Welcome to Tobermory
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 - close by.
Tobermory is renown for its natural setting, it is a photographers paradise. There are miles of forest - with tall pines and cedars. The majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment carve its way into Tobermory along the Georgian Bay coast - there is nothing more breath-taking than standing on a rock outcropping - towering 200' above the sea green waters of Georgian Bay!
Tobermory boasts the highest concentration of native orchids in North America - take a hike along the trails, and you may be lucky enough to spot a rare Calypso Orchid - or a gorgeous Showy Ladies Slipper Orchid. The cliff faces in the Bruce Peninsula National Park contains some of Eastern North America's oldest living trees - the "cliff dwelling" white cedar. Tobermory is the epicenter of the Unesco Biosphere Designation.
Flowerpot Island is located 6.5 kilometers northwest of Tobermory, and can only be accessed by boat. Flowerpot Island the destination of several of our tour boats.
It is well worth a visit if time allows. Two hours is sufficient for a quick walk around the Island, but three to four hours is required if you want to see it all.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Paid Parking Program is in effect in Tobermory from May 15 to October 15 each year.
Parking rates: $3.00 per hour or $15.00 per day for Municipal parking lots and on-street parking.
The Parking By-law restricts the number of residential parking passes issued to two (2) per home owner, cottage owner or year round renter at no cost. Specific rules are applicable.
A resident parking pass is designed to offer access to Municipal parking lots and other on-street parking spaces in Tobermory. The pass is only an exemption from paying the parking fee, all other provisions of the Parking By-law apply. Resident parking passes are valid until notifed otherwise, you do not need to renew the pass yearly.
Residents who do not have parking passes from a previous year or have a license plate change can pick up their resident pass at the Municipal Office. Residents will be required to provide identification and vehicle ownership to acquire parking passes.
If you require more than two (2) parking passes, additional resident passes can be purchased for a fee of $50.00 per season.
Non-resident parking passes are also available at a fee of $100 per season.
Please view our map outlining parking limits and Pay and Display locations.
Grotto parking - Reservations online or by phone
The Grotto is a very popular attraction. Parking space is limited and quickly fills up. The time slot parking limits help to ensure there is access to enjoy a Grotto experience. Reservations allow you to plan your trip in advance.
How to get to
Flowerpot Island is 6.5km from Tobermory harbour and reached only by boat. Two private tour boat companies operate return trips from Tobermory to the island from mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting.
Check with them for schedules and rates:
Kayaking or canoeing to the island is recommended for experienced paddlers only.
How long to spend on the island?
- 1.5 Hours: see the flowerpots and cave
- 3 Hours: see the flowerpots, cave & light station
- 4-5 Hours: see the flowerpots, cave, light station, picnic, hike the entire loop trail
- hiking trail (loop)
- picnic shelter
- composting toilets at Beachy Cove (main dock) and the light station
- historic light station maintained by the Friends of Bruce District Parks
What to bring?
- sturdy footwear (hiking shoes or boots)
- sunscreen & hat
- carry water; no tap water is available
- during summer, drinks & snacks may be available at the light station
There are no garbage facilities on the island. Please take back everything you brought with you.
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Please check the various links below for information on local restrictions etc for North Bruce Peninsula:
Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Assessment Centres are open in the Grey Bruce Region to help identify and triage patients with symptoms of COVID-19.
Tobermory is a very popular tourist destination in the summer. Accommodations book fast and early. Restaurants get full.
BOOK IN ADVANCE - Do not drive up without booking your accommodation for the night. Many nights are fully booked and you may have to drive 1.5 hours to find somewhere to stay. The Bruce Peninsula is a peninsula - and Tobermory is at the top of it.
- WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR - Most of the trails in the area are rugged. Hiking shoes are necessary.
- BRING GARBAGE BAGS WITH YOU - Do not expect there to be garbage cans & bins when you go for a hike. Do NOT leave your garbage in the bush. Be responsible and take your garbage with you. DO NOT leave your diapers in the bush. Take everything out with you.
DO NOT SPEED - There is one highway to Tobermory and it is now well patrolled by the OPP. Do Not Speed as you will be fined. There have been 100's of tickets for speeding and stunt driving.