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Stunning view!

Highly recommended. Fantastic blue clear water. Stunning!?. Who needs the Caribbean? Go to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Toronto, Canada
Like swimming in gods waters.

This was extremely impressive. We weren't sure what to expect really and it blew us away... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, 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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Highly recommended. Fantastic blue clear water. Stunning!?. Who needs the Caribbean? Go to the Grotto instead. Trust me you will enjoy it. I did and you will too.

Thank azwim2017
Reviewed yesterday

This was extremely impressive. We weren't sure what to expect really and it blew us away. Literally we were drawn into the water and didn't care about the temperature, we had to get in! Luckily, it was a hot day and many people were swimming....More

1  Thank GiulioGRF
Reviewed 2 days ago

We hiked into the Grotto at the 5-9 pm time slot for the National Park. This was ideal as a little less crowded. It is a nice shady walk although very buggy especially at the Grotto. You need lots of insect replellant. It is not...More

Thank lionelle2016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This year, with the parks being free, it is recommended to go get your parking pass EARLY. We went during the 12-4 time slot and it was amazing. The water was cold but you get used to it fast. I highly recommend to bring water...More

1  Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful area, great park staff. Recommend going in the Fall months and avoid the busy season. The new parking system is great in my opinion and very efficient

1  Thank BruceGirl92
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Grotto is called "The Caves" if you're diving in the area. This area is boat access from the dive shops in Tobermory and has super clear water. Certainly worth checking out if you're in the area.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you've never been to Tobermory do yourself a favour. Get in the car and drive 4 hours north. There is NO traffic, unlike heading to cottage country in Muskoka. I didn't know Ontario had views this spectacular.

Thank 02lightning
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although I am a great fan of TripAdvisor for finding neat spots that would otherwise be missed, The Grotto has suffered for its notoriety. Although Parks Canada tries to limit the number of people by portioning out the parking passes, there are just too many...More

1  Thank Kinneylynn
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We arrived just before 7 and had no difficulty getting a 7-11 ticket. The short walk to the grotto is pleasant and the grotto well worth it. Take a towel and costume, or you'll end up, like me, as the quintessential English tourist swimming in...More

2  Thank Eric_the_Bish
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful park. If you want to see the Grotto make sure you hike past the Indian Cove, which is sometimes mistaken as the Grotto. You can climb down through a small hole to reach the Grotto and you can also swim inside. Careful though the...More

1  Thank engooi
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8 August 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
19 July 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