Bruce Peninsula Lighthouses & Marine Heritage Tour (2 - 3 Days)

Explore the Georgian Bay, Ontario lighthouses and marine heritage of the Bruce Peninsula. This Georgian Bay Coastal Route vacation itinerary is 2 -3 days long and comes complete with suggestions on where to stay along the way.

Day 1

Your tour begins in Owen Sound today, where you’ll visit the Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum to view the artifacts and photographs of the local marine and rail history. The Museum is located on the scenic Owen Sound harbour in a former Canadian National Railway Station.

Accommodation Options:

Highland Manor B & B
867 4th Avenue 'A' West, Owen Sound
P. 519-372-2699
http://www.highlandmanor.ca
Best Western Inn on the Bay
1800 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
P. 866-719-9200
http://www.bestwestern.com/ca/innonthebay
The Inn at Cobble Beach
#343625 Church Side Road East, PO Box 650, Owen Sound
P. 1-888-278-8112
http://www.cobblebeachgolflinks.com/inn.php
Between the Maples
2344 3rd Ave West, Owen Sound
P. 519-370-0202
http://www.bbcanada.com/bb_display_page.cfm?htmlnum=11029

Dining Options:

Nathaniel's
215 8th Street East, Owen Sound
P. 519-371-3440
http://www.nathanielsrestaurant.com/
Sweetwater Restaurant
#343625 Church Side Road East, PO Box 650, Owen Sound
P. 1-888-278-8112
http://cobblebeachgolflinks.com/sweetwater.php

Things to Do:

Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum
1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound
P. 519-371-3333
http://www.marinerail.com
 

Day 2

Today, you’ll travel north along the Georgian Bay shore of the Bruce Peninsula. Your first stop will be at the Lion’s Head Lighthouse in the village by the same name. Head for the marina, where you’ll find the replica lighthouse built by local highschool students in 1983, from the plans for the original lighthouse built in 1903. Next stop – Cabot Head - where a meandering narrow road leads you to this picturesque lighthouse & museum. View the artifacts in the restored keeper’s dwelling and climb to the lantern room for a view over Georgian Bay. (Open May 1 to Thanksgiving weekend, 9am – sunset). When finished, continue on your way to Tobermory, where you’ll spend the night.

Distance:

Owen Sound to Lion’s Head (65 km (40 miles), 1 hour),
Lion’s Head to Cabot Head (43 km (25 miles), 50 mins),
Cabot Head to Tobermory (40 km (25 miles), 50 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Blue Bay Motel
32 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2392
http://www.bluebay-motel.com
Innisfree B&B
46 Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-8190
http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
Harborside Motel
9 Carlton St, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2999
http://www.blueheronco.com
Big Tub Harbour Resort
236 Big Tub Rd, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2219
http://www.bigtubresort.ca
Tobermory Princess Hotel
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 1-877-901-8282
http://tobermoryprincesshotel.com/
Grandview Motel
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com
Adventure Inn the Bruce
#7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2273
http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com

Dining Options:

Tobermory Princess Hotel
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 1-877-901-8282
http://tobermoryprincesshotel.com/dining/
Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2867
Sunset Dinner Cruise
At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
P. 800-265-3163
http://www.chicheemaun.com
The Grandview
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/
Big Tub Harbour Resort - Bootlegger's Cove Pub
236 Big Tub Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2219
http://www.bigtubresort.ca/restaurant-pub-dining
Crowsnest Pub & Restaurant
5 Bay Street, PO BOX 98, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2575
http://crowsnestpub.ca/

Things to Do:

Cabot Head Lighthouse & Museum
PO Box 233, Lions Head
Location: Located at Cabot Head. Turn East off Hwy 6 onto Dyers Bay Rd. Follow through Dyers Bay and bear right for the shore road to Cabot Head - follow it to the end. (Please use caution when driving through Dyers Bay).
P. 519-795-7780
http://crowsnestpub.ca/
Lion's Head Lighthouse & Marina
Lion's Head
Location: Take Cty Rd 9 east off Hwy 6. Turn left and follow the signs to the harbour
P. 1-800-268-3838
http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/

Day 3

Hit the water today and go exploring. Book a glass bottom boat tour to Flowerpot Island, and enjoy the scenery while you tour Fathom Five, Canada’s first National Marine Park. Once on Flowerpot Island, make the trek to the former light-keeper’s quarters and stand atop White Bluff where the lighthouse once stood. When you’re finished exploring, board the boat back to the harbour and make your way to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and climb the look-out tower for a bird’s eye view of Georgian Bay before heading inside to view the exhibits, including a fabricated replica lighthouse and flowerpot. Finish up your day at the Big Tub Lighthouse, which has been guarding the entrance to Big Tub Harbour since 1883. (If you wish to continue your lighthouse tour, consider travelling from here down the coast of Lake Huron. Visit http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/ for more details).

Things to Do:

Fathom Five National Marine Park
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index.aspx
Flowerpot Island Lighthouse
Tobermory
Location: Take the tour boat from the Harbour
P. 1-800-268-3838
http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/
Parks Canada Visitor Centre
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
Parks Canada Visitor Centre Lookout Tower
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra St off of Codrington St)
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp

Suppliers:

The Blue Heron Company
24 Carlton Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2999 / 1-855-596-2999
http://www.blueheronco.com