You asked for it! Here are a few things to do with your kids in Bruce County
There are various boats departing all day long with additonal shuttles that take you directly onto the 6.5-km-long island to explore. Features on the island include well marked trails, assessable shorelines, campsites (must be booked ahead of time), outhouses, and picnic shelter areas. The island is also well know for being part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park that highlights sunken ships during a glass bottom boat cruise.
Fact about Flowerpot Island
Part of the Niagara Escarpment, this triangular-shaped island features a microcosm of escarpment highlights including cliffs with old growth cedars growing in the most unfathomable spots, caves, rare ferns and orchids. A main trail runs along the rock-rimmed shore to its namesake “flowerpots”, and loops back through the interior. A side trail branches to a cave where interpretive signs explain the island’s geology.
Lighthouse Keeper Station
Another trail extends to a lighthouse on the island’s highest point, Castle Bluff, at the northeast end. Built in 1897, the lighthouse, along with the keeper’s home, are maintained by Friends of Fathom Five National Marine Park www.castlebluff.com. There’s a museum on-site, along with gardens, walkways, and a viewing platform.
Interested in camping on the Island?
For overnights, half-a-dozen campsites await on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book a Flowerpot Island campsite, call Parks Canada at 519-596-2233 ext 221. For futher information on the campsites or Flowerpot in general please contact 519-596-2233 ext 221. (Note: There is one composting toilet facility near the campsites. Carry your own water, or purify bay water. Park fees apply). Boat shuttles to the island are provided by Blue Heron Boat Cruises and Bruce Anchor Boat Cruises from Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory and are based on a first-come first-serve basis.
Over 850 kilometres (531 miles) of coastline & sand, perfect for beach hopping & sunsets
The Grotto was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years ago. It has the bluest water in Ontario!
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.
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.
Bruce County Museum is celebrating 60 years! Stay tuned for all the exciting exhibits such as "Fore the Planet".
Immerse yourself in the history of Bruce County lighthouses by taking a self-guided tour through some of the best lighthouses in Ontario!
Over 500 km of footpaths to explore along the Bruce Trail, in nature preserves, provincial & national parks.
Roads climb up and over the Escarpment and run along some of Canada's most stunning shoreline.