On the second day of our Bruce Peninsula adventure it was time to explore Flowerpot Island off the peninsula’s north shore. The island is part of Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada’s first National Marine Conservation Area, and is accessed by a 15-minute jetboat ride from Tobermory harbour. The island is named after its “flowerpots”, which are outlying stacks of eroded escarpment cliff on the eastern shore. Very unique – almost looks like you can topple them with firm push! The clear water also allows you to see the rock formations below the surface, where the Niagara Escarpment plunges into Georgian Bay.
The island also contains some well-marked hiking trails that we explored for a few hours before heading back to the mainland. The trails lead through lush wooded areas, rocky caverns, and secluded beaches. This feels like an exotic tropical island, and it’s easy to forget that you’re still in Ontario.