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I have been dying to go to Tobermory for years. The blue waters, the hiking, the shipwrecks! It was just calling my name. I am so thrilled I got to go with my mom and take E with me! I was a bit nervous, her first ‘big’ trip, but I figured with my mom on board, we could handle anything. The weather was perfect for our trip. We went on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday and had warm beautiful days perfect for our adventures.
E did so wonderfully! The drive down she started to cry for the last 45 minutes or so. My mom sat in the back with her and played, distracting her for most of that time. But man, those last 20 minutes were hard. Nothing would stop her crying. I made the decision to keep going. We had a boat trip booked for 1 and I knew if we stopped she would stop crying but would start back up again once she was back in the car seat. Longest 20 minutes of my life, but worth it in the end. Once she was out of that seat, she didn’t go back in the rest of that day and I was right, no more crying!
I was thrilled that the weather cooperated and we were able to go on the boat cruise to flowerpot island. We took the Bruce Anchor glass bottom boat out to the shipwrecks first.
That was amazing to see. The water is so clear and so blue, it is like being down south, only cold. You could see the shipwrecks through the glass bottom as well as over the sides of the boat. Great view no matter where you sat.
We then went out to the open lake and they stepped on the gas. E was a trooper! She didn’t fuss and just looked confused as to why everything was whipping about her. As we pulled up to the island a deep fog was floating through. That really highlighted why there are so many shipwrecks in that area!
Once on the island, the fog had cleared and we were able to go hike, after a quick feed on the beach for the little one. I would definitely suggest a carrier, although we saw people with buggies, it was much easier to carry E around, and she loved the views. It made it easier for me to climb down to see the flowerpots closer up (much to the stress of my mom!)
My mom and I took the easier hike, along the water, viewing the flowerpots then up to the lighthouse and back the way we came. You only get a certain time on the island as you have to book your tickets there and home for specific times. We left the mainland on the 1:50 pm cruise and came back on the 4:15 pm cruise. It was the perfect amount of time for us. We saw everything and didn’t feel rushed.
There were still a few restaurants open for us we got a recommendation to go to the Tobermory Brewing Co for dinner. The prices are a bit dear, but the food was good and so was their beer. We did hit up another restaurant for dinner, but it wasn’t as nice and we both wished we had gone back to Tobermory Brewing Co for our second night’s dinner!
After the flowerpots and shipwrecks, I really wanted to hike to the grotto and Indian Head. My mom was more nervous about this hike, thinking it would be a bit rockier and hard to navigate, but again, the trail was smooth and easy to walk on, the rocky bit happened once we arrived at Indian Head. Our hike there was entertaining, to say the least, E LOVES being in the carrier forward facing, and she sang about it the whole hike there. Yes sang. She was so sweet and cute, we were stopped more times then I can count. It actually took us 45 minutes to hike there, and only 15 minutes to hike back as she was asleep!
Indian head is just stunning. The water is gorgeous looking, the views are amazing, and I convinced my mom to climb down a bit to check it all out. I can see why this place is so packed in the summer!
My mom and I climbed out again, and I gave her E to entertain while I looked for the grotto. I struggled at first until I saw the white trail blazes and just followed them up and around the rocks. The grotto is pretty cool to see, and while I didn’t climb down, I still enjoyed the view.
We also spent some time at the discovery centre and took a tour through the museum they have there. It is one of the nicest discovery centres I have been in so far! Worth the visit and hike there!
We stayed at the Bruce Anchor and I was really pleased with the location. We walked everywhere. To dinner, to the discovery centre, to the boat cruise. The only time we had to drive was to get to the Grotto hike. It was nice to be able to get out and about with some ease. I used the stroller to manoeuvre around town and on our discovery centre hike and the carrier to do the actual hikes. While out for food, I used my new Guzzie and Gus Perch high chair. E isn’t sitting on her own, this highchair is a harness strap so it holds her in. She loved being at the table like a big girl with us. The only downside is you can’t sit at a pedestal table. You need a table with legs. But it is well worth it!
E did so fabulously for her first trip away that I can’t wait to go away with her again. What was the first ‘big’ trip that you did with your little one?