Explore all that Tobermory has to offer
If you like shopping or just taking a stroll, “Little Tub” Harbour – just outside your front door – has something for everyone. There are Tour Boats, souvenir shops, dive shops, The Sweet Shop, Crows Nest Pub, restaurants, clothing stores, crafts and the National Park Information Centre. There is also the harbour traffic itself; sit on the dock and watch the hustle and bustle of a busy summer’s day.
Tobermory is unique in that it has two harbours. The second is called “Big Tub”. A visit to the “Big Tub” Light House will provide an exceptional view of the Islands of Fathom Five National Marine Park. In the winter, this is particularly spectacular since Big Tub Harbour often freezes and you can walk out on the ice for a unique view of the harbour & Islands. Visitors should note that Big Tub is surrounded by private property owners and only the Light House provides access to the shore. The lighthouse is also an excellent place to take a refreshing dip or throw in a fishing line!
One of the most popular things to do while visiting Tobermory is to take a tour boat to Flowerpot Island. You can take a trip around the Island or you can be dropped off for a hike on the trail. If you wish you can visit the Light Station (a 20-minute hike from the dock) and visit with the volunteers who are working to restore the site.
Alternatively you can take a tour around the Islands of Fathom Five National Marine Park and down the Georgian Bay shoreline to view the incredible cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment from a totally different perspective. Or take a sunset cruise – an incredible experience! The local tour boat operators will be happy to explain their different trip options.
There are many excellent restaurants in Tobermory. Each serve the local “Georgian Bay Whitefish” – you can enjoy it fried, grilled, blackened, baked – there are many options. There are copies of menus on display in the rooms and directions can be provided.
What an extraordinary experience! Cruise to Manitoulin Island, watch the sunset and indulge yourself in the marvelous dinner served aboard the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry. Meals are exceptional and service is excellent. Reservations are required and these dinners book up very quickly. To make reservations call (800) 265-3163 (English) or (800) 461-2621 (French)
Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and its islands and several inland lakes provide opportunities for visitors to canoe or kayak. Rental equipment and instruction is available locally.
Diving and Snorkeling:
Tobermory is the diving capital of Canada for good reason. There are 20+ shipwrecks, underwater caves and other underwater geological features to view. If you do not have your own boat, there are some accessible shore dives or local charters available. If you do not have your own equipment, you can rent what you need at the local dive shops in the Tobermory Harbour.
There are several areas nearby, such as the “Tugs” which provide excellent snorkeling. Equipment is available for rent at local Dive Shops.
There are several excellent local areas for swimming in Tobermory including Singing Sands, Dunks Bay, Cameron Lake and much more. Ask at the front desk, we’d be happy to direct you.
Tobermory is a hiker’s heaven! The two National Parks – Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park – provide many trails to enjoy. If you wish to walk in the woods, view wildflowers, take photographs or hike up and down hills and rocky shores, we have suitable trails within a short distance. Lengths and difficulty vary, offering vastly different and fascinating sights. The Georgian Bay trails (Bruce Trail) are the most difficult and offer some of the most spectacular scenery.
There are maps available, as well as details of all the trails in the immediate area and those within a short drive. If you require a packed a lunch for your day on the trails the grocery store or local restaurants can provide sandwiches and cold drinks.
Bring your hiking boots or hard-soled shoes, your back pack and your camera!
An incredible variety of birds inhabit or migrate through the Upper Bruce Peninsula and make bird watching an exciting pastime, any time of the year.
Migration starts as early as mid-March with some of the waterfowl and less interesting birds such as starlings. Mid-April sees the return of the turkey vultures, hawks, falcons and the occasional eagle. There are snipe, grouse, great blue heron, osprey, cardinals, hummingbirds, purple martins, cedar waxwings, orioles, warblers, wrens, woodpeckers, robins, sparrows, ducks, Canada geese and blackbirds of every description. The list goes on and on.
In September, the migration south begins. In winter, a suet ball or the many feeders attract chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals and juncos.
There are many areas close by that provide varied habitats in which to view these birds.
Bring your binoculars and enjoy!
Many people cycle up the Peninsula to participate in the activities available in this area. Please note: this activity is not permitted on the trails in the National Park or along the Bruce Trail on the Peninsula. Two adult bicycles are available for our guests free of charge during their stay. We simply ask that they are returned in a timely manner so that other guests may enjoy them. These bikes are given out on a first come first serve basis, no reservation required.
Wildflowers and Ferns:
The Bruce Peninsula is fortunate in its abundance. Along the mainland trails and on Flowerpot Island you can view many varieties of wildflower & fern – some rare and unique such as the Lakeside Daisy (May to June)- some common, but spectacular such as the trillium (April to May) or Goldenrod (June to August), or Ground Cherry (June to July) or Crested Arrowhead (July to September).
Spring brings the many varieties of Orchid such as Showy Lady Slipper, Calypso, Alaskan, etc. Ontario’s varieties of ferns, such as Maidenhair, Bracken, Marsh Fern, Wall Rue, Ostrich Fern or Lady Fern can be seen along our many trails.
Bring your camera!
Visit the Cornerstone Golf Club, just a few minutes down Highway #6. The offer a fun 9 hole course for the adults and a mini putt for the kids. Enjoy a drink or a meal after your game at the courses excellent restaurant Ancient Cedars Cafe.
Tobermory is fortunate to have adjacent to it, two National Parks.
Fathom Five is Canada’s first National Marine Park with several islands, many shipwrecks and excellent geological features. The Niagara Escarpment sinks beneath the waters of Georgian Bay here and rises again on Flowerpot Island.
Bruce Peninsula National Park encompasses a large portion of the Upper Peninsula and is home to many unique features — from the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail on one side to the sand dunes and alvars of Dorcas Bay in Lake Huron on the other side.
These Parks provide many opportunities for visitors to experience Canada’s National Parks.