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What Are The Most Popular Amenities in Tobermory?

Best Amenities in Tobermory

Above shows the popular amenities in Tobermory and the number of the rental properties associated with each amenity. In Tobermory, 31 rentals offer No Smoking, 30 rentals offer Internet or Wifi, 29 rentals offer TV. So, if you need No Smoking during your vacation, use the No Smoking filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Pool, Accessible.

How Does The Vacation Home Rental Price Look Like in Tobermory?

Vacation cottage & house Rental Price Information in Tobermory

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How Many Vacation Rentals Are Not Pet Friendly in Tobermory?
Percentage of Pet Friendly Rental Properties in Tobermory
26.83% of vacation homes in Tobermory are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
Best Tourist Attractions in Tobermory?
Tourist Attractions In Tobermory

The most common & popular places (a.k.a points of interests) here in Tobermory are:

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Tobermory?
Art & Culture Places

St. Edmunds Peninsula Museum allows you to visit a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse and a cabin, built-in 1875, where Jacob and Agnes Belrose raised their family of eight children. The museum houses artifacts that provide an understanding of the early settlers of the area. It is located on Highway 6 in Tobermory.

What are the nightlife spots in Tobermory?
Nightlife Spots

Coconut Joe’s Harbour Bar and Grill provide you with the best sunset viewing in the area. Their outdoor patio gives you the feeling you are enjoying your cocktail, wine, or beer on a tropical island with views of the harbor. You can arrive by land or boat at their 53 Bay Street South location. The menu includes beach bites, tacos, island feasts, bonfire burgers, and a kid’s menu as well as a full bar where you can get some of the best specialty cocktails.

Crowsnest Pub & Restaurant is known locally as the “Pub in the Tub,” due to its location in Little Tub. Here, you can grab an ice-cold beer, grab some locally sourced pub food and relax on the patio overlooking the town. The Pub Burger, a 100 percent Ontario sirloin with bacon, sharp cheddar, and BBQ sauce, is a local favorite as are their many specialty cocktails. They also offer live music regularly.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Tobermory?
Local Events & Festivals

The Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival is held in Tobermory on Chi-Sinteb’dek Road. The festival promotes the preservation of the orchids that grow in the area. It includes educational programs, activities, and more that celebrate the stunning flowers that grow throughout the Bruce Peninsula.

The main street tradition since 1948, the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade begins at 8 AM with the sound of bagpipes as spectators line Queen Street. The event is rain or shines with traditional Scottish bands heading from Victoria Park to Quinn Plaza. They take a short break before returning to Victoria Park following the same route. A concert is then performed in the park. Later, as the sun starts to set, the Phantom Piper plays from the Kincardine Lighthouse.

The Tobermory Winter Carnival, held in February, offers indoor and outdoor games, events, and live entertainment. Local non-profit organizations offer breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the festival. Be sure to check out the cardboard boat races, snow events, and indoor activities designed for the entire family.

Sauble Beach Sandfest, held in August each year, is a favorite in the area. It is a full week of live music, a sandcastle building contest, games, children’s activities, and a classic car show. During the day, families work on elaborate sandcastles in hopes of winning cash prizes. At night, the sandcastle area becomes a free concert with an amazing laser light that can be viewed from the beach or from a boat anchored off the shore in Lake Huron.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival, held the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June, includes educational information about the birds and other wildlife on the Bruce Peninsula. You can learn about the black bears, piping plovers, bird banding, and more. The event is held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

MS Chi-Cheemaun Festival celebrates one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions, the MS Chi Cheemaun ferry. The first festival was held in 1975 to celebrate the arrival of a new ferry that runs from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island. The weekend begins with the J.P. Johnstone Slo-Pitch Tournament, a children’s art contest, and live entertainment. There is a pancake breakfast, food booth, and beer garden throughout the one-day festival which ends with a fireworks display. Activities include face painting, games the Ladies Auxiliary Pie Sale, an antique car display on the dock, and a Whitefish Dinner. On Sunday, an ecumenical church service is held followed by the Mini Golf Tournament and presentation of trophies for the slo-pitch tournament. The festival is held at 116 Maple Golf Crescent.

