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Bouldering on the Peninsula

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A Self-Powered, Low Impact Outdoor Activity
A Self-Powered, Low Impact Outdoor Activity

“Problems” are the paths climbers take to get to the top and each boulder may have many problems of varying difficulty. Since ropes and harnesses are not used, bouldering is made safest through the use of spotters and protective crash pads.

There are a few locations along the shoreline that are perfect for this sport, and the Bruce Peninsula National Park happens to be one of them. Before heading out be sure to read up on the agreements and where you can and can't go bouldering.

Part of UNESCO's World Biosphere Reserve
Part of UNESCO's World Biosphere Reserve

As a core part of UNESCO's Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, Bruce Peninsula National Park sprawls over 156 square kilometres and is home to many endangered and at risk species. Bouldering is only permitted from Cave Point to Boulder Beach at Halfway Log Dump within Bruce Peninsula National Park. An agreement between Parks Canada and the Ontario Access Coalition provides bouldering guidelines to protect the park and keep you safe. Visit www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com for more information and to review their Interpretive Bouldering Guide to Halfway Log Dump.

Bouldering  in Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bouldering in Bruce Peninsula National Park

It's not uncommon for the parking lot to fill to capacity in July and August, so the best time to boulder is in the spring and fall when the crowds have dwindled. There is a nominal cost to park at Halfway Log Dump and keep in mind, beyond the parking lot, there are no washrooms or garbage receptacles. Get up-to-date information on parking, visitor attractions and alternate bouldering and climbing destinations at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory.

For other outdoor adventures, visit Outdoor Activities on the Bruce.