In Mid-June of 2012, I was in Tobermory for 4 days. Before heading up, I googled, researched, asked for recommendations and planned. The one place that kept coming up over and over again was the Grotto, in Cyprus Lake Provinicial Park.
The park alone is beautiul and a campers/hikers/bikers/nature-lovers haven! For a mere $12 (approx per car) you can spend an entire day strolling hiking trails, basking on the beauitful rocks by Indian Cover and Boulder Beach or checking out unique lookouts and, of course, the grotto!
We went on a Thursday morning to get the most out of our day and totally lucked out. With school not yet out for kids and being a week-day, the park was practically empty (and by empty... I mean 5 cars in the parking lot at the start of our hike). We packed lunch, towels, suntan lotion, water shoes and bug spray (much needed! tons of blackflies) and headed in. We were delighted by the well maintained and well marked trails that took us through rock paths and some rock climbing (by choice on our part b/c it was too fun to pass up). We had to jump in the water at Indian Cove and got some great pictures (courtesy of one of the 4 other ppl around the cove at this time of day). After our quick swim, and more than bothered by black flies, we headed straight to the Grotto.
Absolutely stunning... the water is turquoise and instantly transported me outside of Canada... I never knew something like this existed here! The climb down is not for the faint of heart and yes, at peck times, can be crawling with people. We visited the Grotto twice on our trip. On this Thursday... there we 6 ppl in the Grotto... 2 of which were us. On a Saturday (our visit back) there were hundreds! So plan accordingly! We dove in the extremely cold water twice, watched others jump into the water from the rocks and even saw scuba divers surface from their dive in the caves.
This is a must do location in Tobermory. If you are camper... camp here! Between the attractions, the fish lakes and the trails, there is so much to do you need more than a few days!
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