Held in September, the Lighthouse Blues Festival has been named one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario. The festival celebrates the strong influence of blues on the local music scene. The Beach Pavilion and the Windsor Hotel, since demolished, were frequented by many well-known blues artists over the years, including James Cotton. In 2006, a blues society developed, created as a chapter of a London-based society but eventually becoming the independent Canada South Blues Society. In 2009, Rick and Marilyn Clarke, Brad and Craig Kirkconnell, Mike Brough, and Rob MacLeod sat down to plan for a blues festival to be held in the parking lot of The Bruce. In 2010, the first Lighthouse Blues Festival was held in July with bands such as Breakwater Blues Band, Dark Angel Blues Band, David Rotundo, Chris Murphy Blues Band, and the Bluesbells to name a few. The festival benefits the Kincardine District Lions Club. In addition to live music, there is also a Saturday Street Festival with a petting zoo, a British sportscar display, an Artist Row, and an area for children.

The concept of the Southampton Marine Heritage Festival began in 2011 when a group of like-minded individuals decided to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Chantry Island Lighthouse and Housekeepers Cottage restoration. The first event included speeches by local politicians as well as stories about the restoration. Those were followed by family fun that celebrates the marine heritage of Southampton. The next year, which was also the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the festival’s events centered around that milestone in history with cardboard boat races, a cannon demonstration by the Royal George Society as well as events families enjoyed year before. Each year the festival has grown larger and is a favorite for locals. Events are held at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and Pioneer Park.

Nawash Pow Wow is held in August and evolved from the Grass Dance Societies that developed in the early 1800s. The dances provided warriors with the chance to show tribe members through dance the brave deeds they had accomplished. As reservations were established throughout Turtle Island, these tribal customs were outlawed with only the Grass Dance permitted. The songs performed have been passed down from generations long gone. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and are reminded that all dances performed are considered sacred. Most dances occur in a circle which represents unity, and dancers often move in the clockwise pattern of the sun. The Pow Wow is held at Cape Croker Park.

Lucknow’s Music in the Fields, held in August, began as a Kinsmen event, starting with just 1,200 attendees and growing to more than 8,000 in recent years. The event is held on a farm purchased by the organization and offers camping as well as the concert experience. Called Graceland as an homage to former owner Grace Hopf, the concert venue allows you to choose your own camping spot and all proceeds go to charity.

Port Elgin Pumpkin Fest is held in early October each year, created when the Town of Port Elgin decided to create an event to extend the tourist season. The first festival, “The Great Pumpkin Event,” was a competition where the largest pumpkin received an award. By 1988, the town had joined the World Pumpkin Confederation and the event was renamed the “Port Elgin Pumpkinfest.” The first event had 200 visitors but in recent years, there have been over 30,000. In addition to the annual weigh-in, there is a bingo, celebrity seed spitting contest, pumpkin carving contest, home and business decorating contest, a Cinderella’s Carriage Car Show, a pumpkin pie sale, dance, and the Harvest Star competition.

What are the must-visit places in Tobermory?
Must See Attractions

With dolomite that is 420 million years old rising from the waters of Lake Huron, Fathom Five National Marine Park is a freshwater ecosystem with 22 shipwrecks, making it a popular location for divers. Trails provide stunning views of a wide range of orchid species. There are camping areas available as well.

Little Tub and Big Tub Harbors are both nature lover’s paradises. There are many locations where you can take memorable photographs as well as excellent hiking, diving, and kayaking spots. The harbors also offer galleries, quaint boutiques, and outstanding restaurants where you can enjoy your meal overlooking the harbor. You may even be able to view a shipwreck below the surface of the water.

Flower Pot Island, located in Five Fathoms National Marine Park, is accessible through boat tours. The island is known for its beautiful rock formations that resemble flowerpots. Plan at least a half-day to explore the island. It takes about three hours to see the flowerpots, cave & light station. You can also make a day of it a full day with a picnic lunch and a hike of the entire loop trail. Doing that along with the flowerpots, cave, and light station can take up to five hours.

Bruce Peninsula National Park is where you can view the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay with its stunning cliffs as well as diverse wetlands. The trails are lined with ancient cedar trees and you can see wild orchids and ferns in a wide range of habitats. Camping is also available in the park.

How to get around in Tobermory?
Transportations

The closest airport to Tobermory, Canada, is Wiarton Keppel International Airport, about an hour away. The best way to get to Tobermory from the airport is to rent a car.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Tobermory?
Trip Planning

On the first day, head to Flowerpot Island on one of the many cruises that will take you there. On the way, you will see two shipwrecks and views of Big Tub Lighthouse. End the day with dinner at The Fish & Chips Place.

