Fathom Five Flower Pot Island

Fathom Five National Park: Flower Pot Island

We took Mommy#2 out to Flower Pot Island for her birthday. It was raining as we left the cottage, but the weather cleared as we neared the tip of the peninsula and Tobermory. Very fortunate, since we booked a shipwreck tour boat for the trip there! More on that in a bit.

The day started out with a bit of a history lesson around the marina. This is also the north terminus of the Bruce Trail.

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There is also a plaque here that explains a bit about the escarpment.

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Another bit of history with this anchor, as it was dragged out of the water from a shipwreck in Tecumseh Cove. The wreck is now a popular diving area.

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And a commemorative plaque signifying 300 years of exploration and navigation of the upper lakes.

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Then it was time to get on the boat!

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This boat was advertised a “glass bottom” but we were sorely disappointed by the available viewing areas..

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Ah well, it was still nice to be on the water. I do miss boating. One day I’ll have a boat of my own.

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This is the other glass-bottom boat company – something to check out for next time.

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The tour wasn’t a complete loss though. I chose to enjoy the boat ride in a well-situated area, which didn’t seem to sit well with this other lady that constantly kissed her teeth loudly behind me. I had a pretty good view of the wrecks we were floating over!

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I wasn’t able to catch as much on camera, but you know, you’re supposed to live in the moment, and all that good stuff!

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It looks like a beautiful day out now, but this was the only lighthouse I could manage to snag a photo of. By the time we got out in to Georgian Bay, the clouds hung low again and visibility was reduced. I couldn’t get a decent shot of Cove Island’s lighthouse from the moving boat.

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And boy did we move! Did I mention how much I love boats?

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The tour took us around the far side of the island, past a couple of the flowerpots there.

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The flowerpots of Flower Pot Island!

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Once we docked, I took us to the left as everyone else headed right.

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To the left crosses the campsites and heads to the Marl Bed. The campsites look pretty amazing here and it’s now on our to-do list. Plus there’s this awesome dock.

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On our way to the Marl Bed, we crossed an open, rocky section. Mommy#2 is always on the lookout for nice rocks from places, and she was able to find a piece here to her liking.

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The Marl Bed was on the other side of the trees from this rocky section.

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The trail continues to the edge of the island and gives you some nice level views of the Bay.

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We retraced our steps back past the Marl Bed, and took a left to follow the inner trail over to the light station.

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This trail is marked as intermediate and has a lot of ups and downs, and uneven terrain.

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But if you’re trying to avoid some of the crowds, this is definitely the place to lose them! And there is a section of evergreens along here, and it seriously smells like Christmas. So, so, so good.

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Of course, it is a small island, so before you know it you’ve reached your destination.

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Another historical site brought back to life and well-maintained.

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Check out the interpretive signs they have posted about. Also check out the washroom here, even if you don’t have “to go” – it’s worth it, if only for the laugh.

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Here is where our day met with a bit of a sour note. We wanted to check out the light tower and observation deck, but the trail was closed.

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Instead, we continued on the loop towards the flowerpots. Then we met this little guy.

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As we neared the flowerpots, there was another sour note as we noticed the Caves were also closed today. So instead we took a left and head out to the water’s edge.

A lady was just finishing up laying these stones on the rock, in the form of a J, to honour her recently deceased friend. They loved visiting Flower Pot Island together.

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The rocky beach is not the correct way to access the flowerpots, but it is the path we took.

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Here’s a look back at the beach as I wait for Mommy#2 to catch up.

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It was a bit cool today, otherwise I would have not resisted the urge to ditch my shoes. This huge flat rock with the waves crashing over it would have been sooo nice.

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First views of the flowerpots from Flower Pot Island itself.

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Obligatory selfie with Large Flowerpot.

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Giving the panorama a workout here, with H – gorgeous views from Flower Pot Island.

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From the Large flowerpot, we spotted the Canada Chairs. So back up to the trail we headed, and then had to wait for a group to finish their lunch while sitting on the chairs because seriously it’s not like they are a tourist attraction or anything.

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I’m not bitter. See how not bitter we are?

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We left the chairs without having to be stared down by the next group, and headed back out to the water for the Little flowerpot. One last view of the Large flowerpot.

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The Little flowerpot was much more crowded.

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That didn’t stop the obligatory selfie.

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And that was it. We headed back to the dock, about an hour earlier than we had planned since we were not aware of the all closures when we booked. Luckily we were able to grab an earlier boat back to the peninsula. No glass bottom tour this time, just FAST.

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Mommy#2 was very happy with her birthday gift. Flower Pot Island is definitely worth the trip!

1h 30mins
5.09km
128m elevation gain

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Have you taken a glass bottom tour with an actual glass bottom boat? I’d love to hear about in the comments below!

Happy Trails,
Mia

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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