PRIVATE OVERNIGHT Trip to Tobermory, Flowerpot Island, and the Grotto
Available every day from WED, 1 JUL 2020 to MON, 12 OCT 2020
Tour's duration: 2 days/1 night
Pick-up location: Your residence/hotel/airport in Toronto or GTA (Grand Toronto Area)
Operation: May to October
Date: You choose
The itinerary is flexible and can be customized according to your needs
The Bruce Peninsula is a peninsula in Ontario, Canada, that lies between Georgian Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron. The scenic region of Bruce peninsula houses two national parks - the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Park - and miles of gorgeous, untouched coastline. Popular among tourists from Toronto, the coast features frequent boat tours to the famous Flowerpot Island, as well as kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. Visitors are also encouraged the explore the forests and caves riddled throughout the peninsula, so long as they respect the local wildlife, which include black bears, red-shouldered hawks, and the endangered Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.
Little Tub Harbour: This quaint, picturesque little harbor on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario is the main settlement near Bruce Peninsula National Prak, considered one o the most beautiful locations in Canada, jutting out into Lake Huron.
Big Tub Harbour: Resort This resort is a laid-back motel right on the waterfront of Lake Huron. It is a beautiful place to sit back and admire the scenery. There is a wonderful array of activities to take part in, like kayaking.
Tobermory: Located at the top of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a lakeside town surrounded by crystal clear water, the majestic Niagara Escarpment and is home to Flowerpot Island and two national parks.
Flowerpot Island: Flowerpot Island is an island in Georgian Bay, located 6.5 kilometres northeast of Tobermory. The island is part of Fathom Five National Marine Park and is famous for the two natural rock pillars or sea stacks on its eastern shoreline that gives the Island its name. On the island you will find 4.3 kilometres of well-marked trails that cover the east side of this 200 hectare Island which lead you past cliffs with old growth cedars growing in the most unimaginable places, caves, rare ferns, wildflowers, and orchids. On the island, there is a large picnic shelter to enjoy, composting toilets at Beachy Cove and the Lightstation, as well as the historic lightstation that is maintained by the Friends of Bruce District Parks.
When travelling to Flowerpot Island, be sure to bring: Sturdy Footwear (hiking shoes, boots, sturdy sandals), Sunscreen, Drinking water (there is no tap water available on the island), Food and snacks (in the summer months, some drinks and snacks may be available at the lightstation). NOTE: Please be aware that there are no garbage facilities on the island – so visitors must take back everything that is brought onto the island.
Boat Cruises to Flowerpot Island: The Glass Bottom Vessel touring The Shipwrecks at the head of Big Tub Harbour, Flowerpot Island Light Station and the two Flowerpot Rock Formations. You will disembark to explore the Flowerpot Island on foot and then take a jet boat back to the mainland!
Georgian Bay Trail
The hike through the park to reach the Grotto in Tobermory takes about 35 minutes each way; along the way, you'll see diverse wetlands, ancient cedar trees spiraling from cliff-edges, a multitude of orchids and ferns, birds, and so much more!
Indian Head Cove
Indian Head Cove is a scenic inlet located next to the Grotto which is a cave with a natural pool of clear blue water. These two popular attractions are located along the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park and are reached by hiking about a half-hour from Cyprus Lake.
NOTE: You will need to walk 30 minutes each way on the trail from the parking lot to the "Indian Head Cove". BUT there is also a 5-min advance hike from the "Indian Head Cove" to "the Grotto Cave" on slippery rocks. You will need an advanced level of fitness and mobility to do this part. Otherwise, you need to skip this part
in Bruce Peninsula National Park, is one of the top tourism attractions in Ontario. A shoreline sea cave with the beautiful blue waters, the Grotto is a unique natural wonder and memorable place to experience. The beautiful Bruce Peninsula offers visitors miles of majestic shoreline, clear-blue waters, amazing coves, sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, quiet wooded trails, and nearly endless, extraordinary scenery. In fact, its grotto has been included in a list of 11 Most Breathtaking Blue Grottos and Sea Caves In The World for its crystal clear waters and enchanting play of colour.
The cave itself is stunning, carved from ancient limestone and filled with the crystal clear, pristine turquoise water of Georgian Bay. You can walk along a ledge inside its cavity or, if you're brave enough, even take a swim inside!
Known as “the best waterfalls in the area” is the most visited, anytime of year! One of three waterfalls that surround the City of Owen Sound, Inglis Falls is the best known and most visited. Situated in the heart of the 200-hectare Inglis Falls Conservation Area, Inglis Falls is an 18 metre high cascade, created by the Sydenham River meeting the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The erosive power of the water has carved a deep gorge at the base of the falls. On a clear day you can see down the valley into the City of Owen Sound and out to the Owen Sound harbour.
There is something for everybody; a viewing platform for those unable to see over the stone wall, 7.42 km of trails of various difficulty, access to the Bruce Trail, more than 20 species of ferns, bird watching opportunities, a series of geological potholes, historical remains of a grist mill, washrooms, picnic facilities and visitor information centre.
Escarpment Heights Motel
Escarpment Heights Motel is located in Tobermory. Free Wi-Fi access is available. A variety of restaurants can be found within 1 km from the property. Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen cable TV and air conditioning. A microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker are also included. Extras include bed linen and a small dining table. Some have a kitchen for the preparation of meals. Other facilities offered at the non-smoking Escarpment Heights Motel property include shared BBQ facilities. The property offers free parking. Tip O' the Bruce Golf Club is conveniently located within 159 metres, while Bruce Anchor Cruise Ticket office is next door. Land's End Park is at a distance of 1.9 km.
lunch at the dining room of Tobermory Princess Hotel
1. Please do not forget to bring your bathing clothes and towel in case you want to swim. Also, please be informed all risks and responsibilities involved in swimming/hiking and personal activities in this trip is waved by Toronto Fun Tours.
2. Due to weather conditions, if the boat ride is not operating, we will take a Bruce Peninsula National Park walking tour instead. And your cruise ticket will be refunded.
3. This tour is considered as easy-medium activity. The hikes last approximately 1 hour. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
4. Appropriate footwear “sturdy walking /hiking shoes” and clothing (based on the weather) are highly recommended.
5. This tour is entirely in Canada and passports are NOT required.
************* IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS *
IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Physical distancing is practiced on all of our tours and additional cleaning measures and protocols will be adhered to.
Reasonable Level of Fitness: A reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for 1-2 hours at an Easy to Medium-pace (on an even/uneven surface), get on and off the car unassisted.
This is a suggested itinerary. On any private tour, you have the flexibility to modify your itinerary according to your needs with professional advice from our experienced travel consultants.
During the tour, you can easily skip the activities that you do not like, explore options for additional activities, and tweak our itinerary as needed.
Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance!