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“A great day trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Heron Cruises

Blue Heron Cruises
Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0, Canada
+1 855-596-2999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: One of Tobermory's longest running businesses - Blue Heron Cruises has been operating boat tours through Fathom Five National Marine Park for over 40 years. Cruise through the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay surrounding Tobermory taking in the vistas that include Big Tub Lighthouse and the Shipwrecks in Big Tub Harbour. Hiking trails, a historic light station, caves and the namesake Sea Stacks are waiting for you to explore on Flowerpot Island. Continuous departures from the bustling Little Tub Harbour daily (Seasonally and weather permitting).
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“A great day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We took the fast boat that included the flower pot islands and the fathom five marine park. We saw 2 ship wrecks and an under construction light house. The water was quite calm and the boat wasn't full which was nice. Unfortunately we had to merge our boat with another and take on their passengers (which takes about 20 minutes of your time and wasn't expected). Once we got out to the island it was great. The national park guides gave us a little info on the island and then we set out to explore. There are outhouses and garbage cans (use them here as nothing until the lighthouse). The hikes were really easy (we are hikers from the Rockies so you could easily wear flip-flops on these trails). Make sure to take enough time so you can hike all the way around. The light house and the volunteers were very nice. Here you could stop and use the outhouse (best view ever from the crapper) or buy a small snack. The hike to the caves was pretty cool and then of course the flower pots were fun to climb around. We had a beautifully warm day and wish we had our swimsuits.

Visited September 2012
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Ontario, Canada
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We did the Sunset Cruise. It lasts 2.5 hours. This is a good value professionally run trip. The boat slowly travels along the north shore of the Bruce Peninsula. There is narration at key points but not a non-stop narration that is irksome. After all, the main attraction is the scenery, which is spectacular. The ship, the Great Blue Heron, is large enough that everyone can have a good vantage point. At one point, the ship goes right up to one of the sea caves. People on shore love to wave at you as you pass and it is fun to wave back. On the return part of the voyage, you head toward the sunset. Take your camera on this trip!!! The seats on Great Blue Heron are metal and a little hard for 2.5 hours. A blanket or something makes things a lot more comfortable. We will definitely do this tour again.

Visited August 2012
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Petawawa, Canada
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“Stay at the Harbourside Motel and get 2for1 tickets!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My husband and I went on the 2 hour tour of the Fathom Five Marine park on the Great Blue Heron (this tour does not give you the option of disembarking at the Flower Pot islands). We were a little disappointed as we were expecting to see more shipwrecks (saw 2 shipwrecks in Big Tub Harbour). Aside from that, we enjoyed this relaxing tour (this tour is for those that are looking to see nice scenery, to learn a little about the Fathom Five Marine park, and get some nice pictures along the way - if you are looking for something more thrilling, check out the speedboat tours the Blue Heron company offers). The shipwrecks were visible from several locations (got some great pictures) on the boat, including the top deck, bow, and glass viewing window. I also got some gorgeous pictures of the famous Flower Pots.

Tips: Bring some warm clothes to throw on as it can get chilly on the water (blankets are provided should you need them). Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery while you snack. Stay at the Harbourside Motel and get a two-for-one voucher for this and other Blue Heron tours.

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Expensive, but worth it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We purchased tickets ahead of time. We took the "slow" boat to the islands and took the express boat on the way back.

Since we visited Fathom Five National park the afternoon prior to our boat ride, we were able to use that day's admission for the following morning. We just showed the receipt to the lady at the ticket booth and she honored the admission.

On the morning of departure, we parked in one of the parking lots and were shuttled to the entrance of the blue heron cruises. We boarded the boat about 15 minutes prior to departure. The lady at the ticket counter told us that the top right seats on the boat were the best. We weren't disappointed. The glass floor viewing is too small to be enjoyed, so being up top near the edge was perfect.

The boat left the harbor about 5 minutes late, due to waiting for other customers who were just buying their tickets. We cruised over past the Big Tub Lighthouse and viewed the shipwreck. Maybe we have traveled too much, but we weren't that impressed. I think I would prefer diving the shipwreck.

After viewing the shipwreck, we headed over to the flowerpot island. We took the "long" way around the island, past the lighthouse and the flowerpots. Since we sat on the right side of the boat, we had a perfect spot to snap photos of the flowerpots. It was also early in the morning (first departure), so we didn't have anyone in the photos.

Before docking, we had to switch onto the smaller boat. It was a quick transfer and then we docked. The park ranger on the island was there to explain things about the island, but my husband and I wanted some peace and quiet with the flowerpots, so we took off. (There are also bathroom facilities at the dock.)

We spent 2 1/2 hours on the island (visiting flowerpots, cave, lighthouse) and a picnic. We caught the express boat at the dock and were whisked back to the harbor. It was a fun ride on the "speedy" boat and gave us a few smiles.

Overall, great trip. Company is well versed in shuttling people between the island and the harbor. Clean boats and they even wipe down the seats when wet. :)

Visited August 2012
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Shrivenham, United Kingdom
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“Photographers dream!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We recently took the 2 hour cruise of Fathom Five Marine Park with our two children. They loved the glass bottom and we loved the scenery. Wonderful way to see the rugged coastlines of the islands, flowerpots and shipwrecks. We were worried kids would be bored but they loved it. One thing I would mention is that we arrived only seconds too late to secure top seats. Inside it was less windy, but the narration was barely audible and we needed to go out to gets good photographes.

Visited August 2012
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