Tobermory is a small village surrounded by water – Lake Huron on one side, and Georgian Bay on the other. The area is known for being close to the Bruce Peninsula National Park which has great hiking, camping, and beaches. It’s also a hub for scuba diving as there are multiple shipwreck dive sites in the area. The small islands nearby draw in tourists for sightseeing boat tours. The real selling point for me – free bikes at the airport for people who fly in!
I had been to Tobermory before, to visit the national park and swim in the famous Grotto with crystal clear, blue water. So this trip was to explore the village with my significant other, and maybe sneak to a beach that was accessible by bike.
I checked the weather for the millionth time that week, headed to my flight school and did my walk around. I called for fuel to top up the tanks, and made sure I took some chocks for parking the plane in Tobermory. I used my ipad to figure out what route I wanted to take from St. Catharines (CSYN) to Tobermory Municipal Airport (CNR4). I made note of the frequencies I’d need to have handy, looked for any restricted airspace enroute, checked where to get fuel if Tobermory’s became unserviceable for any reason, the airport elevation, and NOTAMS. Then I filed my flight plan. This was one of my first big adventures since getting my PPL so I wanted my plan to be rock solid!