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Flowerpot Island

Visit a unique tiny island with peculiar rock formations reminding flower pots

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Two rock pillars tower over Lake Huron on a small island in the Canadian province of Ontario. Flowerpot Island is located in Georgian Bay, in the Fathom Five National Marine Park. The island spans just 1.3 miles (2 km) from east to west and 0.93 miles (1.5 km) from north to south. However, its rocks (which resemble flower pots) attract many tourists to the area. The rocks are a kind of sea stack, which curious shape was formed over many years by wind, rain, waves, and ice. Now just two rocks can be seen. The third one tumbled in 1903.

The island is visited by cruise boats and small inflatable boats from Tobermory. The best time to visit Flowerpot Island runs from mid-spring through early fall as this place offers excellent camping facilities and hiking trails. Just remember that the island can get very busy.

According to one Indian legend, the flowerpots are allegedly the petrified bodies of two lovers Ottawa and Chippewa, who were turned into rocks by the island’s Little Spirit. The couple belonged to the warring tribes and tried to escape by water together. However, they were pursued by members of their tribes, which resulted in a violent crash.

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