Cliff Jump at the Grotto

Canada Horse Lake Trail, Bruce Peninsula National Park

Added by Shalee Blackmer

  • 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, Diving, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

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Features:

Beach
Cliff Jumping
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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11 days ago

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!

11 days ago

about 2 months ago

Cliff diving Is A No No

Definitely a gorgeous spot to be enjoyed but please don't cliff dive. There are signs prohibiting it for a reason. Extremely dangerous and there have been deaths associated with it. Dangerous undertow has also been reported. Go down the cave and enjoy the grotto by all means but be safe!

about 2 months ago

7 months ago

Makes Me Want To Be A Mermaid

The water is mesmerizing and will leave you wishing you were a mermaid! It is a bit too cold for swimming, but I'm sure to visit again in the summer months. I camped at the Cyprus Lake campground and enjoyed being able to hike to 3 different trail heads. If you haven't experienced the Bruce Peninsula yet, I suggest you plan a trip!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Worthy Of Any Bucket List

This west shore of Georgian Bay near Tobermory is my most favourite place to go. The Grotto is an awesome sight anytime. I prefer the winter when the ice is baby blue. Four season camping at Cyprus Lake is only a 45 minute hike to the Grotto & The famous Bruce Trail.

8 months ago

Added by Shalee Blackmer

I have my heart in Michigan and my mind around the world. Adventurer, travel blogger and outdoor enthusiast. You'll probably find me in the woods.

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