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. . . the adventures are endless! Enjoy exceptional outdoor and cultural pursuits arranged against the spectacular backdrop of Grey – Bruce. Paddle, dive or fish the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay. Relax on the sandy beaches of Lake Huron/Georgian Bay and explore the many rivers and streams that rush to the open waters. Follow the Bruce Trail along the rugged limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, then drop down to the lush valleys and wildflower meadows. Take the scenic back roads and explore the many waterfalls, lighthouses and villages throughout the region.

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Cover Photo: Lynn Reket Content Pages Photo: Dennis Barnes Copyright March 2018 • Edition 18 Escape Productions All rights reserved. Printed at Transcontinental Printing/RBW Graphics, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada All information in this guide was deemed accurate at the time of printing. Advertisements do not represent an endorsement of events, facilities or activities.

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OS11 Harrison Park

10 Majestic Lighthouses

OS 14 Waterfalls of Grey County

13 Dyer’s Bay & Miller Lake

OS 16 Saints & Sinners Trail

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Lion’s Head

OS 17 Salmon Run on the Sydenham

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Hope Bay

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Red Bay

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Greig’s Caves

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Hit the Trails in Grey Bruce

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Birders Take Flight

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Gardeners & Plant Lovers

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OS 19 Where to Stay in Grey Bruce OS 24 Summerfolk Festival 56 Grey Roots Museum & Archives 59 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

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Hit the Beach

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Blue Mountain Resorts

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Incredible Paddling

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Top 10 Winter Adventures

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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 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 and galleries. On the east side of the harbour is a boardwalk which allows you a great view of the ferry dock and the ChiCheemaun as it steams into shore or disappears off the horizon, heading out of Big Tub Harbour enroute to Manitoulin Island. Big Tub Harbour is the deepest natural harbour on the Great Lakes.

The crossing to Manitoulin Island takes less than two hours. You can enjoy the sun on deck or have a meal in the licensed cafeteria or lounge. “Chi-Cheemaun” which means “Big Canoe” in Ojibway, can accommodate up to 140 automobiles and 638 passengers. Dinner cruises are also available and reservations are required. Reservations for passage are also recommended during the peak season. To reserve your spot call 800-265-3163 or visit www.ontarioferries.com 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.

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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, often by early morning. 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 on how to visit. 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!

Parks Canada

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 and viewing platform will be closed for the 2018 season. 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 • 2018 9


Majestic Bruce Coast Lighthouses

The Bruce Coast, of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, is home to 13 distinctive lighthouses and heritage sites. From Point Clark in the south to Tobermory in the north, the Bruce Coast Lighthouse tour will take you down dirt roads, to the water’s edge and on boat rides to see these sites. escapetogreybruce.ca

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Suggested Routes and must see Attractions along the way 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 iconic lighthouse is a perfect picnic destination. Cove Island in Tobermory – Sail past this historic site in Fathom Five National Marine Park aboard the ChiCheemaun Ferry. Flowerpot Island Light Station and Light Keepers Home – Take a Glass Bottom boat tour from Tobermory to the island in Fathom Five National Marine Park. Lion’s Head Lighthouse – Try to spot the lion’s head on the escarpment from the viewing platform.

Tour Hints • Guide services are available at Flowerpot Island lighthouse. • Watch the weather. Sites accessible by boat only are highly dependent on good weather. • Admission fees vary at each location. National Park fees apply for Flowerpot Island. For island locations, tour boat fees also apply. • Wear appropriate footwear for sites that are open for climbing.

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Parks Canada

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! 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. 12

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Orchid Festival & Singing Sands 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 found here. If you are a wildflower lover, visit from late May through late June to see the succession of blooms. Sign up for the annual Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival at www.orchidfest.ca which takes place June 1-3, 2018. Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Lisa Greig

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On The Rocks Guest Inn

Steph Kar, Summer House Park

Dyer’s Bay Miller Lake It’s located on the western shores of Georgian Bay, and the east coast of the Bruce Peninsula. It is a small hamlet and community that is hidden away and yet remarkably vibrant. Dyer’s Bay has a colourful history with roots in the lumber and fishing industries. Today however, it’s the natural beauty that draws people from all over the world. The roadway has the escarpment on your left and a stunning white cobble stone beach on your right. Follow this road and it will take you to Wingfield Basin, which was and is a safe harbour during the storms of Georgian Bay. The wreck of the Gargantua can still be seen there today.

...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.

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Welcome to Dyer’s Bay….the “jewel” of Ontario’s Northern Bruce Peninsula.

