Escape to Grey Bruce - Bruce County 2022

Page 1 Rivers, Streams, Gardens, Wetlands, Forests, Farms, and Trails Plus Shopping and Dining in Our Thriving Downtown! Add Walkerton to Your Summer Bucket List!


Off the Beaten Path Beaches and busy attractions are great, but sometimes you need a break. Something a little different, and off the beaten path. Welcome to Walkerton, a historic town with an eclectic range of on-trend shops and a wide array of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your palette. The Saugeen River flows through town, offering excellent fishing, paddling, and tubing, and off the water you’ll find family-friendly trails, wide open parks, golf courses and nearby rural gardens. Venture further to discover hamlets and villages, rolling farmland, and one of the largest forested wetlands in Canada – all within the Municipality of Brockton. Start in Walkerton, where you’ll find some of the best clothing, floral and home décor selections around, plus spa and holistic healthcare services, independent music and electronics stores, kids clothing, a traditional butcher, a lingerie boutique with expert bra fitting services, and so much more! A full list of retailers and restaurants can be found at The Saugeen River Trail offers a wide, accessible walking and cycling path with lookout points, interpretive plaques, and access to the river. Cross the bridge into Lobies Park, where you’ll find a boat launch, washrooms, municipal campground, playground and the Brockton Visitor Centre, with lots of information about things to see and do in the area. Eager to get on the water to fish or paddle? Canoes, kayaks and inflatable tubes can be rented locally, and paddling brochures are available at our visitor centre in Lobies Park. The river has wide areas of calm sections, interspersed with mild rapids and eddies, making the route ideal for learning the basics of navigating rapid water. There are four river access points in Brockton.

Fishing the Saugeen in Walkerton and area is excellent, with some of the best fly fishing in Canada available right here! Experienced guides are available to help assist you. Enjoy golf? You’re in the right place for that as well with the Walkerton Golf and Curling Club and the Whispering Hills Golf Club both close by, offering a great way to pass a morning or afternoon. If gardening is more your style, check out the new Heart of Bruce Botanical Gardens Tour, with five local gardens open to explore. Learn more at https://explorethebruce. com/heart-of-bruce-botanical-gardens-tour/. Curious to explore the region’s rolling countryside, picturesque farms and quaint, relaxing hamlets? Brockton includes smaller communities such as Cargill, Pinkerton, Elmwood and Chepstow, home to the oldest continuously operating hotel in Bruce County, the beautifully restored Chepstow Inn. Continued on next page

Tour Walkerton’s Grande Dame of Performing Arts Victoria Jubilee Hall, a regional hub for arts and culture, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and opening its doors to the public! The historic venue plans to welcome visitors this summer through private tours, offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of Brockton’s pre-eminent heritage buildings, and Walkerton’s first town hall. See the iconic bell tower from within, the beautiful 300-seat opera hall and visit each of the eight different levels. Please call 519-881-2826 for more information, or email • 2022 5

Nearby is the Village of Cargill, where lumber baron Henry Cargill built his empire from logging the Greenock Swamp, which spans over 20,000 acres! Steeped in stories and legends, the swamp harbours a fascinating mixture of folklore and intrigue and is an ecosystem like no other. You can access it off Schmidt Lake Road near Chepstow. Trail maps are available at, or in booklet form from our Visitor Information Centre. While in Cargill, visit the Cargill Museum and Visitor Centre, the Bruce County Bookstore, the Cargill Art Gallery, and an ice cream stand overlooking the Teeswater River and mill dam. Summer events there will include free wagon rides, a timber framing demonstration, a children’s book festival, a blacksmithing demonstration, and special days to meet local publishers, historians, and artists. For more information about these and other events, see A visit to Cargill is not complete without viewing the mill dam, the heritage murals and cut-outs by Walkerton artist Steve Mackie, and the self-guided heritage walking tour. Heritage walking and driving tours are also available in Walkerton, for the history buffs among you! Cyclists will be interested in the new Greenock Swamp Cycling Tour at You can also check out the Brant Tract Trail near Paisley for mountain biking, and the Bruce Rail Trail if you’re keen on ATV adventures. Whatever your passion or interest, staff at the Walkerton Visitor Information Centre, open seven days a week from spring to fall, will be happy to assist! Find out more at

