10 Places To Explore In Tobermory

Tobermory is nestled in Bruce Peninsula, 4 hours north of Toronto. This place is incredibly beautiful and breathtaking. It’s hard to believe that it’s only 4 hours away from home. Surrounded by luscious beauty and clear blue waters, you wouldn’t want to leave once you get there.

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Here are a few things you can do besides admiring the clear blue Lake Huron water:

1. Fish & Chips

Lake Huron has one of world’s cleanest water, making it transparent and beautiful. Since Tobermory is surrounded by water, fishing is very popular in this area. You can enjoy the fresh caught fish at some of the restaurants here:
I. The Fish & Chip Place
II. Shipwreck Lee’s Pirate Bistro

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2. Big Tub Harbour

Kayaks can be found to rent here. You can take a kayak and check out the underwater wrecked ships. Snorkeling/scuba diving are also options to get up close and personal with the wrecked ships! This is very close to the lighthouse.

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3. Light House

The lighthouse is not very far from the main area (especially if you’re driving). It’s a 10 minute drive. You can check out this historic site and enjoy the views from there.

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4. Flowerpot Island

The flower pot island is a 4-5 hour trip. You would have to take a boat from one of the cruise lines (insert here). It gets really busy during the summer time so make sure to do your bookings ahead of time. Flowerpot Island is a beautiful place consisting of flowerpots along the gorgeous coast. Swimming seems blissful here, however beware of the extremely cold glacier water here. There are short hiking trails on this island and don’t say I didn’t warn you to look out for snakes! You will spot many rattlesnakes here. Please watch out and it is best to not provoke them if you do come across any.

5. Bruce Peninsula National Park

With hiking trails to cliffs rising from turquoise blue waters to beautiful and unique species of animals and plants, this place will completely leave you wanting more. You can also visit the Grotto here. The Bruce Peninsula hiking trail is very long and you can easily get carried away. This is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, consisting of 782 km hiking trail. This happens to be Canada’s oldest and longest trail. There are camp sites here as well, allowing you to take breaks and spend some nights on your way to completing the entire trail.

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6. Singing Sands Beach/Park

A bit of a hidden place. You would have to drive here from the main town. Biking won’t be too bad either. It’s a big beach and grass on the sands and water being shallow. It’s a nice park to stroll around or stargaze on a clear night. There’s also a short trail where you can go hiking if you’re up for an adventure.

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7. Little Tub Harbour

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, this harbour has boats and ships that are docked here. There are also cruises that leave from here to the Flowerpot Island and other places. The gift shops here have creative pieces that you’d surely want to take home with you.

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8. Fathom Five National Park

A great place to see sparkling waters, 22 shipwrecks, ancient rock formations. This is a great place to explore nature and admire the beauty of Canadian landscape.

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9. The Grotto

Located in the Bruce Peninsula National Park, this place is the most popular attraction of Tobermory. Most people visit this town just to see the Grotto. It gets very crowded there during summers so you would have to book your parking spot from ahead of time. There are 4 hour parking time slots and this is more than enough if you are just visiting the Grotto at the national park. The hike from the parking lot to the Grotto is not very long (about half hour). Many people go diving but I would advise to be careful if you are not very good at swimming or have not gone diving before. There are no lifeguards or anyone to help you so go diving at your own risk!

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10. Explore the Coasts

There are many hidden gems in Tobermory. All you have to do is look at the map and find the beaches and coasts by the water. You will be amazed by your discovery!

Transportation: You can book buses that bring you from Toronto to Tobermory or drive for 4 hours from Toronto.

Accommodation: Princess Hotel is right in the heart of Tobermory. There are other hotels but very limited, since it’s such a small town. If places are booked, you can also stay nearby in Lion’s Head or Owen Sound, keeping in mind that you’d have to drive 30-60 mins every day to get to Tobermory during your stay.

Bubble Tea in Toronto

Toronto being a diverse city, there are many options for bubble tea. Here are my top 5 choices:

  1. Ten Ren’s Tea

A worldwide bubble tea chain store. Usually this is my go-to bubble tea place because they are almost in every mall in Toronto. I recommend their green tea bubble teas. My favourite is Mango Green Tea Bubble Tea. Delicious!

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2. Go For Tea

This is a great hangout spot for a group of friends. They have a food menu and also a long bubble tea menu. Many options to choose from, so it can be overwhelming. My all time favourite here is the Very Very Mango Slush. It actually has pieces of mango chunks in the drink! Truly delicious.

