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For those who are concerned about overcrowding in Tobermory and its national parks, there's a new, limited parking system at the Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Bruce MacMillan, Public Relations & Communications Officer for Parks Canada in Georgian Bay and Eastern Ontario says "The Grotto is the most popular destination for travellers to Bruce Peninsula National Park."
MacMillan says starting on Saturday May 20th, Parks Canada will introduce a new timed parking system to help provide access to more visitors and alleviate congestion at the iconic spot.
MacMillan says three different time slots with a 4-hour limit will regulate parking for the Grotto on weekends from May 20th to June 30th, every day in July and August and on weekends in September and October.
The time slots are available as follows:
1) 7 AM - 11 AM
2) 12 PM - 4 PM
3) 5 PM -- 9 PM
Parking passes for each of the three time slots will be given out each
day, on a first-come first-served basis starting at 7 AM.
MacMillan says it will allow visitors to know right away if they will be able to get to the Grotto that day.
Grotto parking passes are for the same day only.
He notes full day experiences are still available at the Grotto on weekdays during the shoulder seasons (before July and after September) and in other areas of the park throughout the year.
MacMillan says the best time to ensure easy access at Bruce Peninsula
National Park is during May-June and September-October.
He warns the park is very busy in July and August with long lines and spaces filling up quickly, "We encourage all travellers to plan their visit in advance to avoid
MacMillan says campsites during the summer fill up very quickly, adding if you haven't already made a camping reservation, consider a trip during the spring and fall when there are great opportunities for hiking, swimming, and glass bottom boat tours.
Discover more about the park at www.pg.gc.ca/bruce.
Visitors who are travelling specifically for visiting the Grotto are encouraged to fully
research and understand the parking pass process by reviewing
www.pc.gc.ca/grotto for full details.
You can also follow the park on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/brucepeninsulanp and on Twitter @BrucePNP.
For more information, contact Bruce Peninsula National Park at
519-596-2233, or by email at [email protected]