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Lion’s Head 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. Uptown you will find a quaint main street with restaurants, hardware, beer/liquor store, bank, hospital, and a grocery store. Come and view the rock face of the “Lion’s Head,” from the peninsula 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. Lion’s Head has long been a favourite hiking destination Continued on next page escapetogreybruce.ca • 2018 13


McKay’s Harbour Lookout, On the Rocks Guest Inn

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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 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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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 campground, a B & B, and a gift shop with a stunning garden on the shores of Georgian Bay. Area attractions within a ten minute drive include the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Park, Cape Croker Indian Reserve and Campground, and the recently 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. 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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Hit the trails in Grey Bruce In Grey and Bruce Counties, we’re blessed to have Canada’s oldest and longest footpath – the Bruce Trail – running through our backyard. The Bruce Trail follows the Niagara Escarpment, through a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, giving hikers epic views and unique geologic experiences. Here are a few great reasons to hit the trails in Grey Bruce.

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Amazing Scenic Lookouts Views for miles, selfies for days

Peaking at 1625 feet above sea level, the Niagara Escarpment generously gives Grey Bruce visitors their choice of impressive scenic lookouts. From the top of Blue Mountain to the Lion’s Head Lookout, from the legendary Skinner’s Bluff overhang to the Parks Canada Lookout Tower in Tobermory, you’ll be snapping photos non-stop.

Caves and flowerpots Geology 101

Our above ground views are epic, but did you know that Grey Bruce offers plenty to explore underground? From Bruce Cave’s, Metcalfe Rock, Scenic Caves, Singhampton Caves to Greig’s Caves and the Petun Conservation Area, your geology lesson continues beneath the surface. Add Flowerpot Island and Devil’s Monument and you’ll be reaping the rewards of the Niagara Escarpment all holiday.

Family-friendly hikes

Get the little ones outside

We believe any hike can be a family hike, but if you’re setting out with wee adventurers, there are some great boardwalks in Grey Bruce. The Oliphant Fen and Bognor Marsh boardwalks offer predictable, easy terrain. The Georgian Trail from Meaford to Collingwood is 32 km in full duration and open to hiking and cycling plus MacGregor Point Provincial Park are also beginner-friendly options.

Community trails Local lifelines

Many Grey Bruce towns have reclaimed former rail beds to create community trail systems. These trails offer gentle terrain with mostly flat, crushed stone treatments. Community trails are a great place to take a hike with all generations of your family. Community trails can be found in Chesley, Flesherton, Georgian Bluffs, Hanover, Kincardine, Point Clark, Walkerton, Meaford, Thornbury, Collingwood and Port Elgin.

Spectacular Hikes and Epic Lookouts Fossil Glen Nature Reserve, Georgian Bluffs Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Kolapore Uplands, The Blue Mountains Irish Mountain Lookout, Meaford Old Baldy Lookout, Beavery Valley Sydney Bay Lookout, Cape Croker Overhanging Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Off The Beaten Track & Worth It Red Bay is a true naturalist’s retreat.

Bluewater Park Tent & Trailer Camping Wiarton

Overnight & Seasonal Sites - Open May 15-October 15 Hot showers, accessible washrooms, dumping station, boat launch, playground, splash pad, swimming pool, Bruce Trail access, adult fitness equipment, ball diamond, Train Station Inquiries welcome May 15-Oct 15: 519-534-2592 Oct 16-May 14: 519-534-1400 ext. 132 www.southbrucepeninsula.com Home of

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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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Red Bay Bruce Peninsula

Touring Garden, Plant Sales, Landscape & Design Gift Shop, Sunday Concert Series, Workshops

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Helleborus ‘Berry Swirl’ Grange Hollow Gardens & Nursery

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Birders Take Flight

Gardeners & Plant Lovers

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 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

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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• Huron Fringe Birding Festival at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, May 25-28, 2018 • The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory Open House September 8, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.bpbo.ca

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HANDICRAFT HOUSE

Trading Post

OPEN YEAR ROUND! DAILY 9-9 IN SUMMER

The Essence of the Bruce Enjoy the area’s most unique shopping experience with an emphasis on Canadian-made. Browse a great coat and mocassin selection, native crafts, jewelry, bath & kitchen, home-made preserves and so much more!

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A SUNDAY TRADITION ON THE PENINSULA Our outdoor vendors’ market and takeout runs from May long weekend through to Thanksgiving.

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One of southwestern Ontario’s premier energy attractions, the Visitors’ Centre operates Monday– Friday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It is closed on statutory holidays. Drop-ins and community organizations welcome! Pre-registered bus tours run seven days a week in July and August.

OPEN YEAR ROUND 3394 Bruce Road 20, North of Tiverton, West of Highway 21 (519) 361-7777 www.brucepower.com/visit-us

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Wiarton:

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 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.