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Huron Kinloss The Hub is a space in Huron-Kinloss to co-work and grow business. Our vision is to become a regional leader in business development and recruitment by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship. Our mission is to provide space and connection to resources where entrepreneurs can nourish their ideas through networking, learning and collaboration, and grow economic development throughout the region. Through The Hub, entrepreneurs can access resources, events, and connections they need to succeed in starting or expanding their business. Online programming includes Start a Business, Business Expansion, Quick Start Entrepreneur, Youth Entrepreneurship and Selling Beyond the Farmgate, which are free, self-paced and available on The Hub’s website. Additional services include co-working desks and a meeting space for rent, and connection through Wednesday Warm-Up, a monthly entrepreneur networking group. Co-work in a creative space, connect with like-minded people and grow your business with a support team. Whether you are starting out or looking to grow, we can help simplify the process! Business consultations are available. 6


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Express Your Talents in Paisley Paisley is a unique community located in the heart of Bruce County. Perfect for a day trip, a welcoming and safe place to call home and a supportive culture to own a business, the Village of Paisley has it all!

Visit Paisley

Paisley is full to the brim with history, nature and artistic elements. Take a stroll on the Paisley Heritage Tour to check out the many heritage buildings and features. Paddling and fishing are a large draw in the spring, summer and fall, with 3 Saugeen River access points located in the Village. Be sure to check out one of the many paths along the river or the Trestle Bridge walking trail. Follow the Paisley Art Tour to find

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over 20 murals and public art pieces scattered throughout the Village. Visit Paisley during one of our unique community events – Artists on the River or the Paisley Fall Fair. Check out or for information to plan your next visit!

Open Your Creative Business in Paisley

Step into one of the unique businesses that call Paisley home for an entrepreneurial talent show. Almost everyone has an artistic flare or creative talent! Have you always wanted to open a business? Explore your creative side and express yourself in a supportive and eclectic community. Share your talents and be a part of the experience.



Saugeen Shores

We have got you covered When you think of Saugeen Shores: Port Elgin, Southampton, and Saugeen Township your first thought may be its gorgeous beaches. And you would be right! Here are some other reasons and seasons to come to Saugeen Shores.

If you come in the Summer

Located on the shores of Lake Huron you are going to want to explore our beaches. Eidts Grove Beach is off the beaten path and a short bike ride from Gobles Grove. Both are beautiful beaches in any season. Port Elgin’s Main beach is a happening place. It’s sheltered for families and there is a los to do for youth. Bring a volleyball and stroll along the pier. At Southampton’s Beach you can find Gerry’s fries – a good place to feed your belly and then stroll along the sandy beach to find your spot.

Trails anyone?

Saugeen Shores has over 40km of trails. The rugged and natural Woodland and Bieners’ Bush trail networks are a great way to get back to nature. The Saugeen Rail Trail is a tree-lined accessible trail that links Southampton with Port Elgin. You can stop along the way at the infamous Wednesdays Farmers market in Port Elgin and the Marine Heritage Market on Friday in Southampton.

Biking anytime

North Shore trail is a paved multi-use trail that also links the two towns together. This trail highlights the beautiful Huron coast. These trails are multi-use so come and stroll or bike; either way you will get to explore the shores.

Shopping anyone?

With two vibrant downtowns you’ll meet welcoming business owners in unique retail boutiques, find specialty shops for adventurers & foodies, and more. We have impressive culinary experiences; all within a walkable picturesque setting. Our downtowns have treasures waiting for you to discover so you can take a piece of Saugeen Shores home with you.

Sunsets in any season

The fabulous sunsets along the Huron shores are spectacular; you will never be disappointed. Some great points to view the sunset are Pioneer Park at the Southampton Harbour, Port Elgin Harbour and Chantry View Beach. Even driving in the winter along the North Shore, you will see spectacular views and a spectacular show.

Patio Season is anytime

Summer is a great time to sit on a patio. But many local patios have extended their season and added warming options to make your stay enjoyable on those nice spring or fall days. Cozy up with a hot beverage and enjoy the atmosphere.

