All of Bruce Anchor Cruises vessels boast beautiful glass bottoms. The glass bottoms of our vessels are viewing windows built into the hull of our boats. Only a percentage (20%) of our floors are glass. Due to the nature of the waters that we sail in, our vessels are built to a Near-Coastal Class II Specification. Therefore, extensive reinforcement must be provided throughout the vessel to accommodate the glass panels. Because of this, our glass bottom panels are as large as allowed by Transport Canada.
Drop Off Tour
Often, a drop off tour consists of a shipwreck viewing and docking access to disembark on Flowerpot Island to explore the island on foot. We recommend 2-3 hours on the island.
Stay Aboard Tour
This type of tour takes you on a sightseeing adventure, from the water, through Fathom Five National Marine Park. You will see shipwrecks and islands in the park, including Flowerpot Island. There is no option for disembarking on the island.
Bruce Anchor Cruises docking facilities are not wheelchair accessible. Please be aware that there are essentially three flights of stairs between our parking area and docking facilities.
It is especially relevant that passengers who bring strollers be reminded that they must be compact (umbrella stroller) or the stroller will have to remain at the ticket booth. The stroller must fit between the feet/knees of the accompanying adult. As an alternative, it will probably more comfortable to wear a baby carrier/backpack as this would be more conducive to the terrain on Flowerpot Island.
Dogs on Vessels
There is a limit of one dog per boat.
Dogs who visit Bruce Anchor Cruises must be under 20lbs in size and must be friendly. Our Captains have the right to refuse any dog at the time of boarding. If the dog is exhibiting any signs of aggression, anxiety or any other form of threatening behaviour they will not be allowed on board.
While booking online please put “(size) dog” in brackets next to your last name so that we know you have a dog. If you book over the phone, please let the ticket agent know that you are planning to bring your dog. Once we reach our limit of one dog per vessel, no other dogs will be permitted on that vessel.
Parks Canada allows campers to check-in to their sites after 2:00pm. Therefore, during peak season, campers will be required to select a cruise departure time, from Tobermory, after 4:00pm. Upon their return to Tobermory, they will be required to select a departure, from Flowerpot Island, before 12:00pm.
Campers will be charged regular drop off rates to be transported to Flowerpot Island. They will not receive a shipwreck tour.
All Bruce Anchor Cruises guests will receive free parking during their cruise. We have a long term parking area close by. In addition, shuttle buses operate daily to assist guests with getting to the Bruce Anchor dock for boarding.
It is recommended that guests stay 2-3 hours on the island. On the island guests can swim, hike, picnic, camp and explore. Guests can explore 4 km of hiking trails, a cave (access is closed for 2017 season), a light station (access restricted for 2017 season), and a museum.
There are no restaurants or other retail outlets on the island.
Washroom facilities are available on the island.