Bruce Peninsula National Park - The Grotto

A big cave on the shore, it was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years.

Visit Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula!

Everyone hikes to the Grotto. It’s the most popular attraction in Bruce Peninsula National Park. A big cave on the shore, it was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years. From the Bruce Trail climb down through the natural chimney in the rock of the Niagara Escarpment. It’s a pristine setting; there are no signs, lights, stairs or handrails here. The cave itself is stunning, with sunlight from the outside revealing a brilliant underwater tunnel on the inside. You can walk along a ledge inside its cavity or swim in its cool, clear, turquoise water.

the grotto and Indian Head cove

It’s a 30-minute hike to the Grotto from the Head of Trails parking lot at Cyprus Lake parking lot. Take the Georgian Bay Trail to the shore then follow the Bruce Trail west along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The Grotto is located just past Indian Head Cove – another naturally stunning attraction. To avoid crowds, visit in spring or fall, yet rent your campground early, as spots fill up fast!

***Also, see “Caves” under Things to Do.


More must sees:

must see: Beaches

With a Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay on the east, Bruce County is endowed with lots of beaches!

must see: Bruce Peninsula National Park

Near Niagara Escarpment caves, beaches, & hiking.

must see: Bruce Trail

The Niagara Escarpment, from Niagara Falls to Tobermory.

must see: Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (Tobermory)

Running between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, the Chi-Cheemaun offers not just passenger and car ferry service but romantic Sunset Dinner Cruises.

must see: Camping

With over 14,000 campsites in Bruce County, there is a wide variety of Canadian wilderness to choose from. Everything from camping in tents, RV's and Yurts or as we like to call it "glamping"

must see: Fathom Five National Marine Park

Scuba diving capital of Canada, which has a Marine Park with 22 shipwrecks! View wrecks & islands from a glass-bottom boat.

must see: Adventure Passport

The Adventure Passport is a Self Guided scavenger hunt to finding some of the most intriguing locations in Bruce County. The 10th Annual Adventure Passport begins on for May 1st and runs until October 31st!

must see: Saugeen River

Try Paddling along Saugeen River by canoe or kayak!