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“Stuck in a grotto, sitting on a hard rock, the moment never getting on my nerves!”
Review of The Grotto

The Grotto
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 July 2012

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!

4  Thank Lily P
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The Grotto is a beautiful spot and a must-see in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Several trails with varying difficulty and accessibility can get you to this spot (Mar lake, Horse lake, or Georgian Bay trails from Cyprus Lake parking lot, or the Bruce trail itself the North or South end of the park). Getting to the cave itself from the trails requires a bit of the descent, but it is relatively easy and definitely worth it. The water is crystal clear, and sunlight shining through the underwater tunnel makes for a breathtaking site! Be advised that this is one of the most popular spots in the park so expect a crowd and be patient while climbing, everyone climbs at their own pace and skill level! And although the the water is quite cold, a swim is definitely recommended, there's nothing like it!

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Reviewed 4 July 2012

I recommend going in the off season, and even then, likely on a weekday. There were people everywhere. Not at all what I expected. It might be beautiful to see if not so overcrowded.

3  Thank pundit705
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

the whole experience of hiking through the woods to reach the much talked about Grotto, crystal clear, pristine water picturesque surroundings and jumping into it :)

1  Thank Jasdeep31
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

nice view, was little hard to get down to the cave. water was too cold to swim

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