Big Tub Lighthouse, Tobermory

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Bruce County
Visit the picturesque and still active, wooden Big Tub Lighthouse. Established in 1885, the lighthouse has long served seafarers sailing in these often-treacherous waters. Set on a stunning bay of clear waters, with splendid rock formations, the lighthouse provides a backdrop for refreshing swims--if you don't mind the cold seawater.. Consider bringing along a picnic to enjoy in this location and certainly bring your camera with you to capture this photogenic area. For Big Tub Lighthouse and beyond, use our Tobermory online itinerary planner to get the most from your Tobermory vacation.
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  • checking out sites, off season, in and around the northern Bruce Peninsula - areas around the lighthouse are quite scenic.  more »
  • We used to go there for the weekend trips in the summer when water is not too freezing for swimming (its' always cold even in the summer). It's a truly amazing spot to visit. The parking is very limit...  more »
  • Today, this lighthouse is worth over $100,000.00! You will see it if you take a boat exploration to Flower Pot Island. On the way, you will also see shipwrecks, and the beautiful fresh-water tropical-...  more »
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  • Great view. The adventurous can swim there. Washrooms are available. Nice place to boat watch. About 7 parking spots.
  • Always a good place to stop when visiting the Bruce. Great for exploring and sight seeing, photography, reading or relaxing in the sun, and also for swimming/snorkeling.
  • Great local attraction. Good swimming and wave action
  • Loved it when parking was free, now I don't plan on going back unless it's for a whole day.
  • Historical site with great views. Swim or just climb over the rocks, nice spot for a quick stop or picnic lunch.

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Where to stay in Tobermory

You can stay in the town center for convenience, but you might find the constant coming and going of cruise ships irritating. For something more relaxing, look for a guesthouse or bed and breakfast at the northern tip of the peninsula, next to Fathom Five National Marine Park. Reserving in advance is essential between May and September, as tourists flock to Tobermory to make the most of the warmer weather.
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