservancy

Driftwood Cove is home to a globally rare ancient cliff-edge ecosystem with the oldest trees in eastern North America, 10 federally listed species at risk, as well as important ecologically, geologically and culturally significant cave systems.

You can see orchids like eastern prairie white-fringed orchid and ram’s-head lady’s-slipper, globally rare species, like lakeside daisy and eastern massasauga rattlesnake in this property located on Saugeen Bruce Peninsula.

A total of 8 kilometres of the famous Bruce Trail—Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath—runs through this property, with an additional 21 kilometres elsewhere in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

HOW TO GET TO DRIFTWOOD COVE FOR OPEN HOUSE

Credit: Blue Bay Motel Tobermory

  • Private vehicles will not be permitted to drive into Driftwood Cove.
  • Transportation to and from the open house is by shuttle bus only. Parks Canada is providing a free shuttle bus, departing from the parking lot at Singing Sands, with four departures throughout the day.

Shuttle bus times

Group 1: 10:00 a.m.

Group 2: 11:00 a.m.

Group 3: 1:00 p.m.

Group 4: 2:00 p.m.

Each visit is approximately two hours and you will be taken back to Singing Sands at the end of the visit.

Shuttle bus space is limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting Parks Canada by e-mail at pc.bruce-fathomfive.pc@canada.ca or by phone at 519-270-1147.

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