Nestled in the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a special vacation spot for Ontarians and visitors alike in the summer months. There is a plethora of things to do up here in Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Hikers can enjoy the world-famous and best stretch of the Bruce Trail.
The National Park has such a variety of terrain – jagged edged rocks, amphitheater like overhangs, caves, and your choice of boulder or sand beaches. Visitors can ride a car-bearing ferry, the Chi-Cheemaun, across to Manitoulin Island or a speedboat out to Flowerpot Island and along the way take in the bay floor which is littered with ship wrecks of a different era.
In the main town of Tobermory is a cute collection of quaint restaurants, art galleries, shops and adventure outfitters. Want to scuba dive? Tobermory has that too! It is truly the jewel of the north!
Getting away from the big city
This past weekend was actually my first time up to the Bruce Peninsula and the Tobermory area and what perfect timing it was because I had been itching to do some Ontario camping and get away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto. I had done Algonquin numerous times and explored the Collingwood area quite thoroughly and even up north to Sudbury but I had no idea there was such immense beauty in our own province up north.
I think what impressed me the most was just how crystal clear the water was. I could literally see straight down to the rock floor – something which you see on tropical beaches of the south. Despite not being a long weekend, we made the best of our two days and two nights. Driving up late Friday afternoon, we were able to make camp at our Cyprus Lake campsite as the sun was going down.
For the next two days we split our time between Saturday in Tobermory and Flowerpot Island and Sunday in the National Park itself and around the Grotto area of the Bruce Trail. Despite it being a super short trip, our group of friends had a blast and was one of those camping trips that we’ll remember for a long time to come!
How to get up to Tobermory
Photo journey awaits
Day 1 – Saturday June 21, 2014
Day 2 – Sunday June 22, 2014
A lot of people ask about the costs for trips so trying to be more diligent about capturing this info. This is the cost per person.
- Car gas – $20
- BBQ foods – $20
- Drinks – $15
- Misc. Camping Supplies – $10
- Flowerpot Island Tour – $45
- Fish & Chips – $10
Total Costs: $120
Tips & Tricks
- Reserve early – We booked really late and there were literally only 1-2 campsites left for us to pick from. If you want your pick of sites or a chance to book yurt huts, I would do it as soon as bookings are available. Reservations can be done with Parks Canada.
- No showers – Keep in mind that there are no shower facilities in the park so just a heads up.
- Gets cold – This is after all the north and when we were there in late June, nights dropped down to 10C. Water temperatures were ice cold at 3C. We talked to a few locals and they said at most the water only gets to 10C in late August. Packing wise, be prepared to layer up at night.
- Down the rabbit hole – There’s hidden rabbit hole that can get you down into the Overhanging Point amphitheater down below. It’s easy to miss and a little daunting but totally worth the detour.
Places to stay near Tobermory
If you’re thinking about heading up to Tobermory and looking for an alternative to camping, there are a ton of properties available that are great for large groups, families, and couples.
CLOSE TO TOWN
This property is more of an inn but with its proximity to the town of Tobermory, it makes a great stay from a convenience point of view.
While this is further south and located right by Lions Head Provincial Park, this is a comfy place to stay that comes with breakfast included. This os more of a traditional bed and breakfast type of place. It is also cheaper than staying inside Tobermory.