Flowerpot Island is named after its shoreline rock pillars, narrow at the bottom, and wide at the top. You can view these million year old flowerpots on an enjoyable Flowerpot Island boat tour from Tobermory provided by Blue Heron cruises and Bruce Anchor cruises.
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.
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