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: Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

Nothing tastes better than serving your family fresh, locally grown produce. Locate a farmers market or find a restaurant that serves locally grown cuisine.

must see: The Grotto

The Grotto

The Grotto was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years ago. It has the bluest water in Ontario!

must see: Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to camping, cliffs and caves of the Niagara Escarpment create a dramatic setting for photography. Everyone must experience once in their lifetime hiking to the Grotto.

must see: Adventure Passport

Adventure Passport

The Adventure Passport is a big scavenger hunt all over Bruce County. Participants are to visit a minimum 7 of the 12 Adventure Passport Stops to win an Official Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport T Shirt.

must see: Museums


Bruce County Museum is celebrating 60 years! Stay tuned for all the exciting exhibits such as "Fore the Planet".

must see: Mountain Bike the Bruce

Description - 12,500 acres of pure cycling wilderness laced with heart breaking scenery, rivers, roots & rock

must see: Hiking


Over 500 km of footpaths to explore along the Bruce Trail, in nature preserves, provincial & national parks.

must see: Cycling


Roads climb up and over the Escarpment and run along some of Canada's most stunning shoreline.

must see: Fishing


Saugeen River is THE place for fly fishing. Cast from river banks, downrig the deep waters of Georgian & Huron, spin the quiet inland lakes