Bruce Anchor Cruises
Bruce Anchor Cruises
4.5
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Our extremely unique and modern glass bottom vessels depart Tobermory on a regular schedule. Our tours operate during the spring, summer, and fall! Passengers are given an opportunity to view two 19th century shipwrecks, The Sweepstakes and The City of Grand Rapids, resting just a few feet below the surface. Following the shipwreck viewing, guests will pass by Big Tub Light House (1885). From there we cruise around Flowerpot Island passengers for a view of the magical scenery. This scenery includes the historic Flowerpot Light station, the light keeper’s homes, the Flowerpot rock formations and more. If you are planning to hike the island, we dock at Beachy Cove to allow allow passengers to disembark and explore the island on foot for a couple of hours. Stay Aboard cruises are also available.
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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(75 reviews)

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4.5
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Krista P
Stratford, Canada998 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Very cool experience in Tobermory. We did a round trip tour so we didn't get off on the island. Loved the views as well as the little history lesson you get. Definitely a must-do here!
Written October 24, 2023
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Louise L
Trenton, Canada77 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Tour was great, tour guide was exceptional, views were wonderful. All in all, I really enjoyed this tour but, I was so disappointed that there was only an extremely small glass bottom that you could see nothing from. I felt cheated!
Written August 10, 2023
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cindy D
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
The shuttle service is AWFUL!! Boat trip was great! Getting to the boat on the shuttle was a disaster on August 1st. In total there were 15 of us waiting for the shuttle in the Bruce Anchor parking lot. The shuttle bus did not pick us up and we missed the cruise. WE all walked to the dock and after much discussion with the staff all 15 of were allowed to take the next cruise out. We were all told we could not return on the 2:40 cruise we had bought tickets for and were delayed on the island until 5:40. Upon our return cruise there were approximately 150 passengers the shuttle bus to take us back to the parking lot could only take about 35 people!!! There were families with babies and toddlers, seniors all tired most had to make it back to the parking lot on foot. Disappointing service.
Written August 6, 2023
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Sightsee62432073122
Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
Took the boat trip with Bruce ANCHOR Cruises to see the shipwrecks and a trip to Flowerpot Island. Interesting and well organized trip.

Written July 30, 2023
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,243 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We took the cruises to the flowerpot island.
The cruise was great as it got us to the island, the staff was great and they had good information to give some history and knowledge about flowerpot island.
The shipwrecks visited were decent and could have been visited better on a kayak/canoe.
The cruise is expensive and flowerpot island was not worth the cost, but it is also the only way to one of the national parks of canada.
Written July 11, 2023
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We are sad to hear that you found your adventure underwhelming. Many of our guests enjoy the view, the water, the scenery - the getaway from the hustle and bustle of a fast paced life. We hope you captured some great photos and made some fun memories along the way!
Written July 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MrsPsPicks
Butler, PA463 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Communication was excellent by email and by text so that we arrived and checked in easily. The parking area is convenient, free, and has a shuttle if you don't want to do the short walk to the dock. The shipwrecks are really cool... and actually just as easy to see from the deck as through the glass-bottom boat. The ride to Flower Pot Island was lovely in both directions. We'd recommend spending more than an hour on the island, so that you can explore more. The staff were all friendly and eager to help us have a great experience. Thanks!
Written June 26, 2023
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Many of our guests prefer spending about 3 hours on the island, just to ensure that everything can be taken in. Of note, longer times on the island do not cost more money - so if you spend 1 hour on the island it's the same price as spending 3 hours on the island. It's all based on date/time preference and sailing time availability. Thanks for sailing with us at Bruce Anchor Cruises! It was our pleasure to have you onboard.
Written July 23, 2023
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franneee
Vancouver, Canada241 contributions
Jun 2023
Wonderful boat trip- very informative guide on the boat. The time on the island was wonderful. really enjoyed seeing the ship wrecks but Flower Pot was the highlight!
Written June 23, 2023
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NICE! Thank you so much for sharing your experience - and sailing with us!
Written July 23, 2023
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Barb L
8 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our trip to Flower Pot island and hike around the island. The boat itself had a small glass bottom, I think I expected more. It is crowded even off season and it felt a little like hearding cattle... of the 2 companies I would go this one but maybe next time I would bring my canoe or kayak to see the ship wrecks without the crowds....
Written May 20, 2023
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Tobermory can be very busy on long weekends and during the summer - there are fewer crowds in the off season. Even early morning excursions are often less crowded (for future reference). The glass bottoms of our vessels are viewing windows built into the hull of our boats. Only a percentage (20%) of our floors are glass. Due to the nature of the waters that we sail in, our vessels are built to a Near-Coastal Class II Specification. Therefore, extensive reinforcement must be provided throughout the vessel to accommodate the glass panels. Because of this, our glass bottom panels are as large as allowed by Transport Canada. Thank you for sailing with us!
Written July 23, 2023
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John P
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Sept 2022 • Friends
Did the glass bottom boat to the ship wrecks and Flower Pot Island had a fantastic afternoon, well worth it. Hint sit upstairs the view of the wrecks is better as is is the scenery.
Written September 25, 2022
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Thank you for sailing with us! And yes, the view over the side of the vessel is spectacular! The glass bottoms offer a neat view of the wrecks too, but the expanse of the wreck is impressive over the side. Great to hear you had an awesome day! Thanks for sailing with us!
Written July 23, 2023
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Lesley G
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
The cruise over to Flower pot island on the glass botton boat was as expected
However they make you line up an hour in advance
and we stood in the hot sun until boarding as sgadevis limited
And it was crowded when we went(330pm )

Even though it’s first come first serve for boarding we selected seats that were close to the glass bottom but it didn’t matter because people crowd around the viewing site and basically the only views you have are peoples bottoms
The boats run on time the crew is at times difficult to understand when they’re speaking into the mic but they get you there they get you back and they try to explain what you’re seeing as you pass over the wrecks
Written September 13, 2022
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Thank you for sailing with us - and providing this feedback. We hope that you captured many outstanding photographs and made some wonderful memories!
Written July 23, 2023
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