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A view from the Jet Boat

If you’ve ever wanted to explore FLOWERPOT ISLAND, this is the perfect opportunity. On Sunday, May 29, an exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching. If you’ve ever wanted to experience FLOWERPOT ISLAND with someone who knows this marvelous natural wonder inside out, Doug Pedwell is your man for this not-to-be-missed exclusive HFBC excursion.

Flowerpot Island is a magical place. Designated in 1930, it is considered to be one of Canada’s most remarkable islands. Its unique natural features include 2 large rock flowerpots, caves, cliffs, ferns and orchids.

You’ll be boarding a Jet Boat at the Blue Heron Dock and heading out to visit the island by first crossing 5 kms of crystal-clear waters from Tobermory. It’s an exciting ride and the tour boat gives you a great water-view of your destination.

On the island the tour will follow a loop trail to the flowerpots, the caves, the light station and a variety of habitats. During migration birds pile up on the island as they cross the narrows to Manitoulin Island, so there are good bird watching possibilities.


Calypso’ Fairy Slipper. (Calypso bulbosa)

An added bonus are the Calypso Orchids, for which the island is famous. There is the possibility that they may be up given our late spring.

If the wind is too high and Georgian Bay to rough for the jet boat to operate safely, we will stay on the mainland for a Tip of the Bruce Tour will be an equally worthy substitute equally rich with birds, world-class scenery and fun nature to explore.


Doug Pedwell is your guide to this remote Georgian Bay Habitat. Since retiring from teaching, Doug has been able to indulge his lifelong passions of nature study, photography and travel.  He can often be found wandering the back roads of Bruce and Grey counties in search of flora, fauna and landforms to photograph. A member of the Bruce Birding Club, the Saugeen Shores Camera Club and a past-president of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.


(difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch – $45 extra per person)

A Tour that’s not to be missed.


Registration inquiries: or 519-389-6231

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