Explore the History

You will find we are steeped in History: Bruce County Museum, Marine Heritage Park, and Chantry Island to name a few. Explore places like Denny’s Dam, the Town Pond, and Fairy Lake. Try our “Learn like a Local” campaign. This program uses QR codes to direct you to specific locations throughout Saugeen Shores and learn a little history of the area. Go to to find out more. • 2022 9

SWERVE event coming to Bruce County this September To swerve is to change direction. Often suddenly. It’s a shift to get around the big obstacles that stand in our way. A swerve is a conscious act of innovation, something we’ll need to meet the big challenges we face. From how we use energy to how we produce food, from the way we make things to how we get around, the world is coming up against barriers that require us to swerve before we run out of road. Quickly. The swerve we need is one that navigates by new ideas and follows the signposts of emerging technologies. It demands inspiration. Imagination. A willingness to explore alternate pathways and a refusal to accept limits. That’s the spirit you’ll find at SWERVE, a free public festival that will immerse you in the new ideas and technologies that can help us shape the future we want. Hosted by the Nuclear Innovation Institute from September 9-11, 2022, SWERVE will offer a hands-on experience—for kids and adults—with the electric cars and trucks we’ll soon be driving (or that might drive us). It will introduce the new sources of clean energy needed for a low-carbon economy. And it will use virtual reality to explore new ways to manage our natural environment, explore space and entertain ourselves. Over three days this September, SWERVE will bring the frontiers of science and technology to Bruce, Grey,



and Huron counties, allowing us all to imagine the possibilities that can put us on the path to a better future. What is SWERVE? Located this year at The Coliseum in Southampton, a vibrant, year-round community on the shores of Lake Huron, this multi-day festival of ideas, inspiration and imagination allows kids and adults to journey through the next generation of technologies, letting them see and explore how they could change the world. Come and explore electric vehicle demonstrations, food trucks and a host of complementary programing, anchored by our thematic spaces: • Touch the Future: Interactive exhibits and videos that let people discover and engage with new technologies— from 3D printing to drones, simulators and robots—to see how they are changing agriculture, manufacturing, energy, health and space exploration. • Going Mobile: An exhibition of future mobile technology, from personal mobility to EVs and batteries. • Explore the Future: NII Explore’s Kid Zone for STEM challenges and immersive experiences, featuring VR worlds, robots, a makerspace and science experiments. Learn more at and don’t miss an update— join the conversation on social media: @Nuclear Innovation Institute on Facebook and @niiexplore on Instagram.

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Majestic Bruce County Lighthouses Chantry Island Lighthouse is located on Chantry Island which is a federal migratory sanctuary. Take the tour of the Light Keepers cottage, then climb the 106 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Chantry Island Lighthouse tours have been operating for 20 years. It is best to book the tour boat ahead of arrival at 866-797-5862. Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton – home of the relocated Stokes Bay Lighthouse & interactive marine heritage exhibits. Big Tub Lighthouse in Tobermory – this lighthouse is a perfect picnic destination. Cove Island in Tobermory Sail past this historic site in Fathom Five National Park aboard the ferry. Lions Head Lighthouse. Originally built in 1903. I had been rebuilt and repositioned a few time due to the high energy weather of Georgian Bay. In 1969 the lighthouse was replaced by an automated light. Then in 1983 some ambitious students built a replica which stood 28 feet high. That light tower got destroyed early in January 2020. Again, it was rebuilt and located on the original spot it sat in 1919. So, once again the light will shine on the shores of Lions Head.

Tour Hints

• Guide services are available at Flowerpot Island lighthouse. • Watch the weather. Sites accessible by boat only are highly dependent on weather. • Admission fees vary at each location. • Wear appropriate footwear for sites that are open for climbing.

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Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is a worldclass community museum located in Southampton. Journey through thousands of years of natural and human history in our permanent galleries which include interactive and family friendly exhibitions that tell Bruce County’s history. The Mezzanine level is devoted to the creation stories, pre-Bruce County times and the Anishnaabwe Endaat Gallery, which showcases Anishnaabwe culture in a broader environmental and cultural context. In our lower levels, you’ll see what life was like for the early settlers of Bruce County and travel back in time by train in “Riding the Rails,” when the railway stretched all the way to the Huron shoreline. In “The Last Frontier,” you’ll meet the County’s Pioneers, and experience the life of a soldier during the First World War when you explore “Bruce Remembers.” Outside the beautiful grounds overlooking Fairy Lake. Explore the Mackenzie log home, the SS #10 Anabel School house, the stokes bay range light, and several beautiful gardens. For more information on our permanent galleries and our newest events and exhibits, visit

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Incredible Paddling Paddle our Rivers

Whether you’re looking for family friendly flat-water or fast-moving whitewater, there’s a paddle that’s perfect for you. Load up your canoe or kayak and head for the Saugeen River. This well-known paddle is a local’s favourite and has a variety of put-ins from Durham to Southampton. The Sauble River also offers a nice paddle from Concession 15 to Lake Huron. You will have to either wrap up at Sauble Falls or portage around to finish at the shoreline. The Beaver River offers a variety of routes with shuttles and rentals available from Free Spirit Tours or Eagle Adventure Experiences both located in Heathcote. The Sydenham River in Owen Sound is a great option for beginners wanting to rent and paddle out from Harrison Park.

