From: May 7 To: October 10
Hours: Spring/Fall: 8 am-6 pm; Summer: 8 am - 10 pm
Bruce Anchor Cruises
Bruce Anchor Cruises is located in Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. We operate within Fathom Five National Marine Park which occupies some of the most pristine waters in the Great Lakes. Fathom Five is home to numerous historic light stations, over twenty known shipwrecks and the famous Flowerpot Island. Our novel designed, glass bottom vessels depart Tobermory on an adventure through Fathom Five every 20-40 minutes during the summer months! Within 5 minutes of departing our dock we view two 19th century shipwrecks resting just a few feet below the surface. From there we pass by Big Tub Light (1885) on our way to Flowerpot Island passing by other islands en route. As we cruise around Flowerpot Island you will view the historic Flowerpot Light station, the light keeper’s homes, the Flowerpot rock formations and many unique features of the island visible from the water. We then stop at the island to allow passengers to disembark to explore the island on foot for a couple of hours or the entire day. Upon departing Flowerpot Island it is a ten minute boat ride back to Tobermory. All three of our super-modern boats are specially designed with an extremely shallow draft to operate in the waters surrounding Tobermory. They allow us easy access to all points of interest even with currently low water levels without doing "open water transfers".
Glass Bottoms Designed For The 21st Century!
All of our boats have tempered glass built into the deck that you can actually stand on and look down at the attractions below!! Our shallow draught improves glass bottom viewing by letting far more light under the boat to illuminate the attractions vs. the older displacement hull vessels which shadow the area under the glass bottom.
Stay Protected on the Water!
The Frontier and Explorer feature specially designed UV resistant canopy's constructed from Makrolon Polycarbonate sheets. The canopy's shelter our passengers from damaging UV radiation on the sunny days and the wind and water spray on the cooler days. The windows roll right up into the roof to allow for flawless photographs and to let the cool breeze of the lake refresh you on the hot days.
Fast! Quiet! Safe! & Environmentally Friendly!
The propulsion systems on our vessels are super-efficient prop-drive, saving fuel and cutting down on harmful emissions while maintaining outstanding performance for an exciting ride. We have done everything possible to ensure a quiet and fume free experience while admiring the attractions we visit on our tour.
Explorer and Frontier Tours
Once we leave the dock we immediately pass the Big Tub Lighthouse on the North side of the entrance of Big Tub Harbour, Canada's deepest natural freshwater harbour, at the end of which lies the Sweepstakes 1885, a two masted wooden schooner and the City of Grand Rapids 1907, a passenger streamer. These wrecks may be viewed either through the vessels glass bottom or by looking over the side of the vessel. We then depart Big Tub Harbour on our way to Flowerpot Island, during our journey we will pass North Point, the most northern point of the Bruce Peninsula and Middle Island before reaching Flowerpot. The cruises circumnavigate the island to view the two Flowerpot Rock Formations or Sea Stacks, the light station, the light keepers house and Beachy Cove. Those who have purchased a Drop-Off ticket will disembark the vessel to explore the island of foot. Those who have purchased a Stay-Aboard ticket will continue on the tour back to Tobermory.
The Tobermory Crusader gets you from our dock in Tobermory to Flowerpot Island in under 25 minutes, including glass bottom viewing of the two shipwrecks at the head of big tub harbour! The Crusader views the same two shipwrecks as the Frontier and Explorer for the same duration of time. We then depart Big Tub Harbour on our way to Flowerpot Island, during our journey we will pass North Point, the most northern point of the Bruce Peninsula and Middle Island before reaching Flowerpot. Once at the island those who have purchased a Drop-Off ticket will disembark the vessel to explore the island of foot. Those who have purchased a Stay-Aboard ticket will view the Flowerpot rock formations before heading back to Tobermory
Just 6.5 kilometres off the coast of Tobermory lies Flowerpot Island, one of Canada’s most fascinating natural attractions. Flowerpot Island is famous for its natural sea stacks, the “flowerpots”, as well as its caves, historic lightstation and variety of rare plants. Accessible only by boat, Flowerpot Island is the only island in Fathom Five National Marine Park with campsites and hiking trails. It is a great place to spend half or a full day exploring the island, viewing the scenery, picnicking or swimming.
The Flowerpots are a type of sea stack, formed over many years as wind, rain, waves and ice hammered away at the cliff that once stood alongside the water’s edge, the softer rock eroded more quickly, leaving the harder rock remaining in the shape of our Flowerpots. If you look closely at the cliffs near the water, you will notice the beginning of new flowerpots currently being forged from the shoreline by the elements.
The historic Flowerpot Light Station is a must-sea feature of Flowerpot Island. Built at the turn of the century, this light station was maintained by lighthouse keepers who lived on the island from April through December. With the development of a new technological era, the once manned light was replaced in the 60’s with the new steel light tower that stands today on Castle Bluff. The observation deck marks the location where the original lighthouse once stood. The three-structure station on the north side of the island is maintained by a volunteer group, the Friends of Fathom Five. Volunteer lighthouse keepers stay on the island during the summer season to keep up the grounds and welcome the many visitors to the island.
$18.85 stay-on - 27.85 drop-off per Youth 6-16 yrs
$25.95 stay-on - 34.90 drop-off per Senior 60+
$free - per Children 5 & under
Payment in advance/24-hour cancellation notice
24 hour cancellation notice