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.
With a Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay on the east, Bruce County is endowed with lots of beaches!
Near Niagara Escarpment caves, beaches, & hiking.
The Niagara Escarpment, from Niagara Falls to Tobermory.
Running between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, the Chi-Cheemaun offers not just passenger and car ferry service but romantic Sunset Dinner Cruises.
With over 14,000 campsites in Bruce County, there is a wide variety of Canadian wilderness to choose from. Everything from camping in tents, RV's and Yurts or as we like to call it "glamping"
Scuba diving capital of Canada, which has a Marine Park with 22 shipwrecks! View wrecks & islands from a glass-bottom boat.
The Adventure Passport is a Self Guided scavenger hunt to finding some of the most intriguing locations in Bruce County. The 10th Annual Adventure Passport begins on for May 1st and runs until October 31st!
Try Paddling along Saugeen River by canoe or kayak!