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Get the Parking Permit Bright and Early on the Same Day of Travel

The Grotto is one of the most popular spot in Ontario. Parking is EXTREMELY limited. We spent the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
Amazing! BUT, Read my review you wont regret it

Alrighty folks. This place is beautiful! Its really like nothing else in Canada. Im reading a lot... read more

Reviewed February 2, 2019
Rothesay, 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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 888-773-8888
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Grotto is one of the most popular spot in Ontario. Parking is EXTREMELY limited. We spent the night before in Tobermory, woke up around 6 am in order to get a parking permit on the same day (at the park entrance). The time of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Alrighty folks. This place is beautiful! Its really like nothing else in Canada. Im reading a lot of great reviews, and im reading a lot of bad ones. So i'm gonna go ahead and clear things up on what WE did, and how it worked...More

Date of experience: July 2018
10  Thank PeterM10626
Reviewed January 22, 2019

The water is so clear and blue, and the views are stunning. Be prepared for the crowds though, and the cold water!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 18, 2019

It is a beautiful place to camp and hike the grotto is worth a visit. Water is cold but clear and beautiful you feel like your in a tropical place. It can be quite busy in the summer but not so much on the off...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ana's A
Reviewed November 26, 2018

The water was cold in June. It was about 25 minutes walk to Grotto from the parking lot. Amazing walk! The place is very crowded but still an amazing experience. Bring garbage bag don't leave any of your garbage behind. You should give it about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank emricks
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Went on a windy day at the end of October. Seemed fairly quiet but we still passed a few people on our hike. The walk is super easy and well marked. Only takes about half an hour to get to the grotto. Once you arrive,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lacey R
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We visited the grotto mid week and off season. It was a beautiful area and well worth the effort. We walked the hour and a half trail to the grotto and did not take any chances on the cliffs nor did we climb down to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joy R
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We hiked to the Grotto on a wide path that leads from the park camping to the cliffs... Stunning view and beautiful waters, but the number of visitors is a bit through the roof. Selfie sticks, garbage and cigarette buts are making things less than...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Slayer6
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times, water is usually cold but refreshing and the scenery is absolutely perfect. Great place to stop for lunch and a swim along the Bruce trail

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 442randyb
Reviewed October 21, 2018

This place is great to rnjoy with family. The water is cold there but it is worth one dip in wate. If you like to explore and want adventure, bring in your underwater equipment and explore the caves under water. You get around 4 hours...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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August 21, 2018|
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Response from evacU5514BA | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can. Dog is allowed in the park. I saw people bring their dogs down The cove next to the grotto. Don’t think dogs can go down the grotto as it is too deep for dogs.
August 4, 2018|
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Response from tobyg826 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I worn running shoes. We had our puppy with us and three hours is more than enough. Well worth it.
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July 29, 2018|
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Response from jotter15 | Reviewed this property |
My mother is 80 and strong she made it to the overlook while assisted by my shoulder all the way, but it was a rocky hike, so unless you can handle about 30 minutes of a rocky hike to the over look I don’t think so. There... More