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Fathom Five Fishing

2 hours $600

Come experience fishing in the Fathom Five National Marine Park. You must have a valid Ontario Fishing License.

We call it fishing because that's what we do. We would rather call it "catching" but we can't always guarantee a hit. We will be fishing for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Salmon, Steelhead, and Rainbow Trout. 

 

Some of our favourite strike zones are the Dufferin Drop, Niagara Wall, Mermaids Hole, & Hopkins Horseshoe to name a few. Come tackle the experience and catch a memory!

The rod bends deep into the abysmal. The day no longer dismal. When the rod pops we set the hook, the fish is on, as the line reels out hundreds of feet and the game is at play. Is this the believable bull salmon or a legendary lake trout? Perhaps the fight is terrific, the technicolor trout we call the rainbow is at chase, jumping out of the water, with prongs set deep. We stand ready with the net, to scoop out the catch of the lucky angler.

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The Grotto, Cliffs, Caverns and Caves

2 hours $600

Well known to many is the Grotto. Most people get here with a short trek through the trail from the daytime parking, accessible at Cypress Lake Campground in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. If you are lucky, you can reserve a two hour time slot in the parking lot to parade down the trail.  Definitely worth the hike. Or...

​Park in town and enjoy the boat ride on Tre Anni, that takes you along the shoreline of the Bruce Peninsula National Park and within the Fathom Five National Marine Park. On route to the Grotto, there are endless cliffs, many with overhangs over top of crevices and caverns.  See the mass of people visiting the Grotto, who made the hike from the parking lot at Cypress Lake. Then we can pass by to see the caves at Cave Point. This amazing journey is dependent on wind and wave conditions.

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Flowerpots & Geological Formations

2 hours $600

The Bruce Peninsula National Park is a geological trove of amazement. Aside from the overhangs, cliffs, caves and caverns, there are two legendary formations called the Flowerpots. There is mysticism in the creation of these two monolithic maidens, or is it the maiden and man? Wait for the Lore and the Legend to be told when you see them in person, face to face.  Some things you can only see from the water, and these two geological beauties unfortunately fall into that category. Parks Canada only licenses two companies The Blue Heron Company and the Bruce Anchor Cruises, to land people on the island for hikes along the trails. You will have it better, secluded on the serenity of Tre Anni, intimate and alone with only the company you keep.  Private perfection.

​This portion of the tour works well with the lighthouse tours and the shipwrecks legends and lore.

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Shipwrecks, Legends & Lore

2 hours $600

The beauty of the shipwreck tour allows beautiful views along the shorelines, cliffs and caverns, while you hear the tales of ships lost long ago.

From the surface, in the shallows, we can witness wrecks, the ribs wrenched by wind and waves, while worried crews abandoned bilge pumps and their posts, to launch yawl boats to get shelter on shore. 

Some of the logs are lost, just scattered entries from points of registry. The fewer the facts known, the more room for embellishments of probable cause of loss, leaving room for entertaining tales. 

Shipwreck tours are surface viewing only and viewing is dependent upon sunlight, waves, water clarity and time of season.

Bird Watching

2 hours $600

While we are touring the waters of Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, a major northern migration route, we frequently see many species of birds and water fowl, including many types of Terns, Woodland Ducks, Long-tailed Ducks, Black Scoters, Northern Pintails, Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Owls, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Golden Eagles, Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey Vultures, Cormorants, Belted Kingfishers, several types of Swans, Canada Geese, and the Great Northern Loon to name a few.

​We might not be able to identify every bird but we will have bird identification books on board and a great set of binoculars to become more familiar with the vast array of feathered friends that soar along the shoreline. 

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Lighthouse Lore

2 hours $600

Tobermory is home to three functional lighthouses. Lighthouse Point, Cove Island Light and Flowerpot Light. These aids to navigation were built over a hundred years ago to aid mariners in navigating the uncharted waters of Upper Canada in the 1800's. They were manned by lighthouse keepers and their families until they became automated in the past thirty years. We can make a brief stop at the Cove Island Light station to stretch your legs if the wind and wave conditions allow.

​These empty automated lighthouses are beacons of a time long ago, when sailors, blind in the dense cloud covered night, would look to the far off glow of some distant point to navigate safely to a port of shelter for a warm meal and a dry bed.  They are still critical to the many boats, ships and freighters that ply the Great Lakes today. As solemn sentries in the night sky, their lights shine on.

This tour works well with Sensational Sunset tours and or the Stellar Night tours.

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Sensational Sunsets

2 hours $600

Have an intimate night aboard Tre Anni. Watch the spectacular colours change along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.  The setting sun intensifies its glorious gleam and gilds the cliffs and clouds with golden colours of another sensational sunset. Slowly the twilight deepens and lifts the veil that conceals the stars. Combine this experience with a Stellar Night Tour and make that wish come true.

Along the horizon you will see the glow of the lighthouses and navigation stations, established over a hundred years ago to aid the sailors, who navigate these capricious waters with shallow shoals emerging from over three hundred feet to less than a fathom. 

​Bring your own snacks or request hot chocolate, a charcuterie, a shrimp ring or perhaps sashimi from the days fresh catch.  

Stellar Nights

2 hours $600

Brave the northern nights aboard Tre Anni. Lounge beneath the stars off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula at the end of the Niagara Escarpment, and dare to witness the constellations like few have ever seen.

Watch the majesty of the mother moon rise over the horizon or bask beneath her beauty while she rounds her cradle out as we bob along the surface, away from the glum glowing of city lights. On the nights of a new moon, in her time of mourning, the stars are bright bedazzling beyond compare. Make a wish as shooting stars fall, scattering light in streams as they blast through the stratosphere.

Sometimes, and I mean sometimes, we can sit in awe of the beauty of the aurora borealis, the northern lights dancing across the stellar sky in these northern nights.

Listen in silence under a cozy blanket, with a nice cup of hot chocolate or rock out to your playlist with onboard Bluetooth boomers beneath the Stellar Night Tours.

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Bad Neighbour Rock Runs

2 hours $600

Just northeast of the northern tip of Cove Island Light is a pinnacle whose peak lays in the shallows of open lake, silent and unseen. It has the ability to rip the hull open of a ship blown off course in a heavy sea. It is the bad neighbour you don't want to come across.

With the shallow depth of the pinnacle of Bad Neighbour, if conditions allow, you could stand in the shallows in the middle of a vast and open channel. This could be a great place for a photo opportunity of a person standing in the middle of the lake. Let us know if this is a desire of yours and if winds and waves allow, we can make this happen.

Whale Watching.  What?

2 hours $600

Just for fun, while we are touring the waters of Tobermory, we can discuss the many invasive species that have become a part of the ecosystem of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. One of the latest invasive species are the bloody red shrimp. A light sensitive species that rest in the shadows of overhangs and crevices in the escarpment below the waterline.  They form nebulas clouds of pink and at night their eyes glow red in the reflection of a divers light. Individually they are quite small almost microscopic, like tiny sea monkeys or krill, perhaps even plankton.  Imagine if this abundant food source could host a better invasive species, whales!

Captain Mike spent a season in Dominica as assistant manager of a dive shop and whale watching operation at Dive Castaways.  If there is a spout he will see it.  "There she blows!"  Back then he could not guarantee a whale sighting but in Tobermory he can guarantee that there won't be any whales spotted, unfortunately.  Not yet anyway, but anything is as possible as it is improbable.

If you enter your goal as "whale watching" that tells your Captain you are easy going and want to see anything and everything but have no expectations. You just want to get out on the water and have a good time. Lets go have fun while Whale Watching in Wonderment of the surroundings.

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