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The Grotto

Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-539-2233
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The grotto was a bit of a hike to get to but once there you could sit for hours. Make sure you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sarnia, Canada
A must place !

This place definitely is for thrill seeking adventurous people ! Beautiful and crowded in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ontario, 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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“climb down” (44 reviews)
“the cliff” (44 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-539-2233
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The grotto was a bit of a hike to get to but once there you could sit for hours. Make sure you bring a lunch or snack for you will want to stay.We could not go in the water for the waves were quite high...More

Thank TravellingCanucks542
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place definitely is for thrill seeking adventurous people ! Beautiful and crowded in the summer , a moderate hike to the grotto from the visitor center . You need to take your swimsuits , a body suit would be even better . You can...More

Thank WineDineRoadies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A natural cave formed but the water from ICE age escarpment and erosion...I once was going to propose to my ex gf their, that's how nice and beautiful of a place it is... If you can dive on it all the best. Bring a mask...More

Thank BobM72
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

I always wanted to get into the grotto but I could never figure out how to do it safely but this year after watching some people I found that it can be climbed down from the cliff face on the north part of the grotto....More

1  Thank ArvinDiesel
Reviewed 28 November 2017

A must-see when visiting Tobermory. A bit of a tourist zoo during peak summer season, I would recommend a spring or fall visit when you have the place to yourself.

Thank SoxFan08
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. The walk to the grotto itself is quite a distance but upon arrival, you would forget how far you walked.

Thank Sabina E
Reviewed 1 November 2017

There is a bit of a hike to get to the Grotto but the sight is beautiful. We didn't venture into the cave but there was someone who found a was to get to the cave from the top instead of taking the edge of...More

1  Thank PafV
Reviewed 26 October 2017

It was amazing to see the waves coming into the cave from uptop. People don't have to swim to get there.

Thank Carole-688
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Easy trail to get to but so very busy - lots of people - it is like a tourist site. Still, it is worth a visit for the view.

Thank jadereview
Reviewed 25 October 2017

If you can visit the Grotto on a non-holiday weekday, do so. We were there on a Friday afternoon and there was just under the amount of people it would take for it to feel crowded to us. We could only imagine what it would...More

Thank TreeNSquirrel
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16 August 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
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