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The Grotto in Tobermory is a very popular summer attraction within Bruce Peninsula National Park. People come from all over the world to hike to this incredible spot! Known for its turquoise blue water and amazing caves for swimming, diving and snorkeling, The Grotto in Tobermory needs to be on your bucket list.
Practical tips for visiting The Grotto in Tobermory
To get to The Grotto in Tobermory, you’ll need to hike about 30 minutes along the Bruce Trail. Be prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen and proper footwear. Remember to clean up any garbage you create and leave no trace. There are lots of garbage cans around!
The hike to the grotto is flat and perfect for beginner hikers, but the grotto itself is more challenging. It has rocky terrain and steep cliffs in some areas. We don’t advise that you bring babies or toddlers as some areas are quite steep and dangerous. If you are bringing kids to the area we recommend keeping to the swimming area where it is much safer.
Dogs are also welcome in the park but for the hike to the grotto, leave fido behind. It’s steep and dangerous for your four-legged friends. Here are some other tips to prepare for your visit to The Grotto Tobermory:
- Reservations are required so book ahead ($6 online, $8.50 by phone).
- Parking is $11.70 per vehicle. Carpool to save on parking fees!
- Visiting in the spring and fall helps to avoid the summer crowds.
- If you want to avoid the crowds during peak season, arrive early.
- The water is cold, so if you plan to swim in The Grotto, be ready for some cold water.
- Pack a towel and water shoes (it’s a rocky beach!).
Things to do near The Grotto in Tobermory
Lion’s Head lookout trail. Want to peer out over turquoise blue waters and the amazing landscape? Hike this trail just a 40 minute drive from The Grotto.
Eat at Tacomory. A popular food truck serving tacos and other mexican-inspired fare. A must try!
Singing Sands Beach. A beautiful sandy beach with plenty to do for the whole family, Singing Sands Beach has picnic areas, and a boardwalk trail that takes you through an ecosystem of plants you’ll only find in this region.
Red Bay Beach. Located in Oliphant (50 minutes from Tobermory), this is where you’ll catch some of the best sunsets in all of Ontario.
Flowerpot Island. Part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, this island is famous for its rock pillars that resemble flower pots. Take a ferry to the island to check out the flower pots, caves and hike the entire loop trail around the island! There are two ferry companies that bring you to Flowerpot Island – Blue Heron and Bruce Anchor.
Where to stay near The Grotto in Tobermory
Heaframe – Located 55 minutes from Tobermory
Once Upon A Stay – Located in Oliphant 55 minutes from Tobermory
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