Tobermory, Ontario

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MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry docking in Tobermory.
Map of Southern Ontario showing Bruce Peninsula in red. Tobermory is at the northern tip of this peninsula.

Tobermory is a small community located at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. It is 300 km northwest of Toronto. The closest city to Tobermory is Owen Sound, 100 km south of Tobermory and connected by Highway 6. Due to similar harbor conditions it was named after Tobermory (/ˌtbərˈmɔəri/; Scottish Gaelic: Tobar Mhoire), the capital of the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

The community is known as the "fresh water SCUBA diving capital of the world",[1] because of the numerous shipwrecks that lie in the surrounding waters, especially in Fathom Five National Marine Park. Tobermory and the surrounding area are popular vacation destinations. People come for the beaches, the diving, the unspoilt countryside and the relaxed pace of life. The town lies north of the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

The MS Chi-Cheemaun passenger-car ferry connects Tobermory to Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Tobermory is also the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail, and has twin harbours, known locally as "Big Tub" and "Little Tub". Big Tub Harbour is Canada's largest natural freshwater harbour.[2]

The Grotto

Tobermory is typically a few degrees colder than Toronto. Most of the businesses in the town are open from May until the Thanksgiving long weekend in October, and are closed for the other seven months of the year.

Bruce Peninsula National Park[edit]

In the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve, the Peninsula is a place of global ecological significance. The massive, rugged cliffs of the park are inhabited by thousand-year-old cedar trees, overhanging the crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay. The park comprises an incredible array of habitats, from rare alvars to dense forests and clean lakes.

Fathom Five National Marine Park[edit]

The deep waters at the mouth of Georgian Bay are home to Fathom Five, Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area. The park preserves a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and several historic lighthouses. Fathom Five’s freshwater ecosystem contains some of the most pristine waters of the Great Lakes. The rugged islands of the park are a reminder of the impressive lakebed topography found beneath the waves. There are glass-bottom cruises at Tobermory which offer tours to the park, as well as the rugged north coast of the Bruce Peninsula.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tobermory
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −2
(28)
−2
(28)
1
(34)
7
(45)
14
(57)
19
(66)
23
(73)
22
(72)
18
(64)
12
(54)
5
(41)
0
(32)
9.8
(49.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6
(21)
−6
(21)
−2
(28)
3
(37)
9
(48)
14
(57)
18
(64)
18
(64)
14
(57)
9
(48)
2
(36)
−3
(27)
5.8
(42.3)
Average low °C (°F) −9
(16)
−10
(14)
−6
(21)
0
(32)
4
(39)
9
(48)
13
(55)
13
(55)
10
(50)
5
(41)
0
(32)
−6
(21)
1.9
(35.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 69
(2.72)
55
(2.17)
57
(2.24)
61
(2.4)
64
(2.52)
66
(2.6)
55
(2.17)
63
(2.48)
80
(3.15)
74
(2.91)
81
(3.19)
85
(3.35)
809
(31.85)
Source: Weatherbase[3]

Flora and Fauna[edit]

Tobermory is home to many different species of plants and animals. Some of the more commonly sighted animals include black bears, raccoons, white-tailed deer, porcupines, chipmunks and a variety of snakes. The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake can also be found in Tobermory although it is now an endangered species.

Among the many types of plants found in the area, there are around 43 species of wild orchids on the Bruce Peninsula due to its variety of habitats. To celebrate, Tobermory hosts an annual orchid festival in June which includes guided tours and presentations.

At least one species of flower is found growing in Big Tub and no place else in the world.

Popular Culture[edit]

The community is referenced in a song by Stan Rogers called Last Watch On The Midland.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkins, Jennifer. "Tobermory: The Freshwater Capital of the World". Dive News Network. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tobermory Crusader". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Tobermory, Ontario, accessed 12 July 2012

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°15′N 81°40′W / 45.250°N 81.667°W / 45.250; -81.667