Tobermory & Flowerpot Island
One Day / Bus Tour
Tobermory & Flowerpot Island
TOUR'S DURATION: about 15 hours
2 Pick-up locations: York Mills & Mississauga
Summary of The Day: On today's journey we proceed to one of Ontario’s must-see attractions, the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. 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.
Once we get there, we will take a glass-bottom boat tour of Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory. Along the way, we will see the Big Tub Lighthouse and more. After seeing all sorts of interesting features during this tour, we will reach Flowerpot Island, which is part of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Famous for the two "flowerpots" or "sea stacks" on it's eastern shoreline. Flowerpot Island is about 1.6 kilometers wide and covers 200 hectares (495 acres), with well marked hiking trails covering most of the Island. The cruise will take us to Fathom five national marine park, (approx. 50 mins cruise), you will see shipwreck on the cruise and will arrive at Flowerpot Island. Then we will take the hiking trail on the island to see the flowerpot, the light house and the museum that tells us the story of the lighthouse keepers ...
**************** ITINERARY ****************
7:30 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: York Mills Station (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time). The bus will leave @ 7:30 AM SHARP.
8:00 AM: Our 2nd pick-up location is: 30 Courtney Park Drive East, Mississauga. See below details for pick-ups and parking*.
We head towards Tobermory (290 km = about 3.5 hrs).
8:45 – 9:15 AM: We will have a short coffee/washroom stop on the way
12:00 noon: Estimated arrival time in Tobermory (depending on the road traffic).
Tobermory is located at the top of the Bruce Peninsula. Tobermory offers visitors fresh, clean air, gorgeous scenery, tranquil waters, and the darkest sky's in southern Ontario. Tobermory is almost surrounded by water - Lake Huron on one side and Georgian Bay on the other. It is a naturalist haven, having 2 national parks - Fathom Five National Marine Park and the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Enjoy a simple 3-course lunch at the dining room of Tobermory Princess Hotel (including: Garden Salad + Lightly breaded White Fish /or/ Grilled Chicken + Roasted potatoes + Coffee, Tea or soft drinks). ** The vegetarian option is Roasted vegetables with Roasted Potato & Rice –Must be ordered before the trip.
We may have some time to walk around the little harbor, which is a beautiful destination to snap a few shots. Walk down the boardwalk and take a picture of the beautiful sailboats sitting in the harbor. While you’re there, visit all of the unique stores and restaurants that wrap themselves around the harbor. Try an ice cream cone from The Sweet Shop, sip back a cold one at the Tobermory Brewing Company, and find all sorts of knick-knacks at the Marco Polo Trading Company.
1:15 PM: Line up to board the Glass-bottom Boat
1:30 PM: Enjoy a one-hour amazing scenic Cruise - Tour. 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!
2:30 PM: Arrive in the amazing Flowerpot Island, and enjoy a guided walking tour to visit the flowerpots, cave, and light station. You can also use your free time to enjoy Swimming, Snorkeling, or hiking the entire loop trail.
5:00 PM: Line up at the dock to board the boat
5:15 PM: Board on the boat and return to Tobermory
5:45 PM: Arrive in Tobermory
6:00 PM: Get on the bus and return to Toronto - (290 km = about 3.5 hrs).
We will have a short coffee/washroom stop on the way
We expect to arrive in Toronto around 10.00 PM (With regular traffic)
10:00 PM: Drop off @ Mississauga
10:30 PM: Drop off @ York Mills Station
The drop off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.
Price & Inclusions
Adult/Child: $179 + 13% HST
**All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, the same price as adults.
• Round trip transportation on a Highway coach
• A simple 3-course lunch (including: Garden Salad + Lightly breaded White Fish /or/ Grilled Chicken + Roasted potatoes + Coffee, Tea or soft drinks). * The vegetarian option is Roasted vegetables with Roasted Potato & Rice –Must be ordered before the trip.
• Glass-bottom Boat Cruise from Tobermory to Flowerpot Island
• Glass-bottom Boat Cruise from Flowerpot Island to Tobermory
• Admission to Fathom Five National Marine Park
• Guided visit to the Flowerpot Island
• Accompanying Tour Director
• All gratuities
NEW in 2020 - End Plastic Pollution
Effective January 1, 2020, Toronto Fun Tours will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles, many of which end up in our land fills, lakes, oceans, and rivers. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle. We will continue to offer our usual array of snacks.
PARKING / PICK- UP Location
1st pick-up location: York Mills Station. The bus will stop on Yonge St., directly outside the Starbucks at 4025 Yonge St. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait either in Starbucks or in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of Starbucks. For day trips, cars can be parked in the parking lot directly across the street on the North-West corner of Yonge & York Mills Rd. This is a pay and display parking lot. Parking fee is approx. $10 for the day.
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2nd pick-up location: Mississauga. The address of the plaza is: 30 Courtneypark Dr E, Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y3. The bus will stop outside the plaza, right in front of the McDonalds -on Hurontario. You can wait in the McDonalds until the bus arrives. The bus will be visible through the restaurant windows. Cars can be parked for the day in the plaza parking lot. Parking is free.
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 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!
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. We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after placing your order.
6. If you are vegetarian, and you forgot to choose the vegetarian option when you booked, please send an email to email@example.com up to 2 days before the trip. ** The vegetarian option is Roasted vegetables with Roasted Potato & Rice
7. The subway will open @ 6.00 AM on Saturdays and 8.00 AM on Sundays. Therefore, you will have the following options for getting in York Mills Station: 1) If you bring your own car, the parking lot is right in front of York Mills Station, and the Parking fee is approx. $10 for the day. 2) UBER: to get an uber, enter this address as your destination: Starbucks 4025 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2E3. 3) you can use the TTC blue night bus. You should google it to see the timing/schedules. We have the following links:
TTC Buses: https://www.ttc.ca/Routes/Buses.jsp
TTC Blue Night Network Map: https://www.ttc.ca/PDF/Maps/TTC_BlueNightNetworkMap.pdf
************* IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS *************
Reasonable Level of Fitness: In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, 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 coaches, trains and boats unassisted. Therefore, we ask that anyone wanting to travel with us carefully consider whether any PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS prevent you from fully enjoying our trips.
Embrace the nature of Group Travel: To get the most out of your tour, pack a positive attitude and an open mind. These are most certainly valuable when travelling in a group. Our tours are packed with adventure, new experiences and feel-good moments. However, despite the very best intentions and planning, things can and do go wrong and occasionally we encounter problems beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, unexpected delays caused by traffic jams. In such situations, we ask for your patience and we will endeavor to keep as close to our scheduled itinerary as possible.
Traveling with children: Due to the activity level of our group tours, all children require adult supervision. Some of our more active excursions may not be suitable for children under the age of 8.