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Underground Exploring
Underground Exploring

All you need is a flashlight or headlamp, sturdy hiking shoes and a curious mind to explore the underground jungle gym of the Bruce County caves and caverns.

Formed thousands of years ago by receding glacier melt waters, the caves covering the Niagara Escarpment on the Bruce Peninsula give a brief introduction to our ancient world. Investigate closely and you’ll discover fantastic fossils, plus the beginnings of stone icicles called stalactites dotting the cave ceilings!

The Grotto at the Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Grotto at the Bruce Peninsula National Park

Of the 7 kilometres of karst caves (meaning: created by wave action) along the park’s shoreline, the Grotto at the Bruce Peninsula National Park is the largest and most outstanding, not to mention the most popular. It is a bottomless pit, cupping the turquoise sun-bright water of Georgian Bay, inviting a refreshing swim on a calm summer day. 

When you're planning your visit here, be sure to book your 4-hour parking spot for the park. It fills up quickly during the summer and to avoid dissapointment, it's always a good idea to plan ahead. Visiting in the spring, fall and winter are also options as this stunning location is always just that - stunning!

Greig’s Caves
Greig’s Caves

The Greig's Caves are a natural attraction boasting the honour title of “Ontario’s Largest Natural Limestone Caves,” presenting 10 caves and tunnels, linked by a one kilometre-long trail. Once at water level, these caves now sit about 250 feet above Georgian Bay water level. At the top of the caves you'll be privied to a gorgeous view of Georgian Bay from over 300 feet up. Admission fees do apply but its worth it!

Fun fact: the 1980’s classic movie “Quest For Fire” and 2013’s family movie “Against the Wild” were filmed here. 

Flowerpot Island
Flowerpot Island

Flowerpot Island is known for the famous ‘flowerpot’ rock formations, but don’t let that lead you to believe that’s all the escarpment has to share with you on the island. Just steps from the largest flowerpot, you’ll be able to see and get into a cave by climbing a couple sets of stairs that lead up to the mouth. There are interpretive signs that describe how they were formed and some surprising facts about the area – like where the oldest forest in Eastern North America is.

It is accessible only by boat or boat tours and park fees do apply. Read about what your Flowerpot Island experience could be.

Bruce’s Caves
Bruce’s Caves

Former home to Wiarton’s very own hermit, Robert Bruce, the Bruce Caves conservation area features a massive “undercut” cave with an impressive crevasse at its back and a substantial pillar at its front. Exploring the inside calls for poise and grace, as you tread on rock rubble that has collapsed from the ceiling.

For more information on what to do and where to go on the Peninsula, visit The Peninsula.