Multitude of water sports, easily visited, good for photography
long drive to get there, expensive accoms
Tobermory, an escape from it all
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....more
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...more
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...more
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
Good for: Couples
Earl Street, PO Box 35, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
236 Big Tub Road, Tobermory, N0H 2R0, Canada
Good for: Solo
We liked the ambience of this restaurant and the deal - eat as much fish as you can in one particular offer. Rest assured, the serving means full fish. When we had our 3 dinners at the restaurant, there were 3 hosts. Two of them are appearing in the picture # 1. The 3rd is the wife of 1st gentleman (or gentle-pirate if you will) on left hand...more
My husband and I have been coming here for almost 25 years...we do not even have to order ....they know what we want just by showing up. . Service is the best that you can find during the busiest time of the year on the Bruce. This place is usually standing room only, to get a seat on a Friday night or the weekend without waiting is unusual. My...more
When we walked into the Lighthouse it was quiet ( but also off season during the week ).The atmoshere was dated but okay.The menu offered a large selection but when we ordered service was slow.The french onion soup was made with toaster bread that has soaked up all the broth.It was a bowl of soggy bread no soup.I sent it back and rather than remake...more
There is not on the go in Tobermory for nightlight in the off season but there are opportunities I guess. In Ontario the liquor stores are referred to as LCBO.You will find one of these in Tobermory and there is one in Wiarton as well at 415 William Street. There are some more as well in Bruce Country and the web site can help you locate them all....more
Since the peninsula extends northward, with Georgian bay to the east and Lake Huron to the west, you must be on the west side to view one of Lake Huron's spectacular sunsets. We drove to Red Bay and sat on the long pier to await sunset....and we weren't alone. Many people gather at the beaches in the evening for this free nighttime show.more
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Majestically carving through scenic Georgian Bay, the MS Chi-Cheemaun is the largest passenger/car vessel on the Great Lakes. Completing the 30-mile route between Tobermory and South Baymouth in less than two hours, the ‘Big Canoe’, as it is known in native Ojibwa, can transport 638 passengers and 143 cars.I didn't actually get to ride on the big...more
Here is one of a couple of companies that have tour boats that operate to Flower Pot Island. It makes for a nice day trip. It costs $22 per adult. If you visit this website and clik on the motel option you will see an arial view of Tobermory. You can see that it is easy to get around because of how small it is.more
I don't think I've actually ever taken the ferry from Tobermory - or if I did, it was a long-ago replaced ferry. This was taken a number of years ago when I was up in Tobermory with friends and family.Chi-Cheemaun takes passengers to Manitoulan Island. They can then take the bridge over from Little Current to Espanola.more
Guelph is home to Wellington County Brewery, perhaps the finest in all of Ontario. They specialize in real ales and many of their brews are offered at fine pubs on pull taps much as in the United Kingdom. The brewery has a great tasting room for groups and a good selection of their beers to go too. One beer I had never been able to get my greedy...more
The lady and the gentleman in the pictures are invited by the Visitor Centre to work on their artifacts at the Centre so as as to showcase them or the visitors. However, in order to buy the same artifacts, one must go to a number of gift stores and 1st Nation stores all along the Highway 6 and at Little Tub Harbour. Artifacts made by local...more
Well this turned out to be a surprise but in Wiarton they celebrate Groundhog day in a big way and the community is home to Wiarton Willie the Groundhog!
I'll tell you more but there is a web site.
I was trying to get a peak at the little guy on my trip but he didn't come out. I only found his large statue down at the waterfront!
Canada has only three species of poisonous snake and one of them happens to reside along the Niagara Escarpment. I happened across this Massasauga Rattlesnake on one of my hikes along the Bruce Trail. As you can see it is very well camoflauged and I nearly stepped on it. They can deliver enough poison to kill an adult. As it was lying in the middle...more
As you explore the Niagra Escarpment you will see there are a lot of cliffs. Some people have jumped off of these in the past and I can tell you some of them have died. They are dead. So don't get any funny ideas.You'll see from the pictures, I had a little peak over the edge.Enjoy the pics!more
As you can see from my site you will probably be doing a lot of hiking or time out with nature while on the Bruce Peninsula and they do have rattlesnakes.The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, an endangered species, is now reduced to a few scattered populations. The snake was once found throughout Southern Ontario. When hiking in the area wear long...more
The dinner cruise offered by the Chi-Cheemaun is a bit of a misnomer. It's not really a cruise, it's simply the ferry's usual run to Manitoulin and back, except you sit in a nice eating area and enjoy a fancy meal.
