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The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario

A Turquoise pool and intricate cave structures attract hundreds of thousands every year

Best time: April 30–October 31, 2023

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Grotto is indeed the jewel of Ontario. This scenic cave which contains a pool of blue water is located on the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park, not far from the town of Tobermory. The cave is hidden in the cliff face and its secluded beauty has been attracting visitors from all over the world. The Grotto Parking is available from mid-May to late October​, the summer months of July and August can be very crowded. So your best option is spring or fall.

The Grotto was carved from the natural stone by wind and water over thousands of years. It's part of the scenic Bruce Trail at Bruce Peninsula National Park. The Grotto is located at the Cyprus Lake Road entrance to the Park. It can be reached from the cave mouth at Lake level or after you walk a short 45-minute rocky trail. The water of the grotto is so blue thanks to the light that emanates from an underwater tunnel. The Grotto is not a good place for swimming because water is always cold, although some swimmers try it out anyway. Scuba diving is also possible.

The Bruce Peninsula park is famous not only for The Grotto but also for bears. So watch out for wild animals during your hike.

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What is The Grotto and where is it located?

Located in Bruce Peninsula National Park, next to the town of Tobermory in Ontario, Canada, The Grotto is a picturesque cave that has been sculpted by wind and water over thousands of years. This highly sought after tourist destination attracts people from all over the world. Show more

When is the best time to visit The Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park?

The Grotto is open to visitors from April 30 to October 31. The summer months tend to be the busiest, so it's best to plan for the spring or fall if you prefer smaller crowds and cooler temperatures. Though the weather can be colder in these months, the park is still a beautiful place to visit. Show more

How long does it take to reach The Grotto from the Cyprus Lake Road entrance?

Visitors to Bruce Peninsula National Park can ensure a scenic view of The Grotto by accessing it through the cave mouth at lake level or by embarking on a 45-minute rocky hike via the Cyprus Lake Road entrance. With some challenges involved, visitors should tread with caution and have appropriate footwear to avoid any accidents while on the trail. Show more

Can visitors swim in the blue pool at The Grotto?

Despite its inviting blue pool, swimming in The Grotto is not advised as the water is too cold for most. Although, some adventurous swimmers will still take a dip. However, visitors can capture some great pictures of this natural feature that can be part of excellent backdrops for social media posts. Scuba divers have the option of exploring the underwater region around The Grotto if they have the necessary certification. Show more

What kind of wildlife can visitors expect to encounter during the hike at Bruce Peninsula National Park?

The Bruce Peninsula National Park offers visitors the chance to see several wild animals, including bears, deer, coyotes, and raccoons. Hiking enthusiasts should stay alert and take necessary precautions to avoid any contact with these animals. They can also enjoy a diverse plant life, including some rare orchids native to the park's region. Show more

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