Fathom Five National Marine Park, Tobermory

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Fathom Five National Marine Park is a National Marine Conservation Area in the Georgian Bay part of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada, that seeks to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses, and conserve

freshwater ecosystems. The many shipwrecks make the park a popular scuba diving destination, and glass bottom boat tours leave Tobermory regularly, allowing tourists to see the shipwrecks without having to get wet.
Many visitors camp at nearby Bruce Peninsula National Park and use the park as a base to explore Fathom Five and the surrounding area during the day.

Fathom Five also contains numerous islands, notably Flowerpot Island, which has rough camping facilities, marked trails, and its namesake flowerpots, outlying stacks of escarpment cliff that stand a short distance from the island, most with vegetation (including trees) still growing on them.

Established on 20 July 1987, the park represented a pioneering departure for the national park system, which had centred on land-based conservation until then. Its designation as a National Marine Park foresaw the creation of others, though nomenclature for such units would morph into National Marine Conservation Areas, leaving Fathom Five as the only National Marine Park. Despite its unique name, it is categorized as an NMCA and is deemed the first one in the country.

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  • Our four hour trip to Flower Pot Island was very nice. The sunken ships were visible and it was interesting to hear the history. I do highly recommend this trip.  more »
  • We took a boat to Flowerpot Island and visited the sunken ship on our way. The water is so clean it's not hard to see the ship wreck.  more »
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  • Best place I have ever been in Canada... Fathom Five also contains numerous islands, notably Flowerpot island, which has rough camping facilities, marked trails, and its namesake flowerpots, outlying stacks of escarpment cliff that stand a short distance from the island, most with vegetation (including trees) still growing on them. Established in 1987, the park represented a pioneering departure for the national park system, which had centred on land-based conservation until then. Its designation as a National Marine Park foresaw the creation of others, though nomenclature for such units would morph into National Marine Conservation Areas, leaving Fathom Five as the only National Marine Park. Despite its unique name, it is categorized as an NMCA and is deemed the first one in the country. The park is home to several shipwrecks, many of which are used for scuba diving and some shallower ones are used for snorkelling. The park also has three non-shipwreck dive sites, these are Dunks Point, Big Tub Lighthouse Point and The Anchor
  • Beautiful place to visit. The Grotto was breathe taking, rock cliffs and water had to be the nicest I've ever seen. The only complaint I have is the people that bring inflatable boats and pink flamingos. Let's keep it natural people!

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