Letter: BPNP/FFNMP To Use “Saugeen Peninsula” In Official Correspondence And Publications


As key partners and stakeholders, I wanted to let you know that at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, we will be changing how we refer to the Bruce Peninsula. Instead, we will be referring to the peninsula where our two parks are located as the “Saugeen Peninsula”.

Why are we doing this? “Saugeen” is the anglicized version of the Anishnaabemowin word “Sauking” meaning river mouth. It is the traditional name for this peninsula, and was still in common usage well into the 1970s. The name ‘Bruce’ in Bruce County, the Bruce Peninsula, and the Bruce Trail refers to James Bruce, a British colonial administrator who was Governor of Jamaica, Viceroy of India, and, from 1847 to 1854, Governor General of the Province of Canada. James Bruce never visited the peninsula that now bears his name. Using the name ‘Saugeen’ better acknowledges the connection of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation to the Saugeen Peninsula. Some partner organizations in the region have already adopted this practice.

Going forward, the name Saugeen Peninsula will be used in our official correspondence and publications, and I ask you to consider adopting this name change when speaking or writing about the peninsula. For a time, and depending on the context, it may be necessary to add the word ‘Bruce’ in brackets as in “the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula” for greater clarity.

Please note that the name of the park remains “Bruce Peninsula National Park”. A name change for the park itself requires a longer process of public consultation and internal approvals, which we will be undertaking in tandem with our upcoming management planning consultations.

Thank you all in advance for your consideration, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about this initiative.


John Haselmayer 

Superintendent, Fathom Five National Marine Park and Bruce Peninsula National Park

Parks Canada / Government of Canada