Frequently Asked Questions

Please select a topic below, or contact us if you need more information.
How old does a person have to be to reserve a campsite? A site holder must be at least 18 years of age.
Is alcohol permitted within Cape Croker Park? Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by campers at their registered campsite. We encourage responsible use of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol possession and consumption must be in accordance the Ontario Liquor License Act. Park Management reserves the right to Ban alcohol at certain times such a holiday weekend or Pow Wow weekend.
Is your beach rocky or sandy? Is it safe to swim there? We have a safe sandy beach that deepens gradually. The shoreline varies; water walkers are a good idea. There are no lifeguards. You swim at your own risk.
Are there bears in Cape Croker Park? Yes. There are bears living throughout Neyaashiinigmiing and the rest of our traditional territory. Anishinaabek have lived in harmony with Mkwa – bear, in our language. We want to keep it that way, and would like you to be part of this effort.
Here is how you can help:
  • Store food in your vehicle at night.
  • Take your bagged garbage to the Garbage Depots every evening.
  • Do not scrape your leftover food into the fire pit or around your campsite.
  • Wash out your recyclables before putting them into the bins.
  • Keep your campsite clean.
Learn more about bears and our bear management plan.
Can I use Cannabis in the Park? Cannabis may be consumed by campers at their registered campsite. Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping), are permitted on your registered campsite only.
Check In/Out
What are the check-in and check-out times at Cape Croker Park? For Car Camping, check-in time is after 2 p.m. and before 11 p.m. on the day of arrival. Campers must check-out before 1 p.m. on their day of departure.
Can I arrive at the park after hours for car camping? We encourage campers to arrive before 11 p.m. If you arrive after the park office is closed, you may proceed directly to your campsite and quietly set up your campsite so as not to disturb other campers. Please check-in at the park office the following morning when it opens. If you plan to arrive after 8:00 a.m. on the second day of your reservation, please notify the park in advance.
Is rock climbing allowed in the park? Climbing and bouldering are prohibited activities. We are very appreciative of your respect in this area.
Can I collect plants, rocks or other natural souvenirs from the Park? Visitors are prohibited from picking flowers or plants, damaging trees, removing wildlife or taking any natural souvenirs from the Park. By complying with this regulation you will be helping to preserve Cape Croker Park for the Neyaashiinigmiing community, and future visitors.
Will the Park close again because of COVID-19? Chippewas of Nawash First Nation monitors the COVID situation very closely. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants, Chippewas of Nawash First Nation may deem it necessary to limit visitation or to close the Park.

Wearing masks, washing hands and using hand sanitizers, as well as complying with social distancing protocols protects us all. We can keep each other safe.

Does Cape Croker Park offer any discounts on park fees? Bruce Trail Members and Nawash Band Members can receive a 10% Discount on overnight campsite fees, parking and day-use fees. Membership card must be shown upon registering. Save 10% when camping 6 nights or more.
Dogs / Pets
Are pets allowed in the Park? We are a pet friendly campground, but dog owners must be respectful of nature and their fellow park visitors. To accommodate both those with and without pets, we ask that you adhere to the following rules related to dogs.
  • Always keep dogs on a leash no longer than 2 metres (6 feet) in length
  • Do not allow dogs to damage or disturb park vegetation and wildlife
  • Do not leave dogs unattended or allow them to make excessive noise
  • Pick up after your dog’s waste
Facility Rentals
Are there any facility rentals for special occasions? The Veteran’s Arbour and the Pavilion are available for special occasions such as birthday, weddings, corporate events, etc. The cost is $100 for the day. To make arrangement, please call the Campground Office at 519-534-0571.
Can I bring my own firewood? No. Firewood must be purchased at the Campground Office. It is prohibited to transport firewood from outside of the Park. Scavenging for firewood on Park lands is also prohibited. These practices help keep the Park and our forest safe from invasive insects and pathogens.
How big can I build my fire? Fires should be kept to a reasonable size and must be started and maintained in designated firepits only. Fires must be attended at all times. This is to minimize risk of wild fires.
I have a charcoal barbeque, where can I dump the ashes? Charcoal ashes can be dumped into a fire pit.
What are your rates? Click here for our Fee Schedule
Can I use a generator in the Park? The use of generators in all overnight camping area is prohibited. We realize that seasonal campers may from time to time require the use of a generator to recharge their batteries. We encourage our seasonal campers to be mindful of their neighbours.
Grocery Store
Is there a grocery store nearby? The closest grocery store is in Wiarton a 20-minute drive away. Purchasing your groceries and water before heading into the Park is a good idea. There is a local convenience store and a gas bar a short drive from the Park, and further into the community.
Locked Fee
How do we ensure that the campsite we want is reserved for us? A “lock in” fee system is being introduced for if campers who want a specific site for a specific period of time. This means reservations cannot be moved.
Where can I get a campground map? Campground maps are available as PDFs online. Simply go to the park’s webpages. Click on the map icon, or go to the reservation page and select a map there.
Maximum Persons on a Campsite
How many people are allowed on a car-camping site? No more than 4 people can occupy a campground campsite unless these people comprise a single-family unit consisting of parents, and their dependent children.
Opening/Closing Dates
On what dates does the Park open and close? The Park is open for camping May 1 to Thanksgiving Monday in October.
How many vehicles staying overnight must be registered to a campsite? Campsite reservations include parking for 2 vehicles only. This vehicle can be parked on the campsite. An additional vehicle permits can be purchased for each campsite. This permit must be purchased at the time of the arrival of the additional vehicle. The additional vehicle permit fee is $15.00 per vehicle per day and is valid until the date of departure.
Do I need a reservation to camp in the Park? Generally reservations have not been require. However, camping on the Bruce Peninsula has become increasingly popular. It is wise to make a reservation, especially if you have a specific site in mind. Trip planning ahead of time is always a good idea.
How do I make a reservation? Reservations can be made by phone or online.
Phone: 519-534-0571 Web: Book Online
Do you have to pay for showers? Yes. We have 4 coin-operated showers located in the main service building. The cost is $1 for 5.5 minutes. Flip flops are a good idea when you go for a shower.
Where can I get information about special events or attractions close to the Park when I visit? You can get additional information about tourism in the Grey Bruce area by visiting explorethebruce.com
Is the water safe to drink? A boil water advisory is in effect for the whole community of Neyaashiinigmiing. You can purchase your water in Wiarton, or at the Campground Office.
WiFi Access
Is there WiFi access at the Park? Yes. WiFi is access in the Upper Ninaatgoog (Maples) and Waasmowing Enaabiising (Hydro) areas. The site directs you to GBTel for payment.