By the time you finish eating, the sun has set! Being on deck is a wind-tunnel experience, and unless you're docking at either end of the run, there's nothing to see but water, water, and more water. You really don't get a good glimpse of the flowerpot islands either. We also had the unfortunate luck of having a wonderful table-side view of some of the boats mechanical parts, which obscured our view of water, water, and more water. Additionally, be warned that most guests are 40 +, if not older.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the sunset, let your food get cold instead. The food is good too. We had a decent time and the other guests were interesting. But if wasn't a cruise, wasn't what we expected, and for the money...well...we would have spent it elsewhere to be honest.
But if you're going to Manitoulin anyway, you might as well have a good meal while doing it!
Fun Alternatives: There are private operators that offer tours of the islands and the peninsula.
As you could read in my warning tip it's best to avoid being bitten by mosquitos because of the West Nile Virus. Here are some useful tips to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitos : Pack light coloured and long-sleeved clothing that includes long sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants, shoes, and tuck pants into socks for extra protection....more
Backpacks offer greater flexibility whether traveling by car or foot. THough a well traversed trail, you need a good pair of hiking boots for the Bruce. It is a rugged trail going over cliffs and many roots in the more forested sections. Wide angle to take in all of the Georgian Bay and polarizer to bring out its blue colors. Tent, sleeping bag...more
Inglis Falls is located in a beautiful Conservation Area just south of the town of Owen Sound. Follow 2nd Ave east and watch for signs.The falls are 18m high and cascade over the Niagara Escarpment to the Sydenham River. You can take an easy nature hike here, or follow a more challenging path northeast to Harrison Park in Owen Sound. The Bruce...more
Located just south of the Bruce Peninsula, minutes from Sauble Beach on Hwy 21 is Southampton. It has some beautiful period buildings including the town hall, pictured here and large Victorian homes as well as a sandy beach with views of the Chantry Island Lighthouse across the water. You can take a boat tour to the island to see a restored...more
Tobermory is also the home of the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry, the southern terminus to very touristic Manitoulin Island. Reservations are definitely recommended for the 7:00 am sailing in July and August. We had heard so much about a trip to Manitoulin Island that we planned a trip to it taking the ferry. An unexpected thunderstorm stranded us at Wiarton,...more
The property currently has 5 kilometres of single-track trail available for use. These open and flowing trail run through the valleys of Carrick Township and are suitable for hikers and biking enthusiasts. There is an additional 3 kilometres of double-track trail available for all users except motorized use.more
Brant Tract is a 781-acre property that consists of approximately 30 kilometres of trail. These trails range from single-track, double-track to roadways suitable for levels.Dedicated workers through a Youth Services Canada Project that took place in 2003 and 2004 developed much of the “single track” using IMBA [http://www.imba.com/] trail building...more
Cruise boats leave from Little Tub Harbour that is practically the downtown of Tobermory. On one particular day, when we did not want to have any adventure, we spent a great duration of time around the Little Tub Harbour. We had our breakfast at Gallery Pizzeria, which also has a bookstore. The harbour was quite busy with street performers. The...more
In 1990 the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) designated the Niagara Escarpment as a World Biosphere Reserve. Local communities are challenged to live harmoniously with the ecosystems that surround them, conserving the plants, animals and micro-organisms, maintaining healthy natural systems while at the same...more
Tobermory is a summer destination that has a reputation as being good value for the family traveler and they draw a lot of their visitors from Toronto and the surrounding cities like London, Guelph, Sarnia and so on. So as you can imagine the summer it would be like any other overcrowded place.Here is my advice to you and my favour to the county...more