100 Things To Do in Bruce County

100 Things To Do in Bruce County

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44N is the official latitude of Bruce County, and it’s where we–44N Media–are based.

From Tobermory to Point Clark, Southampton to Mild May, and everywhere else in between–Bruce County is arguably the most beautiful county in all of Ontario.

We are home to geologically stunning shorelines, the final stretches of the Bruce Trail & Niagara Escarpment, Lake Huron & Georgian Bay, an innovative culinary scene, picturesque sandy beaches, deep & wild forests, wide open farm fields, post card lakes, and we live in the places that everyone else comes to vacation.

While we could probably come up with thousands of fun and exciting activities, in all seasons, here is a list of 100 things to do in Bruce County:


1. Swim at the Grotto

If you’re brave enough to swim in the chilly waters.

The Grotto is basically a large lake cave that was carved out by the waves of Georgian Bay over thousands of years. Sunlight shines into the clear water, reflecting in every direction, creating a brilliant glowing hue in several shades of turquoise.

Cliffs drops off dramatically, surrounding the entire scene in a sharp rock bowl that frames the Georgian Bay on the horizon. Rocks speckle the aqua water, and make way to the mouth of the Grotto itself.

Against the back wall, above the glowing water, is a ledge that is used to jump off of into the water. But, make note: it’s ice cold and can easily take your breath away, even in the warmer months of July & August.


2. Camp at Cyprus Lake


The campsites are spacious, there is tons to do around the Park, and it’s a short hike away from the beautiful Grotto. Cyprus Lake itself is incredibly picturesque, and makes the perfect setting for a fiery sunset view.

It’s also quite shallow and warm for swimming. Or, bring along a lawn chair and pop it in, and lounge right in the water for the afternoon.

3. Or stay in a Yurt


The campground at Cyprus Lake also features ten summer yurts that are perfect for small groups, or those that don’t enjoy sleeping on the ground.

Inside: hardwood floors, a bunk bed with double and single mattresses, a fold down Murphy bed, table with chairs, a cabinet with shelves and cupboards, a hard counter top with more drawers, a battery powered LED lantern, fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, broom & dust pan, and a wood stove.

Outside: outdoor cooking station with counter top, BBQ with two propane tanks, four chairs, a deck-top fire pit, table, and a food storage locker.


4. In Summer AND Winter


MacGregor Point Provincial Park also has yurts, but theirs are Winterized, and will keep you warm & cozy on even the coldest of Bruce County nights.

The 16 yurts at MacGregor Point are located in the Birch Boulevard section of the camp ground, each sat atop wooden platforms with a large roofed-in deck area serving as the kitchen shelter. The sides of the yurts are insulted to keep heat in during the winter, and have windows to let in lots of natural light and fresh air in during the summer.

Each yurt sleeps six people, on two sets of bunk beds with a single bed on top and double bet on the bottom. Beds do not come equipped with beddings or pillows, so be sure to bring your own. Inside the yurt campers will also find a table and 4 chairs, a shelf, shoe mat, a salt bucket, ceiling lighting, an electric stove and an electrical outlet.

On the deck is a fully functioning propane barbecue with side burner and picnic table.


5. Hike To Lion’s Head Lookout

From Lion’s Head drive east on Moore Street and you will see a sign marking the trail, just before a dead end (usually surrounded by many parked cars). The trail starts as a wide dirt road, then forks into a narrow rocky trail, as you make your way up, and you will pass a few lookouts along the way.

The main jewel is Lion’s Head Lookout itself, but a partial hike alone is worth it, as you walk along the cliffs above a crystal blue Georgian Bay.


6. Spend The Day At Sauble Beach


Who doesn’t love a good day at the beach?

Bring a blanket, umbrella, swimwear and laze the day away in the sand. Don’t forget to wander around town to check out some great shopping and restaurants.


7. Scuba Dive Shipwrecks in Big Tub Harbour


The ‘Sweepstakes’ is the most popular shipwreck in the area, and is featured in an iconic image that has gone viral all over the internet.

It was actually built in Canada’s birth year, and sunk 18 years later. It’s a popular spot for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, SUPing, and boat tours. There are also over 20 other shipwrecks in the Fathom Five National Marine Park.

This is Canada’s First Underwater Park that is also the Scuba Diving Capital of Canada.


8. Watch The Sunset

Pretty much anywhere in Bruce County has a nice sunset, but prime spots are Southampton (particularly scenic with Chantry Island in the foreground), Sauble Beach, Port Elgin, and any towns along the coast of Lake Huron.

There are few over-water west-facing sunset views in Canada, and even fewer in Ontario. Lake Huron is like a small Sea, and the sunsets never fail to impress.