Sea Kayaking Hotspots

If you’re not looking for a point A to point B paddle, then taking a sea kayak out on Lake Huron or Georgian Bay is another great option. As with any open water, check the weather and ask local outfitters for advice first. In Bruce County, a paddle to Chantry Island in Southampton is amazing on a calm day. Try Cameron Lake or Cyprus Lake in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The shallow waters of the Fishing Islands in Oliphant are a unique experience or paddle over the shipwrecks in Tobermory’s Fathom Five National Marine Park. In Grey County, Northwinds Beach in Craigleith is a great place to put in. Paddle to the small island to the north, head west towards the Shale Beach or hire a guide to help you find the wreck of the Mary Ward. Lake Eugenia has a public boat launch and this manmade lake offers some great fishing. 14


Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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An increasingly popular way to paddle our rivers and lakes in Grey Bruce, stand-up paddleboarding offers both a unique view of the water you’re gliding over and a truly relaxing experience. Rentals are available in Sauble Beach if you want to explore Lake Huron and at Blue Surf in Craigleith if you’d like to put in at Northwinds Beach and explore Georgian Bay. If you have your own board, SUPing a local river is another unique experience, just be sure that water levels will permit safe passage over rocks and obstacles.

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Top 4 Beaches: Port Elgin – Eidts Grove Beach is off the beaten Lorna Rouse path and a short bike ride from Gobles Grove. Both are beautiful beaches in any season. Port Elgin’s Main beach is a happening place.

Sauble Beach is the second longest freshwater beach in the world…over seven miles or (11 kilometres) in length. The unique sandbar deposits along the Lake Huron shoreline keeps the water relatively shallow and warm. The beach’s name originated when early French explorers dubbed the Sauble River “Rivière aux Saubles.”

Sauble Beach – The nostalgic red sign will greet you as you arrive at this 11km sandy stretch on Lake Huron. Cedar Hill Beach, Wiarton – A secluded treasure, this cobbled beach has amazing views of islands and Niagara Escarpment outcroppings. Very popular with scuba divers. Memorial Park, Meaford – Take the Georgian trail and head down to this sandy beach located in the heart of Meaford. • 2022 15


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The Saugeen Fishing Islands are rich in history. The Rankin Survey was done in 1855 and laid out the town of Oliphant. Saugeen Fishing Islands Reserve No. 1 are approximately 89 islands in Lake Huron off the western coast of the Bruce Peninsula and became Crown Land in 1885. These islands lie about 15 kilometres from Oliphant north to Howdenvale off the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula and were named after the abundant fish that once populated the waters. The shallow waters around the islands, with numerous shoals and sandbanks, have long formed a treacherous barrier for ships between the mainland and the open water of Lake Huron. In the late half of the 19th century and the early 20th numerous ships met a watery grave among these islands, either blown onto an outer reef by a Lake Huron storm, or wrecked while seeking safe passage through the islands’ narrow channels. The Flemings were among the earliest cottagers on these islands that lie along the western shore between Oliphant and Red Bay. “Oliphant” was named after Laurence Oliphant, who in 1854 was Superintendent General of Indian Affairs. These islands are shared between the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and Saugeen First Nation who have found evidence around the Islands of net fishing going back some five thousand years. The Fishing Islands were returned to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation in 1968. Fishing and the waters were and are central to their traditional economy and way of life and indeed to their spiritual beliefs. SON members feel a strong moral obligation to care for the water. The water is as important to them, if not more important, than their dry land territory. The Fishing Islands were one of the best whitefish spawning grounds on the Great Lakes. Today the Saugeen Ojibway are once again the owners of the commercial fishery around the Saugeen Peninsula. The Saugeen Ojibway Nation co-manage the fishery with the Ontario Government . In 1834 Crown Lands issued an order in council to the Huron Fishing Co. for the Fishing Islands. Prior to its fishing legislation of 1857, the Crown was supposed to have treated the Great Lakes fisheries as a public right. Captain Alexander MacGregor was the first to turn the fishing here into a commercial enterprise. He sailed and fished among the Saugeen Islands during the eighteen twenties, and took up his headquarters on the island which he called his Main Station. Here he built a large stone house now known as the Old Fort, on account of its tremendous walls and narrow windows. History of the County of Bruce gives the date as about 1834. Captain MacGregor and his men lived here for a number of years, and caught great quantities of whitefish and herring, which they shipped to Detroit. The Captain had a contract with a Detroit firm to ship 3000 barrels yearly for which he was to receive one dollar per barrel. 18


