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.
Saugeen River is THE place fishing. An abundance of November Saugeen steelhead. Lots of steelhead in the lower Saugeen right now!
The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre offers an unforgettable experience in a journey through thousands of years of natural and human history, state of the art interactive exhibits and more!
The scenic and popular Saugeen River varies from wide, slow-flowing sections to stretches with white rapids and eddies, making the Saugeen ideal for family paddling..
12,500 acres of pure cycling wilderness laced with heart breaking scenery, rivers, roots and rock.
Near Niagara Escarpment caves, beaches, & hiking.
Victoria Jubilee Hall is the Opera Hall, an elegant 300-seat theatre. The acoustics are amazing and have been lauded by many top Canadian performers.
The Niagara Escarpment, from Niagara Falls to Tobermory.
There is no better place to learn about native culture than at the Saugeen Amphitheatre on the banks of the Saugeen River.