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  • 1 of the few sandy beaches in Tobermory
    1 of the few sandy beaches in Tobermory
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    water is cristal clear
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    It is a birdwatching paradise

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    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
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    Hiking the Burnt Point Loop

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    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
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    Cruise through the park – Russel Island

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    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
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    Cruise through the park – Cove Island

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 10, 2009

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    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
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    The Exhibit Gallery at the Visitor Centre

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 10, 2009

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    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
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    Visitor Centre - View from the Tower

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    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
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    Many cottages on the river

    by orlandom Written Jul 22, 2005

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    Tobermory is such a beautifull place that lots of people buy cottages like this one to enjoy nature and the fresh air you allso see many boats and yachts all over the place.Veary nice place to visit and is not crowded

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    The Grotto

    by jamiesno Written Jul 14, 2006

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    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.

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    well worth the money...

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 7, 2003

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    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.

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    Big Tub Lighthouse

    by sim1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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 :
    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/2/6/#T

    Big Tub Lighthouse
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    Check out the scenery

    by Simonneeddy Updated Jul 16, 2004

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    This is SIMONNE on our first trip several years ago when we boarded on Manitoulin Island to go to Tobermory.View of the bay and Lake Huron from the deck. It was sunny and warm unlike our June 29, 2004 trip

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    Cold and fun

    by heitzenrater Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Fathom Five National Marine Park is made up of two components, 45 square miles of clear water and an archipelago of 19 islands. Sheer cliffs, limestone overhangs and large caves can be found both on the islands and submerged beneath the water.

    Tobermory is also the home of the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry, the southern terminus to Manitoulin Island. Reservations are definitely recommended for the 7:00 am sailing in July and August. Or take advantage of the incredible Chi-Cheemaun Dinner Cruise - you won't be disappointed!

    This place is considered a paradise by naturalists, photographers, divers, hikers, kayakers, leisure-seekers, golfers and art lovers. It offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, rest and relaxation, sweet & clean air & water and a scenery that is absolutely breathtaking.

    Hike the majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment along the world famous Bruce Trail or the inland trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park! A feast for the eyes - and camera lenses of the naturalist

    1 of the many dive wrecks called the Boiler
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    Bruce Peninsula National Park

    by Amanda-v Written Jan 25, 2008

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    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.

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    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
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    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!

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Tobermory Hotels

  • Tobermory Princess Hotel

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

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Big Tub Harbour Resort

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

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Grandview

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

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

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