Until the late eighteen forties no fishing licences had been issued by the Government for Lake Huron. It was at this time that a number of people formed the Niagara Fishing Company and secured the sole license for the waters. The 89 Islands vary in size from a mere shoal of flat rock with a few currant bushes to the largest, Cranberry Island containing one hundred and twenty four acres. The Islands can be roughly divided into six groups, two south of the Gut and four to the north. Whiskey Island, situated about half a mile from shore, is circular in shape, and is covered with thick beautiful woods. The island is appropriately named. It seems that many years ago, an illicit whiskey-still existed here and as far as is known did good service. One Sunday in the Captain MacGregor days, it is related, the fishermen from Main-Station held a celebration which ended in a general fight. It was from then on that the fishermen called the place Whiskey Island. Lately the name has been changed to “Shamrock,” but it is hard to forget the old name. Smokehouse Island (No. 10) is the large island just north of Whiskey and separated from it by Smokehouse Channel. It contains over forty acres, thickly wooded with cedar, tamarack, and spruce. At the southern corner are the remains of the old Schell saw-mill, burned down about 1885. The Island was named by the Ojibways who had a smoke-house here for smoking their fish. Article by Susan Schank

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Many orchids and rare ferns are found in the two parks: Petrel Point, just north of Red Bay, and Red Bay Conservation Area at Reid Point, west of the Red Bay Park and beach. Sprinklings of pink, mauve, red, blue and yellow that fill the wetland through the seasons can only inspire a passion for nature. Petrel Point Nature Reserve is a spectacular example of Great Lakes Coastal Meadow Marsh, a very rare habitat. Changes in elevation in the fen separate distinct communities of plants, many of them are rare. Petrel Point is home to many unusual wildflowers due to its basic acidic groundwater which is the result of dissolved calcium carried upwards from the limestone bedrock. A dense white cedar swamp surrounds the meadow marshes. This meadow marsh supports a diverse family of carnivorous plants, including Horned Bladderworts, Sundews and Pitcher Plants. Orchid lovers will find Showy Lady Slippers, Rose Pogonias, Grass-pink, Purple-fringed Orchids and Broad-leaved Twayblade scattered throughout. Due to the delicacy of the plant life, visitors must explore from the walkways provided. Pop into Earthbound Gardens where you can purchase Native Plants.

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Birding Hotspots

The Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties are natural destinations for those passionate about gardening. This network of private gardens offers both inspiration and knowledge for your own gardening desires. Come and explore the diverse garden experiences these spectacular rural gardens and landscapes offer you. For more ideas visit

• Bognor Marsh – Red tailed hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Great Egrets • Cabot Head – Dyers Bay – Ontario’s premier area for Red-necked Grebes • Chantry Island – A Federal bird sanctuary. 50,000 birds on the island during breeding season • Grotto – Cypress Lake – Visit in May during Spring migration. Follow path from Head of Trails Parking • Gauley’s Bay – Stokes Bay – Shorebirds & Bald Eagles (almost guaranteed) • Hibou Conservation Area – Harlequin Ducks, Black capped chickadees, Bald Eagles, Mute Swans • Inglis Falls – Owen Sound – Northern Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jays • Isaac Lake – Wiarton – Nesting marsh birds ie Sandhill Crane

Combine these garden sites with the natural beauty of Grey-Bruce. Explore hiking trails, waterfalls, historic lighthouses, Bruce Peninsula rare orchids and ferns, rugged coastline and beautiful beaches.

