Fathom Five National Marine Park, Tobermory
We continued along the south shore of Cove, through the Otter Island Channel and east to Flowerpot Island. This 200 hectares island gets its name from two unusual rock formations on its eastern shore. This is the only Island where camping and hiking is permitted. We cruised right by the Flowerpot rock formations where we took lots of pictures. There were many tourists either hiking over the rocks or sitting by the Flowerpots rock formations. Although we were not in a position to do any hiking on the island, for those interested in taking another ship there, the dock is located at Beachy Cove and it is a 15 minute hike up to the Flowerpots.
Today I've been to Tobermory and did a boattrip to Flowerpot Island. Tobermory is about 3 hours a drive north-west of here. It's a cosy little harbour village, but known for it's beautiful coastline and the many shipwrecks that lay here. With the boattrip you get a roundtrip to Flowerpot Island, a beautiful little island in front of the coast, with weird rock formations, called "flowerpots"
But Tobermory has more to offer, there is also a provincial park here : Bruce Peninsula Provincial Park. A beautiful park and a great place to do some hiking. Through the park goes the "Bruce Trail", and it is fantastic to do a part of this trail.
Though expensive, the ferry out to Flowerpot Island was wonderful. It starts by going over two shallow shipwrecks in Big Tub Harbour. Then it goes out to Flowerpot Island. We sat on the top deck of the boat and enjoyed the beautiful views. The walking is easy on the island. The flowerpots are large! Look closely and you'll see the flowerpots have been repaired with cement! Note: We stayed only an hour (9:00 am ferry arrived at 10:10 am; we took the 11:20 am ferry back to Tobermory); that was not enough time to visit the light station and the flowerpots.
2 stop the sunken ships in the Fathom Five National Marine Park.
Which is Canada's first National Marine Park, with over 20 shipwrecks and 19 islands . The deep clear water and the numerous shipwrecks attract over 8,000 divers each year.
On Flowerpot Island you will find 2 huge rocks. These rocks look like a flowerpot. This Island is known for these flowerpots. On the rest of the Island you will find a forest.
From Tobermory there are boats going to Flowerpot Island.