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.

Reservations are required for parking at the Grotto. There is no first-come, first-served parking lot at this location.

The Georgian Bay shoreline including the Grotto, Halfway Log Dump and surrounding trails is a popular area of the park. A visit to these locations requires you to plan ahead.

Please note that first-come, first-served parking lots at the Visitor Centre, Little Cove and Singing Sands fill up early every morning and do not provide access to the Grotto.

Plan and reserve in advance!
When parking lots are full, there is no other access to the park.
We do not recommend travelling to the park without a confirmed reservation.

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

Please be advised that there is ongoing road construction on Highway 6 near the park.
Expect significant delays and plan accordingly to ensure you arrive in time for your reservation.
Learn more at Ontario 511

How to reserve parking and what to expect

Visiting the Grotto shoreline
  • Confirmed reservation required from June 3 to October 31, 2021
  • 4-hour parking time slots
  • Directions: 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
  • First come, first served parking is available 
  • When the parking lot is full, there is no more access to the site
  • Directions: access from Emmett Lake Road
  • Halfway Log Dump directions
More details

When Halfway Log Dump parking is full, there is no more access to this location.

Here 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.