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Located in The Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory this Canadian gem is truly beautiful! We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Go early!

We visited in late June on a Wednesday before the timed parking went into effect. Plenty of parking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Elizabeth M
Detroit, Michigan
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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 yesterday

Located in The Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory this Canadian gem is truly beautiful! We went on a Friday in June and because of the free park entry to Canada's National Parks this year (Canada's 150 birthday) it cost us nothing to enter and...More

Thank AymRamsay
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited in late June on a Wednesday before the timed parking went into effect. Plenty of parking spots at 10:00 am. The hike is easy until you hit Indian Cove and then it is a scramble on rocks. Let's be clear, I am a...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

CROWDED - but everyone knows that too. If you take these two things into consideration and plan accordingly it's worth the trek! The park does what it can to accommodate the interest in this landmark by issuing parking permits during the high season. We stayed...More

Thank Lee P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We heard about the Grotto and were told you needed to go early to get parking. We were there about five minutes after opening and by the time we reached the parking lot there were only three spots left. It was a bit of a...More

Thank max b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Clear Turquoise Coloured Water and Stunning Rock Formation. We visited last June 18 and it was a rainy day. But still worth it. The hike via Georgian Bay Trail was easy. Paved wide path and generally flat. Lots of interesting forest view along the...More

Thank canucktravels2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea how beautiful this place is until now. I lived in Canada for 20 yrs and shame on me for not having visited this absolute gem in Ontario. We finally visited in June 2017, just before the busy season. The hike to...More

Thank rkramadh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went before the high touristy season. We were there with a handful of other tourists...words cannot describe beauty of this place

Thank travelling_diva2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great hike today at the Grotto!! Clean trails and facilities and a friendly staff to welcome us. Thank you Parks Canada!

1  Thank theoblakadventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saved our visit to the Grotto and Indian Head Cove for a Monday (our Memorial Day) and bypassed the weekend crowds and “time slot parking” craziness altogether. We opted for taking Horse Lake Trail out and Georgian Bay Trail back and were very pleased...More

Thank Bravaencore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hiking trails are very well maintained, as is the entire park, it seems. Bathrooms are available at the start and end of the trail. It's a bit difficult to climb the rocks, but totally worth it. The views are incredible. Don't plan to bring...More

Thank Anne S
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Hi, I'm planning to bring my 2 years old baby and with my parents to the Indian Head Cove around June 18th. Will the timed parking in effect on the 18th? Does it mean we can arrive before 12 and get a parking permit for 12-4? Or we actually need to get parking permit in the morning like around 7am even for the time slot of 12-4? As my parents travel all the way to Toronto, we want to make sure we got access….. Also we are planning to go from the Goergian Bay Trail and returning by either the Marr Lake Trail or the Horse Lake Trail. Which trail is more stroller friendly? How long is the walk from the Indian Head Cove to the P1? Thank you !
16 May 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
The timed parking will be in effect on weekends and holidays from May 20 to June 30 and every day during July and August. As timed parking won't be available by reservation this season, there is no way to guarantee you will... More
vijay w
How to travel to Groto ,Bruce peninsula from toronto,as well over there to visit tobermory and other locations,do we get taxi or local transports as we are from India ,we donot have our own vehicle
13 April 2017|
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Response from travellingwithbaby09 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you rent a car or you look for a tour operator that can get you the transport you need. Tobermory is a very small village and there is no need for a taxi service to get around. I don't ever recall seeing... More
Theresa W
Which is the easiest trail to do with a toddler? And I do not want to be too far from my car. Is there parking close by? I have heard you need to arrive early as it gets busy.
28 March 2017|
Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
The easiest trail to the Grotto is the Georgian Bay Trail. It leaves from the parking lot area and requires roughly 30 minutes to arrive at the shoreline. The trail is wide with crushed gravel and few hills. It's... More