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Beautiful scenario but crowded

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

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gary S
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
via mobile
Amazing, but plan parking

You have to go at 7am to get parking passes. Then come back at your selected time of day, park and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bryan E
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Ajax, 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 good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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.

Thank Bryan E
Reviewed 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago

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

12  Thank Terminator2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked this portion of the Bruce Trail early morning on a cloudy, stormy day. It was beautiful and the water was clear despite the weather. The new parking system was easy, we just showed up at 7 am to get our morning pass. Saw...More

Thank Marisa P
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SuzanneQzie
19 July 2017|
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Response from juicyfruitToronto | Reviewed this property |
Hi, from what I understand there's a couple other options that provide much longer hikes; One of the Park Wardens told me that I could access the Grotto from two additional lots that offered a 2hr each way, and the other a... More
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rajiny s
16 July 2017|
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Response from Lui E | Reviewed this property |
We went when it was rainy and it wasn't as bad - we did the hikings and the activities we planned to do, however it was not so heavy and there was not a warning of thunderstorms. Thunders like trees so I would think twice... More
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rhymobot
11 July 2017|
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Response from BPNPFFNMP | Property representative |
Hi, If you arrive around 11 am to the Cyprus Lake gate house, it's more than likely that all the time slots will have been given out. If you can't get to Cyprus before 9:00 am or earlier even on a weekend then definitely... More
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