The Grotto - Winter Hike
Ontario Winter Wonderland Hike
The Grotto and adjacent Indian Head Cove are the most popular attractions in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Thousands of people hike out to this scenic stretch of Georgian Bay shoreline each year during spring, summer and fall seasons to see the clear, blue water and rock formations. A few intrepid hikers make the trek out to see this area during winter. In some winters, frozen spray from Georgian Bay causes the shoreline to be coated in shimmering ice and icicles. The views will remind you of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
During winter, access the park by Cyprus Lake Road, which is ploughed to the day use/yurt area (the road is not ploughed to Head of Trails). At Cyprus Lake Office (closed) follow the road left about 1km to the parking lot on left. On your way in, stop to self-register and pay fees by cash ($11.70 bring exact change) or credit card at the kiosk next to the Cyprus Lake Office.
Your Safety in the Park during Winter:
· Winter conditions can be dangerous - be prepared and cautious. Emergency response is limited during winter.
· Cell phone reception is not reliable.
· Make a trip plan and share it with someone.
· Winter activity is more strenuous and daylight hours are short. Watch your time.
· Be alert for exhaustion and hypothermia.
· The shoreline becomes icy, especially at the Grotto/Indian Head Cove. The ice is often covered by snow. DO NOT APPROACH THE EDGE CLOSELY!
If you're interested in winter camping or staying in a yurt, visit the Parks Canada website for more details. With a few precautions you can experience this gorgeous winter wonderland by the clear, turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.
***Also, see “Caves” under Things to Do.
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