3. One Zo Tapioca

This is a fairly new joint with just 3 locations in Toronto. They have a unique menu with specialty drinks and in-house tapioca. Their drinks are truly refreshing!

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4. Coco Fresh Tea & Juice

If you like sweet drinks, you will love this place. If you don’t, you can ask them to lessen the sweetener. This place has a wide selection of bubble teas and also fruit juices.

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5. The Alley

Handcrafted tapioca and steeped whole tea leaves. Need I say more? Nothing gets more refreshing than this.

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Explore Toronto with CityPASS – Save up to 50%

Toronto being a metropolitan city, there’s never a shortage of activities here. Summer is the best time to be out and about. Whether it’s hiking, sight seeing, going to museums or just enjoying the nightlife, Toronto has anything and everything you’d want to do.

Here’s a list of a few places you can check out at any time of the year!

CN Tower

No matter what time of the year or what time of the day or night it is, CN Tower will never disappoint you. It is 553 m high, located in Downtown Toronto, right across Lake Ontario. The CN Tower is quite tall, holding a record of the tallest free standing structure for 32 years. Currently it holds a position of the 9th tallest free standing structure. From the top of the tower, you will get a 360 panoramic view of the entire city. There’s a clear view of our beautiful lake Ontario during the day. At night you can see the entire city light up. If you want both views, you can easily get there just before sunset.

Hours: 8:30 am to 11 pm Everyday

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Looking for a date night? Or even just a group activity? Ripley’s Aquarium is the right place for you! It’s can be romantic, fun and educational. How can you possibly go wrong with this choice? It is also located in Downtown Toronto, right beside the CN Tower. You can do both on the same day if you are looking for things to do downtown. Ripley’s Aquarium takes 1.5 – 2 hours. My favourite part – the jelly fish!

Hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm Everyday

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is located in Downtown Toronto, near the University of Toronto. This is a good place to get lost at any time of the year. You can check out their events before you go. If you’re into the night scene you can also check out FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE at the ROM during summer.

Hours:

10:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon to Sun

10:00 am to 8:30 Summer Fridays

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is a fun and beautiful place to be! It is a massive zoo with many different zones. You can easily spend half the day there. It is open 364 days a year – they’re closed on Christmas Day!

Hours:

9 am to 7 pm daily (May to Sept)

9:30 am – 4:30 pm Weekdays, 9:30 am – 6 pm Weekends/Holidays (Sept- Oct)

9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily (Oct to Dec)

Casa Loma

Toronto’s Majestic Castle. Location in midtown Toronto this place is a historic museum and a landmark. Casa Loma has a basement and three floors consisting of several rooms and several gardens. They have different events from time to time. Side note – they’ve hosted the scariest haunted house I’ve ever been to during Halloween!

Hours:

Daily at 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Lastly, you can get a CityPASS to save up to 50% for admissions to all the above listed AND skip lines by clicking the link right here –> Save up to 50% on combined prices for admission to must-see attractions! Shop Now at CityPASS.com!

Comment below for questions 🙂

5 Delicious Dessert Places in Toronto

Toronto has a LOT of good dessert places but here are my top 5 picks!

I will update this as I discover new places 🙂

  1. Dolce Gelato – This is the best Gelato I’ve had in Toronto so far!

Locations:

  • Danforth Avenue (Greek Town)
  • Kensington Market
  • College Street (Downtown)

2. Caffe Demetre – They have options from delicious cakes to crepes to                               icecreams/sundaes to drinks!

Locations:

  • Danforth
  • Dufferin
  • Kingsway

3. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake – Looks can be deceiving! When I first laid my eyes on these, I wasn’t too intrigued. However, after trying them, I think I fell in love. Beware – they can be a little addictive!

Locations:

  • Bay Street – Downtown
  • Union Station
  • Dundas St – Downtown

4. Eva’s Original Chimneys – They are as good as they look. Each cone is like a huge meal! My advice – don’t have a big meal before going there! 🙂

Location: Downtown Toronto

5. Hollywood Cone – Some desserts are good for one person but some you would definitely have to share – the shakes are huge, topped with cheesecake and brownie. This place is soo good, its a must try!

