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WIARTON KEPPEL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Wiarton Keppel International Airport is proudly owned and operated by the Township of Georgian Bluffs. The Airport welcomes commercial and recreational pilots, visitors and business professionals to our facility which is conveniently located just two hours north of Toronto on the Bruce Peninsula and Niagara Escarpment.

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Grand Bend

Port Huron


Barrie Walkerton 10 89 Hanover 9 Orangeville 9 Mount Forest






Georgian Bay

Wiarton 400 Sauble Beach Owen Southampton Sound Collingwood 21 Port Elgin Markdale 26

Lake Huron

Sharpe Design

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South Baymouth





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Oshawa 401

L. Ontario


Hamilton 403

QEW Lewiston

Niagara Falls

Fort Erie



Lake Erie





Bruce Peninsula National Park


Waterfalls of Grey County

7 Tobermory


Parks Canada Visitor Centre


Bruce Trail Conservancy


Bruce Peninsula National Park

A Cyclist’s Dream


Miller Lake

10 Orchids and Singing Sands



Lions Head Lighthouse


Lion’s Head


Greig’s Caves

45 Grey Roots Museum & Archives


Hope Bay


Birders Take Flight

Red Bay


Gardeners & Plant Lovers

47 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures



Hit the Beach


Blue Mountain Resorts


Sauble Beach


Incredible Paddling


Winter Adventures


Owen Sound


La Scandinave Spa


Georgian Bluffs


Hit the Trails in Grey Bruce

46 Meaford


Fish On


Blue Mountain

31 Community Waterfront Heritage Centre


Ride Grey Bruce


West Grey


Greenock Swamp Tours


Town of Hanover

32 Billy Bishop Home & Museum


Where to Stay in Grey Bruce

24 Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre 28


Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Owen Sound Library

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Perth County


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Tobermory: Tip of the Peninsula

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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. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 7

Respect the Beauty of the Bruce! Keep The Bruce Clean & Green Visitors to the Bruce Peninsula will see our green slogan posted throughout the area. Keeping the Bruce Clean and green reminds us that the beauty of our peninsula should be respected by all who visit or live here, so that it will remain healthy for all future generations. Started as a grassroots response to the large visitor influx to the area, Keep the Bruce Clean & Green volunteers promote ecological citizenship around the peninsula. The need to support the natural environment to keep it beautiful has the people of the peninsula banding together. Look for the folks wearing white t-shirts with the slogan on it and stop to chat with them. They will gladly point out places for proper disposal of trash along with directions to areas of interest. In preparation for your trip to the Bruce it might be helpful to keep in mind that we can all help to keep the environment healthy. Plan to take along refillable liquid containers for drinking water. There are water filling stations around the villages. Pack your picnics with reusable containers to decrease the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill sites.

Remember that we share our space with many other animals that forage for food in our wastes areas so closing trash containers is essential. We encourage you to plan your visit well and remember that we should “take only pictures and leave only footprints” so that not only you but all future generations will also be able to enjoy the beauty of “The Bruce.” As you visit the National Parks on the Bruce pick up a green bag and you can support the “clean and green” spirit. Litter is the number one violation to our environment. Dispose of your litter in the larger trash and recycle bins, provided.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park The 127 km² park is located near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and can be accessed from Highway 6 on Cyprus Lake Road, Emmett Lake Road or Dorcas Bay Road. The park’s shoreline cliffs are a part of the spectacular Niagara Escarpment, which in many places are eroded to create caves, unusual rock shapes, pitting and overhangs. As a consequence, each location along this 20 km Georgian Bay shore has remarkable features. The Bruce Trail follows the shoreline climbing up 40 metre high cliffs providing some of the best hiking and scenic lookouts in Ontario. The park has the largest block of contiguous forest in southwestern Ontario, which is critical in maintaining the peninsula ecosystem. The Bruce Peninsula is home to 42 species of orchids that are at their peak in mid-June. Huge waves of migrating birds – everything from Blackburnian Warblers to Rough-legged Hawks – move through the park during spring and fall. The Cyprus Lake area features a 242-site campground including 10 yurt accommodations, swimming and canoeing on Cyprus Lake and hiking on an extensive network of trails. During the summer months, visitation to the park is high with parking lots reaching capacity daily. Parking is limited for visitors wishing to hike to the Grotto area and there is no shuttle or taxi service. New timed parking system is in place for the Grotto. Visit www.pc.gc.ca /grotto for details. Plan ahead before making the trip to the park and once here, make the Visitor Center your first stop to get information on parking availability and things to do. Consider visiting the park in the spring or fall and take advantage of the orchids in bloom or the fall colours! If you’re planning on staying overnight, it is important to make your reservations ahead of time as availability is extremely limited during the peak season. Make campsite reservations by calling 877.737.3783 or visit www.reservations.pc.gc.ca. Don’t forget to plan ahead!

