Flowerpot Island

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Flowerpot Island
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A trip out to Flowerpot Island is a great way to experience Fathom Five National Marine Park. Private tour Boats leaving from Tobermory take visitors over shipwrecks and offer opportunities to see some of the islands in the park. Once you arrive at Flowerpot Island, visitors are treated to crystal clear waters, the Lighthouse Museum, trails, and of course the unique geology of the islands which includes caves and the famous Flowerpots. While you're on the island, remember: - Carry out all your garbage - Pack water and snacks - Don't climb the Flowerpots and remain on the designated trails - Take only pictures leave only footprints
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Toronto, Canada357 contributions
Jul 2021
We booked an overnight camp site on Flowerpot Island and were very excited to experience this opportunity! When you camp at Flowerpot island it is considered backcountry camping because it is only accessible by boat. Because of potential inclement weather you sign a contract with the ferry company acknowledging that some winds make it impossible for there ferries to come to the island. The day we arrived was beautiful!!! That being said there were weather warnings for the next few days. Blue Heron warned us near the end of the day that should we choose to continue with our overnight stay there would be a strong chance the ferries would not be returning the next day. We opted to try our luck and stay overnight Tuesday. Well as it turned out the weather kept us on the island until Friday but it was amazing (weather aside) as we literally had the whole island to only 6 of us! We explored everywhere!
The landscape at Flowerpot Island is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful scenery, caves and rocky beaches. The trails range from easy to advance and we explored them all. We found some cool caves and a lake.
The Flower Pots themselves are worth the trip alone and whether you stay for the day or an overnight should really be added to everyone's bucket list! Highly recommend a trip there!
There are outhouses throughout the island but no electricity!
Written July 19, 2021
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Cath_Mtl
Montréal15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
The path to the Marl trail was nice but could have been skipped as we only had three hours on the island and that the areas around the flowerpots are a lot more scenic. GOOD FOOTWEAR is a must if you want to get to the good areas. Definitely a must see even if all the companies charge approximately 50$/ adult to take the boat there.
Written July 9, 2021
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Dana K
Ottawa, Canada41 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took the Blue Heron drop off cruise. We were supposed to go on Saturday but for to high winds couldn’t sail. We were extremely disappointed but understand that you can’t control the weather. Fortunately we were able to get on a boat the next day even though it meant we wouldn’t be making the trek back to Ottawa (7 hours) until much later than we had planned.

The cruise is pleasant and doesn’t take very long. On the way we saw the sunken ships in the harbours.

The island has a small trail network - the path is easily walkable for the most part. The Flowerpots are pretty cool and the views from the island itself are spectacular. Turquoise and cobalt water.

Some of the trails I.e. to an interior cave were blocked. As was the light house museum. Because of COVID safety measures.

We were able to get back a little ahead of schedule by going to the doc and asking if there was room on an earlier boat. Obviously, they don’t guarantee that you’ll be able to do this but we lucked out.
Written September 1, 2020
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SoyKabAl
Newmarket, Canada281 contributions
Jul 2021
This attraction is a perfect example of an overhyped tourist trap. Yes, the water is turquoise, but it is also colder than hell at the peak of summer. There are two Flowerpot rock formations which are pretty to look at, but incredibly difficult to reach with small kids. The best part of the experience was the boat ride to the island. At $60 per person, to take a 20 minute boat ride and spend an hour at the rock formation is not worth the hassle. It is also extremely difficult to park anywhere within Tobermory. If you are a teenager and up, and keen on hiking, maybe you would find it worth the trip. Would not recommend for families with small children.
Written July 13, 2021
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Abdul Ghaffar
United Arab Emirates13 contributions
Aug 2020
I had more expectations from Flower pot island. I was bit disappointed. Cave and 'museum' was closed due to COVID-19. No one informed at the boat terminal that those places are closed. Lighthouse is a vertical steel type structure. Not worth to even take a picture of that.

It took us around 4 hours to reach Tobermory from Toronto and then around 50 minutes boat ride. We are a family of 5, the boat tickets including park ticket was +$50 CAD/pp so it is not cheap. It's a rocky island, no sandy beach there.

Only good part was that the water was crystal clear, we got good pictures of the island for social media. We also saw snakes on the Island which we have never seen before.

Back from Flowerpot Island, we went to Sauble beach which we all enjoyed more.
Written August 22, 2020
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Joana Zghaib
Montreal, Canada194 contributions
Aug 2020
Definitely a must-see place in Tobermory!

I would recommend RSVPing with the boat company in advance on their website because tickets tend to sell fast in July and August.

Flowerpot Island is absolutely beautiful, the water is clear and not too cold, it was possible for us to swim a little (although the rocks were a little dangerous). There is a little hike before getting to the beach and the museum, but it is fairly easy (15-20 minutes), bring hiking shoes! The flowerpots are a beautiful sight to see, and the history behind them is very interesting.

I would also recommend packing snacks and lunch, there are no restaurants or snack joints whatsoever!

It is also pretty breathtaking to see the shipwrecks at the bottom of Georgian Bay.
Written February 2, 2021
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BPMKMT
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
Jul 2020
With travel limited this summer, Tobermory's Flower Pot Island is a great place to go to get away from it all on your staycation. It's a good day trip from Toronto. 3.5 hour scenic and low stress drive through the wind turbines of Dundalk. The boat ride to the Island is a bit pricey, but with the park fee included. It is well worth it. The smaller flower pot was the best in my opinion, pack a lunch, take your shoes off and wade into the water. The trails are good, not too challenging but not so easy that you can work up a sweat, The flower pot formations, large are harder to get to, smaller you can, come as advertised. A vital part that makes it a Unesco heritage site. The only drawback was the lighthouse was not open due to COVID. Also the boat did go past the wrecks, But this was still a trip well worth a day's investment.
Written July 7, 2020
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1kramer2
Brights Grove, Canada259 contributions
Oct 2019
Caught the first morning ferry (Bruce Anchor) to the island and spent 3 hours actually on the island which allowed us to experience all the hiking trails as well as a stop for a picnic lunch. The ride over was a bit rough as was windy but trip back uneventful. The island is quite beautiful and the flowerpots are worth the short hike to see them unclose. The "mountain loop" is rougher and has some challenging spots but lovely hike through the forests. There are numerous spots for having a meal (will need to bring your own food and drinks as nothing available on the island)
Well worth a visit + would recommend staying on the island for 2-3 hours.
Written September 29, 2020
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HammerHeidi
Hamilton, Canada359 contributions
Aug 2020
Cool experience to swim around the flowerpots. Nice hike through the middle of the island and along the shoreline to the lighthouse. Lots of different areas for swimming all around the one side of the island so you could space out, but it was very crowded on the island by mid-day. We spent 3 hours on the island, and were able to hike to the other side, swim and have a picnic lunch before hiking back. Take everything you need with you because you can’t currently purchase anything on the island. There were a few snakes along the path that were fun for the kids to watch.
Written August 15, 2020
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aldanmikol
Ontario174 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The afternoon we spent at this island was great. There are several tour operators that make the trip. The trails on the island are well manicured and safe for all levels of hikers. It gets a little busy around the flowerpots but there are other areas where you can enjoy the beach and go for a swim away from the crowds. Plan 3-4 hours for a reasonable visit.
Written August 17, 2021
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