Frequently Asked Questions


Which is better, a Jet Boat or a Glass Bottom Boat?

The jet boat is a great experience for those who like excitement! This is also the recommended option for passengers concerned about possible sea-sickness.

The glass bottom tour is more leisurely and offers the opportunity for passengers to move between a covered lower deck and upper open-air deck. And, of course, there is the hugely popular magnified view through the glass portals in the ship’s hull.

How much time should we spend on Flowerpot Island?

At Blue Heron Cruises we recommend that you spend 3-4 hours on Flowerpot Island. If you want to walk the entire trail you will need about 1.5-2 hours. If you wish to walk the trail and stop for a picnic and a swim you will need the full 4 hours. 

Are there drinks and snacks available on Flowerpot Island?

There are snacks for sale at the Flowerpot Island Light Station, which is about a 45-minute walk from the dock where you will disembark. They only accept cash payments for these snacks. We recommend that you take your own snacks and drinks if you plan to be there for an extended period of time. Please also remember that Flowerpot Island is part of the National Marine Park and we kindly ask that everyone takes their own garbage off of the island. Please do not litter. Snacks at the lighthouse are only guaranteed July & August – in the off season is it by chance only.

Are there washrooms on Flowerpot Island?

There are washrooms at the main dock where you leave the boat and at the Lightkeeper’s Station.

How many shipwrecks will we see?

You will visit two shipwrecks on your tour. Both shipwrecks are located at the end of Big Tub Harbour. 

Is the whole bottom of the boat glass?

No. There is a large section of the bottom of the boat that is glass. And the shipwrecks are easily viewed over the sides of the boats as our water is very clean and clear!

Where can we park while we are on the cruise?

You can park in any of our parking lots located at: 7425 Highway #6, 7456 Highway #6, 7445 Highway #6 or 20 Head Street. 

Purchase or Collect Tickets at:

7425 Highway 6, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0

7454 Highway 6, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0 


Parking available at 3 locations. Free for Blue Heron Cruise Guests. Click Here for a Map 
Tobermory downtown now has PAID parking. Paid parking is in effect between May 15 & October 15th in Tobermory. $3 per hour fee in the 2 hours restricted parking areas; $15 daily flat fee in non-restricted parking areas

Tobermory Parking

Paid parking is in effect in downtown Tobermory and most adjacent streets from May 15th to September 15th. Most locations have a maximum 3-hour time limit. All day paid parking is available on Legion Street off Hay Bay Road./p>

Blue Heron Cruises Parking

The Blue Heron Company provides FREE parking to our customers at multiple locations in Tobermory. A valid Blue Heron Cruises permit must be displayed. This permit will be provided by our sales staff when you purchase/collect your tickets. Permits are valid for the duration of your cruise and for one hour prior to your departure time and one hour after your cruise returns. Customers may park in designated parking spots only and must cooperate fully with Blue Heron Company staff supervising our parking areas. Parking is not guaranteed and is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Why do we have to pay a National Park Entry Fee on top of our boat ticket price?

Every person stopping on Flowerpot Island is subject to National Park entry fees. These fees are remitted to Fathom Five National Marine Park and help to cover the upkeep costs of the island. Lately, they have been used to build a rain/sun shelter on the dock where you will load/unlodad, to improve the trail system all the way to light station, and to build new washrooms facilities. 

How much is the National Park Entry Fee? Can we pay for it when we arrive?

Flowerpot Island is part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park. Every person visiting Flowerpot Island must have a valid Parks Canada entry pass. Visit for information, terms of use, and to order your Discovery Pass. You can also purchase your entry pass at out ticket outlets.

The National Park Entry fee is: 

Adult & Senior - $4.90
Youth (0-17) - FREE 

Can we take strollers to Flowerpot Island?

No. We do not recommend strollers on Flowerpot Island. 

Are the boats wheelchair accessible?

Yes, most of our boats are wheelchair accessible. Please call ahead to get exact measurements of the wheelchair openings.