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The Grotto

Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Tobermory
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The Grotto is a great spot to spend the day. The views are beautiful, and the hike to get there is nice. If the weather permits, you can swim (although water is always a bit cold), jump off the cliffs (if you dare!), suntan and relax. Washroom amenities are close by (and clean). Come early in the day to grab... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of those natural wonder spots. About a km walk from the parking lot. The trail is wheel-chair accessible, but the last 100 yards are iffy due to the rock formation. Great cold-water swimming. Crystal clear water. New toilets nearby. As the park has become more popular, the spot is more crowded with tourists who are also leaving... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The walk to Indians Head Grotto and Grotto are lovely. Took us 20 minutes walk from our campsite. Crystal clear water and magnificent view from the cliff. Worth the 4 hours drive from our place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We'd been planning our trip for 2 years now and totally worth the hike, wait and swim in frigid waters. Bring a go-pro and/or water camera because its heaps of fun to swim in the crystal clear waters. I'd recommend flippers and goggles to see and explore the many caves. The area is gorgeous and a lunch after a hearty... More

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Burlington, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Don't miss out on seeing the Grotto/Indian Head Cove. Well worth the short (1 hour round trip) hike to both places. We went on an overcast/rainy day and it was still spectacular. I personally loved Indian Head Cove, as the colour of the water was a light, brilliant blue that was just gorgeous. Both were amazing to see.

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Toronto, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The Grotto has been a great place to visit since I was a little kid. The waters look nearly tropical, the rock formations are unique, and there are many nearby places to explore to make your trip more adventurous! Though it is often quite busy, any place can be an adventure! Take the initiative to ask about the other trails... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We did the marr lake trail which was one the most challenging trails. Nice hike. Lots of bugs. We were trying to go to Overhanging rock. You have to cross a very rocky beach and climb down a hole. But the view from Overhanging rock was beautiful. We then walked across the rocky beach to the grotto and Indian head... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I loved the grotto itself the place is beautiful and amazing view and clear crystal water but the only problem is that now u have to pay for the entry fee per car. It was free before but now the park and forestry ministry created a gate right where u enter and charges approx $15 per car. I think it... More

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This spot is one of the favorite place for trekkie that want to swim a bit, You jump in to the chemney of a small grotto while there is diver coming from the lake under you. For the diver the fun is to see the light change and the sun passing throw the chemmey, it is also fun to see... More

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

People raved about The Grotto and banged on about "you have to see it. At least you can tell people you did it". So we were expecting some paradise oasis. The "hike" actually turned out to be a simple walk on gravel paths through woods, not the "it'll be worth the trek when you get there" experience that we were... More

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