Fun things to do in Tobermory

  • The first Class Picture ever in Tobermory, Ontario
    The first Class Picture ever in...
    by chetongueek
  • Dunks Point
    Dunks Point
    by Faiza-Ifrah
  • A shipwreck
    A shipwreck
    by Faiza-Ifrah

Most Viewed Things to Do in Tobermory

  • chetongueek's Profile Photo

    St Edmunds Museum - Tobermory

    by chetongueek Written Jul 14, 2012

    The St. Edmunds Museum is just south of Tobermory on Hwy #6. It was built as the first school house in 1898 and was converted to a museum in 1967.
    This museum shows the culture of the people as it developed in isolation over the past 100+ years. It highlights the lumbering, fishing and marine industries. There are lots of artifacts that show the lifestyle of the people. An old log cabin sits on the grounds (not open to the public at this point) which was built by one of the original settlers and is the home of the first white girl born on the entire Bruce Peninsula.
    It is a fascinating look at the past and how it affects the present and the future.
    This is a small-town, low-tech museum. The admission is by donation.
    I can't help thinking of "the more things change, the more they stay the same" as I wandered through the St. Edmunds Museum in Tobermory, Ontario.

    St. Edmunds Museum in Tobermory Ontario Inside the St. Edmunds Museum The first Class Picture ever in Tobermory, Ontario
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo

    Wiarton

    by windsorgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Wiarton calls itself the Gateway to the Bruce Peninsula since it is located at the base of the peninsula on beautiful Colpoy Bay. It is a small town with only 2000 residents, but has all the amenities that you will need for your vacation on the peninsula including a grocery store, gas stations and tourist information.

    Park your car at Bluewater Park near the Tourist Information. This building is an historic train depot from 1904 that was relocated to this location. I love seeing old buildings restored to their former glory and this is a fine example. After picking up your free maps and travel guides, take a walk along the water's edge to see the boats in the harbour lined up against a backdrop of the white cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.

    You can also walk a short distance back to the main street for some shopping or lunch.

    Wiarton Tourist Information
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Start from the Visitor Centre

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 13, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The newly renovated Visitor Centre surprised us by its décor and ambience (see picture). The building itself accommodates a theatre and a vast Exhibit Centre.

    Here is what we did at the Visitor Centre, which caters both for Bruce Peninsula National Park and the neighbouring Fathom Five National Marine Park, although it does not sell passes / entrance tickets for the former.

    1. Climbed the 20m (65') tower for a bird's-eye view of the Fathom Five National Marine Park.

    2. watched a high-definition movie in a mid size theatre for unique features of the two parks and a virtual adventure to the best spots in the park.

    3. Visited the exhibit gallery, with everything from a full-size lighthouse, flowerpot and cliff to black bear, rattlesnake and shipwreck exhibits.

    4. And of course, shopped for national park souvenirs in the gift shop.

    The view from main entrance
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Visitor Centre - View from the Tower

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 13, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We climbed the metal stairs of the 20m high Tower to have a bird’s eye view of the Fathom Five National Marine Park.

    The tower is located at about 800 meters from the Visitor Centre and can be seen from the parking lot.

    The view from this tower reminded us of a trip to Melawati in Malaysia.

    The picture shows the dense forest and then a Fathom Five Island in the distant background.

    A view from the top
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Cruise through the park – Russel Island

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 13, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We then cruised through the south and west sides of Russel Island where we went over many shoals typical of the Lake Huron side of the Bruce Peninsula. We lodged ourselves on the front side of the top deck, but began to realize that wind could be chilly even on a seemingly hot day. Russel Island is the closest to the mainland and perhaps approachable by canoes and kayaks.

    Characteristic shoals of the Island A view of the island
    Related to:
    • Cruise
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    It is a birdwatching paradise

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    One should plan a visit for May or early October to see the maximum number of bird species migrating through the islands during their spring and winter migrations. However, in summer, there were many waterfowls that could still be seen. Cormorants made a pleasant site everywhere. Bald Eagles, bears, dears and rattlesnakes call Cove Island home because it is a large island and is closest to the mainland. These species are not found on Flowerpot Island, because its farthest from the mainland and these species have not made it to that island. Garter snakes and red squirrels are present on that island though.

    Cormorants
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Cruise through the park – White Rock

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We then headed north, cutting across the Devil Island Channel and to a small Island called White Rock that is a nesting site for the Double Crested Cormorants. We took lots of pictures of the birds resting on the island. It was a beautiful site. Cormorants reminded us of another sailing expedition and that was in Orlando, where the guide had educated us on the difference between Cormorants and Anhingas.

    Cormorants' White Rock
    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • National/State Park
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    The Exhibit Gallery at the Visitor Centre

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Exhibit Gallery at the Visitor Centre is a must go. The Gallery educated us on the unique geological features of this park, as well as the neighbouring Bruce Peninsula National Park. Specific to Fathom Five, we got depiction of Alvars, submerged geology, pop-ups, and submerged waterfalls. Among many other exhibits, there is a shipwreck, a full-size lighthouse, flowerpot cliff, black bear, and rattlesnake.

    If the kids are around a park naturalist may give a live demo or at least fetch a live Massassauga Rattlesnack for a public viewing.

