As of June 1, Bruce Peninsula National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Plan your trip to the Grotto cave and shoreline area

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Reservations for parking at the Grotto for the remainder of the 2020 season are open.
  • Grotto parking has been reduced by 50% to support physical distancing. 
  • Visitors will not be permitted to climb into the Grotto since physical distancing is not possible. The view of the cave can still be enjoyed from above.  
  • Watch for and obey all warning and closure signs.

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

Bruce Peninsula National Park is experiencing high visitation in 2020. Once parking lots are full, usually by mid-morning each day, there is no access to shoreline, hiking trails or picnic areas in the park. To avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting this fall.

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. The Grotto is a popular attraction and very busy during the summer and on long weekends. Parking space is limited and quickly fills up. A new reservation system for the 4 hour Grotto parking time slots allows you to plan your trip in advance. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment! 

Please note pedestrians are not permitted on Cyprus Lake Road. Drop-offs are not allowed. All vehicles require a valid time slot parking permit to enter the Cyprus Lake area. Vehicles are not permitted to drop off friends or family unless a valid entry permit is obtained for the requested time slot.

Campers staying at the Cyprus Lake Campground can hike to the Grotto from their campsite. If you’d like to park in the Grotto parking lot, you will need to book a parking space in the same manner as anyone else.

When to visit

The peak busy season for Bruce Peninsula National Park is summer – July, August and on holiday weekends. At those times, you can expect traffic, long wait times and full parking lots. Reserve your Grotto parking in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Consider visiting in spring or fall when it is not as busy.  

Graph of Grotto Parking Access for 2017
This chart shows the popularity of the site and when the Grotto parking lot was full.

With some trip planning it's our hope that you are able to access the sites you want to visit and if not, take the opportunity to experience the other attractions this region has to offer.