Caving and Spelunking



Visit Lion's Heads all the way to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula!

ontario caves greigsDuring the last ice age, about 7,000 years ago, powerful waves pounded holes in the rock wall that is now the Niagara Escarpment. Bruce County has a fascinating collection of these caves and caverns, some linked by tunnels and adorned with weathered, hourglass-shaped pillars. Geological spectacles, scenic icons, natural funhouses, each with its own story, they await the curious adventurer.

Greig’s Caves  (Open April 28th to Thanksgiving weekend "Oct 10")
greigs caves - trip advisorClaiming “Ontario’s Largest Natural Limestone Caves”, this attraction presents 12 caves and tunnels linked by a kilometre-long trail. The 1980’s classic movie “Quest For Fire” was filmed here. Admission fees apply.  519-377-8762


The Grotto

Of the 7 km of karst caves (created by wave action) along the park’s shoreline, the Grotto is the largest and most outstanding. It resides on the turquoise, sun-bright water of Georgian Bay and invites swimming on a hot day. Park fees apply.  The easiest way to visit is to drive to the Bruce Peninsula National Park up toward the town of Tobermory and take a 30 to 45 min hike through the forest trails.  It is very beautiful and animal friendly.
the Grotto seacave

  

Flowerpot Island

The 3-km trail that leads from the landing dock to the “flowerpot” rock formations loops back past caves. A set of stairs leads up to the maw of one while interpretive signs describe their formation. Park fees apply.   Open till Thanksgiving weekend.
flowerpot island

   

Neustadt Springs Brewery

Deep in the bowels of this historic stone brewery, a natural spring flows through a network of manmade caverns constructed in 1859. Weekend tours available May to September. Admission fees apply.  Open all year round.
brewery caverns

 

Bruce’s Caves

Former home to Wiarton’s hermit, Robert Bruce, this conservation area features a massive “undercut” cave with a crevasse at its back and a pillar at its front. Exploring inside calls for poise, stepping on rock rubble that has collapsed from the ceiling.  Open and year round.
bruce's caves


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More must sees:

must see: Snowshoe Biener Trail

Explore Port Elgin's 12km of trails in Biener's Bush, accessible at Nodwell Park or Concession 10.

must see: Skate the loop

Skate Ontario's first outdoor skating loop!

must see: Snowmobile Walkerton to Chesley

District 9 has 2400 km of groomed trails and an abundance of sled-friendly communities.

must see: Cross Country Skiing at Sauble Ski Trails

Sauble Ski Trail has 18 kms of groomed ski trails branching out from Sauble Falls Provincial Park through wooded areas and open fields.

must see: Museums

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre offers an unforgettable experience in a journey through thousands of years of natural and human history, state of the art interactive exhibits and more!

must see: Camping in a Yurt

What is a yurt? A yurt is an eight-sided, 16 foot diameter, tent-like structure installed on a wooden deck floor. It can accommodate up to six people. They are nicely equipped with electric heating, outlets and lighting.

must see: Snowshoe Sauble Ski Trail

Sauble Ski Trail has 10km of snowshoe trails! The best part - stop in at the cabin for a cup of warm apple cider to warm up!

must see: Sawmill Trail

Sawmill trials include a range of loops from beginner to expert. Groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing techniques, this trail system is very popular with members, clubs and schools. There's even a night skiing option, with the Jackrabbit Loop lit when the sun goes down.