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The Grotto

Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 888-773-8888
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A Must See

If you ever have the chance to travel to Tobermory, this is a must see. Be sure to make a... read more

Reviewed today
JeremyFoxGuy
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Saint Louis, Missouri
PARKING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as of 2018

Awesome views! Gorgeous! PARKING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as of 2018! Parking reservations required as... read more

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kevin4mayor
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Guelph, 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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking lot” (78 reviews)
“climb down” (44 reviews)
“the cliff” (44 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed today

If you ever have the chance to travel to Tobermory, this is a must see. Be sure to make a reservation before you arrive. Access is by reservation only and the place fills up fast.

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Reviewed yesterday

Awesome views! Gorgeous! PARKING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as of 2018! Parking reservations required as of 2018!

Thank kevin4mayor
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great day of spectacular sights. Be prepared to hike and deal with lots of people. Reserve parking early, very important

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The grotto was amazing and we will definitely return. Pay for parking online ahead of time, it will definitely save time. June was the perfect time to visit, not busy as summer but still hot enough to enjoy the hike. There are bathrooms along the...More

1  Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday. Had a parking slot booked from 1pm to 5pm. Left Brampton at around 9:15am Grabbed a coffee from Orangeville Did a lunch stop at Dominos pizza in Owen Sound. Since Owen Sound is the last bigger city before Tobermory where...More

2  Thank Omer S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Grotto on a sunny June Sunday and it was just perfect. You can buy your time slot reserved parking pass online, in advance, starting this year, which makes it easier to plan your trip. We booked the 8.30-12.30 slot. Since it wasn’t...More

Thank Rashmi J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get up early to buy the ticket to secure yourself a parking spot at the trailhead they sell out fast It’s worth the hike to see the grotto but now that the masses have discovered Tobermory it’s really busy There is no easy trail past...More

Thank dmcampbell1977
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked to 'The Grotto' from Cyprus lake rd through Horse lake trail. Horse lake trail is amazing. Its easy at start then goes on the small rocks & at the end on large pebble like stones. It has beautiful view. We went at the...More

Thank Chitra S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was shorter than I expected. I was expecting a really high cliff, but it was wider and shorter than I'd thought. The hike in was about 20 minutes from the parking lot, on a smooth, wide crushed limestone trail. No worries about snakes as...More

3  Thank MuskokaRed
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing hike! I am so glad that my boyfriend and I hiked out this way while staying at Cyprus Lake for the week. The hike is fairly easy, but can be made harder the further you go. The destination point is beyond beautiful....More

1  Thank alishal19
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AntleFamilyTravels
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Derek B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, not that I know of. Schedule fit my plans so I did not seek alternatives. Good luck with your hunt though!
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AllieH9
May 12, 2018|
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Response from mrcdss18 |
absolutely. Just did it with our 2 kids; a toddler and a baby . I believe there are three trails to reach the grotto . Georgian bay trail is the easiest one and it took us 20-25 min with a stroller and a baby carrier
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jodimaeb
May 11, 2018|
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Response from ArvinDiesel | Reviewed this property |
The washroom by the Grotto is along a very Rocky and Uneven part of the path. The washroom before the Grotto before the lookout on the wheelchair accessible smoothed out part of the path is flat and safe. I had my cousins... More
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