Who is in extra need of sunshine and vitamin D after our exceptionally long winter….I know I am! I’ve been longing for barbecues, beach days, picnics, and of course summer road trips. Ahhhh yess…I can see it now. Cruising down a country road to my favorite music on my next adventure with my hubs. I am SO excited for this next blog series on my summer road trip adventures that you MUST put on your summer bucket list.
Who doesn’t LOVE crystal blue Carribean water? What if I told you that you could experience this water without making the trek down all the way to the Caribbean? In just about a 4 hour road trip north of Toronto, you can experience some of the most gorgeous water and amazing hiking trails. It’s the perfect weekend adventure for friends, couples, and families.
Where to stay
While there is a plethora of accommodations within Tobermory, I actually recommend staying just outside of Tobermory in Lions Head. Rates are cheaper and you can take advantage of the fun activities that Lions Head has to offer. We stayed at the most adorable B&B with the most amazing hosts. The Purple Frog Bed and Breakfast not only provided top notch service and amazing food, but we arrived as guests, and left as friends. We stayed in the Garden Queen Room that offered a beautiful view of the garden and gazebo. If you’re planning making a trip out to Tobermory, book your accommodations well in advance (as in book now!).
What we ate
When ever I’m on vacation (even if it’s only a weekend adventure) eating great food is definitely a MUST. Our B&B served us the most amazing food! Our favorite items on the breakfast menu were the french toast (soooo good!) and the homemade granola and yogurt). To keep us energized on our long hikes, our hosts prepared for us a brown bag packed lunch complete with sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and a granola bar. We were then spoiled at dinner with a hardy Greek meal which left us absolutely stuffed! Our stay at the Purple Frog was also complimented with fresh baked cookies every day.
What we did
Okay, now for the good stuff. Our weekend was booked solid with adventurous plans! We left early on a Friday morning. On our way, we stopped in Owen Sound for a challenging hike at Eugenia Falls. While the hike was physically tiring, the view was amazing and a stop you should make time for on your drive to Tobermory.
Following this two hour hike, we ate a delicious picnic lunch by the waterfall. We then packed up the car and continued our way to Tobermory. We made our second stop in Lions Heads where we explored Greig’s Caves. This is an absolute MUST if you are visiting the area. The trails are family friendly, the views are surreal, and the caves are so much bigger than we had expected.
After our second hike of the day we were beat. We checked into the Purple Frog, washed up for dinner, and enjoyed some delicious veggie burgers at a local pub (I can’t remember the name!). Following dinner we attended Lion’s Head Bayside Astronomy night which is a free event open to the public. Locals set up their telescopes giving you an opportunity to see a close up of the summer night sky including the moon and Saturn’s rings.
On Saturday our adventures continued on Flowerpot Island. We took a ferry ride over to the island which included a brief tour of some local shipwrecks. If you plan on visiting flower pot island book your tickets in advance! We booked our ferry through Bruce Anchor Cruises. Flowerpot Island was absolutely spectacular and our favorite spot on the trip! Here you can experience breath taking crystal blue water, cliff jumping, and great hiking trails. There are no restaurants on the island so make sure to bring along a packed lunch.
We spent ALL day exploring the island, in fact we were on the last return ferry of the day. We ended the day with a delicious dinner at the Purple Frog and a late night campfire.
On the last day of our road trip we explored downtown Tobermory where we played tourist at the local shops. We then explored a tourist favorite… the Grotto. While very busy with tourists (like ourselves), we enjoyed every minute of hiking, swimming, and cave exploring. A site that is definitely worth the visit.
After the Grotto we were EXHAUSTED and decided to head home. It was an amazing trip where lots of memories were made. If you’re looking for an adventure to add to your summer bucket list I highly recommend making this road trip.