"From Tobermory to Fathom Five National Marine Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Tobermory by Faiza-Ifrah
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Our interest in hiking and boating took us to the sparkling clean waters at the mouth of Georgian Bay, which is home to Fathom Five - Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area. The park preserves a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and several historic lightstations. Highlights of the park include one of the most pristine waters in the great lakes, oldest shipwreck (150 years old) found here, and an 1,860 year old eastern white cedar discovered on Flowerpot Island’s ancient cliffs.
Fathom Five National Marine Park is a part of a much larger ecosystem, with Niagara Escarpment (a World Biosphere Reserve) as a backbone. Our forays into other conservation parks under Niagara Escarpment are covered under other Ontario Destinations.
Since the national park is located in close proximity to densely populated Southern Ontario, it is very popular with the tourists who are attracted to its crystal clear waters, rugged scenery and Georgian Bay shoreline.
The park supports unique geological features of Alvars and eroded rocks in the strangest of shapes.
That many of the cliff hanging white cedars are over 500 years old was not known until 1980s. Visitors will be amazed at the strange twisted and U shaped cedars trying to support themselves on bare rocks facing severest of elements like wave impact and weight of heavy frozen snow during winters.
- Pros:Multitude of water sports, easily visited, good for photography
- Cons:Weather - thunderstorms, winds, chilly waters
- In a nutshell:Unique geology and ecology
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