Whisk yourself away to this little piece of paradise just a short drive away from the city. We’re talking about one of the most famous national parks in Canada, known for its stunning islands, sparkling blue water, and 22 shipwrecks. Plan your last-minute summer vacation to Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Located about four hours north of Toronto is one of the most-known parks in all of Ontario, Fathom Five National Marine Park.

According to Parks Canada, it is a freshwater ecosystem made up “of ancient rock formations, cliff-edge forests, fascinating dive sites on 22 shipwrecks, and orchid species both plentiful and rare.”

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Here you have the opportunity to explore the land to its fullest like animal watching, boating, tours of all sorts, hiking to lookout points, swimming on the islands, and even scuba diving.

Whether you decide to make it a day trip or go backcountry camping on Flowerpot Island, Fathom Five offers a peaceful escape from the city.

For campers, there are six tenting sites on Flowerpot Island which is just a short walk from Beachy Cove. In order to access the island, you must take a private tour boat from Tobermory, or if you’re an experienced paddler, hop on your own boat or kayak to get there.

But before going to the island, you must get camping and day-use permits from the Park’s Visitor Centre in Tobermory. For full camping details, click here.

If you’ve done enough land exploration, maybe it’s time to hit the water and go scuba diving.


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Not only will you get the chance to explore submerged geological formations like cliffs and caves but you can also experience a bit of Canadian history. The marine park has 22 historical shipwrecks to discover.

All divers will have to register and purchase a dive pass before diving but it’s not required for snorkeling.

For any divers that are not yet certified, a Dive Master or Scuba Instructor must be with you to supervise. For the full list of rules and requirements, click here.


Daily use at the park is priced at $8.50 for adults, $7.25 for seniors, and youth from 6 to 17 are free. As for camping on Flowerpot Island, it’ll cost you $12.75 per person, per night. You can check out the full list of fees here.

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Fathom Five National Marine Park

Where: 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd – Tobermory, ON