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About Bruce Anchor Cruises
DUE TO COVID-19 our sailing season will begin JULY 1, 2020 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.
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Telah M wrote a review Apr. 2022
Ottawa, Canada282 contributions128 helpful votes
We did this 2 years ago, this year with COVID, they do not circle the island nor visit the wreck in the harbour. The glass bottom boat doesn’t do much in this case. Staff are friendly. Everyone MUST wear a mask! Great little trip to the island.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Neelam Z wrote a review Apr. 2022
Milton, Canada1 contribution
Excellent customer service @ bruseanchor. I have not yet visited Tobermory and had a lot of questions... chatted with Sue. She was very helpful and clarified all my questions concerning my tour. I believe her responses were prompt and professional. Thanks Sue Will submit another review after my visit :)
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Guest 1027358 wrote a review Sep. 2021
Toronto, Canada15 contributions6 helpful votes
We have never been to Tobemory before and we heard that Flowerpot Island National Park is a amazing place to visit ! We thought that the glass-bottoms were so cool so we booked with this company. There was a shuttle bus from the parking to the waiting area and the bus came in around 5-15 min. The waiting area had a bench and it was nice and shaded. When we went on the cruise we brought our puppy and we had a lovely worker on board named Hannah ! She answered all of our questions and she left us full of information about all the islands ! She was amazing ! If we ever go back, we will be taking this cruise line and hope to get Hannah again !!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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rtadros wrote a review Aug. 2021
Mississauga, Canada53 contributions17 helpful votes
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We took the Bruce Anchor cruise to Flowerpot Island. The glass viewing area of the glass bottom boat is small which surprised everyone taking the boat though apparently, they say so on the website! A few days before our trip, it was forecasting that it will rain on the morning of our cruise but were easily able to rebook for the afternoon two days before. You can make changes up to 24 hrs before. There are two choices, sail to the flowerpot island with no stops and an option to get off on the island to explore and go back on 2 hrs. We chose the option to get off and explore. They sail to the shipwrecks and go around 360 to give you a good view. You can also see from the railing. The sailing time is quite long and they point out the other islands and the flowerpot islands as they sail near them. Once there, there are 3 trails, an easy trail, a moderate, and a hard trail. The easy one which everyone takes is about 30 minutes one way and lets you see the flowerpot islands. At the end of the trail is the lighthouse house. We relaxed on the rocking chairs enjoying the view before we headed back. We were done with an hour to spare and waited to go back.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Aug. 17, 2021
Wonderful to have this review - such detail and it outlines an exciting experience. Viewing the shipwrecks through the glass bottom is definitely cool - but viewing over the sides of our vessels gives an incredible perspective of the size of the wrecks! So neat! Thank you so much for sailing with us! We hope to see you again one day!
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Tawny M wrote a review Jul. 2021
Welland, Canada23 contributions1 helpful vote
Not exactly what we expected, the overall look of the boat makes it seem sporty/fun. They drive pretty slow and in the pics it looks like it’s going fast. We booked this hoping to have a really fun experience but they were focused on COVID/mask wearing it totally took the fun out of it. We sat on the upper outdoor deck so we wouldn’t have to wear it but the tour guide kept telling people to pull their mask up over their nose eventhough we were outdoors and social distanced. The shipwrecks and flowerpots are cool to see but it would have been more fun to be on your own boat or maybe take another cruise line.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Aug. 2, 2021
Thanks for sailing with us! Safety of all guests and crew is our number one priority. We do enforce mask wearing, as indicated on our website, booking system and onsite signage, onboard our vessels to continue doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Along with the remainder of our guests and crew, we thank you for adhering to this request. As for vessels speeds, we value the safety and comfort of all guests. Safe cruising speeds also permit guests to enjoy learning about the area through our commentary, taking in the natural surroundings (sights, smells, sounds) and capturing beautiful photographs. We hope you had fun!
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