Just 4 hours away from Toronto, Fathom Five located in Tobermory Ontario, is Canada’s first Marine Conservation Area. Fathom Five protects the continuation of the grand ridge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve as it drops underwater at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. This 130-square-kilometre, triangular-shaped park embraces 20 islands, 22 shipwrecks, several historic lighthouses and crystal clear blue water like you’ve never seen.
Did you also know that Tobermory is known as Canada’s diving capital? The park’s shipwrecks make for some of the best scuba diving in North America. The wrecks, are amongst the oldest and best-preserved in Canada, many dating back to the mid-1800s. The variety of sunken vessels offer experiences for all levels of divers, beginner to advanced. However, you don’t have to be a diver to experience the park, The Blue Heron Boat Cruises and Bruce Anchor Cruises are fully equipped with glass-bottomed boats that provide tours of the shipwrecks and lighthouses.
While on the cruises, iconic Flowerpot Island named after its shoreline rock pillars, narrow at the bottom and wide at the top is an attraction adored by all. These million year old flowerpots are picturesque and provide opportunities for fantastic snap shots. Additional highlights include cliffs with old growth cedars growing in the most unfathomable spots, caves, rare ferns and orchids. Cruises allow you to embark and explore the island with well-equipped trails, accessible shorelines with crystal blue waters, campsites (must be booked ahead of time), outhouses and picnic shelter areas. This is an experience you will never forget.
We are pleased to list some amazing sights and activities in and around Tobermory.
1) Big Tub Lighthouse
2) Bruce Peninsula National Park
3) Bruce Trail
4) Cyprus Lake
5) Halfway Log Dump
6) Little Cove
7) Little Tub Harbour / Shopping
8) Parks Canada Visitor Center
9) Singing Sands
10) St. Edmunds Museum
Visit www.explorethebruce.com for some more exciting trip ideas in and around Bruce County