Plan your trip to the Grotto shoreline cave

Grotto parking reservations are finished for the season. Self-register for parking upon arrival. 

As of November, 1, 2018 if you are coming to visit the Grotto and Cyprus Lake trail system through the fall and winter season, please stop to self-register for your parking permit and payment at the kiosk located at Cyprus Lake Office. For a safe and enjoyable visit, please review our  hiking safety tips.

Dates for Grotto parking in the 2019 season will be available soon. Check back for details. 

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! 

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.