Fathom Five National Marine Park

Encompassing 112 sq. km, Fathom Five National Marine Park consists of 20 islands, part of the lake bottom and water of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and a land base of 133 hectares. Fathom Five’s ecosystem stretches 200 metres deep, encompassing everything from loons to plankton.

The beautiful clear waters of Fathom Five National Marine Park offer some of the best underwater experiences for divers and snorkellers. There are  21 shipwrecks and fascinating geological formations that lie below the surface of the park’s waters. This provides a wide variety of underwater experiences for all levels, beginner to advanced. Tobermory was declared the diving capital of Canada in 1994. Each diver must register in person at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre before diving in the park.

Big Tub Lighthouse, Tobemrory

The deepest water in Fathom Five  is off the north east corner of Flowerpot Island near the Lightstation.  Renowned for its picturesque rock pillars, Flowerpot Island is the only island in Fathom Five National Marine Park with facilities for the public. There is a picnic shelter as well as a cave display and hiking trails. Take the wooded trail, past both flowerpots, to the island’s historic lightstation and visit the volunteer lightkeepers who maintain this site.

If you take a glass-bottom tour boat into Big Tub Harbour you can see two shipwrecks through the ‘viewing chutes’. If you visit Flowerpot Island, allow a minimum of 4 hours for the boat tour and an island walk.

For more information on Fathom Five National Marine Park and Bruce Peninsula National Park, write to P.O. Box 189,
Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0 or phone  (519) 596-2233. Also you can check out Parks Canada on the web at www.pc.gc.ca.