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. Using our world travel planner, Tobermory attractions like Big Tub Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A good place to visit but the driving is about 3.5 hours from GTA. All areas are now paid parking including the Big Tub. Be prepared in case you haven't visited Tobermory in a long time.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We forgot to drive to Big Tub Lighthouse early in the day as originally planned so we had to settle on seeing it from afar—from Bruce Anchor’s dock overlooking Big Tub harbour and onboard the boats to...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It's a lovely point that has an amazing view. Awesome photo opportunity of almost crystal clear water and quite lovely rock shelves. You can swim here, you can scuba dive here, you can boat watch here...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    This is a great location to enjoy a beachside lunch on the rocks, or bench! Parking is paid by the hour until 6 o'clock, and it is a five minute drive from a great place to rent canoes to view the multiple ship wrecks in big tub harbor!
  • April 18, 2017
    I really liked the location, fog covered places and its quite beautiful
  • July 3, 2017
    Must feel the water here, take off the shoes and feel waves
  • September 6, 2016
    Parking was good on a Thursday.. But heard it's bad on weekends. Very nice place... Great to launch kayaks and take photos. I went on a cloudy day and it was good. Nice green and blue water.
  • June 28, 2017
    Very picturesque, great lakes at its best.

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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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