Cape Croker Ontario is found between Wiarton to
the south and Lion's Head to the north on the western shores of
Like much of the Bruce Peninsula the shore line is rocky but there are
fantastic views of the Niagara Escarpment, access to the Bruce Trail and
even a Lighthouse.
The surrounding lands belong to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First
Cape Croker Ontario, also known by its First Nations name of Neyaashiiningmiing
meaning a point of land nearly surrounded by water, is just that; a
peninsula that juts out into Georgian Bay.
The area is dominated by limestone cliffs, rocky shoreline and tree
The First Nation reserve is home to Cape Croker Indian Park, which
offers 315 campsites that can accommodate tents and trailers.
Cape Croker Indian park is situated on the shores of Sidney Bay and is
open from May through to Thanksgiving.
The park has a boat launch but for those not staying at the Indian Park
there is a government dock on the other side of the cape across from
The Cape Croker Lighthouse was built in 1902 replacing the original
lighthouse. It is the first of its kind in the area in that it has an
octagonal shape and is made out of concrete.
It is also the first to become fully eclectic, both the light and fog
horn and has been unmanned since 1986.
The lighthouse is not open for tours but can be photographed.
The uppermost portion of the Bruce Trail winds it way through the Cape
However there is an additional trail as part of the Cape Croker Indian
Reserve, known as the Cape Croker Trail. This trail is a boardwalk
through marshlands and the Snake Trail Boardwalk is wheelchair
If you are not staying at the park and just want to enjoy the trails
parking is available at Rick's Rentals.
The Cape Croker Trail does intersect with the Bruce Trail so you are
able to experience both the boardwalk and the traditional hiking trail.
Visiting Cape Croker allows you to experience more than just the
Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Peninsula. You can experience the life
of the First Nations, camping, hiking or just sit on the rocky
A special thanks to
Peter Olsen for all the pictures of Cape Croker.