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Fathom Five National Marine Park

Canada’s first national marine conservation area encompassing 113 km² consists of 20 islands and part of the lake bottom and waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It is very much alive, being an ecosystem that includes all the aquatic and island life, the water, and the myriad of food chains that are its engines. Because water flows freely within the Great Lakes system, its health depends a lot on what is happening elsewhere in the basin. Fathom Five is clean and clear and home to many species of fish and over 20 shipwrecks! The park has gained a reputation for excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. Divers must register at the Park Canada Visitor Centre or either of the local dive shops located in Tobermory.

Flowerpot Island

The jewel of Fathom Five National Marine Park, Flowerpot Island is famous for its iconic natural rock pillars. It is a must-see visitor attraction. Come to marvel at rock pillars, visit an historical lightstation, swim in crystal-clear waters and enjoy a relaxing picnic – all in one spot. With ongoing repairs and improvements to island facilities, the stairs to the cave will be closed. The five km trip to the island begins in Tobermory’s picturesque harbour. During spring, summer and fall, tour boats operate on a regular schedule if the weather is favourable. While cruising to the island, you are surrounded by the beautiful waters of Canada’s first National Marine Park. Plan to spend a half-day or so on Flowerpot Island to have ample time to explore and relax. Six tenting sites are available for primitive camping (registration at the Visitor Centre in Tobermory is required in advance). Campfires are not permitted on the island. Help keep the island clean by using the designated garbage receptacles at the trail head, or better yet, carry your garbage off the island. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 9

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Orchids and Singing Sands

Make the state-of-the-art Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory your first stop to plan your stay and learn about Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park!

Singing Sands is located on Dorcas Bay, just west of Highway 6, about a 10 minute drive south from Tobermory. This is a popular spot because of the shallow sand beach for swimming and the abundance of wildflowers, including orchids, which grow in a diverse array of habitats. There are 44 varieties of orchids found here. If you are a wildflower lover, visit from late May through late June to see the succession of blooms.

The visitor centre is the “front door” to the two national parks on the Bruce. Friendly on site staff are there to help you plan your stay and provide up to date details on parking, interpretive programs, and other attractions throughout the region. As you walk through the gallery, you’ll learn about the different geological forces that have shaped the peninsula and the First Nations peoples that have lived on the Bruce Peninsula since time immemorial. Learn about the animals and plants that call this home and the ecological connections that support the largest contiguous forest in Southwestern Ontario. Interactive and multi-media displays will take you underwater to explore the shipwrecks and connect you with the rich marine heritage of the region. Before heading out on the trail, relax in the high definition theatre for a virtual adventure through the parks, from deep shipwrecks to a helicopter high above the cliff-rimmed shoreline of Georgian Bay. Outside, climb the 20 metre tower for a panoramic view of the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, the surrounding waters and islands of Fathom Five. The Bruce Trail crosses the deck of the visitor centre and following the trail past the tower will take you to one of the most scenic segments of shoreline on Georgian Bay. To get to the visitor centre, turn off Highway 6 and follow Chi sin tib dek Road across from the RBC bank in Tobermory. Or enjoy the 5 minute walk from downtown by following Head Street and the Bruce Trail. The visitor centre is from May to October. And a there is an entry fee. For more information, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/fathomfive or www.pc.gc.ca/grotto. 10


