The Grotto

The 'rockstar' of the Bruce Peninsula, this incredible cave along Georgian Bay shoreline is the most popular attraction in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.  You can climb down into the ancient sea cave which was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years. The Bruce Peninsula is a UNESCO World Bioshphere Reserve, located 3.5 hours north of Toronto. The cave itself is stunning, with sunlight from the outside revealing a brilliant turquoise underwater tunnel on the inside.  It’s a 30-minute hike to the Grotto from the Head of Trails 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. Climb down through the natural chimney in the rock of the Niagara Escarpment. You can walk along a ledge inside its cavity or swim in its cool, clear water. A bathing suit and snorkel gear can really enrich your experience. Parking is limited so it’s advisable to arrive early in the morning or later in the day to avoid crowds. Make campground reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment. The Locals Know Campaign Shined Spotlight on Georgian Bay in 2009 and won #1!

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