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.


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must see: Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Huron Fringe Birding Festival

17th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Two consecutive weekends. A premiere outdoors festival focusing on birds, wildflowers, insects, photography and more.

must see: Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Spring is the perfect time to dust off your bike and hit the trails. With over 12,500 acres and 5 properties, our trails has something for everyone! Chariot friendly trails available at MTB Adventure Park and the Lindsay Tract

must see: Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Explore the crystal clear blue waters of Georgian Bay on breath taking boat cruise. You can lean over a boat and see shipwrecks and learn some history of the sunken ships. On a calm day, the underwater continuation of the Niagara Escarpment is visible. There are islands to explore, shores to cruise, and lighthouses to visit. Also from the water, you can see the coastal cliffs ablaze in the sunset.

must see: Fishing

Fishing

Saugeen River is the place for spring fishing. Cast from Saugeen's river banks into the spring migratory run or hop in a boat and downrig the deep waters of Georgian Bay & Lake Huron.

must see: Museums

Museums

Bruce County Museum is celebrating 60 years! Stay tuned for all the exciting upcoming exhibits such as "Fore the Planet" May 13.

must see: Lighthouse Tours

Immerse yourself in the history of Bruce County lighthouses by taking a self-guided tour through some of the best lighthouses in Ontario!

must see: Hiking

Hiking

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

must see: Motorcycling

Motorcycling

Bound by Lake Huron to the West and Georgian Bay to the East, there is a ton of coastline to ride in Bruce County.