Visiting the Grotto from November 1 to April 30

We are not taking parking reservations during this period. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read our off-season information page to plan your trip before you travel.

Plan ahead and make a parking reservation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Access into the Grotto cave is closed since physical distancing is not possible. The view of the cave can still be enjoyed from above.  
  • Watch and obey all warning and closure signs.

Visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

The Georgian Bay shoreline including the Grotto, Halfway Log Dump and surrounding trails is a popular area of the park. Parking is limited and a parking reservation is required to access these areas. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment!

Driving in and dropping off visitors is not allowed. All vehicles require a valid permit to enter each area.

Book parking for the Grotto and Halfway Log Dump in advance. Other first-come, first served parking lots in the park fill early each morning. Once parking lots are full, there is no other access to the park. We do not recommend travelling to the park without a reservation.

How to reserve parking and what to expect

Visiting the Grotto shoreline
Grotto
  • Confirmed reservation required from May 1 to October 31, 2021
  • 4-hour parking time slots
  • Access from Cyprus Lake Road
  • Grotto directions
More details

Reserve your time slot for parking beginning April 29, 2021 at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. When Grotto parking is fully booked, there is no more Grotto access at that time.

What are the time slots?

  • 1) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 2) noon – 4:00 pm
  • 3) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 4) 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 5) 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What can I see in 4 hours?
The hike to the Grotto, Indian Head Cove and the Georgian Bay shoreline is roughly one hour round trip. This provides more than enough time to explore the area before returning to your car. 

Walking on Cyprus Lake Road is not allowed due to safety concerns. 

Campers staying at the Cyprus Lake Campground can hike to the Grotto from their campsite.

Visiting Halfway Log Dump shoreline
Halfway Log Dump
More details

Reserve your time slot for Halfway Log Dump parking beginning April 29, 2021 at 8 am Eastern Daylight Time. When Halfway Log Dump parking is fully booked, there is no more access to this location. 

What are the time slots?

  • 1) 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 2) 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
What can I see in 6 hours?
The hike to the shoreline is roughly 20 minutes each way. 
 
In 6 hours you can explore a large section of the beautiful Georgian Bay shoreline, hike the Bruce Trail along the clifftops, or combine both for a memorable experience before returning to your car.
Make a reservation 2021 reservations will launch on April 29, 2021 at 8 am EDT
 How much does it cost to visit?

You can learn more about specific fees on the parks Fees Page

(Admissions fee) + (Parking fee) + (Reservations fee)

When to visit

Bruce Peninsula National Park is busy from mid June to mid September and on weekends from May through October. Plan and reserve entry in advance. Expect traffic, long wait times and full parking lots.  For a quieter visit, consider visiting in early spring or late fall.