"From Tobermory to Fathom Five National Marine Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Tobermory by Faiza-Ifrah

Tobermory Travel Guide: 116 reviews and 293 photos

Where scuba divers can dive for shipwrecks

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.

Unique Geological Features

The park supports unique geological features of Alvars and eroded rocks in the strangest of shapes.

Ancient cliff hanging white cedars

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Multitude of water sports, easily visited, good for photography
  • Cons:Weather - thunderstorms, winds, chilly waters
  • In a nutshell:Unique geology and ecology
  • Last visit to Tobermory: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2009
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    What a lovely tourist destination with so many beautiful tourist attractions! Cormorant's White Rock and Dunks Point certainly look amazing. ~ho & pang

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Excellent tips of Tobermory. Shipwreck are tragic and yet fascinating to visit later. SL :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    Wonderful page here! The scenery is fantastic, the water so clear, its beautiful!

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 5:33 AM

    Amazing page. This place is on our list of places to visit in October.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    What a wonderful and interesting experience. That photograph to start things off of the shipwreck just visible under the water is absolutely amazing.

  • Aug 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Faiza, your page here has left me in a complete state of fascination; your experiences with the shipwrecks and wildlife are adventures to be copied and spoken about with friends and family for quite a long time.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Wow! Excellent page as usual! But you had to shell out $800 for a week, we too faced similar situation many times for not booking in advance! I liked your pirate friends!! hahahah.

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