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Miller Lake Lion’s Head The Largest Inland Lake of the North Bruce Peninsula. The lake is a hidden gem, surrounded by majestic hardwood forests and inviting wetlands. Miller Lake provides a quiet, peaceful retreat to savour the haunting echoes of the loon, or the many other species of birds and other wildlife that make Miller Lake their home. Enjoy a day in a canoe or kayak exploring the nine kilometres of varied shoreline, or test your luck fishing. Conveniently situated between the grand cliffs of Georgian Bay and the rocky shallows of the Huron Shoreline.

Lion’s Head is located on the shores of Isthmus Bay and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway to the North Pole. The villages’ 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, 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. Harbourside Music, hosts free concerts on Friday evenings during July and August. 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 Whipporwill 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 Continued on page 14

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The Saga of the Lion’s Head Lighthouse 1903

1983 & 1984


Students, led by the direction of their teacher Brian Swanton of the Bruce Peninsula District School, built a replica of the original structure. They used the original plans with funding provided by the local Rotary Club. The students’ tower wasn’t a replacement for the metal light tower that still sat unlit on the nearby shoreline.

In November plans for a lighthouse were prepared to replace the light on a pole.


The first navigational aid was a red light, at the end of the Lion’s Head harbour dock. It was a square, tubular lantern hoisted upon a pole and located on the outer end of the breakwater at a cost of $197.16.


J. C. Kennedy of Owen Sound was paid $825.22 to construct a square, pyramidal tower on the breakwater. This lighthouse was knocked off the wharf in the Great Storm of November 8, 1913. It was recovered from the south beach by John H Tyndall. W.B. Lamont was paid $341.60 to repair it and restore to its original location in 1914. 1919

The lighthouse was moved further back on the wharf to reduce the possible damage from the storms. 1933

A violent storm damaged the metal pole and the coast guard decided to replace it with the student built replica. Once again, a proper functioning lighthouse proudly marked the Lion’s Head harbour. 2020

A vicious storm in January demolished the tower. Officials of Northern Bruce Peninsula immediately decided to rebuild the lighthouse. They are accepting donations and volunteer help, so the community can once again take ownership of their lighthouse. It will be located at the original spot that it sat on in 1919, 40 feet west of its’ last location. Brian Swanton and Douglas Hill are leading the charge to get the lighthouse to once again, proudly shine on the shores of Lion’s Head.

Fire caused more damage to it, but once again it was repaired and restored to its original location. 1969

The Canadian Coast Guard arrived early one morning, dismantled the light and burned it at the local landfill. It was replaced with a metal tower topped with a flashing light. Locals were enraged and pressed the coast guard for an explanation. They were told it was “rotten beyond repair.” 12


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Lion’s Head Lighthouse

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HEAD LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS • Charles Knapp, 1903-1912 • Peter Brady, 1912-1924 • Ivan Butchart, 1924-1956 • Ed Rouse, 1956-1969

The generosity of residents and cottagers, past and present, has been widespread. As we continue to receive donations and offers for volunteer labour, we anticipate the lighthouse will truly be rebuilt by the community. 1. G  iven popular demand, if you would like to lend financial support, MNBP will be accepting tax-deductible donations to help with reconstruction costs. Cash, cheque or credit card donations will be received by the Municipal Office at 56 Lindsay Road 5, Lion’s Head, Ontario NOH 1W0 or by telephone 519-793-3522. 2. T  o share your own story of the Lion’s Head Lighthouse or to volunteer, please send us an email at lighthouselegacie@northernbruce.ca

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Continued from page 11 trails, lookouts and points of interest. Embark from the 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 real serenity. Lion’s Head waterfront is the perfect location for enjoying crystal clear waters. Whether you are swimming, kayaking or pleasure boating, you are guaranteed a memorable day.

