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Visitors to this Ontario village will be able to see a shallow wreck with something as simple as a kayak trip, but scuba diving is also an option.
The Canadian province of Ontario is home to many world famous tourist attractions, from the CN Tower in Toronto to the majestic Niagara Falls. However, visitors should visit Tobermory the next time they are in Ontario. This welcoming village is home to a population of 1,200, but is one of the province’s best-kept secrets.
Being only a few hours from Toronto, Tobermory is visited by thousands of Ontarians during the summer months. Located on the Bruce Peninsula and part of the Niagara Escarpment, Tobermory offers tourists breathtaking views of dramatic cliffs and crystal clear waters. Overlooking pristine Georgian Bay, Big Tub Harbor is a must see lakeside town.
Due to the unique environment of Tobermory, the area is perfect for nature lovers. Whether by bike or on foot, tourists will love the breathtaking views of Tobermory and the surrounding area. Visitors can even scuba dive in Georgian Bay – it’s not for nothing that they call this city the Scuba Diving Capital of Canada!
Travelers thinking about their next destination should check out some of the reasons Tobermory is such a must-see travel destination.
8 Visitors can dive for wrecks
Visitors will be surprised to learn that Tobermory is home to Canada’s first national marine park, known as Fathom Five National Marine Park. Visitors can scuba dive in the park and admire the wrecks found at the bottom of the lake – there are over 20 of them! Divers will also be amazed by the remains of this once tropical ocean, traversing submerged forests and observing ancient corals. Travelers who cannot dive can take courses nearby. Visitors interested in diving should also visit the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility.
seven Iconic lighthouses are worthy of a photo
Tobermory brochures often feature lighthouses overlooking the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Plus, visitors can get up and get up close to the many lighthouses dotted around Tobermory. Travelers will be greeted by Big Tub Lighthouse, an 18th-century lighthouse about 43 feet tall. This now automated lighthouse is accessible, allowing visitors to view the arriving ferries and neighboring islands. Additionally, tourists should also visit the Cove Island Lighthouse, an 80-foot lighthouse first lit in 1858. The lighthouse uses a 500-watt bulb so powerful it can be seen by ships 80 km away ( or 50 miles) away!
Finally, tourists who love hidden gems will love the Flowerpot Island Lighthouse, built in 1896 amidst lush shrubs. This lighthouse guided ships sailing along Georgian Bay and Lake Huron in Fathom Five National Marine Park.
6 Cape Croker is a hidden gem to visit
Known as “the Bruce Peninsula’s best kept secret,” Cape Croker is known as Neyaashiinigaamiing. While in the field, visitors can appreciate the beauty of Georgian Bay while learning about the Chippewas of Nawash, a First Nations community who have inhabited the area for centuries. Customers can learn about maple syrup or Ziibaakdakaan (“sugar bush” in Ojibwe), a commodity produced by the Chippewas of Nawash for centuries. Visitors can also camp under the maple trees (Ninaatigoog) or along the beach (known as Dibew), enjoying the beautiful campgrounds of ancient tropical landscapes millions of years ago! Guests can also learn essential wilderness skills in Cape Croker, from fire-making to identifying local plants.
5 Flowerpot Island is particularly beautiful
Visiting Flowerpot Island is one of the best marine park experiences! Accessible only by boat, Flowerpot Island is approximately 4 miles from Tobermory Marina. It gets its name from its flowerpot shaped rocks! Many tourists spend a day touring the islands while enjoying a picnic or a hike along the dock at Beachy Cove. Guests can even reserve a place to camp at Flowerpot Island.
4 Tobermory is home to unlimited fish and chips!
All-you-can-eat sushi and barbecue restaurants are quite common, but in Tobermory, hungry foodies can get their hands on all-you-can-eat fish and chips! Visitors can enjoy an endless supply of traditional white fish and chips at Lee’s Shipwreck. Located on Bay Street, Shipwreck Lee’s is the “original pirate bistro” and is known for its long lines. However, many patrons said the bar was worth it for its food and service. Guests will also appreciate the restaurant’s pirate-themed decor.
3 Tobermory’s only microbrewery worth a visit
Similar to Shipwreck Lee’s, the Tobermory Brewing Company is located on Bay Street. With a slogan “NO ADDITIVES, NO PRESERVATIVES… just clean, crispy beer!” patrons will love the dining options at The Tobermory Brewing Company. This is not a typical sit-down restaurant; the restaurant offers high-end dishes made with local and organic ingredients. Travelers can enjoy traditional pub fare like fish and chips, juicy burgers or scrumptious steaks served with their house craft beer. Visitors can even take a peek to see how their beer is made!
2 Little Cove Adventures will give travelers an adrenaline rush
Located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula on Highway 6, visitors can feel like monkeys as they climb the rope as they weave their way through an obstacle course. Using tires, nets and ropes, climbers can have fun while being several meters above the ground! Bass strings are also available, 1 to 2 feet from the ground. The property is also equipped with a fully electric cabin for rent, which can accommodate up to 4 people. Amenities and facilities like barbecues, firewood and bathrooms are also available on site. Visitors should make sure Little Cove Adventures is open before visiting, as it is usually open during the warmer months.
1 The cave is a must see attraction
The Grotto is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tobermory. It is usually busy between mid-June to mid-September and on weekends from May to October. The cave is a great example of the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, as visitors can stand on the rocky cliffs and admire the blue-green waters of Georgian Bay. Potential visitors can moan at the large crowds they encounter at the Grotto in July and August. Yet the view alone is worth the lively tourists! Travelers may consider coming here early or on weekdays to avoid large crowds. Reservations must also be made online to see Cyprus Cave and Lake and the halfway landfill shore.
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