The Grotto is a scenic cave containing a pool of blue water, located on the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park, near Tobermory, Ontario. It is a very popular and busy location, especially during the peak season of July and August and on long weekends. At those times, the parking lot will fill up and you may not be able to access the trails.
The hike through the park to reach the Grotto in Tobermory takes about 45 minutes each way; along the way, you’ll see diverse wetlands, ancient cedar trees spiralling from cliff-edges, a multitude of orchids and ferns, birds, and so much more! The cave itself is stunning, carved from ancient limestone and filled with the crystal clear, pristine turquoise water of Georgian Bay. You can walk along a ledge inside its cavity or, if you’re brave enough, even take a swim inside.
Early Spring or late Fall are the perfect times to visit. During these times visitors can still find the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay while avoiding the crowds. Grey County offers a wonderful place to stop on your way to the peninsula in any season.
Many of our guests choose to stay with us on their way to or from Bruce. Freija is located 1 hour and 40 minute drive away from the Bruce Peninsula National Park. You can choose to stay in our forest loft or camp in the old growth.