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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, Cape Croker Indian Reserve 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.

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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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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 www.ruralgardens.ca

• 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 • Linsday Tract – Miller Lake – Ducks Unlimited Viewing Platform • MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Port Elgin – Visit the Ducks Unlimited Viewing Platform • Oliphant North – Osprey, Swallows, Bald Eagles, Herons, and migrating shorebirds • Parks Canada Lookout Tower – Tobermory – Migrating raptors in May • North Sauble Beach – Piping Plovers • Skinners Bluff – Georgian Bluffs – Meadow Bird species • Singing Sands – Migrating songbirds in May

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Bruce Peninsula’s Basecamp! As you break over the hill going south into the town of Wiarton, witness the panoramic crystal blue waters of Colpoy’s Bay. This sheltered bay is a favourite with sailing enthusiasts and fishermen alike. The Bruce Trail runs through town with easy access for day or extended hikes. There also is a spiral staircase that leads you up to Spirit Rock Conservation Area. The name Spirit Rock derives from a legend involving an Indian maiden. The park encompasses 87 hectares, and features the historical ruins of the Corran, a 17 room mansion built in

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1881 by Alexander McNeill, a Federal Member of Parliament for the North Bruce Riding from 1881-1901. The property is managed by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. The historic Wiarton Train Station, is located in Bluewater Park, and serves as the campground office. There is a children’s playground, a small beach, a splashpad, pool and a fitness trail. In addition to Wiarton Willie, the town is home to many unique stores and services and is the perfect spot to shop before heading north. Its bevy of beautiful historic homes and buildings are also worth exploring. Fridays offer a midday farmers market in the heart of downtown with countless local goods from May to Labour Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at the Berford Street parkette. The group of vendors are celebrating their 12th season.

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Hit the Beach! It’s one of those Grey Bruce summer days where you wake up and it’s already 23 degrees; by mid day the mercury will be soaring to 30. Sure, you could crank the AC and stay inside, but if you’re from Grey Bruce, you’re more likely to hit the beach. It’s the simplicity of a day at the beach that makes it so beautiful. You only need the basics – sunscreen, some drinks, snacks and a towel. Upon arrival, start the timetested rotation of swimming, lounging on your towel and playing in the sand until you’re smoking hot again … then repeat until sunset. The beach is one of the few sacred places where adults can act like kids. Go ahead, dig in the sand, run splashing through the water, pretend you’re a shark and deliver poorly-executed handstands under water. We won’t judge. No matter what your preferred beach style is, you’ll find one you love in Grey Bruce.

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Top 4 Beaches: Sauble Beach – The nostalgic red sign will greet you as you arrive at this 11km sandy stretch on Lake Huron. Northwinds Beach, The Blue Mountains – This busy sand beach is centrally located by Blue Mountain. Popular SUP, kayak and swimming spot.

104 Third Ave. N., Sauble Beach

Call 905-450-3734 or 416-371-4894 • amabelshorescottages.com Five beautiful two bedroom cottages located only a short walk to the beach and shopping. Cottages are equipped with fridge, stove, microwave, all essential kitchen utensils, cable TV, picnic tables, BBQ and fire-pits. All 5 cottages have air conditioning and Wi-Fi.



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.

1000 + KM of Shoreline and Rivers =

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 or 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.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.

Outfitters: Gear Rentals and Great Guides

Blue Surf – Blue Mountains – Georgian Bay Eagle Adventure Experiences – Beaver River and Georgian Bay Free Spirit Tours – Beaver River and Georgian Bay Suntrail Source for Adventure – Sauble River and Lake Huron

Quality outdoor equipment and clothing for the camper, backpacker, canoeist & kayaker Sea kayaking trips and instruction

CANOE & KAYAK SALES AND RENTALS www.suntrail.ca info@suntrail.ca

Highway 6 in Hepworth

519-935-2478 1-877-882-2958

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