Ontario is a province full of hidden treasures waiting to be explored.
Some of them just so happen to be underwater and require a snorkel.
Located in the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a gem that takes you into a different world. From its crystal clear water to the majestic Niagara Escarpment and the Grotto, Tobermory is also home to over 20 historic shipwrecks. Besides immersing yourself in Fathom Five National Marine Park, Tobermory offers hiking on the Bruce Trail, diving, and delicious eats.
So where should you begin your Tobermory adventure?
Let’s be honest, Flowerpot Island is so gorgeous it’s almost hard to believe that it’s located here in Canada. Located just off the coast of Tobermory, the island is famous for its natural “flowerpot” rock pillars, caves, historic light station and rare plants. Most guests take a tour boat to the island to hike its trails, view its stunning scenery, picnic or swim. Masks are now mandatory on the Blue Anchor Cruise to the island and the Blue Heron Company boats will be travelling directly to Flowerpot Island.
Check out the ancient cedar trees that spiral from the cliff-edge, and the paths among the green as you hike through the Niagara Escarpment. Listen to the birds and peak at spectacular scenic lookouts, you’ll forget you’re only a few hours away from home.
The Grotto, located near Tobermory, is one of the top tourist attractions in Ontario, according to Parks Canada. “A shoreline cave with beautiful blue waters, the Grotto is a unique natural wonder and memorable place to experience,” they state. And we couldn’t agree more. A new reservation system for the 4 hour Grotto parking time slots allows you to plan your trip in advance. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment!
Fathom Five National Marine Park offers some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in Canada, and diving in it is one thing to cross off your list this summer. The area has over 20 historic shipwrecks, and everyone, from snorkelers to advanced divers, will find lots to explore in the region’s clear water.
Being a harbour town, there are several lighthouses in the region. From the famous Cove Island Lighthouse to the beautifully located Flowerpot Island Lighthouse, these light stations will remind you of part of the region’s not-too-distant past.
And while you’re there, be sure to stay a while and catch one of these epic sunsets.
Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, social distance, stay on marked trails, abide by trail closure signs, and hike with a friend for increased safety. To avoid hazards, we recommend keeping a safe distance back from slopes, bluffs and river edges.
For more information on how to stay safe while enjoying Parks Canada places please visit their website.
Stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!