Happy Wednesday guys! Today on the blog, I’m sharing my Tobermory travel guide, which highlights where we stayed and the key attractions when visiting. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
From the moment we decided to go on this trip, I created an excel spreadsheet with all planning details, and I highly recommend this practice for any upcoming trip.
My excel file included both an itemized cost breakdown, along with the confirmation numbers for each activity and the respective start/boarding times. I printed 4 copies of this ‘trip itinerary’ and placed each into a plastic sheet before distributing to the guests. The main purposes of this itinerary were to ensure that all guests had received the same information, to ensure common understanding of the activities’ details and to ensure transparency with the cost breakdown. The itinerary served quite useful as a reference document. Here’s a copy of my Tobermory Trip Itinerary if you’d like to use it as a template 🙂
As Tobermory is such a popular travel destination, there are several places to stay in the area, and we chose the cozy and comfortable Juniper Cabin.
The main reason for choosing this cottage is the close proximity to both the Blue Heron ticket office and the Little Tub Harbour Marina (literally a 3 minute walk!) , where you’ll need to board the cruises.
The Juniper Cabin is extremely quaint and perfect for a small group (our trip included 4 people), the cabin has two bedrooms and 1 pullout sofa, and we fit quite comfortably.
The kitchenette is fairly small, so I would recommend pre-cooking your food and putting it into the refrigerator upon arrival. The BBQ pit is situated on the deck, which allowed an inclusive feeling of grilling burgers while still relaxing on the deck. There’s also a picnic table on site and a fire pit for staying warm during the cooler nights.
I will admit that the one downside of staying at this particular cabin is the lack of privacy, as many people visit the ticket office, which is located on the same compound as the cabin. As we were out exploring the area for most of the day, the crowds didn’t bother us too much, and by 6:00pm, the office was closed, which then provided full privacy.
Overall, the cabin itself was very clean and had no insects (one of my worst fears!), although there was pet fur, possibly from previous visitors, so this sent my allergies crazy. However, despite the intense allergies, we were quite satisfied with the cabin.
Here are some photos of our stay at the Juniper Cabin:
Flowerpot Island Drop Off Tour
We visited this highly popular attraction on the Blue Heron Cruise. This glass bottom boat toured through the Shipwrecks and offered a view of the Big Tub Lighthouse, before disembarking at the Flowerpot Island. We spent the day hiking through the forested area with views of the emerald green water in sight. The crystal clear water is absolutely postcard worthy! Here are some photos taken from the cruise:
The Grotto & Indian Head Cove
On the next day, we visited the famous attraction called The Grotto, which is widely known in Tobermory for it’s cave and shoreline boasting magnificent blue-green water. Many visitors swim in the area, but as we visited at the ending of summer, the water was freezing, so I recommend visiting in the peak of the summer season if you’re hoping to swim (of course, you can also do so anytime you visit, but be prepared to swim in below zero degrees!)
We also hiked on the opposite side of the Grotto in order to capture the view of Indian Head Cove. My favourite part about this hike is that it’s less crowded, as most people stay at the Grotto. To get to this site, you will need to walk to the right of the sign indicating the Grotto, and continue hiking upwards until you reach the top of the rocks overlooking the shoreline. It’s definitely a more intense hike for more experienced hikers, as there are more inclines and unstable paths.
I’ve inserted the direct link here for all the need to know information on accessing and parking at the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Parks Canada has implemented an online reservable parking for the Cyprus Lake parking lot in 4 hour time slots (we booked the 9:00am – 1:00pm slot, which was perfect before the afternoon crowds arrived). I strongly advise booking your parking permit in advance, as this is an extremely busy area, and the parking lot fills up quickly.
Here are some of my favourite photos captured at The Grotto and Indian Head Cove:
Tobermory Escarpment Sunset Tour
In the evening, we boarded the Blue Heron Sunset Cruise along the Niagara Escarpment. We sailed passed the Grotto, Indian Head Cove and Stormhaven beach which was perfect to view the sites from a completely different angle. The most memorable moment occurred when the captain steered the ship towards the highest peak of the cove and ever so slightly touched the tip of the ship against the cliff, with an enormous boulder balancing on the rock’s edge above us! Here are some photos from the Sunset Cruise:
This completes my Tobermory travel guide – I hope you enjoyed reading this post, as much as I enjoyed reliving the memories while writing it. If you have any comments or recommendations on other activities to do in the area, please do share below!
Until next time, take care my friend! 🙂
xx Lissy ~