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The Grotto

Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-539-2233
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Beautiful area, great park staff. Recommend going in the Fall months and avoid the busy season. The... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Bruce Peninsula, Canada
The Grotto from the water is a great Scuba dive site

The Grotto is called "The Caves" if you're diving in the area. This area is boat access from the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Rob S
Burlington, Canada
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The Grotto, in Bruce Peninsula National Park, is one of the top tourism attractions in Ontario. A shoreline sea cave with the beautiful blue waters, the Grotto is a unique natural wonder and memorable place to experience. It is also a very popular and busy location, especially during the peak season of July and August and on long weekends. At those times, the parking lot will fill up and you may not be able to access the Grotto.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-539-2233
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Beautiful area, great park staff. Recommend going in the Fall months and avoid the busy season. The new parking system is great in my opinion and very efficient

1  Thank BruceGirl92
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The Grotto is called "The Caves" if you're diving in the area. This area is boat access from the dive shops in Tobermory and has super clear water. Certainly worth checking out if you're in the area.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

If you've never been to Tobermory do yourself a favour. Get in the car and drive 4 hours north. There is NO traffic, unlike heading to cottage country in Muskoka. I didn't know Ontario had views this spectacular.

Thank 02lightning
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Although I am a great fan of TripAdvisor for finding neat spots that would otherwise be missed, The Grotto has suffered for its notoriety. Although Parks Canada tries to limit the number of people by portioning out the parking passes, there are just too many...More

1  Thank Kinneylynn
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived just before 7 and had no difficulty getting a 7-11 ticket. The short walk to the grotto is pleasant and the grotto well worth it. Take a towel and costume, or you'll end up, like me, as the quintessential English tourist swimming in...More

2  Thank Eric_the_Bish
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Beautiful park. If you want to see the Grotto make sure you hike past the Indian Cove, which is sometimes mistaken as the Grotto. You can climb down through a small hole to reach the Grotto and you can also swim inside. Careful though the...More

1  Thank engooi
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Be at Cyprus Lake entrance around 7AM to get your parking pass and avoid any disappointment. We took afternoon slot, the hike itself (Georgian Bay Trial) is not difficult for average person. Portions of horse trial is on stones and pebbles, so if you are...More

2  Thank Mur_Pid
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Impossible to see the beauty of this place with every rock covered in bodies. Thankfully we knew about their access policy which requires you to arrive at 7am the day you plan on going to claim your parking pass. I see there are many frustrated...More

5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 August 2017

- I would not say it is a must see, but it is really nice. We went straight in the morning at 7am and the park at Cyprus Lake Road was not too busy then. At that time, we got a ticket as well (there...More

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Always fun. Water is sometimes very cold. Worth the visit. Lots of trails to walk along. Kayak in Cyprus lake. There is lots to do.

1  Thank Dwight G
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16 August 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Bruce Peninsula National Park goes to a reduced service schedule after the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, October 9th. What that means is that there are no open facilities, visitor service staff or amenities such as running... More
7 August 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Please visit the Grotto web page on the Bruce Peninsula National Park web site. We're unable to link the site directly but this page should answer all your questions regarding the Grotto and the timed parking... More
18 July 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Hi Suzanne, The hike from Little Cove to the Grotto is 11.2 km that is a return hike so you'll have to cover 23 km over the course of the day. Also keep in mind that this hike does include some very challenging sections of... More