Flower Pot Island is a short boat ride from Tobermory, in Georgian Bay, and is definitely a place that should be on your Ontario Bucket List!
Flower Pot Island
The island itself is part of the Niagara Escarpment and features beautiful old growth cedar forests, caves, and the main attraction, unique rock formations along the shoreline. To get to the island, you take a boat (obviously, since it’s an island, duh!). There area few different tour companies that offer “glass bottom” boat tour to the island. All of the tours offer the same thing, a tour through the area and get to see some shipwrecks and lighthouses in the area before arriving at Flower Pot Island.
I was all excited to go on a glass bottom boat, but I quickly realized that they didn’t mean that term literally. They must be referring to the clarity of the water, which although beautiful, isn’t want I was expecting!
If you’re planning a trip to Flower Pot Island, the best advice I can give you is to go early, unless you don’t mind tourist crowds. I took the earliest boat ride over I could at 8:55am and there were still crowds arriving along with me (I was really surprised!). Even though I thought it was going to be super busy, people dispersed pretty well throughout the different trails…until more boats arrived later in the morning. You can check out the schedules for the boats here if you want to pre-plan your trip (which is always a good idea, if you ask me!).
The main trail runs around the island and to the light house station and is definitely worth taking. It doesn’t take very long and isn’t strenuous…you can complete seeing everything on the island and doing the hike in about 3 hours, give or take. The flower pots themselves are really impressive in person and it’s especially neat that you can get right up to them, I bet with the tourism increase that will change in the near future! I’d say they were definitely my favourite part about Tobermory even!
If you’re in Tobermory, make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity to go to Flower Pot island! You do have to pay for the boat ride as well as a park fee to access the island, but I think I’ve made it prettttty obvious that it’s worth all of that stuff!