There is a CAN$ 7.50 parking fee which sounds a bit steep but once you get on the hike, you will soon agree it is well worth it. You can also buy a National Parks Pass for CAN$ 50.00 that is good for a year and for all parks in the Canadian system.
Though the Bruce Penisula offers many great activities and the park itself is a beautiful place to relax, the best way to enjoy it is to hike at least a portion of the spectacular Bruce Trail. It stretches over 700 km from Niagara Falls to Tobermory but the most impressive section is a 20 km portion within the boundaries of this National Park and the only way to see it up close is to use your own two feet.
The lighthouse is just outside the harbour of Tobermory, and you'll pass it when you take the boattour. It's a nice little lighthouse to see. I love seeing lighthouses and reading more about them. There is mostly an interesting story to them.
In 1885, due to the dangerous passageways ships had to pass through from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay to reach the harbour, the Department of Marine and Fisheries purchased three lots on the west side of the entrance to Big Tub harbour in Tobermory for a lighthouse. The lots were purchased for $18.00. The first lighthouse, costing $675.00, was erected that same year by John George and David Currie of Port Elgin who were contracted to do the job.
Previously, during the 1870's, Charles Earl--one of the area's first settlers--hung a lantern on a tree branch to guide the ships to the harbour's refuge. The tree's location later became the site of the lighthouse itself. Earl was paid the grand sum of $100 per year for this duty. In September 1885, Abraham Davis was appointed permanent keeper of the light.
The first lighthouse was later replaced by the present-day structure, a six-sided wooden tower, 43' from the ground to the lantern vane, with a red iron lantern room at the top.
At one time, the coal oil standing lamp shed its light from the harbour entrance. It had a large burner which was turned up or down, according to the lamp brightness desired. Today, an automated red harbour light acts as a guide for boaters. The lighthouse became automated and electrified in 1952.
Tobermory's light still guides boats through powerful currents, frequent fogs and numerous shoals to the safety of Big Tub Harbour. The number of shipwrecks offshore testify to the dangers of these waters.
Opening times :
May 1st to Thanksgiving : Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to sunset
I love lighthouses, and I've posted quite a few photos of them here on VT. You can see them on my North America page :
Here you can see the entrence to a cave on the side of a cliff. You have to climb up alot of stairs to get up here. and the view from up here is veary nice.
because the water level close to the flowerpot island is low we have to get off the seaview 3 on to a rubber raft to get to the island. This was fun
This is my wife silvia my 2 sons marco and ricardo and my aunt that goe's with us every where laura.Geting ready to go see the sunken ships and thene flowerpot island
This is The Blue heron 5 one of many Glass bottom boat that takes you to see the sunken ships and thene flower pot island.
This is to show how clean the water is here ,very very clean and deep you cant see how deep it is here but the water in this foto is vearhy deep.
This is the view from are motel balcony all you can hear is the bird's chirping and the movement of the water against the rock's i wise the world was all like this . : )
This is the harbour and center of town from here you can go to flower pot island or just a pleasent walk around town
There are coastal caves along the escarpment but The Grotto is a local favorite as the cave has an opening onto the trail itself from above, making it possible to hike down into it.
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
Good for: Couples
Earl Street, PO Box 35, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
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Good for: Families
236 Big Tub Road, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
Good for: Solo