Bruce Peninsula National Park: Halfway Log Dump to High Dump (2 days / 25 km)

Bruce Peninsula is home to one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada. The towering cliffs rise sharply from tropical-looking water; the rocks are covered in colourful lichen and wildflowers. The park is home to a gorgeous section of the Bruce Trail.

This trip report details the route from from Halfway Log Dump parking lot to High Dump and back, with a detour to the Grotto on the second day. This exact route is a bit aggressive for beginner backpackers, but you could easily stretch this into a two-night trip to make the detour to the Grotto doable.

Trip Completed: October 2020

Trip Summary

Starting PointHalfway Log Dump Parking LotEnding PointHalfway Log Dump Parking LotTrip Duration2 days / 1 nightTrip DifficultyIntermediateTotal Distance24.8 kmTotal Elevation Gain767 m

Location: This section of the Bruce Trail is located within Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Traditional Territory: Bruce Peninsula National Park is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga, Odawa and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: I used the map provided by the Visitor's Centre. If you want a more detailed map, you could use the Backroads Mapbook for Southern Ontario.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservation: You can book your campsite through the Parks Canada Booking Portal. Unlike some of the other parks in Ontario, you book a specific campsite in BPNP. You should book your backcountry camping site online and in advance, as there are limited sites. The reservation fee is $11.50 when you book online.

Permits: When you arrive at the park, head to the backcountry permits office (right after the gates into Cyprus Campground). Here you will pay for your overnight pass ($10.02 per person, per night) and your overnight parking pass ($11.95 per night).

Outfitters & Shuttles

No outfitter or shuttle is needed for this trip. You can park right at the trailhead (the Halfwa...

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