Fathom Five National Marine Park

Visit Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula!

Canada’s first National Marine Conservation Area, Fathom Five protects the continuation of the grand ridge of the Niagara Escarpment as it drops underwater at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. At the same time, this 130-square-kilometre, triangular-shaped park embraces 20 islands, 22 shipwrecks and several historic light stations.

The park’s 22 shipwrecks make for some of the best scuba diving in North America. The wrecks, mostly schooners, barges and steamers, are amongst the oldest and best-preserved wrecks in Canada, many dating back to the mid-1800s – before area lighthouses were erected and before the first complete survey of Georgian Bay was finished in 1888. The variety of sunken vessels offer experiences for all levels of divers, beginner to advanced.

Did you know: This is Canada’s First Underwater Park that is also the Scuba Diving Capital of Canada?!

One needn’t be a diver to experience the park.  Blue Heron Boat Cruises and Bruce Anchor Cruises are fully equipped with Glass-bottom boats providing tours of the shipwrecks and lighthouses.

Visitors can also disembark on Flowerpot Island and hike trails to caves and rock pillars. In spring, from mid-May to early June, island visitors can find the delicate calypso orchid in bloom along the trails.

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must see: Beaches


Over 850 kilometres (531 miles) of coastline & sand, perfect for beach hopping & sunsets

must see: The Grotto

The Grotto

The Grotto was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years ago. It has the bluest water in Ontario!

must see: Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to camping, cliffs and caves of the Niagara Escarpment create a dramatic setting for photography. Everyone must experience once in their lifetime hiking to the Grotto.

must see: Adventure Passport

Adventure Passport

The Adventure Passport is a big scavenger hunt all over Bruce County. Participants are to visit a minimum 7 of the 12 Adventure Passport Stops to win an Official Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport T Shirt.

must see: Museums


Bruce County Museum is celebrating 60 years! Stay tuned for all the exciting exhibits such as "Fore the Planet".

must see: Lighthouse Tours

Immerse yourself in the history of Bruce County lighthouses by taking a self-guided tour through some of the best lighthouses in Ontario!

must see: Hiking


Over 500 km of footpaths to explore along the Bruce Trail, in nature preserves, provincial & national parks.

must see: Cycling


Roads climb up and over the Escarpment and run along some of Canada's most stunning shoreline.