9. Take a Chantry Island Boat Tour

Chantry Island Southampton

Chantry Island is Southampton’s most famous view, as it can be seen all along the waterfront, and sits in front of those amazing sunsets that you’ve heard so much about. Of course it’s beautiful to look at from the shore, but why not get up close and personal?

Head down to the harbour, and hop aboard the Chantry Island Tour boat. After a 15 minute boat ride from the harbour, you will spend two hours in the island (home to a migratory bird sanctuary), with the opportunity to climb to the top of the Imperial lighthouse (one of the oldest lighthouses on Lake Huron).


10. Go Down The Saugeen River

Rent your own canoe at Cowan Canoes, and paddle down the Saugeen River for a few hours or a full day. Bring snacks, swimwear, and sunscreen for a day on the Saugeen.

An easy day trip is going from one launch point to the other, and there are slow sections of the river on either side of Paisley. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, start farther up the river and make it a multi-day trip, finishing in Southampton. There are 102 km from Hanover to Southampton.

Additionally, if you rent a kayak and launch from a spot below Denny’s Dam, you can pretty much lean back and let the river do the work for you, and glide on out to the Lake.


11. Take A Glass Bottom Boat Tour


Glass bottom boats are pretty awesome on their own, but throw one over the scenic underwater world off the coast of Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Fathom Five Marine Park, and it’s pure gold.

Shipwrecks, fish, limestone shelves, marine life, and crystal clear shimmery blue expanses of pure beauty–how could you resist?


12. Go SUPing On The Lake

Whether you have your own, or rent one from SUP Boutique in Port Elgin or Sauble Beach, Lake Huron has some of the best SUPing spots in all of Canada. There are plenty of smaller bays and inlets with calm water, and the water glistens a beautiful turquoise over the shallow sandy floor.

Places like Indian Head Cove & The Grotto, Lion’s Head, and The Fishing Islands make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean as you glide along the crystal clear water–or you could even SUP over the shipwrecks.

On those nights when the water is like glass and the sun is setting with a bright orange hue to the entire sky, there’s nowhere better to be than standing on your paddle board.


13. Kayak Over The Colpoy’s Bay Shipwreck


(or SUP again!)

Just north of the city of Wiarton are two well preserved shipwrecks, the Lothair and Edward S. Pease, from the early 1900’s. The shipwrecks are located southwest of the Colpoy’s Bay pier.

Kayaking has to be the ultimate way to view the shipwreck. Just like walking is always better than driving–there’s just something about getting up close and personal with something that makes the experience that more memorable.

Bring your snorkel gear and hop in for an even closer look.


14. Take A Flight Seeing Tour

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It’s the best way to see Bruce County.

Owen Sound Flight Services offers an extensive Bruce Peninsula Tour, showcasing the stunning geological feature of the peninsula, and some downright gorgeous views of the surrounding nature.


15. Try Some Local Craft Beer


Bruce County is home to two breweries, Tobermory Brewing Co. and The Outlaw Brewing Co.


16. Take A Wine Tour At Hoity Toity Cellars


Bruce County’s only winery. Plus, they have wines with cheeky names like ‘Maid’s night off’, ‘Kicked out of the country club’, ‘rusty bling’, and ‘Belle of the barn’.


17. Fly With A Water Jet Pack


Makin’ Waves in Sauble Beach has one of those awesome water jet packs, a.k.a. a JetLev Water Flyer.


18. Hike To The Flower Pot


Part of the Niagara Escarpment, Flower Pot Island sits just off the coast from Tobermory, and is home to the iconic “Flower Pot” rock formation. There are boat tours that go around the Island, but the best experience is hopping off and hiking though the Island.

You can even camp on the island, basically alone.


19. Visit the Bruce County Museum


If you’re looking for a little local history and culture, walk on over to the Bruce County Museum. The property hosts several events per week, and regular state of the art interactive exhibits and collections.

Did you know that Southampton is the oldest port on the Bruce coast?

The Centre offers an unforgettable experience in a journey through thousands of years of natural and human history, Bruce County artifacts, an Archives & Research Room, a Bruce County film and a cute little gift shop.


20. Soak in Sauble Falls


Walk in, sit down, enjoy.

There are a series of small pools where water gathers as it makes it way down the different levels of rocks. You can sit inside the pools, and soak in the refreshing water.

It’s best to go later in the summer after the spring rush of water has calmed down. Of course, practice caution, and be safe.


21. Watch The Sunrise From Dyer’s Bay


Just north of Lion’s Head, Dyer’s Bay has the perfect vantage point over Georgian Bay for an over-water sunrise.


