Plan your trip to the Grotto cave and shoreline area

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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • 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

Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 reservations will launch on April 29, 2021 at 8 am EDT

Reservations for trips between May 1 to October 31, 2021 will open in April. This will give you more time to consider the latest COVID-19 measures. It may also help reduce the need for cancellations.

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 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.