Fathom Five National Marine Park


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Fathom Five National Marine Park

Address:Box 189
Tobermory, ON N0H2R0

Phone:519-596-2233
Fax:519-596-2298
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive
Size: 112 sq. km.
Established: 1987.
Location:At the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, accessible from the south along Highway 6 (four hours from Toronto) or from the north via Ontario Northland Ferry M.S. Chi-Cheemaun, which operates during the spring, summer, and fall.
Facilities:Visitor center, diver registration center, and public facilities (on Flowerpot Island only) including docks, picnic shelter, hiking trails, and 6 campsites.
Activities:Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, hiking, bird watching, glass-bottom boat tours to Flowerpot Island (spring-fall), dive charters, interpretive programs (June-September).
Special Features:Canada's first national marine park protects 22 islands at the mouth of Georgian Bay and a main ecosystem that extends from the surface water down 200 meters. The remains of 22 known sail and steam vessels from the mid-19th to the early 20th century lie within the park boundaries and may be viewed by diving or from one of the glass-bottom tours boats operating out of Tobermory. Flowerpot Island and the picturesque rock formations from which it derived its name are among Canada's most recognized and most popular natural attractions. Bruce Peninsula National Park is located nearby (see separate entry for description).

See other parks in Ontario.