Tobermory offers visitors a full range of accommodations - Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Cottages and Campgrounds. All except campgrounds tend to be pricey during the summers. In fact, their being pricey surprised us but did not shock us. I strongly recommend reservations at least 2 weeks in advance. Because of our heavy summer travel itinerary for this year we wanted to save money, we opted for the least expensive motel – Peacock Villas.
The Washroom was a bit small though a bit uncomfortable. However, we ended up paying $800 for a week. Come to think of it, this is the least expensive motel in the entire area. For this money one can stay at a luxury resort elsewhere, but then you will find visiting two great national parks during 8 days almost impossible.
Peacock Villas’ room turned out to be very well maintained and kept neat and clean by the owners. The motel is approachable from Highway 6 and is located directly in front of Little Tub Harbour across the Highway.
I had a very enjoyable stay here. I loved that it was located on a lake. (Cameron Lake) The cottaged were old fashioned, but overall they were pretty acceptable. And most of all they were extremely clean.
A great thing about this resort is theres lots you can do at it without having to leave . The resort provided a large assortment of water vehicles you can rent. For example; canoes, kayaks, water tricycle, and most of all motorized boats great for rides on the lake and fishing. You may also buy worms from the resort. As well on the lake there is a volleyball net set up, a swimming area, a floating dock you can swim to and a surfboard attached to the bottom of the lake that you can try to balance on.
Besides stuff on Cameron lake there is also a swing set great for kids of all ages and a huge camping pit with plenty of seating where campfires are held nightly.
We arrived in Tobermory on a Tuesday afternoon in August without a reservation (assuming that Tuesday wouldn't be a very busy day). Nearly everything was booked! We found a room at the Coach House Inn: one queen bed (quite comfortable) in a non-smoking room, A/C (worked well), ensuite (though the bath tub's stopper didn't work), with cable TV (with quite a few channels!). The rate was $102 per night. The room was decent. Only one light in the room meant only one person could read at night (the other side of the room was too dark). The owner seemed very odd. The included "breakfast" was one of the poorest I've even been offered: do-it-yourself wheat toast (no other kind of bread available), big tubs of margarine, big tubs of peanut butter, individual packages of strawberry jam and orange marmalade, two kinds of cereal (corn flakes and bran flakes), milk for the cereal, and coffee. No water or juice was out (although a half-pitcher of orange juice was begrudgingly brought out the second morning after a couple asked if any juice was available). The owner caters to big buses, so if you're not with a big bus, don't expect great service.
E-Terra is without question the most unique location I had ever seen and had the please to receive a tour of. It’s an true extreme eco-lodge that came to the area to the tune of over $4 million in private investment. Lori Adams is the extreme proprietor who managed project and now operates this property.
To try and find balance between ecology, economics and ethis is one of Lori Adams goals so they combined the three E's with Terra (the earth) is where the name E'Terra came from.
You kind of have to see this property to appreciate it but it's nestled in the forest of the Bruce Peninsula right at the water's edge. So the setting could'nt be better for holistic health.
So the setting is perfect but the building itself so environmentally friendly it's amazing, right from the linens that are used, the natural air conditioning system, to it's own fire water pool, to recycling the rain water for the toilets, the heat sources and so on.
You can read the web site address that I provided that has much more detail but you probably need to go here to experience what it is really going to be like.
The Waterview is a great place in Wiarton. It’s set up like a motel type thing with all the rooms accessibly from the outside but the quality of the rooms is first rate.
The beds there are extremely comfortable, there are these huge jacuzzi’s in each room and from the balconies you get a great view of the water. During my visit there were some renovations so they had some hick ups with the television reception and fire alarms but that was getting fixed apparently.
The site is owned by two guys who appeared to be partners; I didn’t ask but the location would be friendly to that clientele for sure. At the office they also had some old VHS tapes that you could borrow.
It was funny during the night of our stay a group of us where just socializing when the power went off. So it made for a dark night for a little while.
Great rooms and waterfront.
The Princess Hotel is probably the biggest place in Tobermory. There is not a lot of accommodations there so I would make sure to have reservations, especially in the peak seasons. The Princess Hotel is owned by a family out of Toronto who are originally from Greece.
I think this is reflective of the menu. The restaurant in the hotel had a great menu with lots of local seafood so it was hard to decide what to have in the evenings. This was probably the highlight of the place in some respects.
The rooms where new and very nice with balconies and if you were lucky you got a great view of Georgian Bay. There was air conditioning in the rooms which is probably great in the summer.
There is one thing about the place and that is the walls are thin. Very thin. You will hear people in the halls, rolling over in the bed in the next room and stuff like that. So gets lots of fresh air in the day time so you can sleep tight in the evenings.
From the hotel you will quickly see you can quickly walk to anywhere in Tobermory. It’s a small little community.
This is from the Bruce Penninsula telephone book which is 50 pages for both the residential and business section. The area code is 519
Summer House Park 1-800-265-5557
Bees Knees B&B 793-3733
By the bay Pike Bay Resort www.bythebay.on.ca
Lakeside Rainbow park and cottages 793-3414
Lion's Head Beach Motel & cottages 793-3155
Tamarac Island inn 592-5810
Bayside Bed and Breakfast 596-2712
Bruce Ancor motel 596-2555
Bruce Penninsula Cottage Rentals www.rentcottage.com
Cedar vista motel 596-2395
Coach House Inn 596-2361
Our Nest B&B 596-2936
The Cypress Lake Campground at Bruce Pensinsula National Park offers 242 campsites spread over three subdivisions and all on trails that lead directly to the Bruce Trail.
Very secluded spots, in fact, in some you will not even see your neighbor! It is also nice to be able to leave your car at the site and just walk out to the Bay. You can also camp in the backcountry in one of nice spots along the Bruce Trail.
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