Location: Downtown Toronto

6. Sweet Jesus – My personal favourite. Who doesn’t love a rocky road on a soft serve?

Locations:

  • Downtown Toronto
  • Torono Eaton Centre
  • The Annex
  • Sherway Gardens
  • Yonge Sheppard Centre
  • Toronto Uptown
  • Toronto Eastside

There are so many locations now – the chain is definitely growing. The downtown location used to have long lines (45 mins) during the summer. So I am truly thankful that Sweet Jesus opened so many stores now. Goodbye 45 minute line ups (I think).

 

 

 

 

Top Things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls is just a 1.5 hour drive away from Toronto. The Canadian side is most definitely the better side with many things to keep you entertained. Starting with various restaurants and bars to fun activities like haunted houses, arcades, museums to nightlife (clubs) and of course, the casinos. The waterfalls is obviously the main and the most gorgeous attraction here.

Here are a list of things to keep you busy for the weekend!

  1. Skywheel

This is a great ride as you have incredible views of the beautiful Niagara Falls and the rest of the town from here. I recommend going there during the day or close to sunset so you can have a nice daytime view of the entire place. This ride lasts about 10-15 minutes and costs about $12 CAD. Sometimes you’ll see deals on Groupon but they are usually in USD, which adds up to be the same price as a regular ticket at the counter.

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2. The Skylon Tower

The skylon tower consists of an arcade, an observation deck and a revolving restaurant. You can also check out the 3D/4D movie based on Niagara Falls. The revolving dining room rotates 360 degrees in an hour. There are spectacular views of the falls from here and the observation deck. You can also see the rainbow bridge that connects Canada to the US. The below image is taken from the skylon tower observation deck – you can see the rainbow bridge and the American side of the waterfalls.

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3. Niagara Speedway

This is quite an adventure. There are long waits since everyone wants to get a taste of this ride. However, it’s worth it. You get to complete the lap around 4-5 times. The scariest and most exhilerating part of this ride is when you drop from the top. It is a fun ride and I highly recommend it.

P.S This ride is not to be mistaken for the “mario go kart” ride. It was heavily advertised in the media as Mario Go Kart but Niagara Speedway does not have any affiliation with Nintendo (just a heads up to those who may be tricked by the media).

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4. Haunted Houses

It’s halloween in Niagara all year round as you have the Chocolate Factory, the hershey store and just about a few haunted houses. This surely entertains the kids but also the adults! A few places to check out :

  • Haunted Asylum
  • Nightmares Fear Factory
  • Niagara’s Haunted Hallways
  • The Haunted House
  • Frankenstein’s Haunted House

Just to name a few!

5. Arcades

There are some fun arcades in Niagara. Again, this will entertain adults and children. You can easily have a fun time with your family, friends or even a date!

  • Great Canadian Midway
  • Captain Jack’s Fun Center
  • Fallsview Arcade
  • Clifton Hill Fun by the Falls

6. Maid of Mist

This is a boat ride that takes you to the falls. They do provide you with raincoats so you’re not completely soaked. It’s an up-close and personal experience with the Falls.

7. Casinos

The casinos in Niagara will definitely keep you busy. If you’re not much of a gambler, you will be, when there is nothing else to do during unfortunate weather circumstances. Trust me, we have lots of those in Canada. Rain, snow, storms, etc. The casinos will definitely be your shelter and keep you occupied.

8. Ripley’s Attractions

There are quite a few attractions such as Ripleys Believe it or not, Ripley’s Moving Theatre and Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum. I recommend getting the package as it saves a few bucks. You can go to each of those places and that will keep you entertained for a few hours. I recommend this especially during bad weather. They are all great indoor activities. My personal favourite is the wax museum.

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9. The Niagara Falls

Walk by the falls during the day or night. You will have a great viewing pleasure. During the day you will see beautiful rainbows over the falls. At night you will see the incredible lighting on the falls. It’s beautiful! Make sure to see the fireworks right by the falls if you are there during the weekend. The official website provides more information on schedules.

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10. Wine Tours

Niagara on the lake is just beside Niagara Falls and it is a beautiful place with many vineyards to explore! Of course, it’s best to visit the vineyards during warmer temperatures. However, majority of them are open all year round so you can go for wine tastings. There are many tours that take you to a few vineyards for wine tasting. It’s best to go on the tours and not drive after drinking. The tours include transportation that pick you up and drop you off back to your hotel. 

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If you’re visiting Toronto, Niagara is a must-see place! And if you’re from Toronto… well, it’s a perfect getaway place!