The Bruce

There are many things to do and see while you are staying with us here at By the Bay. We are central to many of the Bruce Peninsula’s favourite attractions! By the Bay’s General Store has the Day Trip Companion brochure which has a detailed map to help you get underway.

The Grotto - The Grotto, located in the National Park at the top of the Bruce Peninsula, is indeed interesting but the site is very popular. It attracts large crowds. Parking is limited and the lot often reaches capacity early in the morning. Plan to arrive well before 9 a.m. Located about 45 minutes north of Pike Bay off of Cyprus Lake Road, the Grotto experience includes a pleasant hike through the park.

Devil's Monument - Located on the Bruce Trail on the north side of Cape Chin (about 45 minutes north of Pike Bay). It's the only intact flowerpot feature on the mainland. Many flowerpots are located on islands north of Tobermory with access by tourist boat. Devil's Monument is approachable by foot but extreme care is needed. From Devil's Monument hikers can proceed north on the Bruce Trail featuring spectacular views of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay.

The Rocks - One of the best swimming spots on the peninsula is called The Rocks, just a few minutes north of Pike Bay. Take Pike Bay Road and turn left onto Whiskey Harbour Road. Drive to the end and look for parking area. It's not the greatest place for weak swimmers or young children. However, it's a great setting to enjoy the waters of Lake Huron. Be mindful of nearby neighbours and don't leave anything behind.

Griegs Caves - Located about 20 minutes from Pike Bay. Griegs Caves offer a rare glimpse at the corrosive nature of wave action on the Niagara Escarpment. These caves were used for the 1981 film Quest for Fire featuring Rae Dawn Jong. Privately owned by the Greig family, hikers need good shoes and reasonable physical conditioning. The hike to the caves is not too long but the footing in and around the caves can be treacherous. There is ample parking and an entrance fee. Owner assesses whether you are up to the task. Walking sticks are provided. Take Scenic Caves Road off of County Road 9 and look for the sign.

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