Flowerpot Island

Just 6.5 kilometers off the coast of Tobermory lies Flowerpot Island.  This island is one of Canada’s most fascinating natural attractions. Flowerpot Island is famous for its natural sea stacks, also known as the “flowerpots”.  Also, Flowerpot Island offers adventurers an opportunity to explore caves, hiking trails, a historic lightstation and variety of rare plants. While the island is only accessible only by boat, Flowerpot Island is the only island in Fathom Five National Marine Park with campsites and hiking trails.

The Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes was built in Burlington, Ontario in 1867, by Melancthon Simpson. The two-masted wooden schooner’s length was 36.3 m (119 ft) and the hull’s maximum depth was 7 m (20 ft). The schooner weighed approximately 218 tonnes.  Sweepstakes was last owned by George Stewart, who lived in Mooretown, Ontario.  Read more…

For more information on the shipwrecks of Fathom Five National Marine Park, click here.

The City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids was a wooden passenger steamer ship which caught fire while docked in Little Tub Harbour on October 29th, 1907. The 125 foot, 190 ton ship was towed away from the harbour into open water to prevent the fire from spreading inside the harbour.  Read more…

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Big Tub Lighthouse

Originally constructed in 1885 for a cost of $675, the Big Tub Lighthouse played an important role guiding ships into the harbour from the sometimes-treacherous waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The original structure was later replaced by the six-sided, 14 metre (43 foot) wooden lighthouse that is seen today.  Read more…