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A must see

If you are in the area, it is definitely worth the visit and the hike. We went in May which made... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2017
Toronto, Canada
Breathtaking views

From the crystal clear, blue waters to the magnificent rock formations to the adventurous climb... read more

Reviewed May 26, 2017
Astrelle G
Mississauga, 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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

If you are in the area, it is definitely worth the visit and the hike. We went in May which made it way too cold for swimming. But we enjoyed the hike (took the easy trail, about 25 minute easy pace walk). The water is...More

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Reviewed May 26, 2017

From the crystal clear, blue waters to the magnificent rock formations to the adventurous climb down to the Grotto, I was blown away by the beauty that surrounded me. This natural gem of a place makes for absolutely fabulous pictures; but please do take caution...More

Thank Astrelle G
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

The Grotto is an attraction I've heard about for years and only just visited recently. I have to say, it really is worth the visit! It's a super neat cave. I wish I had enough time to climb down inside, but a day full of...More

Thank Globetrotting_Lolo
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

We went with little foot traffic but heard that in high season it is an absolute zoo, which is not for us. Water and views are spectacular. A definite must if visiting.

Thank SlipperyJoe
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Great spot.. beautiful walks and scenery. Very difficult to get a parking and entrance spot on the weekends as the parking fills up very quickly... but that's to be expected. Beautiful apart from all the tourists ruining my photos (I get the irony) Would definitely...More

Thank HolidayFunTimes_83
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

It is really breathtaking view, really pure water and one of the good hiking road, all of the views are really good, Cyprus lake and Horse lake both are interesting. We hiked almost 4 hours but still we liked to continue. In this flat country...More

Thank Hoda E
Reviewed May 17, 2017

we took the paved way - the horse trail to get there and ended up at a pebbly beach. My friend wasn't too fit and didn't bring her hiking shoes. so it took some time to walk around. If you aren't very stable with your...More

1  Thank unagiichi
Reviewed May 15, 2017

Wow, this is such an amazing place and a must see and visit. Although you can see it from above, if you are able to, crawl down through the hole int he rocks and go right into the grotto. Going to be a very busy...More

Thank MapleLeaf1867
Reviewed May 4, 2017

The Grotto is beautiful but over the years it has gotten so crowded. I recommend going in early September to avoid the summer travelers. The water is super cold even in the peak of summer so its not my favourite for swimming but hiking for...More

2  Thank Erika D
Reviewed May 4, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful location to swim, hike, and explore. The trail to the grotto is well kept up and very easy. The swimming inside the grotto is nice but not spectacular. If you enjoy cliff jumping there are multiple locations to do moderate heights...More

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August 16, 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Bruce Peninsula National Park goes to a reduced service schedule after the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, October 9th. What that means is that there are no open facilities, visitor service staff or amenities such as running... More
August 7, 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Please visit the Grotto web page on the Bruce Peninsula National Park web site. We're unable to link the site directly but this page should answer all your questions regarding the Grotto and the timed parking... More
July 18, 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Hi Suzanne, The hike from Little Cove to the Grotto is 11.2 km that is a return hike so you'll have to cover 23 km over the course of the day. Also keep in mind that this hike does include some very challenging sections of... More