The next day, enjoy breakfast at the Princess Dining Room before heading to Bruce Peninsula National Park, visiting The Grotto, Boulder Beach, and hiking the trails. Head to Beaver Tails for a snack before taking the MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to Manitoulin Island or hop on one of the lighthouse tours that are available. Return for lunch at Della Rocca Pizzeria before visiting the St. Edmunds Peninsula Museum. Grab dinner at Shipwreck Lees.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Tobermory?
Hidden Gems

Indian Head Cove and The Grotto are hidden gems near Tobermory. The Grotto offers a pool of beautiful blue water in a cave while Indian Head Cove is an inlet nearby. The trail to get to the cove and grotto takes about a half-hour. It is located in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Located on the Lake Huron shoreline just south of Tobermory, Singing Sands is also part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park. There is a short boardwalk as well as a trail where you can view rare ferns and dune habitats. The area is home to four species of carnivorous plants as well as orchids and other rare plants that can only be found in the Great Lakes area. The area gets its name from the sound the sand makes as it blows over the limestone shoreline.

Dunks Bay beach is the perfect place to spend a warm summer day. The public beach is small, but still large enough to provide you with a relaxing day with your feet in the sand. There are also many areas on the beach where you can take memorable photographs.

What are the activities in Tobermory that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Take your family on one of the three lighthouse tours in the area. The Southampton Lighthouse Tour starts in Paisley and ends in Southampton and is a 20-minute drive. On the tour, you will see four unforgettable lighthouses, take a boat ride to Chantry Island and see some stunning scenery. The Peninsula Lighthouse Tour allows you to see all the lighthouses on the Bruce Peninsula. It begins in Tobermory and ends in Cape Croker, taking about an hour. At the Lion’s Head Lighthouse, be sure to look for the lion’s head hidden in the cliffs. The South Shoreline
Lighthouse Tour takes about 20 minutes, starting in Point Clark and ending in Kincardine. The two lighthouses have museums that are open during the summer. Point Clark Lighthouse requires a bit of a climb, but the views are well worth it.

Hiking is a great family activity and Tobermory offers trails for all levels of experience. The Georgian Bay Marr Lake, Lion’s Head, Burnt Point Loop, and Flowerpot Island Loop trails are all rated for beginners

Tobermory Cruise Line offers tours of Flowerpot Island as well as scenic lunch or dinner cruises. You can relax in the sunshine on the upper deck or enjoy them from an enclosed cabin on the lower deck as you listen to the guides provide education on what you are seeing.

Little Cove Adventures, located on the tip of the peninsula, offers a fun adventure for the entire family. The aerial park includes ropes courses of various levels with obstacles around poles and trees. There is a high rope course with challenge elements high above the ground and a low ropes course for younger adventurers. Find them at 7111 Highway 6.

Search for shipwrecks in the waters around Tobermory. If you are a family of divers, this area offers some of the best underwater shipwreck sites in the world. Or take a tour boat out in Fathom Five National Marine Park to learn more from above the water. There are 22 shipwrecks off the coast, including schooners, steamers, passenger ships, and more.

MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry travels between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, a gateway into the heart of Canadian wilderness. There you can learn more about the First Nations people, habitats for animals, and more. The ferry offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a full bar offering craft beer, local wines, and specialty cocktails. Relax on the upper deck in a Muskoka chair as you sip a cocktail and take in the sites.

What are the travel peak seasons in Tobermory?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperatures in Tobermory are as follows:

  • January – low of 13F (-11C); high of 26F (-3C)
  • February – low of 13F (-11C); high of 27F (-3C)
  • March – low of 20F (-6C); high of 35F (2C)
  • April – low of 30F (-1C); high of 45F (7C)
  • May – low of 39F (4C); high of 56F (13C)
  • June – low of 47F (8C); high of 67F (19C)
  • July – low of 56F (13C); high of 73F (23C)
  • August – low of 58F (14C); high of 72F (22C)
  • September – low of 50F (10C); high of 64F (18C)
  • October – low of 41F (5C); high of 54F (12C)
  • November – low of 32F (0C); high of 43F (6C)
  • December – low of 21F (-6C); high of 32F (0C)

The snowy period in Tobermory lasts from November through April, but accumulations are light. The summers can be windy while winters are very cold and windy, although the humidity is low.

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