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The Amazing Waters of Tobermory in Ontario

Tobermory has always been on my top list to visit in Ontario, Canada. I've researched about it and heard lots of great stories about it's beautiful waters. First time I was there was with my two friends while the most recent one is a double date with my husband and a close friend of mine along with her boyfriend. I've already made a post about our road trip passing by Tobermory then to other more destination but Tobermory deserves it's own post. 

August 30 
Grocery shopping for food trip: snacks and drinks, chips, hubby's favorite chocolate, fruits and water.  Nothing heavy to digest.

Rented a car via Enterprise: 300 CAD for a week, additional cost if you want it delivered at the airport.
If not nearest pick up: 163 Carlingview Dr., Etobicoke, M9W 5E7

Make sure to book your parking for the Grotto online. No more walk-ins.
Grotto Parking: 12 CAD

Tobermory stops
Optional: Stop by the occasional turtle sign and take pictures, ahahaaa.  Or just watch out for the signs and laugh your heart out. I found it really cute.

On the way: stop by Bay Street for Foodland for any last-minute grocery shopping (closes at 8pm) and LCBO for wine (closes at 9pm). Free parking around the area after 6pm, otherwise it's 3 CAD/hr from 9am-6pm. 


My husband tailored our travel itinerary with dates, ETA and travel hours - that's my man!

Aug 31: Arrive & Travel
@ 1:46 pm, arrive in Toronto
@ 3:00 pm, car to Tobermory
Travel time: 3-4 hrs (our trip took 4 hrs 30 mins)
@ 6:30 pm, Check in Tobermory: Little Cove Cabin 
Address: 7111 Hwy 6, Tobermory

We got ourselves a chocolate-colored Volkswagen.  Small,compact, fuel-efficient and, most of all, it was sooo cute!  I fell in love with this baby the moment I saw it.  I bet my  husband would have preferred something more sporty and manly.  But this darling wasn't so hard to love; it just melts your heart.  Anyway, moving on to our trip, this is actually my first cabin stay in the woods - same goes with hubby.  Good thing, the washroom was near our place because it's pitch-black walking at night.

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Sep 1: Hike and Swim
Explore Tobermory - The Grotto
Address:469 Cyprus Lake Rd
Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0

In the morning we picked up our friends at Tobermory Village about 5 minutes away from our cabin. They have a bigger place there for campers but not a fan anymore after experiencing some issues with management.  Drove to the Grotto for our 5-hour parking and hike.  We were a bit late so we hiked a bit faster than the usual.  We were all fast walkers, so it wasn't a big deal. 

(Boulder Beach - one side goes to the Overhanging Point while the other to the Grotto)

We made a big loop: starting at the off-beaten track from Marr Lake Trail, we passed by Boulder Beach and checked out Overhanging point - don't missed this amazing view!  We then retraced our way back to Boulder beach and off we went to the famous Grotto and Indian Head Cove.


This first stop shows the amazing waters of Tobemory. We found this right away on my first visit however during my second hike we passed by it. After we went back to our trail a family came out of the bushes and that's how we found our way to this spot.

A few more minutes away is the Real Overhanging Point. Careful as you make your way down, there's a big hole, kinda like a small cave along the trail. The cliff is right around the corner. There are two ways that leads you to two fascinating views.


First one, the death defying cliff overlooking the waters of Tobermory.


Second view on the other side is the carved stones below the cliffside. Both are daunting and terrifying, adrenaline rush for adventurous people like me. 


Next stop is the Grotto. We went back down to Boulder Beach again found some stones stacked on top of each other, ruined it - just kidding, then hiked to the famous Grotto. The Grotto is too crowded and you have to take a series of dangerous steps to get there, so instead we swam at Indian Head cove. 

The Indian Head cove is a few minutes away from the Grotto with wider space to leave your belongings. We passed by this cliff on the other side as we made our way down to our last stop.


Take note the water in the Indian Head cove is icy cold, after hours of hiking under the sun it was a lovely treat for me. Just jump in right away, just do it and laugh the cold away. Be careful as the rocks are very slippery. On my first visit my friend's floater started to drift away from us so I walked towards it. They thought I was running after it and even shouted for me to chill , little did they know I was actually trying not to slipped several times. I've simply glided myself all the way till I reached the floater - that made us laugh. On my second visit, I did the same thing and glided my way to the waters ahahaa.

We headed back to the parking lot on a shorter route.  Both Georgian Bay Trail or Horse Lake Trail lead to the parking area.  This is actually not my first time to be in Tobermory, but having new companions meant a different experience.  I loved Tobermory even more the second time around.  The lake and the views are just extraordinary. 

Dine @ Princess Hotel
Fish and Chips Patio promo. 
Jug of beer and 2 lbs chicken wings

Bay Street seemed like the only place to get food in Tobermory, or at least a popular place for tourists. There's a Taco truck named "Tacomory" before reaching Bay Street but too much waiting time.  Fish and chips were everywhere; however, most restaurants were crowded and we were starving.  People usually just pick the closest restaurant they can find and that's it.  We were no exception.  We walked till the end of the street, right after LCBO, and found Princess Hotel.  To our surprise, there were a few seats available and the promo price for the fish and chips was a bit cheaper compared to other restaurants.  Patio feels, less people, good food and great company totally made our night.



If you still have time to explore Tobermory keep Fanthom Five National Marine Park on your list.

Fanthom Five National Marine Park
Address Visitor Centre: 120 Chi Sin Tib Dek Rd, N0H 2R0
Entrance fee: 5 cad
Canoe program: 10 cad (check availability)

Have fun and be safe ^__^

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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go around and Explore the vibrant city of Toronto, Canada.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Los Angeles, California and I have here a survival guide on how to go around the city.

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