Chantry Island Lighthouse, located just over a mile southwest of Southampton, has the distinction of being one of only six Imperial Lighthouses built on the Great Lakes. It began operation in 1859 and at that time sperm whale oil fuelled the light. Once on the island, you will be treated to a tour of the lighthouse, the lightkeeper's home and the restored gardens. The island is a Canadian Wildlife Service migratory bird sanctuary, home to more than 10,000 pairs of mating birds.
It is Bruce County’s most popular attraction, a bustling hot spot visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. One of Mother Nature’s crown jewels, its turquoise pool of water and intricate cave structures are mesmerizing!
The Grotto is located at the Cyprus Lake Road entrance to the Park. If you are looking to hike to the Grotto without the crowded trails or busy parking lots, the best time to visit is in the Spring or Fall.