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Blue Heron Cruises

Tobermory, Canada
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About Blue Heron Cruises
One of Tobermory's longest running businesses - Blue Heron Cruises has been operating boat tours through Fathom Five National Marine Park for over 45 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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Jay wrote a review Sep 2020
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While we enjoyed the 1 hour and 30 minute cruise, but it was a little boring. It was enjoyable, but there wasn't too much to see. We didn't get to see the shipwrecks - they called with an explanation and partial refund - which was appreciated. The highlight for us was Flowerpot Island. A bit pricey for $200, but a nice excursion. People wore masks, were reminded to wear masks and the staff were helpful and friendly.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from BlueHeronCo, Project Coordinator at Blue Heron Cruises
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review Jojobeel. We do have two different cruise options available to our guests. We have a non-stop scenic cruise that is more relaxed and informational as well as a drop-off option which drops you off onto Flowerpot Island for 3 hours to hike and explore on your own. If you would rather explore the scenery for yourself, we highly recommend doing our drop-off cruise option. We do only see shipwrecks between 8am-4pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays we see shipwrecks between 12pm - 4pm. This is to allow divers access to the shipwrecks. If you are cruising during the times we do not visit shipwrecks, you are told ahead of time as well as provided with a discount. Once again, thank you for taking the time to write us a review!
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OurWanderingCasa wrote a review Sep 2020
Burlington, Canada635 contributions133 helpful votes
Good operator to get to/from Flowerpot Island. Well organized, friendly. Boats were clean, acceptable COVID-19 practices. However, it is difficult to keep 2m distance on a small boat even with reduced passenger #s. Passengers on the whole respectful and appropriate masks.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from BlueHeronCo, Project Coordinator at Blue Heron Cruises
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review OurWanderingCaso. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise to and from Flowerpot Island. We do run the largest glass bottom boats in Tobermory and we have reduced our capacity to 50% to allow for physical distancing onboard. There is both an enclosed area as well as an outdoor space onboard the vessel. If you feel as if you are too close, we recommend moving throughout the vessel as there is lots of space onboard the vessel.
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Amaris ☀️ wrote a review Sep 2020
Stoney Creek, Canada17 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked with Blue Heron because we were staying at Harbourside which is a few steps away. It is a very expensive cruise to flowerpot island but a must do when visiting Tobermory. We saw the shipwrecks and flowerpot island which were amazing. The staff and crew are very friendly and informative.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from BlueHeronCo, Project Coordinator at Blue Heron Cruises
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review amarisschrieber. Thank you for choosing to cruise with us! We are happy to hear you stayed with us at the Harbourside Motel. Being just steps away, our cruises are centrally located downtown Tobermory! We are so glad you enjoyed your time on our cruise and on Flowerpot Island. We hope you will come and cruise with us again!
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North_shore_mamacita wrote a review Aug 2020
50 contributions3 helpful votes
They took covid measures well but wished they would have enforced proper mask wearing while aboard more stringently. I had to ask them to remind people to keep masks covering their nose and mouth and not just have it under the chin. Otherwise it was a very pleasant ride.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from BlueHeronCo, Project Coordinator at Blue Heron Cruises
Responded Sep 1, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review northshoremamacita, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise to Flowerpot Island. We understand your frustration that individuals aboard your cruise were not wearing their face mask correctly or wearing one at all. In alignment with Stage 3, the Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health has issued an order for mandatory mask or face covering use in commercial establishments. Unfortunately, at this time, we are only able to provide a verbal reminder and ask our customers to wear their masks. We cant force any individuals to wear their mask. The mask mandatory criteria includes that the following individuals do not need to wear a mask/face covering if: -Wearing a Face Covering would inhibit the Person’s ability to breathe in any way; -For any other medical reason, the Person cannot safely wear a Face Covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information If an individual refuses to wear their mask once they are onboard the vessel due to a health related issue, we unfortunately do not have any authority to make them put on their face mask. The Order was designed to increase awareness of the community to prompt positive choice. The best practice and evidence show that most people comply "do the right thing" without the need of enforcement similar to seat-belt laws. We are currently following all suggested protocols from Transport Canada and governing bodies that provide us with the go ahead to run our vessels as a shuttle to and from Flowerpot Island. Once again, we do understand your frustration. When applicable, we do provide our customers with the verbal reminder to wear their face masks but unfortunately we can’t force them to do so.
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Jeff S wrote a review Aug 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada179 contributions51 helpful votes
We thought the shipwreck cruise tour would be more exciting but it was rather boring. In the 45 minutes cruise you spend less than 10 minutes above two shipwrecks and the rest of the time cruising the Georgian bay. We found the trip relaxing yet boring and very expensive at 200 dollars for 2 adults and two youths. The biggest knock in the tour was the lack of enforcement of passengers not wearing masks. While all Passengers were reminded to leave masks on at all times over the PA system, there were a few who ignored the warning. This lack of enforcement and cooperation of ignorant guests is only going to cause issues for everyone on the cruise. I’d skip this cruise until things settle down with covid. It’s simply not worth the risk. Very disappointed in the guests and the staff aboard the cruise to ignore the mandatory health precautions that have allowed the relaxing of restrictions and opening of things like tours during the pandemic.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from BlueHeronCo, Project Coordinator at Blue Heron Cruises
Responded Aug 29, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review Floydtube, Our 1 hour and 30 minute non-stop scenic cruise is a more relaxing and informative cruise out of the two cruises we run consistently throughout the day. We also have a drop-off cruise that drops off onto Flowerpot Island where you can hike, swim, and have a picnic. This is a very popular choice for families that are wanting to be able to explore on their own and enjoy the island for a few hours. Due to COVID-19, we have reduced our capacity on our vessels to 50% as well as require face masks to be worn aboard our cruises. We understand your frustration that individuals aboard your cruise were not wearing their face mask correctly or wearing one at all. In alignment with Stage 3, the Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health has issued an order for mandatory mask or face covering use in commercial establishments. Unfortunately, at this time, we are only able to provide a verbal reminder and ask our customers to wear their masks. We cant force any individuals to wear their mask. The mask mandatory criteria includes that the following individuals do not need to wear a mask/face covering if: -Wearing a Face Covering would inhibit the Person’s ability to breathe in any way; -For any other medical reason, the Person cannot safely wear a Face Covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information If an individual refuses to wear their mask once they are onboard the vessel due to a health related issue, we unfortunately do not have any authority to make them put on their face mask. The Order was designed to increase awareness of the community to prompt positive choice. The best practice and evidence show that most people comply "do the right thing" without the need of enforcement similar to seat-belt laws. We are currently following all suggested protocols from Transport Canada and governing bodies that provide us with the go ahead to run our vessels as a shuttle to and from Flowerpot Island. Once again, we do understand your frustration. When applicable, we do provide our customers with the verbal reminder to wear their face masks but unfortunately we can’t force them to do so.
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