    Educative board in the Exhibit
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Cruise through the park – Cove Island

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The cruise then head into seemingly the prettiest part of the trip, the southwest corner of Cove Island. The water was so clear that we could see fish at the bottom of the lake. Bald Eagles are being recently sighted on a fairly regular basis. All of us had relocated on the main deck of the ship by now, because it was very cold on the upper deck. We saw many boaters enjoying fishing, scuba diving, and other types of water sports around Cove Island. The greenery and beauty was certainly matchless.

    Entrance and exit to the Cove Ships anchored for fishing and swimming Fishing and swimming
    Related to:
    • Cruise
    • Water Sports
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Cruise through the Park - Shipwrecks

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We took Great Blue Heron cruise from Tobermory. This is reportedly Canada's largest glass bottom boat and can carry up to 125 passengers. Great Blue Heron departs from Little Tub Harbor, which is located at downtown Tobermory, at regular intervals. The last daylight cruise leaves at 3 pm. Our two hour cruise began with a visit to two nineteenth century shipwrecks located in Tobermory's Big Tub Harbor. The water was so clear that we could see the shipwrecks clearly (see pictures).

    A shipwreck Another shipwreck
    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • National/State Park
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo

    Hiking the Burnt Point Loop

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This 3.5 km track is located on the only section of the Park that is on the main Peninsula and starts and finishes near the Visitor Centre. The much bigger remaining section of the Park comprises of islands and parts of the Georgian Bay.

    The trail took us through densely forested area (picture 2) that made us sweat profusely to a seemingly relieving coastal area with open view of the Georgian Bay (picture 1). This point is known as Dunks Point. However, cobbled beach looked beautiful from a distance, but as we hiked on it, we were drained out of remaining energy to the point we decided to take a respite. Most of the time was spent here having snacks and taking pictures.

    Dunks Point Hike through a dense forest
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • Amanda-v's Profile Photo

    Bruce Peninsula National Park

    by Amanda-v Written Jan 25, 2008

    The Bruce Peninsula National park is an absolute must see. It's one of the most beautiful and breath taking places I've been. To get there you take a 45 minute hike along side many lakes that make beautiful views as you make your way to the peninsula. Once there make sure to go to the look point at the end it's on top of a rock ledge. This makes it perfect to look over the beautiful atmosphere. You will see the turquoise blue lake Huron, deep gray rock formations and when you look down you will see thousands of white rock. Once your done taking it all in you should go down and enjoy what it has to offer you. You can either go back to the path and take safe stairs down, or if you like you can just climb down. It's not that difficult since the ledge only ascends about 8 feet above. Once down whatever way you chose there are many things to do.
    1) Take a swim in the water (which by the way is cold)
    2) If your feeling brave you could cliff jump of the rocks
    3) Explore the "grotto" which is a cave you can get to either by a tunnel or by swimming (tunnel located on top of rock formation)
    4) Climb the rock formations
    5) Soak in the sun
    I would personally recommend going to the "grotto". As well there is a ledge in there that you may jump off.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo

    Cyprus Lake

    by jamiesno Written Jul 14, 2006

    Cyprus Lake offers 242 campsites in three campgrounds. I didn't get to go camping, I just got to see Cyprus Lake from the trail unroute to the Grotto. But this did look like a great lake with lots of birds around. It would be a beautiful place to make home for a day or to. Have fun!

    Was this review helpful?

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo

    The Grotto

    by jamiesno Written Jul 14, 2006

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A 30-minute walk from the Head-of-Trails parking lot gets you to Indian Head Cove and the Grotto. There was a lot of build up to the Grotto . There is a lot of talk about it and it is one of the signature tourist attractions of the Bruce Peninsula. The rocky shoreline makes for a great walk or hike.

    You can see from my pictures what to expect.

    The Grotto a beautiful natural cave carved into the cliffs. To get to the Grotta from the trail you have to scale down through a hole about 10 metres.

    The cave extends into the side of the cliff for some meters to expose a pool which connects by an underwater passage to the main body of water at the tip of the point.

    The cave is lit from beneath the water by green light coming from the far side of this passage, and swallows were visible in the dim light as they flew in over our heads to reach their nests protected high up on shelves in the cave.

    Have fun :-)

    Inside the Grotto Entering the Grotto at my own risk :-) The cystal blue water inside the Grotto. Look down at the Grotto. Another view of the Grotto.

    Was this review helpful?

  • orlandom's Profile Photo

    catwalk

    by orlandom Written Jul 26, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is where the path on flowerpot island stars from here you see everything there is to see on the islande like all kinds of flowers,both the big and small flowerpot and at the end of the trail the lighthouse.whene we went we saw chipmonks snakes and all kinds of birds, and don't forget the wonderfull view's of the shoreline

    catwalk

    Was this review helpful?

Tobermory Hotels

  • Tobermory Princess Hotel

    34 Bay Street South, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Grandview

    Earl Street, PO Box 35, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Big Tub Harbour Resort

    236 Big Tub Road, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Latest Tobermory Hotel Reviews

Tobermory Lodge & Motel
57 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 3, 2014
Big Tub Harbour Resort
46 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 23, 2014
Tobermory Princess Hotel
58 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 12, 2014

Instant Answers: Tobermory

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

84 travelers online now

Comments

Tobermory Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Tobermory locals.
Map of Tobermory
Other Things to Do in Tobermory