Ontario is a province full of hidden treasures.
And some of those treasures are underwater.
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?
Fathom Five National Marine Park offers some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in Canada, and diving in it is one thing to cross of 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.
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Flowerpot Island is 6.5 km from Tobermory harbour and is reached only by boat. This little getaway island is famous for its natural “flowerpot” rock pillars, caves, historic light station, and rare plants. Visitors can do everything from hiking, swimming, and even camping. Be sure to book ahead.
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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.
Nothing like a little cavin’ to complete a trip. 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.
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.
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And while you’re there, be sure to stay a while and catch one of these epic sunsets.
And remember, be a good visitor at these beautiful locations. Follow the signs, and be sure to leave no trace along the way (aka pick up your trash).
Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, please 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 this website.
Stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!