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Fathom Five National Marine Park

Fathom Five marine park
IUCN category II (national park)
Flowerpot Island
Map showing the location of Fathom Five marine park
Location of Fathom Five National Marine Park in Canada
Location Ontario, Canada
Nearest city Tobermory, Ontario
Area 112 km2 (43 sq mi)
Established 1987
Governing body Parks Canada

Fathom Five National Marine Park is a Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada, that seeks to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses, and conserve freshwater ecosystems. The many shipwrecks make the park a popular scuba diving destination, and glass bottom boat tours leave Tobermory regularly, allowing tourists to see the shipwrecks without having to get wet. Many visitors camp at nearby Bruce Peninsula National Park and use the park as a base to explore Fathom Five and the surrounding area during the day.

Fathom Five also contains numerous islands, notably Flowerpot Island, which has rough camping facilities, marked trails, and its namesake flowerpots, outlying stacks of escarpment cliff that stand a short distance from the island, most with vegetation (including trees) still growing on them.

The Save Ontario Shipwrecks Ohio chapter explored an Ontario wreck in Fathom Five Park in 1986. [1]

Established in 1987, the park represented a pioneering departure for the national park system, which had centered on land-based conservation until then. Its designation as a National Marine Park foresaw the creation of others, though nomenclature for such units would morph into National Marine Conservation Areas, leaving Fathom Five as the only National Marine Park. Despite its unique name, it is categorized as an NMCA, and is deemed the first one in the country.


  • Visitors' Centre 1
  • See also 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • External links 4

Visitors' Centre

In 2006, a new visitors' centre opened to serve Fathom Five National Marine Park and the

  • Official site
  • Fathom Five Natural History and Cultural Heritage Website

External links

  1. ^ "Save Ontario Shipwrecks Keystorm". 
  2. ^ [Canada Newswire; Parks Canada hosts opening ceremony for a new visitor centre at Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada and Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada; August 16, 2006]


See also


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