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Fathom Five National Marine Park (Tobermory)

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We spent three nights at Tobermory a few years ago, which gave us two full days at Bruce Peninsula National Park and one full day at the marine park in between. I strongly recommand this combination. 

We started our Fathom Five Marine Park outing with shipwreck sighting a stone’s throw from the shore in Tobermory. As we scanned the clear and shallow water of Big Tub Harbour, which is part of the marine park, we realized we were right above a 36-metre vessel (it sank in 1885). Note that Tobermory visitors can rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat at the Big Tub Harbour Resort to visit the shipwreck on their own.

We then cruised on the Blue Heron to reach the famous Flowerpot Island, enjoying a glimpse underwater through a small glass window. On the island, there’s an easy trail through the trees to access a belvedere and staircase leading to the shore between the unique geological formations called flowerpots. The trail also led us to caves and the lighthouse (an hour-long loop fun and relatively challenging on the way back, with plenty of roots and rocks). Bring your own lunch! And shoes you don't mind to get wet!

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After years of doing all kinds of outings with my children, I can assure you the secret to a perfect outing lies in the details, not the destination.


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