The Rememberer

Are there bears here – what kind – how big – how many – what do they eat?


Stories tell us that along time ago, Mkwa took care of the first Anishinaabe children, fed them and kept them warm. Another story tells us that each year during Mkwa Giizis or Bear Moon also known as February, bear cubs venture outside their cozy dens to play. If their play is brief, then winter will be long. If they stay out, then spring is fast approaching.

The bear is known as a healer and peacekeeper who taught our people about the medicines. Some of our people have bear names like Mkoons (Little Bear) or Mko-kwe (Bear Woman). Some of our people belong to the Mkwa Dodem (Bear Clan). Some people have bears as "spirit helpers."

Seeing a bears in a natural setting like out in a field or crossing the road somewhere is an exciting and memorable experience. However, this is not necessarily so in a campground or on someone’s deck. This is why we built garbage depots, purchased recycling bins and closed our dump. In doing so, we have given responsibility to our campers and visitors to help us keep bears safe. Bear is called The Rememberer because Bear always remembers where to find food.

Help us protect our bears and all other critters who share their world with us.

  1. Store food in your vehicle at night.
  2. Take your bagged garbage to the Garbage Depot every evening.
  3. Do not scrap your leftover food into the fire pit or around your campsite
  4. Wash out your recyclables before putting them into the bins.
  5. Keep your campsite clean.
  6. Day visitors please take your garbage and recyclables with you.

Our Park attendants will be around to encourage your continued assistance in keeping bears safe.


Cape Croker Park

Day Use

The Pavilion picnic shelter is the perfect backdrop for group picnicking. The beach is another popular day use site perfect for a picnic, for swimming or for launching boats of all sizes. Nearby is the beach volleyball pitch. There are 10 km of hiking trails within the Park – Ginebik Miikaans (Snake Trail Boardwalk), which is part of the Bruce Trail, Waazh Miikaans (The Rockfall Caves), and a few shorter trails. The playground is a popular location for children.


Barrier-free showers and flush toilets located in The Maples and The Beaches campgrounds. Outhouses are in convenient locations throughout the camping areas.


Showers are located at The Maples comfort station.


The Park offers a coin laundry facility at The Maples comfort station.


The Pavilion and the Arbour are available for day use rentals. Contact the Park Office to make bookings.


The Campground Office sells water, ice, firewood, propane, maple syrup and snacks. The 401 Convenience and Pedoniquott’s Gas Bar are located just a short drive from the campground.


The campground offers a trailer pump out and holding tank pump out service.


WiFi is access in the Upper Ninaatgoog (Maples) and Waasmowing Enaabiising (Hydro) areas. The site directs you to GBTel for payment. You can purchase hours or days of WiFi Access.

