Visiting Tobermory: Photos and a Guest Post by John Hoelzl

Tobermory is a unique place located on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula rich with natural beauty, amazing scenery, and a strong maritime history. A collection of old and new caters to a wide variety of interests: a national park, private campgrounds, hotels, motels, cottages, shops, restaurants, boat tours, dive shops, shipwrecks, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Chi-Cheemaun ferry, beautiful turquoise water, the world-famous Flowerpot island, the Grotto, Parks Canada Visitors Centre and of course Little Tub Harbour.

Little Tub Harbour is the center of town where you will find shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, dive shops, boat tours, a grocery and liquor store and the friendly people of Tobermory

The Bruce Trail offers a trip into nature with a variety of difficulty levels from easy well-groomed, wheel-chair-accessible walks from Parks Canada Visitor Centre to more difficult routes with climbing and walking along different types of terrain. Many of the trails run along Georgian Bay with beautiful lookouts and trails that branch out, looping back to where you started. The trails are well marked. Follow the blazes painted on the trees. It’s a good idea to have a trail map or snap a picture of the trail map at the head of the trail.

A well-explored little cave.

This area is filled with beautiful scenery and breathtaking views

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

Parks Canada Visitor Centre is the place to go if you’re not sure what to do or need a trail map. You can ask questions as the friendly staff are glad to help. There are washroom facilities, displays, a gift shop, picnic tables, a lookout tower and an easily accessible trail leading to a beautiful lookout point. You can drive in off Hwy 6.

Parks Canada Visitors Centre

Helpful Tips:
Plan ahead. Book your trip early, make reservations months in advance.
There is extra parking for Foodland on top of the hill behind the store.
To walk from Little Tub to Parks Canada Visitor Centre, go past Princess Hotel. Look for the road going in.
Singing Sands is a beautiful place, but there is little beach area left, making it hard to find a spot to set up camp.
Dunks Bay has a beach that is a beautiful and very small with a sandy bottom. An excellent place, I highly recommend it. As it is tinyl with limited parking, it’s best to go early in the day. At times you just might luck out and find a spot.
If you’re not familiar with the trails, it is a good idea to snap a picture of a map or carry one with you. Always follow the markings on the trees.
Bring water and snacks.
Don’t forget to star gaze because the Milky Way looks amazing.

Tobermory is an excellent place to spend your vacation with plenty to do and see.


  • Beautiful photos! I love going to Tobermory, it’s such an amazing place to visit and has great sights to see!

  • What an excellent write-up! I have never been but Tobermory is now on my list of places to venture to in the summer months! Thanks for the helpful tips too!

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