Lorna Rouse

Bluewater Park contains the Tourist Information Centre, located in the old Wiarton Train Station. There is a children’s playground, a small beach, a splashpad, pool and a fitness trail. In addition to the infamous 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. Wiarton comes alive on Wednesdays for Wiarton Wednesdays (July & August) where stores offer special promotions, entertainment is on the streets and some businesses stay open late. Friday offers a midday farmers market in the heart of downtown with countless local goods.

Multisport Race: Inspiring Tradition The Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race, featuring various running, paddling and cycling courses for all levels of participants, will mark its 8th successful year on Aug. 11th.

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519-422-1175

329 Main Street, Sauble Beach

Trailer Life Rating 10/10 /10

• 730 sites • RV and large pull-thru sites with cement pads • Indoor heated pool and whirlpool • Cable TV and high speed internet • Closest campground to downtown Sauble

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Season May 1 - Thanksgiving

SAUBLE BEACH ANTIQUES FORMERLY

RED INDIAN ART DECO

www.redindianartdeco.com • Established since 1982

1000’s of items, 1850 to 1970’s spread over 2 floors Open Every Day in Summer OFF Season–Sat & Sun Closed Winter Sunday Outdoor Market Open in July and August from 9am to 5pm

10TH ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW & SALE 2 DAY EVENT Sat, June 30 – Sun, July 1, 2018 Free Admission 30+ Vendors Selling In and Outside

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• Indoor Heated Pool/ Whirlpool • Outdoor Children’s Pool • Complete Hook-ups • Wi-Fi • Hot Showers • Store • Laundry • Propane • Rec. Hall

Reservations Accepted

• Bingo • Movies • Wagon Rides in July & August • Horseshoes • Basketball • Volleyball • Playground • Activities Director (KIDS)

THE MARTIN FAMILY

877 Main Street, Sauble Beach, ON N0H 2G0

Tel: 519-422-1101 • Fax: 519-422-3580 www.saubleresortcamp.com • info@saubleresortcamp.com LOCATED 1 MILE E. OF THE LIGHTS IN SAUBLE BEACH ON THE HEPWORTH-SAUBLE RD.

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Be a part of Sauble this year. After all, what happens in Sauble . . . stays in your family’s memories forever ;) 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 beaches name originated when early French explorers dubbed the Sauble River “Riviere aux Saubles.”

Sauble Beach is proud to offer another summer of great events! From June 12 – September 4 the weekly Tuesday Sunset Classic Cars & Motorcycle Show ’N Shine – all makes, models and years are welcome. Wednesday night movies under the stars begins June 27 and runs through to September 5th. Join them for their signature Sauble Sandfest Festival August 11th for their Sandcastle Building

Competition, Classic Car and Vintage Motorcycle Show, Live Music and more! Then on August 12th, they will stage the 5th annual 8 km walk/run event on the beach. Everyone is welcome! August 21-24th the 12th annual Sauble Beach Guitar Festival will be held.

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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 time-tested rotation of swimming, lounging on your towel and playing in the sand until you’re smoking hot again … then repeat until sunset.

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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 don’t judge. No matter what your preferred beach style is, you’ll find one you love in Grey Bruce.

BED AND BREAKFAST

17 Graham Crescent, Sauble Beach, ON www.Atthebeachbb.com For reservations call 519-375-0950

Top 4 Beaches:

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.

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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. 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 Lorna Rouse

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.

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 Cowan Canoe Livery – Paisley – Saugeen River 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 Highway 6 in Hepworth

www.suntrail.net suntrail@amtelecom.net

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

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The Iconic BruceTrail Canada’s Oldest and Longest Marked Footpath

The Bruce Trail is your chance to explore and actively conserve the irreplaceable Niagara Escarpment — a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and a unique natural treasure. The Bruce Trail offers countless ways to discover the natural beauty of the Escarpment by foot. It connects you to the wonders of waterfalls, deep caves, old growth forest, cobble beaches, unique flora and fauna, and is a year-round attraction for explorers of all ages. Over the past 50 years, the Bruce Trail has grown to: 890 kilometres of public footpath from Niagara to Tobermory plus over 400 km of side trails 1,500 volunteers engaged in maintaining, promoting and preserving the Trail 11,000+ acres of Niagara Escarpment land preserved through the work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) 64% of the Bruce Trail secured forever…but more work to do You can ensure the future of the Bruce Trail for us all. Become a BTC member, be a volunteer or make a donation to support our important conservation work. To plan your hike, pick up a Bruce Trail Reference Guide (with 42 topographic maps, detailed trail descriptions and more) at brucetrail.org and local book retailers, or download the Bruce Trail App through the App Store or Google Play.

Photo Credit: Morning Sun by Kevin Dribnenki

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