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“Must do tour, for first time visitor, or if you haven't been in awhile”

Flowerpot Island Lighthouse
Ranked #6 of 13 things to do in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 20, 2014

The tour of Flower Pot Island was part of our glass bottom boat tour. We were dropped off, then hiked to the lighthouse. The paths are well-groomed and we had no problems using them. We spent time on the short, hopping from rock to rock which was a way to get around the crowds at the dock area and to get 'up close & personal' with the flower pots. The lighthouse was interesting and had good displays of furniture, clothing, etc. that would have been used by the lighthouse keeper & family when it was staffed. I think the only thing I disliked was the crowding on the paths. Little hard to enjoy the peace & quiet of the forest, with so many on the island at one time. Lots of boats seem to arrive & depart at roughly the same time, so there is a lot of congestion at the dock.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed December 17, 2014

Our vacation this year took us to Tobermory, Ontario which was on our bucket list. We sure plan on going back. While there, you must, must, must go to Flower Pot Island, and take the Flowerpot Express to get there. It takes you to the Big Tub lighthouse, and the two sunken ships and then you are taken to Flower Pot Island at 70 km/h. Weeeeeeeee! A lot of fun! Go earlier in the day and plan on staying all day to get the most out of the day. A couple of hours won't do it. Buy your tickets for the Flowerpot express in advance and opt to come back later in the day...you can always standby for an earlier boat if you wish. You can go swimming in Georgian Bay in the aqua, clear waters that look like the Caribbean. Mind you...the water is ice cold. You can always sun yourself dry after. We went in September and the weather was great. Take food and water with you for the day...there is one place on the island to buy food...your choice. They have quite a few hiking trails, and bathrooms along the way. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, if you wish to go a bit off the beaten track. The camera is a must and your eyes to feast on the sights!

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

It was too foggy, can’t even see next five yard. Got the ticket for cruise and hit towards Five Phantom National park. My full family was so excited to see the island. The deep and sparkling waters at the mouth of Georgian Bay are home to Fathom Five - Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area. The place are made of high rises alloy colored rock, simply called ‘Place of Wonder’. Time here stand still. Blue water tells you the destination – do not need to explain you are there yet or not.
The park preserves a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and several historic light stations. Fathom Five's freshwater ecosystem contains some of the most pristine waters of the Great Lakes. The rugged islands of the park are a reminder of the impressive lake bed topography found beneath the waves.
Fathom Five contains Flowerpot Island which is a popular destination for the tourist. It has rough camping facilities, distinct trails, and its namesake flowerpots, outlying stacks of escarpment cliff that stand a short distance from the island, most with vegetation and trees still growing on them. The island is accessible by cruises and rigid inflatable boats from Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. Cruses will takes you face to face meet with the cliff caves and all the natural wonder. Rates for the cruses and boat are different based on the ride. Tourist are drop off and pick up after certain time. Other cruses are just drive around the Island and take back to Tobermory.
The Flowerpot Island has some great rules, tourist are not allowed to drop off any wastage, food, garbage, need to take back all the garbage's to the main land. 3 to 5 feet wooden stik are available at the deck to help to walk in the hilly road.
Some special notes for the tourist plan to visit Bruce peninsula –Tobermory is a small city, make sure booked the hotel ahead of time to stay at night. There are some good restaurants and a grocery at the harbor. Do not for-gate to bring your camera.
It’s four hours drives from Toronto to Tobermory by road. Roads are free and nice county sight road. Six hours from Detroit, Michigan and Buffalo, New york and Niagara falls, another great destination.

Date of experience: July 2014
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

Full marks to the volunteers and everyone else involved in keeping this attraction alive. We loved it and this, along with Tobermory was one of the highlights of the trip to Canada.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed September 26, 2014

Best part of this attraction is visiting the light keeper's house. The volunteers have done a terrific job in bringing the place back to life.
The trail is a bit challenging so make sure you've got a good pair of walking shoes on....flip flops are not recommended.

Date of experience: September 2014
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