70 foot cliff jumping. Free diving. Unlimited hiking trails. Dramatic landscapes.

What if you could free dive, cliff jump and embark on a hundred mile hiking journey, all in the same place? Well, you can!

The Grotto is a small cave on the shores of the Georgian Bay. It is accessible by land, if you are willing to scramble down a rock face to the base of the water.

Inside, the water glows a light blue from light shining through an underwater cave and into the Grotto. Instead of escaping the tunnel by foot, you will free dive below the rocky cliffs and out to the bay on the other side. The underwater tunnel is located beneath the water about 10 feet, and is roughly 30 feet long.

The entire free dive can take anywhere from 30-50 seconds, depending on the diver. Strong swimming skills are required. Because the dive is deep, ear plugs are highly recommended, along with goggles.

After free diving, you can take advantage of the areas cliff jumping. Beginner jumps range between 15-20 feet high, medium jumps clock in at 25-45 feet, and the highest plunge is a 70 foot cliff located about a ¼ mile south of the Grotto.

Lastly, the Bruce Trail runs along the shoreline, which can be hiked in sections or in its entirety, at 550 miles.

Parking fills up quickly, so get there no later than 9:00am if you do not have a campsite.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Water shoes
  • Snorkel equipment
  • GoPro
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Goggles and ear plugs
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Activities Camping, Photography, Swimming, Hiking, Diving
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Features
Beach
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Best cliff jumps in Ontario

went on a camping trip here with some buddies and had an amazing time. check this video for footage of the jumps at tobermory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0yAK84Ub1c

Awesome!

Dove through the grotto. Amazing. Would highly recommend

Beautiful but crowded

The Grotto is a stunning destination—but unfortunately lots of other people think so too. This isn't a hidden getaway, it's a well-known destination on the peninsula. Still that doesn't change the clear water, the rocky cliffs and of course the mesmerizing grotto. Aim to be there at sunrise or sunset, if you can. Although it also makes for a great lunch destination!


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