2024 Fee Schedule

Cape Croker Park


Campsite: Basic
$42.50 / night
Campsite: Premium Waterfront/View
$45.50 / night
Campsite: Hydro 20 AMP
$45.50 / night
Campsite: Hydro 30 AMP
$52 / night
Campsite: Hydro 30 AMP & Premium
$53.50 / night
Campsite: Hydro 30 AMP & Water
$54 / night
Campsite: Hydro 50 AMP & Water
$54.50 / night
Additional Camper Fee
$5 / night
Additional Vehicle Fee
$15 / night
Cabin (1-2 Adults)
$100 / night
Cabin (3 Adults)
$105 / night
Cabin (4 Adults)
$110 / night
Reservation Fee (NON-REFUNDABLE)
$15 / site
Specific Site Guarantee (Lock in Fee)
$20 / site
Seasonal Vehicle Fee

Day Use Fees

Daily Vehicle Permit
$15 / day
Off-Season Day Use
$10 / day
Overnight Parking
$15 / night
*Rates are based on one (1) family or two (2) adults per site.
A maximum of four adults only are allowed per site.

Discount Rates

*Bruce Trail Members: 10% Discount on overnight campsite fees (please show card upon registering) Save 10% when camping 6 nights or more

Group Camping: "The Birches"

Group Campsite Fee
$175 / night
Damage Deposit
Per Person, Youth (6–17yrs)
$2.50 / night
Per Person, Adult (18yrs+)
$5 / night
Group Campsite Vehicle Permit
$6.50 / night
*Maximum of 35 campers allowed, Damage Deposit MAY be refunded after site inspection. Discounts available for Youth Groups & Charitable Organizations.

Park Store

Firewood: Bagged
Showers (auto timer approx. 5.5 minutes)
$2 / cycle
Trailer Pump Out – In Park
Holding Tank Pump Out
Prices subject to change without notice
Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, & American Express Accepted Here!
*For any campsite or availability inquiries, contact us:
Call 519-534-0571 or email reservations@capecrokerpark.com

Park Rules

Cape Croker Park

A Message from Park Management

Our campground was developed as a family campground. We want to keep it that way. You can help to maintain the ambience and atmosphere of this place. Our rules are guides to ensure you and other Park visitors have an enjoyable, safe and memorable camping experience.

Common complaints over the years:

  • dogs off leash
  • owners not picking up after pets
  • speeding on park roads
  • excessive noise
  • alcohol carried off a campsite

Please take a few minutes to review these rules.

General Camping Rules

All campers must be registered at the Campground Office.
One family (parents and their dependent children) OR a maximum of 4 adults per campsite is permitted.
Visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Only registered campers are permitted to remain in the Park or enter outside of visiting hours.
No excessive noise at any time. All musical instruments and audio devices must be turned off at 11 p.m.
Other than when otherwise prohibited by park management, alcoholic beverages may be possessed in the Cape Croker Park. Possession and consumption by any person must be in compliance with the Ontario Liquor License Act. (Alcohol is permitted on occupied/rented campsites only.)
Cannabis may be consumed by campers at their registered campsite. Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping), is permitted on a registered campsite only.
Campers and Park visitors are responsible for their garbage and recyclables. Garbage must be bagged and placed in the Garbage Depots. Recyclables must be rinsed (at your campsite) and sorted into plastics and aluminum/steel food and beverage containers.

Day visitors please take your garbage and recycling with you.

Our community facility is not able to recycle glass bottles and jars, milk and juice boxes, cardboard or cereal boxes, so please take these with you and recycle from your home. Chi miigwech.
Every person using a campsite shall at all times maintain the campsite in a condition satisfactory to Park Management. When vacating the campsite, they shall restore the campsite as near as possible to its original condition.
The owner or person in control of a domestic animal must maintain physical control of the animal. Leashes must be no greater than 2 metres in length. Domestic animals are not permitted in swimming areas.
Campfires are permitted in designated fire pits only. No person shall start or maintain a fire except in a designated fire pit.
Scavenging for firewood from Park lands is prohibited. Purchase firewood from the Campground Office. This is to protect our forest from campers, invasive insects and pathogens.
No person shall pick or remove flowers, plants or trees or wildlife, or take any natural souvenirs from the Park.
No person shall remove, damage or deface Park property or damage or deface any relict, artifact, or natural object or any site of archaeological or historical interest.
The maximum speed on main park roads is 30 km/h. The maximum speed in camping areas is 15 km/h. Please abide by these speed limits.
No person camping in the Park shall operate an All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), dirt bikes or any off-road vehicle anywhere on the Park property, including trails.
The use of generators in all over-night camping areas is prohibited.
Non-compliance with park rules may result in charges and/or eviction.