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Beautiful, but busy this year!

Very beautiful scenery and an easy walk, although the last bit was too much for the older member of... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Lynda S
Beautiful scenario but crowded

We visited the grotto - beautiful. Definitely worth the 30 minute walk from the parking lot. The... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Gary S
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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 20 July 2017

Very beautiful scenery and an easy walk, although the last bit was too much for the older member of our party to undertake as it is not flat ground there. We did go to get our parking permit at about 9:30 am and the only...More

Thank Lynda S
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We visited the grotto - beautiful. Definitely worth the 30 minute walk from the parking lot. The walk was easy up to the end which was a bit more challenging. Our only problem was that at 7PM on a Wednesday it was crowded. Sometimes it...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

You have to go at 7am to get parking passes. Then come back at your selected time of day, park and walk 30 minutes to the grotto. But once you're there, it's amazing. Worth all the hassle.

1  Thank Bryan E
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Get there early so that you're able to get in. They only allow so many people in, which is a good thing. We were turned away twice because it was Max capacity but we were able to obtain a parking pass for later. Don't miss...More

Thank Katie P
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We were told to arrive early or we would risk not getting in. We were there on a Tuesday in July at 645am and it was well worth it. I would imagine that experiencing the Grotto when it's not busy is super important to appreciating...More

Thank emmandgee
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. You have to go first thing in the morning to get a parking pass. We went there at 6.50am and the line was already moving. We got a pass for 5pm. By the time we...More

Thank Ilanka B
Reviewed 18 July 2017

If you visit Tobermory, you have to go to the Grotto. It is much easier to go down the hole to the grotto than scale the wall. We went with two, 3 year olds but they did not make the trip down to the grotto....More

Thank C1990VLjan
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Just reviewed my photos and none of them did it justice!! One of Ontario's 'must-sees'! And it was free because of the 150th promotion. Sure, we had to queue at 7am for parking but a small price to experience this beauty! We made the mistake...More

Thank MJGlas
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Our rain filled vacation enjoyed a two-hour break from the showers so we could visit the Grotto. It was a beautiful 1 km hike along the Georgian Bay trail before we reached the Grotto which is a breathtaking spot. Even on the dreary day the...More

1  Thank 0622Lisa
Reviewed 15 July 2017

I went there with my family (wife and 3 young kids) last week (July 2017) and it was a huge mistake. The Grotto is magnificent. A nice place to hangout and enjoy nature. The water is crystal clear and cold. I gave it only a...More

18  Thank Terminator2017
BPNPFFNMP, Guest Relations Manager at The Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Hi Terminator2017, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. The Grotto and neighbouring Indian Head Cove are iconic locations because of the striking scenery. They are the most popular spots in the park. If you continue on the trail along the shoreline in...More

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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
18 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