Things to do on Flowerpot Island
Hiking Flowerpot Island is the best way to see all that the island has to offer. The loop trail starts at Beachy Cove, takes you past the small and large flowerpots and to the cave where you may choose to climb the stairs to the cave platform. From there, it is just a short hike to the lightstation. You may return to Beachy Cove the same way along the cost, but those who would like a challenge may follow the remainder of the loop trail, which offers a more rugged and adventurous hike though the interior portion of the island.
Many visitors like to bring lunch with them and have a picnic on the island. There is a picnic shelter on the shoreline near Beachy Cove and picnic tables at the lightstation. If seating is not of concern, eating lunch on the shoreline near the flowerpots is a lovely scenic option as well. Tap water is not available on the island so make sure to pack your own. During the summer months drinks and snacks may be available at the lightstation.
Taking a dip in the refreshing water of Georgian Bay is a popular activity for those visiting Flowerpot Island. Common areas for swimming and snorkeling include the picnic area by Beachy Cove and at the flowerpots. Remember to be careful as the shoreline is rocky, the water is cold, and there are deep drop-offs not far from shore. It is important to note that there are no sand beaches on the island so you may want to bring water shoes with you. Also, you may change into swimsuits in the washrooms at Beachy Cove.
The historic Flowerpot Lightstation is a must-sea feature of Flowerpot Island. Built at the turn of the century, this lightstation was maintained by lighthouse keepers who lived on the island from April through December. With the development of a new technological era, the once manned light was replaced in the 60’s with the new steel light tower that stands today on Castle Bluff. The observation deck marks the location where the original lighthouse once stood. The three-structure station on the north side of the island is maintained by a volunteer group, the Friends of Fathom Five. Volunteer lighthouse keepers stay on the island during the summer season to keep up the grounds and welcome the many visitors to the island.