Tobermory, Ontario is the crown jewel vacation spot at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Fishermen began dropping nets into Tobermory’s deep natural harbours, Big and Little Tub in the late 1800s. Naval surveyor Henry Bayfield originally named this port Collins Harbour. It was renamed in 1882 by Scottish fishermen for the port of Tobermory on the Island of Mull in Scotland.
From its earliest days, Tobermory has watched a steady parade of schooners and steamers make their way through a maze of islands and reefs offshore. Many did not survive. Today, Fathom Five National Marine Park is the final resting place of some two dozen wrecks that make Tobermory the scuba diving centre of the Great Lakes.
There is a cornucopia of things to do in Tobermory. Here hikers will find the beginning of the world-famous 700-kilometre Bruce Trail. Nearby is the new and exciting Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitors’ Centre with its really tall lookout tower. Visitors can ride the Chi-Cheemaun across the Devil’s Gap to Manitoulin Island, explore the wonders of Flowerpot Island, and view old shipwrecks from a glass bottom boat.
Quaint shops, art galleries, ship chandlers, and a wonderful array of restaurants serving fresh whitefish line the harbour. Want to scuba dive, sail, hike, camp or kayak? Outfitters await with everything you might need. Looking for a cottage or campground which will allow pets? Read this blog article featuring 5 Pet Friendly Tobermory Cottages.
Tobermory Historical Fact:
Tobermory was once an isolated place, reachable only by water or two rough and twisting roads that came up either side of the rugged Bruce Peninsula. In April 1912, the wireless station that replaced the old telegraph line connecting Tobermory to the outside world picked up the far distant distress calls of a sinking ship. It was the Titanic.