Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our list below of the most common questions we receive here at Explore the Bruce.   To view answers, simply click on the question sentence to receive answer.

Where to ATV in Bruce County?

There are two locations to ATV in Bruce County. One trail is along the Bruce County Rail Trail between Port Elgin and Mildmay. The other is in construction between Teeswater and Dunkeld. For more information, head to Huron Shores Atv

Are there Hiking Trails?

You’ve hit the goldmine if you’re an avid hiker, and if you’re more of the casual walking type, you’ll fall in love with our local trails. Not only do we host the peak of the Bruce Trail as it winds along the Niagara Escarpment, but our numerous side trails, mountain bike parks, the Bruce County Rail Trail, and other local trails will keep you busy all season. Take a look at the Bruce Trail for more information on this area’s incredible hiking spots. Wherever you are in the Bruce, there’s a local trail for hiking.

How do I get Bruce Trail Maps?

Trail maps can be bought from the Bruce Trail Association. They’re very detailed and come in handy sizes that can be removed from the book for the day's hike. The book sells for $36.95, or download the PDF versions of the maps you need, for $3.00 each. Our Grey Bruce Map highlights the Bruce Trail as it winds down the Peninsula, and provides Parking icons at all of the Bruce Trail Access Points.

How much are the Walking Sticks?

Our walking sticks are FREE! All we ask is that you take an Adventure Passport and give Bruce County’s scavenger hunt a try. It’s open every year from May through to October, and is a great holiday idea for one day, a weekend, or the whole summer! For more information on the Adventure Passport, visit

When does the new Adventure Passport Start?

May 1st of every year!!   Visit:

How do I get an Adventure Passport?

Call us at 1-800-268-3838 and we will send you one or visit a Visitor Information Centre in Bruce County.


Is there transportation available from Owen Sound to Tobermory?

#1  PARKBUS is an express bus service from Toronto to The Bruce Peninsula National Park and Tobermory!   Click here to get your tickets.
Round trip rate is $85 and early bird rates are available in April. Call toll free from anywhere in North America - 1-800-928-7101 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST, Monday-Friday).

#2  Buses run from Owen Sound Bus Terminal to Tobermory during summer (July 1 - September 5) with connections to M.S. Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (walk-on rates will apply).  Buses run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays along with Holiday Mondays.  See the full schedule here. For more information contact First Student Canada: (519) 376-5712.

New for 2016, First Student Canada offers Saturday service from Owen Sound to Sauble Beach for $6 (adult) each way! Find more information here

- Cost Owen Sound to Tobermory = $34.00 one way
- First Student Canada does NOT GUARANTEE any connections with other carriers - Greyhound Coach or Chi-Cheemaun Ferry.
- Except for Owen Sound and Tobermory, all stops are flag down only
- Children 3 and under ride FREE | - Children 4-12 and Seniors 65+ get $2 off ticket price
- Baggage must be carried on the bus by the passenger.

- People can take a Bus to Owen Sound by Greyhound from Toronto or other major cities. Visit Greyhound website for schedule or call 1-800-661-TRIP (8747).  *Hearing-impaired assitance 1-800-397-7870 runs 5:00 a.m to midnight. 

Is there transportation available to hike the Bruce Trail and get back to my car?

There are only cabs in the area to drop you off, yet there are well marked access points to hike the Bruce Trail. 
Call Bluewater Taxi (190 Gould, Wiarton) (519) 534-1086.

There is even a trail that starts just north of Wiarton that you can walk to which is at the foot of the Spirit Rock.  The story holds a legend of an Indian Princess and neighboring clan.   

Did you know: Bruce Power Visitors' Centre

The Visitors' Centre at Bruce Power is now open to the public Monday to Friday.  It's a great educational tour.

Did you know: Chantry Lighthouse

The Chantry Island Lighthouse in Southampton, Ontario was voted #1 favourite place in Canada in the 2010 Canadian Tourism “Locals Know” campaign.
Visit the Chantry Island Lighthouse Tours website for schedules and rates.

What is the reservation telephone number for camping in the National Park?

Bruce Peninsula National Park
P.O. Box 189  Tobermory, Ontario Canada N0H 2R0 - Google Map link
Phone: 519-596-2233 (general information, visitor centre & administration)
Phone: 519-596-2263 (camping office - May to October only)
Email: bruce-fathomfive