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Tobermory: Tip of the Peninsula The village consists of two deep, natural harbours called Little Tub & Big Tub. Tobermory was originally named Collins Harbour, but by the 1850s the Scottish immigrants who were fishing the area had renamed it Tobermory for their seacoast fishing and diving village on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Today, the village still maintains the charm of a fishing village from another era. Take a leisurely walk around Little Tub Harbour, follow the bricked sidewalks past the numerous flowerbeds and visit the many quaint and unique shops, stores, restaurants and galleries. Two miles south of the village of Tobermory is the St. Edmunds Museum. The museum is in a settlement school built in 1898. The main floor deals with the fishing, lumbering and farming of the ancestors. The second floor deals with the rich marine history. There is also a log cabin

built in 1875 and totally furnished like a 19th century home. Admission is by donation, and well worth the visit. Big Tub Harbour is the deepest natural harbour on the Great Lakes and is home to two shipwrecks. The Sweepstakes, a schooner built in 1867 which sank in 1885, and the City of Grand Rapids built in 1870 and sank October of 1907. Both vessels are visible from the glass bottom tour boats that run out of Tobermory from May – October, weather permitting. These boats also have tours which will drop you off at Flower Pot Island to allow a few hours to explore. Modern, affordable accommodation is available in Tobermory, as well as a wide range of dining experiences. Don’t leave the Bruce Peninsula without enjoying a whitefish or prime rib dinner of locally raised Bruce County beef at the Tobermory Princess Hotel.

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Point Hangcliff “Neshebeese Oshitquon” Lions Head is located on the shores of Isthmus Bay and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway to the North Pole. The village’s central location on the Peninsula makes it ideal for exploring the Bruce Peninsula. It was named for the rock formation located on the east escarpment. The first settlers who waded ashore, having arrived by boat, thought it resembled a lion’s head in profile. Further into the harbour, you will find a great marina and docking facility, and a sandy beach with a playground. Come and view the rock face of the “Lion’s Head” from the observation deck at the Lighthouse, where mechanical binoculars have been installed to provide you with a close up view. Come down at dusk and join other astronomers who are eager to share their knowledge of the dark skies, on Friday and Saturday nights. The stars are so bright and plentiful you’ll think you can almost reach out and touch them. Lion’s Head is designated as a Dark Skies community and home to Bayside Astronomy. On Saturdays, there is a farmer’s market in the morning down at the beach, which runs from Victoria Day till Thanksgiving weekend. Lion’s Head has long been a favourite hiking destination on the Bruce Trail, thanks to its accessibility, rugged terrain and expansive views. The trails are challenging but not formidable and most routes can be enjoyed in an afternoon. A parking lot on Moore Street provides access to the trailhead. Rising through the forest and meadow, the trail climbs up through cedars and along the limestone cliffs past several lookouts, until it reaches the highest elevation at the Lion’s Head Lookout. From this spectacular vista, one can see down to the Village of Lion’s Head and Isthmus Bay to the south-west, sweep around the whole of the coast of Whippoorwill Bay to the west, and reach across to White Bluff and further north, to Smokey Head. Soaring birds, a bracing wind and the turquoise clear waters far below make this a view to remember. Ambitious? Consider a loop hike involving the side trails, lookouts and points of interest. Embark from the

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Moore Street parking lot to the Lion’s Head Lookout, around the point down through birch, maple, poplar and beech forests to the sprawling stoney beach of McKay’s Harbour. Return to the main trail via the side trail, to complete a satisfying afternoon adventure. Other paths find the high elevation lookout at Gun Point with its grand views of Georgian Bay, and the Geodetic Side Trail which marks 45 degrees North Latitude. Spend an entire day on the sandy beach experiencing the serenity. Lion’s Head waterfront is the perfect location for enjoying crystal clear but very cold water. Whether you are swimming, kayaking or pleasure boating, you are guaranteed a memorable day.

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Lion’s Head Parking Due to the overwhelming numbers of visitors to this small village, paid parking has been instituted from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. Parking in the village core at the stores will be free for a maximum of 2 hours. Premium locations such as the beach, the marina and the McCurdy parking lot which allows you access to the trails will cost $5.00 per hour or $30.00 per day. Plan to arrive early, or the parking lot will be full. There will be no parking whatsoever on Moore or William Street. Overflow parking lot will be located at the arena, across the road from the local LCBO, at the south entrance to Lions Head.

