FAQs

What is a Drop Off Tour?

All of our drop off tours leave Bruce Anchor’s departure dock at exactly the time they are scheduled. From there, passengers are taken into Big Tub Harbour to view two of Fathom Five National Marine Park’s historic shipwrecks. These wrecks are easily viewed over the sides of our vessels or through our large glass panel floors – that you can stand on!!
After the shipwreck viewing our tour will take you to Flowerpot Island. You will see the famous Flowerpots from the water as you approach Beachy Cove, our docking location. Depending on which vessel you select for your tour you will arrive on Flowerpot Island between 20 and 50 minutes from the time you depart Bruce Anchor’s dock.
Once the vessel has safely docked at Flowerpot passengers who chose a drop off tour will exit the boat and begin their adventure on Flowerpot Island. Hiking on the island is self-guided so make sure you note the time it takes you to get from place to place!

Your scheduled return sailing time will leave promptly at the time it was scheduled to depart Flowerpot Island. It will be the only seat that you are guaranteed on to get home.

What is a Stay Aboard Tour?

A stay aboard tour is an excellent way to see the sights of Fathom Five National Marine Park from the water.
All of our tours leave Bruce Anchor’s departure dock at exactly the time they are scheduled. From there, passengers are taken into Big Tub Harbour to view two of Fathom Five National Marine Park’s historic shipwrecks. These wrecks are easily viewed over the sides of our vessels or through our large glass panel floors – that you can stand on!!
After the shipwreck viewing our tour will take you around Echo Island and then to Flowerpot Island to view the historic light station and famous Flowerpots.
Sometimes we offer a combined tour that consists of drop off tour passengers and stay aboard tour passengers. If your stay aboard tour consists of drop off tour passengers, your Captain will dock at Beachy Cove, on Flowerpot Island, to let those passengers off to explore the island on foot. Meanwhile, all stay aboard passengers will remain on the vessel for the ride back to Bruce Anchor’s dock.
This tour option is great for those who prefer not to hike on Flowerpot Island, or for those who prefer to stay dry on a rainy day.

What is a Direct Shuttle

For those who are looking go to Flowerpot Island as fast as possible, a direct shuttle is the way to go!  Usually the direct shuttle is offered on weekends during the peak season.  The direct shuttle sailings will leave Bruce Anchor’s departure dock at exactly the time they are scheduled.  Once you depart Bruce Anchor’s dock you will head directly to Flowerpot Island.  These sailings do not include shipwreck viewings or famous Flowerpot viewings from the water.
Upon your scheduled return time, the direct shuttle will take you directly back to Bruce Anchor’s dock.

How long is the cruise?

If you are booking a stay aboard cruise, the sailing duration will be approximately 70 minutes.

If you are booking a drop off tour, the length of your adventure is variable.  When booking your drop off tour you will have to select a departure time from Tobermory and a return time from Flowerpot Island.  The length of your cruise will be based on those two bookings.

Can we take our dog with us?

Bruce Anchor Cruises accepts pets!
We ask that the dog is friendly, good with people, good with other dogs, not anxious on boats, and non-muzzled. We want all our guests to feel comfortable and safe, and as such our captains have the right to refuse any dog if he thinks this will be compromised. We might also ask you to sit in an open portion of the boat so that anyone with allergies won't have any issues.
We are camping on the island. How do we get there?

Parks Canada allows campers to check-in to their sites after 2:00pm.  Therefore, during peak season, campers will be required to select a cruise departure time, from Tobermory, after 4:00pm.  Upon their return to Tobermory, they will be required to select a departure, from Flowerpot Island, before 12:00pm.
Campers will be charged regular drop off rates to be transported to Flowerpot Island.  They will not receive a shipwreck tour.

When can we see shipwrecks?

Shipwreck viewings are available Monday through Saturday from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Shipwreck viewings take place before arriving at Flowerpot Island.

Shipwreck viewings are available on Sundays from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.  When booking your Sunday Drop Off Tour with shipwreck viewing be sure to book your departure from Tobermory after 12:00pm but before 4:00pm or your return from Flowerpot Island after 12:00pm but before 4:00pm.  To ensure that as many visitors as possible get to see the shipwrecks on Sundays, shipwreck viewings take place on your way to Flowerpot Island (if departure time is booked between 12:00pm and 4:00pm) AND/OR on your way back from Flowerpot Island (if return time is booked between 12:00pm and 4:00pm).

As an example:  You book an 8:55am departure from Tobermory and a 12:30pm return from Flowerpot Island.  You will sail straight to Flowerpot Island 8:55am and your return sailing at 12:30pm will take you over the shipwrecks.

For more information, please use our live chat option or call our ticket office at 1-800-591-4254.

Where do we park?

All Bruce Anchor Cruises guests will receive free parking during their cruise.  We have a long term parking area close by.  In addition, shuttle buses operate daily to assist guests with getting to the Bruce Anchor dock for boarding.

How long should we stay on the island?

It is recommended that guests stay 2-3 hours on the island, where you can swim, hike, picnic, camp, and explore.  There are 4 km of hiking trails leading from Beachy Cove to the Flowerpots, a Cave, the Lightstation, a Museum, and Castle Bluff.  Please check https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/activ/flowerpot for details and contruction notices, as some attractions may not be available.

Can we take our stroller on the boats?

It is especially relevant that passengers who bring strollers be reminded that they must be compact (umbrella stroller) or the stroller will have to remain at the ticket booth.  The stroller must fit between the feet/knees of the accompanying adult.  As an alternative, it will probably more comfortable to wear a baby carrier/backpack as this would be more conducive to the terrain on Flowerpot Island.

What are your glass bottoms like?

All of Bruce Anchor Cruises vessels boast beautiful glass bottoms. The glass bottoms of our vessels are viewing windows built into the hull of our boats.  Only a percentage (20%) of our floors are glass.  Due to the nature of the waters that we sail in, our vessels are built to a Near-Coastal Class II Specification.  Therefore, extensive reinforcement must be provided throughout the vessel to accommodate the glass panels.  Because of this, our glass bottom panels are as large as allowed by Transport Canada.

Are your docks and boats wheelchair accessible?

Bruce Anchor Cruises docking facilities are not wheelchair accessible.  Please be aware that there are essentially three flights of stairs between our parking area and docking facilities.

Can we buy food on the island?

There are no restaurants or other retail outlets on the island.

 

Are there washrooms on the island?

Composting toilets are available for visitors to use on the island.