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The Grotto

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Address: Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 519-596-2233
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During the summer months, visiting Cyprus Lake, in particular the...

During the summer months, visiting Cyprus Lake, in particular the Grotto and Indian Head Cove can leave some visitors feeling frustrated and confused if they are denied access to these sites. As a result of the increasing popularity of these attractions, the entrance way and parking to access these areas are at times complex. Additionally, the rocky terrain along the coastline and access to the Grotto can be challenging for some. Please visit the park website for more detailed information on the Grotto, what to expect, and other attractions in the park and surrounding area if you're unable to access the Grotto. Additionally, visitors should make the Parks Canada Visitor Center in Tobermory their first stop so they can plan their stay and get up to date information on parking and other visitor activities.

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Fun but cold very packed. Very cold. Fun adventure. Might be hard with small kids to get down there but it's a blast once your there. You can also boat around to the other side... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tanya S
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this beautiful National park on the September long weekend. This was part of our trip across Canada. It's a great hike and the prize at the end is absolutely worth it!! Except for the piles and piles of garbage EVERYWHERE!!! Huge bags of lunch leftovers from families, coffee cups, water bottles, disposable diapers. You name it, it has... More 

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BPNPFFNMP, Park Employee at The Grotto, responded to this review

We understand your frustration with the garbage in the park and we are currently taking decisive steps towards reducing the amount of litter along the shoreline and on the trails. We'll be implementing a few new strategies this coming season including increased awareness and education around littering and garbage and indeed garbage cans in key locations and increased capacity to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fun but cold very packed. Very cold. Fun adventure. Might be hard with small kids to get down there but it's a blast once your there. You can also boat around to the other side if needed to see the grotto. If climbing isn't your thing

Thank Tanya S
Guelph, Canada
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You'd be forgiven if you though you were in Europe while visiting this place... Until you jump into the water. It's simply beautiful which is why it is so popular. As always with this area in the summer: Bring sunscreen and rain gear as storms come out of nowhere.

Thank Mischa S
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go off-season if you can because in the summer - you will be on some pretty packed trails. Some of the most gorgeous scenery I've ever seen.

Thank HappyCanadianEh
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's really great, inside the grotto there is an underwater entrance that conects it to the lake! Really great.

Thank Moises H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Access through the Bruce National Provincial Park..camp out overnight in any of the campgrounds. Or rent a private place in the Tobermory vicinity and do a day trip inside the Provincial Park..either way this place has a serenity that can transcends you!

Thank Nav S
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found stretches of trails that were just rocks, leading me to believe we were off the official trail. Nevertheless it was fantastic scenery all around. The hike down to the grotto was a little rocky. There is a cavernous hole near the boulders that leads you down like a secret passage. It is a bit narrow but fairly easy... More 

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our walk to the Grotto started from parking lot P2 since the road to P1 was closed down for construction. The walk from P1 is approx 15-20 minutes closer to the Grotto. The walk took us approximately 50 minutes each way along Crystal Lake with no issues outside of a small garter snake crossing our path and spooking my wife.... More 

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Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Such a beautiful spot to visit! My mouth dropped when we walked out onto the rocks. We explored around and it truly was breathtaking from every angle. I highly recommend making the journey to see this place.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I heard many people saying that the walk is cruel to the grotto, but as an advanced hiker, I do not think so. I can understand that new hikers will find it difficult to get to it but it is very doable. You may be hiking 20 to 45 minutes from parking lot number two depending on your hiking level.... More 

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