Bruce Peninsula : Tobermory (Ontario)
Tobermory is a town in Southwestern Ontario, located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula on Georgian Bay. It is the northern terminus point of the Bruce Trail and a popular diving destination.
From the south, Tobermory can be reached using Highway 6, which goes all the way up Bruce Peninsula from Owen Sound. From the North, you can reach Tobermory by going on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.
From May 4 – October 14, 2007, the Chi-Cheemaun ferry makes round trips each day between Tobermory and the South Baymouth terminal on Manitoulin Island. The trip is about 2 hours. Reservations, 1 800 265 3163, are recommended if vehicle transport is required.
Tobermory Municipal Airport, +1 519 596-2430.
Wiarton/Keppel District Airport, #501262 Grey Rd. 1, +1 519 534-0140, .
Big Tub Lighthouse, at the end of Big Tub Road.
Tobermory is perhaps best known as the northern terminal point of the Bruce Trail, a 845-km long hiking trail along the Niagara Escarpment (the other terminus point is in Queenston, in Niagara Falls, Ontario). The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club, , offers group hikes around the Peninsula, from easy 2-hour walks to strenuous hikes.
Bruce Peninsula National Park, +1 519 596-2233, . Guided hikes are offered in July and August.
Fathom Five National Marine Park, . Divers must register with the Park Visitor Centre prior to diving.
Blue Heron, 24 Carlton Street, +1 519 596-2999, . Glass-bottom boat tours to Fathom Five Marine Park and Flowerpot Island, and a sunset cruise along the north coast of the Bruce Peninsula.
The Chi-Cheemaun ferry offers sunset dinner cruises on Georgian Bay from May 4 – October 14, 2007. Check website for times. $46 per person.
Tobermory Bicycle Rentals.com, +1 519 596-8843, ]. Bike rentals and guided and self-guided bike tours of the Peninsula. $45.00 per bike rental per day.
Tobermory is considered to be a SCUBA diving haven, and there are two excellent dive shops right in town.
The Diver's Den , offers dive trips usually twice per day, departing in the morning and the afternoon. They include two dives from their dive boats, which are well stocked and large enough to suit up even when full. Pre-booking your spots is recommended on weekends during the summer, and the staff is very friendly.
G+S Watersports, , also offers dive trips, and generally the two shops go to the same locations.
Finally, there are a few shore dives that can be done. The Tugs is a series of 4 tugboats in shallow water, and The Lighthouse is an interesting wall dive with geological features to look at.
Great selection of private waterfront cottage at Tobermory Private Cottage Rentals
Cyprus lake campground is about 10 minutes by car from Tobermory, and offers trails to the shores of Georgian Bay. The campsites can be booked at . Reservations are a great idea on long weekends, and the campground can get pretty crowded. But this campground offers an easy walk to points of interest such as the Grotto, a rock cavern on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Tobermory Village Campground and Cabins , is a quiet family campground in Tobermory. They offer large campsites for RVs and trailers and have a seperate tenting area. Those without trailers or tents can stay in one of their beautiful cabins. A large swimming pool, splash pad, petting zoo and playground is sure to keep the children occupied. Centrally located, you can explore the many local attractions from here. Reservations in the summer months are recommended.
From spring to fall, take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island. The trip is about 2 hours.