Nestled at the top of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a delightful harbour village surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and diverse wilderness native to the Niagara Escarpment. With close proximity to some of Ontario’s finest swimming waters and two national parks, Tobermory is a paradise for those seeking adventure in one of Ontario’s last hidden gems.
We’ve put together a brief guide on how to spend your time in Tobermory so you can truly make the most out of this picturesque playground.
Witness the Grotto
The grotto, the famous signature of Tobermory is a natural phenomenon featuring a cave containing a pool of blue water. Located on the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Hiking to the grotto area via the Georgian Trail is a treat for visitors eager to view the crystal-clear blue waters up close. Beware that the shoreline adjacent to the water is very rocky so be sure to watch your footing! Those looking for a structured tour of Tobermory’s beauty can look to Blue Heron Cruises for a variety of supervised tours that will showcase the beauty of the grotto and the many sights and sounds nearby.
A trip to Flowerpot Island is a great way to experience the beauty of Fathom Five National Marine Park. This island is packed with amazing sights and sounds abundantly found in the diverse and challenging hiking trails, as well as the crystal-clear water. The island is aptly named after the signature rock formations that resemble flowerpots due to the erosion process affecting the limestone adjacent with the shoreline. Scuba divers of all skill levels should note that this island offers some of the finest freshwater diving experiences in the world, with plenty of wildlife and shipwrecks to marvel at beneath the surface.
Cyprus Lake Trail
This 5 km trail attracts thousands every year due to its accessibility and reward of looking out onto the aquamarine waters of Cyprus Lake. The trail is considered to be an easy trek for most as the majority of the time, you’ll be venturing on the sturdy and well-kept boardwalk. Be prepared for some uneven terrain as you descend to the shoreline and admire the beautiful waters. Try to make it out on a nice day and have your bathing suit handy for the inviting waters below.
Boating and Paddling
When it comes to immersing yourself in nature, there’s nothing quite like taking matters into your own paddle and making your way out onto the water. Paddling around Cyrpus Lake can be one of the more active and enjoyable ways one can enjoy the beauty of Tobermory and the beauty of the upper peninsula. Tobermory acts as a sanctuary displaying the best of Ontario’s wildlife with an abundance of blue herons, beavers, kingfishers, deer, and otters around so be sure to bring your (waterproof) camera! You can feel to bring your own vessel or rent the required equipment for the day from Thorncrest Outfitters for a reasonable fee.