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Canada adds new lands to popular Bruce Peninsula National Park

Ontario's gorgeous Bruce Peninsula National Park just got bigger. 

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada has purchased a 95-acre property in the Northern Bruce Peninsula. The property, which is mostly vacant forested land bordering a small lake with a provincially rare fen wetland, will be added to Bruce Peninsula National Park, contributing to the completion of the park.

The Bruce is known for its dramatic limestone cliffs, the beautiful yet kinda chilly Georgian Bay waters at swimming spots such as The Grotto (pictured above), as well as the amazing hiking and camping opportunities — the park is located on the Bruce Trail. 

Hiking on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park (photo credit: Destination Ontario)

"Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to many endangered species, offers spectacular opportunities for Canadians to connect with their natural heritage, and holds cultural significance to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation," Wilkinson says. "The acquisition of this property will help Parks Canada continue its important work helping vital ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk." 

This forested land is home to the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Round-leaved Ragwort and Dwarf Lake Iris.

The new property, dubbed the Driftwood Cover, was purchased in 2018. 

Future plans for the property will be guided by Bruce Peninsula National Park's Management Plan, which is currently being renewed and will include Indigenous and public consultations. The park is within the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

Lead photo: Destination Ontario

 

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