Flowerpot Island
Flowerpot Island
4.5
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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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  • Ishan
    Mississauga, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to flowerpot in summer
    Perfect for a day trip in the summer . The boat ride to the island is superb . The island itself is amazingly beautiful. Breathtaking views . The color of the water is stunning. The loop trail hike is easy . And if you have time you must do it . Otherwise just sit by the water and enjoy the amazing views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Jean Z
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blue Mountain Cruise Line to Flower Pot Island
    This was a lovely day. We booked the cruise online through Blue Mountain Cruise line months ago and I'm glad we decided to do this. Everything was great. On the way there we viewed a shipwreck and the flower pots. We loved the glass bottom boat and the boat ride was not far from Tobermory. We took the option to stay on Flower Pot Island for three hours. We took our own picnic and water. The trails along the shore were easy and well maintained. We did the Mountain trail as well which was great but a bit more challenging for people with mobility issues. We lost the trail a couple of times but my phone assured me we were on the right path. The ride back to Tobermory was only 15 minutes. It was a very enjoyable day. I would recommend it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Colin M
    Whitby, Canada21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really unique hiking experience in Ontario
    We booked tickets on the Bruce Anchor cruises. They take you to view a couple of old shipwrecks and then bring you over to Flowerpot island. I think getting there took about an hour. The trip back is more direct and was only about 20 mins. The tour guide gave us lots of good information about Tobermory, the ship wrecks and the islands in the area. It was pretty interesting. Flowerpot island itself was really nice. The rock formations were pretty unique and the hiking was quite enjoyable. You can actually camp on the island. I think they have 6 campsites, but fires aren't allowed and the tents are set up on wooden platforms. The night after we visited the island, there was a HUGE storm. We felt really bad for the families camping there, so I would advise you check the forecast if you're planning to camp there. The hike itself was very enjoyable. Not too strenuous and if you are fairly quick you can probably do all the trails on the island.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Jen H
    Chicago, Illinois45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a good stop
    We used blue heron boat and the tour to get to the island was great. The island was fun. Wayyy too chilly for being in water....water is always cold anyway! But beautiful. For us, we were done in 2 hours and had to wait for the boat To come back.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2024
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Abdul Ghaffar
United Arab Emirates13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 August 2020
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SoyKabAl
Newmarket, Canada275 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 July 2021
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1kramer2
Brights Grove, Canada249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 September 2020
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Joana Zghaib
Montreal, Canada195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 February 2021
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HammerHeidi
Hamilton, Canada341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 15 August 2020
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Cath_Mtl
Montréal15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 July 2021
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patlv23
Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Visited Flowerpot Island through Bruce Anchor Cruises. We allocated a 4 hour stay on the island. I thought this might be too much given advice I see online. It turns out, I wish we could have stayed longer. At the docks, there are washrooms available to use. From there, we found a spot on the rocks close to the small flowerpot to have a picnic. We then hiked to the large flowepot and spent some time in the shallow pools beside it. We then hiked further toards the lighthouse/museum area to explore those grounds. (The museum was closed. they were only selling snacks, drinks and other stuff). There are washrooms in this area. From there we returned to the big Flowerpot to kill some time before returning tothe boarding area. If we had more time, we would have hiked the whole loop trail and spent more time at other pools.
Written 28 July 2022
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great place to take photos. The flowerpot island do help provide great photo opportunities. There is not much else to see on the island.
The lightstation resting area is pretty nice and relaxed spot to hang out.
Overall the trail takes only 40mins one-way, but depending on crowds and what time you get there, it may take longer if youre waiting behind people (recommendation to take the earlier cruise if possible)

Overall the island is great to visit, but not worth the price as there is not a lot to it, other than the fact that it is a national park.
Written 11 July 2023
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Denise B
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Swimming off the rocks sloping into the crystal clear water was a highlight. We came prepared with swimsuits and towels, unlike some other visitors who seemed surprised at this opportunity to have a dip in Georgian Bay. Sunning on the Muskoka chairs with a picnic lunch while being entertained by very enthusiastic chipmunks was fun, too. Bring insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away while sitting here.
Written 13 September 2022
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Jordyn T
Brockville, Canada68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We took Bruce Anchor cruises, the staff were friendly and informative as we sailed to the island. Flowerpot island is really pretty and it was busy but it’s quite large on the island so we only really ran into a few people on our hike- we did the Loop Trail. It has some tricky spots and some stairs as well that are quite steep. Mostly we ran into people near the Flowerpots of course but it didn’t feel super crowded. The caves are blocked off which is unfortunate and the museum is closed due to COVID. The bathrooms are open but are so disgusting and I have a high tolerance for that kind of thing.
Written 12 September 2020
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