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Come live with us. Let us worry about the snow and grass. Call for complete rental details 519-793-3761

Hope Bay:

A Thriving Cottage Community

Cedarholme Bed & Breakfast and Cottages, Lynn McCurdy

As you head south from Lion’s Head or north from Wiarton on Bruce Road 9, you will arrive at Hope Bay, a thriving cottage community with a natural sand beach. The Bruce Trail travels through Hope Bay north to Cape Dundas overlooking Hope Bay, where it passes a number of Glacial Potholes. Hope Bay is home to a Bed & Breakfast and cottage rentals. Area attractions within a ten minute drive include the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Park and Campground, operated by the Chippewas of Nawash, and the reopened Greig’s Caves which offers ten caves for exploring. In 1981 portions of the movie “Quest For Fire” were filmed on location in the caves. The views are spectacular. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking footwear. With the beautiful sunrises, peaceful beach and great hiking, Hope Bay continues to be a popular and relaxing retreat on the Bruce Peninsula.

Open Daily – May to Thanksgiving

HOURS: Spring and Fall 9 am – 5 pm / Summer 9 am – 6 pm CASH ONLY Located between Lion’s Head and Hope Bay off Bruce County Rd. 9


Bed & Breakfast and Cottages

108 Beech Street, Hope Bay South Bruce Peninsula, ON N0H 2T0 519-534-3705

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519.377.8762 407 Scenic Caves Rd Northern Bruce Peninsula GPS Coordinates: 44.95117_81.141039

The Bruce Trail

Canada’s Oldest and Longest Marked Footpath

The Bruce Trail is your chance to explore the wonders of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere, and a unique natural treasure. Throughout Grey and Bruce Counties, the Bruce Trail connects many of our natural wonders as it winds its way along the Niagara Escarpment. Watch for trail blazes to guide your way (white painted rectangles for the main Bruce Trail and blue ones for side trails). TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT BRUCE TRAIL HIKE Explore all the Bruce Trail has to offer while protecting the Niagara Escarpment by following these tips to minimize your impact. 1. Plan Ahead Research your hike. Check for trail closures or changes. Plan an alternate destination in case you find the trail or trailhead busy. Pack essentials like water, food and clothing layers. 2. Park Safely and Legally If a trailhead parking lot is full, do not park on the road. Where roadside parking is allowed, park only in designated areas. Do not block driveways or farm gates. 3. Stay on the Trail Staying on the marked trail will ensure that you remain safe, sensitive vegetation is not damaged, and relationships with private landowners along the trail are not strained. 4. Pack Out Your Trash Pack out everything you pack in, even biodegradable items and toilet paper. Bring trash home if bins are full or unavailable. 5. Leave Nature as You Found it Leave rocks, mushrooms, plants and other natural objects where you find them. Avoid open fires or leaving your mark on trees or rocks. Do not feed or disturb wildlife. 6. Manage Your Pet Leash your pet at all times on the trail. Pack out the poop. Watch for trail signs showing areas where pets are not allowed. 7. Be Mindful of Private Property Many landowners graciously allow the Bruce Trail on their property. Trespassing or misuse of the trail could lead to a request to remove the trail from their land. To learn how you can explore and help preserve this ribbon of wilderness, connect with the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

1-800-665-4453 TheBruceTrailConservancy





Cape Croker Park A Year-Round Destination Cape Croker Park, with its deep cultural roots is a year-round Indigenous Tourism Destination located on the Georgian Bay side of the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. The 520 acre Campground is open from May to Thanksgiving Day, while the Park itself is open year-round!

Nestled between high limestone bluffs, this is the perfect get-a-way for the whole family. With 315 campsites, suitable for tents and trailers, Cape Croker Park can accommodate all types of campers. Electrical sites are available in some camping areas. Sites are comfortably laid out and close to all you’ll need while you’re away from home. There are picnic areas by the beach, at the Pavilion, and near the playground. There are 4 km of shoreline to paddle. You can check out the water birds – Ducks, Geese, Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher – sometimes the Bald Eagle flies by. Paddle across the bay from the beach area to Dbinoogewin (Pavilion). Marvel at the stunning view and blue-green water of the bay.

Our team of experienced Anishinaabe naturalists and guides offer access to these lands and our cultural history. You can learn about plants, hear stories of our deep connection to and understanding of the natural world. You can hear Anishinaabemowin, our language, and possibly learn a few words. After participating in the Anishinaabe Cultural Experiences, plunge into our beautiful blue water, relax on the beach, and take home a bottle of our Award-Winning Maple Syrup from Ziibaakdakaan Maple made right here in the Park! • 2022 29