We woke up bright and early, at 6:15 am. The Bruce peninsula office opens at 7 am, and being there at open time is your only guaranteed way of getting a parking pass. In order to visit the oh so popular grotto, there are 4 hour time slots that you must reserve. The slots are first come first serve, and limited! They typically sell out by 9 am, with the most favoured time slots going first. We got there at 6:30 and still had at least 40 people in front of us. Luckily we got the parking pass we wanted, the 12 pm-4pm slot. Parking & admission is fee for 2017.
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We spent our 4 hours hiking through trails, swimming in the brutally cold waters, and jumping off cliffs. The view is surreal, and the experience is an adventurers dream. We had so much fun, and didn't want to leave as 4pm rolled around.
Nick spotted a few snakes on the journey, and even saw a rattlesnake. I on the other hand, did not slow down for the "view". Nasty.
14 July 2017
Turns out the actual town of tobermory has very little to do. They don't even have a Walmart... But what they go have is beavertails. This was my first time have the Canadian treat, but it most definitely wasn't the last. Sooo good.
I had the original cinnamon sugar tail, and Nick has the skor one. They were delicious, and only about $5. Beavertails is one of the many shops you can find on the tobermory harbour. 10/10 recommend!
To save money we camped instead of staying in a hotel! It costed about $40 a night for our campsite. We stayed at Harmony acres, which is a 2 minute drive from the Bruce peninsula national park.
We spent about $60 on food. We brought everything we needed and kept it in a cooler. We had subs for lunches, and pie iron pizzas for dinner. We had fruit, granola bars and cookies for breakfasts, and chips, crackers, and s'mores for snacks.
Minus our air bed breaking, camping was a blast. Definitely worth the money we saved.