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Canada, Ontario


To borrow a quote from the Government of Canada, Parks Canada, Bruce Peninsula National Park webpage[1]…. "Dramatic cliffs rise from the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. In large tracts of forest, black bears roam and rare reptiles find refuge in rocky areas and diverse wetlands. Ancient cedar trees spiral from the cliff-edge; a multitude of orchids and ferns take root in a mosaic of habitats. Welcome to the magic of Bruce Peninsula National Park."

This 156 sq km / 60+ sq mi park is in Southern Ontario, Canada and is part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The Saugeen Ojibway First Nations people have a traditional home here with it having been an integral part of their life for centuries.

And it's a protected preserve for over 200 species of wildlife to include birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.


Notable Species

249 species of birds have been reported at the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

6 of those species have been classified as globally threatened[2].

It's located on a significant migratory route drawing many species of birds, and it's been reported as a wintering location for the Bald Eagle[3].


Some of the species reported as rare in this area[2] can include the Swainson's Hawk, Say's Phoebe, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Yellow-throated Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Summer Tanager, and the Painted Bunting.


Birds you can see here include:

Brant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, Sandhill Crane, Black-bellied Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Red-throated Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Eastern Screech-Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Shrike, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Eastern Bluebird, Bohemian Waxwing, House Sparrow, American Pipit, Evening Grosbeak, Lapland Longspur, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, Ovenbird, Summer Tanager.

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory – A not for profit created to further bird related matters.

Hawk migration in the Tobermory area in the spring.

Red-necked Grebe in Dyer's Bay in April.

Virginia Rail at the Isaac Lake Wetland

Access and Facilities

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Contact Details

Bruce Peninsula National Park P.O. Box 189 Tobermory, Ontario Canada N0H 2R0

Phone: 519-596-2233 (general information, visitor centre & administration)

519-596-2263 (camping office - May to October only)

Fax: 519-596-2298

Email: [email protected]


  1. Bruce Peninsula National Park – Parks Canada Official Website https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/bruce
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Bruce Peninsula National Park Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 29 August 2020
  3. The Bruce Peninsula – Birding on the Bruce Peninsula http://www.thebrucepeninsula.com/birding.html

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External Links

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  1. Bruce Peninsula National Park on Google Maps

Content and images originally posted by rupper