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The Grotto

Address: Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Tobermory
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I never see a place like this before just beautiful very cold water but ones you in you will be ok first step is hard.i have seen beer bottles cap and some other garbage people left behind please keep places like this clean bring your garbage back and dispose in garbage bin thanks.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Probably the top tourist attraction in the entire peninsula is the Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park. Be warned - it's a little tough to see. After finding a parking place (go early or late, by the way), tourists - mostly wearing swim suits - walk for about 25 minutes to the shoreline. The coast is rocky and beautiful there.... More 

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Orillia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The walk to the Grotto was more domesticated than I remember from years ago, when we scrambled across a rocky shore and had to wear hiking shoes. We saw people walking along the flat groomed trail this time in flip flops, and even fancy sandals with heels, and some guys carrying a boom box. So not as rugged as I... More 

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The Grotto is a quick drive from Tobermory. There is a $12 entrance fee (day pass). We arrived at around 9 to an empty parking lot on a Wednesday, on return at 11:30, it was almost full. The hike to the Grotto can be made more difficult by taking the Marr Lake trail from the trail head (very rocky). The... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Scenery is amazing , the trail was long but very entertaining and diverse , be prepared to have some good hiking shoes as i went with my flat converse and almost slipped because it was rainy that day. beware once you reach there is some climbing to get to the actual cave , its really fun.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a must visit if you are planning a visit to Tobermory. Grotto is about 10 mins drive from Tobermory downtown, from where the boats to Flowerport island leaves. There are 2 parking spots ($11) at grotto - one that is a 20 min walk to the main Grotto and other that is a 45 min walk. Also you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you're in the Tobermory area, definitely make the hike to the Grotto, sea arch and the Cove---it's like a natural water park. The day we went, it was cloudy and the water was fairly cold, but on a warm day, i definitely would have entered the water! Our 6 and 8 year old boys LOVED swimming in the Grotto,... More 

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Wallaceburg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My 3 boys thought the grotto was the best experience they had. Besides the scary climb down and up rocks I got some great pictures of them jumping into the cold, cold water. They talk about it all the time.

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The view and sights from the Grotto are beyond anything you have seen. The crystal clear blue water lined with limestone flooring makes you feel like you are on a tropical beach. Cliff jumping (although stated to be illegal) is being done from a number of different heights along the cliff side. A wetsuit is strongly suggested as the water... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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