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.

The Bahamas Islands

It’s almost been a month since I have been to the beautiful Bahamas islands. I arrived in Nassau, which is the capital. Nassau is quite established and tourism is the most popular in this city. The water is so blue it’s absolutely stunning! This was the first thing I noticed there. Thanks to my Bahamian friend who gave me an awesome tour of the entire island on the first day. She drove me around the whole island which was very nice of her!

 

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Nassau
 
The island life is obviously quite laid back. Although I had imagined for people to be relaxing on the beaches and drinking their coconut water, it didn’t really turn out to be so. People are on the grind there. They work hard to make a living. The beaches are almost empty, compared to the beaches I have seen around the world. I think they are so accustomed to it that they don’t get fascinated by it. I would love to live by a beach. I’d be super tanned but still!

 

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Having coconut water by the beach in Eleuthera

 

Eleuthera

 

Second day in the Bahamas I flew to Governor’s harbor in Eleuthera. It is a beautiful island which is quite long and narrow – surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean sea on the other. This was THE most gorgeous place in the Bahamas. There’s a bridge, called the Glass Window Bridge. It gives you the best view of the two water bodies which eventually meet. The difference is incredible; the deep blue ocean with it’s rough waves on one side and the calm light blue sea with barely any waves on the other side. It’s amazing and indescribable.

 

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Caribbean Sea
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Atlantic Ocean

 

Accommodation in Eleuthera

 

My friends and I rented a villa, which was a 2 bedroom with 2 washrooms, laundry, kitchen and living room. The balcony was quite nice, where we sat and star gazed at night. The stars seem magical there. Sky full of stars, so clear to see. No street lights. Sound of the ocean and wind. Extremely windy.

 

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View from our villa, Eleuthera
 
During the day there are some nice seaside restaurants that you can go to – they are mainly local and it’s nice to just sit there, relax and enjoy the view. Especially by the seaside. I like it better than the ocean side. Something about that calmness that I’m drawn to. Also the colour of the sea – so beautifully blue. We went around most of Eleuthera and explored. Preacher’s Cave is a huge cave where the English settlers first arrived when they came to the Bahamas. It is an interesting spot to check out – there’s a path that leads to the ocean on the other side, which is very much abandoned. I think this entire island is very abandoned. There is a church every 300 m. That is A LOT of church!

 

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Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera
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Cute lil restaurant by the sea in Eleuthera
 
They refer to their little suburbs as settlements. There are many of them. Below is a picture for you to check out. I think we explored most of these settlements, besides the ones up North. We did go to the pineapple farm where the farmer was nice enough to show us her farm. She was happy to explain to us how the pineapples grow. We also checked out her other plants and frankly, it was nice being on a farm again!

 

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We went to most of these places, Eleuthera
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Pineapple farm, Eleuthera
 
Eleuthera is very close to the Harbor Island. It is only a $5 ferry ride to there. We had a day trip there to visit Harbor Island and especially visit the Pink Sands beach. This beach is gorgeous as it is actually pink! The day we went there was very sunny so the pinkness wasn’t as bright. I wish we experienced the sunset there, it surely would have been a brighter pink close to sunset time. In any case, I had an amazing time there. One of my highlights.

 

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Pink sands beach, Harbor Island

 

Transportation; how to get around in the Bahamas

 

Nassau has public transportation as it obviously is a city and very established. However, I think driving would be your best bet. Harbor Island on the other hand – you have to rent a golf car. It’s a very small island. Driving a golf car, even for a little while, was fun. In Eleuthera, you have to absolutely rent a car. There’s no way you can go without a car. There’s too much to see and no public transportation. This island is not travel friendly like Harbor Island or Nassau.
I didn’t know that conch shells were a thing, especially in the Bahamas. They look so beautiful and I kept seeing them everywhere. Then I finally saw some under the blue water. I learnt that they were all tied to one another through strings, as the restaurant probably kept them for cooking. These conch shells are quite large and look super pretty.I was asking questions about conch shells to the man at the restaurant. He offered me one to take home. At first I thought it’d be too heavy but later I had to go back and tell him that I changed my mind. I am so glad that I did. I carried an entire conch shell home, all the way from the Bahamas to Canada. While in the Bahamas I also learnt that you can eat conch shells. The local restaurants sure have a lot of traffic for this. It was interesting to say the least.

 

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Conch shells, Eleuthera
 
We then headed back to Nassau from Governor’s Harbor. This was a 30 min flight. Super scary flight as it’s a 20 seater plane and might I add – a very old one! Alas, we made it alive! I finally tried that conch salad in Nassau – it was interesting, tasted a bit like squid. They put so many things in that salad though – I got the one with fruits. It was a lot but it was something new and I liked it.
On my last night, my friend took me to Atlantis and gave me a tour. We went to the aquarium and the casino. We had dinner at the restaurant in the casino. That area is definitely filled with tourists. It kind of reminded me of Niagara, but even busier.
I would say that the highlight of my trip was definitely Eleuthera. It is a breath taking beauty. I would love to go back and do snorkeling and kayaking and maybe spend a bit more time on the beach!

 

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Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera

 

 

Surfer’s Paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland

A Short Drive from Byron Bay!

The drive is only about 2 hours away from Byron Bay. Gold Coast is a complete contrast to Byron. It has huge corporations, big buildings and is an actual city. Of course there are many beaches but the feeling is quite different. Instead of mountains by the coast, you’ll see very tall buildings.

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Surfer’s Paradise

Surfer’s Paradise

Surfer’s Paradise is quite a busy place with lots of backpackers, restaurants, bars, clubs, casinos, and they have entertainment like Ripley’s Believe it or not. This place sort of reminded me of Niagara Falls Canadian side, except that it’s way smaller than that. There’s the main street which consists of all your shopping, restaurants, bars and then you have the main beach for relaxation.

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Broadbeach

The atmosphere of Gold Coast is pretty lively. I have been to Broadbeach which is about an hour of bus ride from Surfer’s. This beach I found was nicer. It’s quite long and away from the party scene. I think I enjoyed Surfer’s beach more on my second day. It was nice to just sit under the sun. The water was not so cold yet just enough to cool me off.

It’s a nice place for a weekend getaway!

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