22. Gaze At The Stars


Bayside Astronomy allows members of the public to learn about the importance and beauty of our dark skies and to view and learn about the constellations, planets, the moon, and other deep sky objects LIVE through telescopes..

Bayside takes place every Friday and Saturday night from July 1st to Labour Day at the Lion’s Headmarina at sunset. Then goes offsite to Miller’s Family Camp on Mondays, Summer House Park on Wednesdays and Singing Sands in Bruce Peninsula National Park on Thursdays.

And, it’s free!


23. Lounge At Indian Head Cove


Indian Head Cove is arguably the most beautiful beach in Ontario. It’s not your average warm water sandy beach, but it’s no less breathtaking.

Large round white rocks make up the “beach”, and bleached cliffs line the back. The same crystal clear water that flows through the Grotto, laps up on the shore and shines a brilliant turquoise over the white rock floor.

Several rocky outcrops stretch into the water, making great spots to walk out and admire the water, or simply lounge on the shore.


24. Rent A JetSki


On the cam waters of Sauble Beach.


25. Take A Boat Tour Of The Fishing Islands


Lots of locals don’t even realize just how beautiful the Fishing Islands of Oliphant actually are, but they resemble a series of brilliant Caribbean  Islands. The best way to explore them is to take a boat tour of the Islands.


26. Cycle The Shore Road


Miramichi Bay Road and North Shore Road between Southampton and Port Elgin make up what is known to locals simply as “The Shore Road”. It’s a beautiful drive, but even better to do by bicycle.

A 6km paved bike path lines the length of the road, dipping in and out of scenic outcrops, panoramic look out points, and rest zones.


27. Go Out For Lunch


Our favourite spots for lunch are Armen’s Cafe (amazing sandwiches & soup from around the world!) and The Pea Pod (delicious vegan wraps & salads) in Southampton, but we also love The Queen’s and Saffron in Port Elgin, The Crowsnest Pub in Tobermory and The Forge & Thistle.


28. Walk Oliphant’s Fen Boardwalk


It’s an easy trail through wetlands and beautiful scenery.


29. Explore the Southampton Sand Dunes

Southampton sand dunes

Most people head directly to the main Southampton Beach, from the end of High Street. However, an arguably better beach is located on the South side of Gerry’s Fries, backed by tall sandy hills. A series of narrow paths between beach grass lead all through the hills, and eventually lead to the beach itself.

The view of Chantry Island is even better from here than the main beach. There is a large board by the entrance to give you some more information about how the dunes got there, and how they’re being maintained.


30. Eat Tacos At The Beach


Did we mention tacos?

Casero. That is all.


31. Find The Devil’s Monument


Hike the Devil’s Monument Loop Trail to find a 44 foot Flower Pot rock formation.


32. Pose With Wiarton Willie



33. Stamp Your Passport


Your Adventure Passport, that is.

The Adventure Passport is a scavenger hunt that takes participants off the beaten track all over Bruce County.

In order to win incredible Prizes, participants must visit a minimum 7 of the 12 Passport Stops (places like the Southampton flag pole or the Bruce Trail Lookout at Hope Bay) between May 1st and October 31st, 2016.


34. Eat Whitefish


There’s nothing better than Georgian Bay whitefish, straight outta the water.

Bruce County is home to countless restaurants that do up whitefish in many different styles, from fried to tacos.


35. Pick Your Own Apples


Pick your own apples from Smiths’ easy-to-reach dwarf trees or take home freshly packed bags from their Market.


36. Take A Tour Of The Bruce Botanical Food Garden



37. Climb The Bruce Peninsula National Park’s Visitor Centre Tower

For a stunning view of the Bruce, climb the 112 steps to the top of the 20-meter tower.


38. Get some Gerry’s Fries


Order large fries at Gerry’s Fast Food, and bring a blanket to each on the beach (or just sit in your car). The fries are mini bites of greasy gloriousness.

Of course, everything else is delicious, too. Plan for a big lunch.


39. Play 18 Hole Championship Frisbee Golf Course


That’s right. Frisbee Golf. At Dreamaker Family Campground.


40. Do A Dinner Night


We love a casual night at The Walker House in Southampton, as well as getting a little fancy at Andre’s Swiss Country Dining in Port Elgin.

We also recommend The Queen’s Bar & GrillAllen’s Fireside Grill, and The Woodpecker.


41. Walk the Rail Trail


We’re certainly not suggested first-timers walk between Southampton and Port Elgin, but most portions of the Saugeen Rail Trail within Southampton are a beautiful little hike, with plenty of scenic views. The trail is level, well maintained, and quite popular among locals.

The trail isn’t only accessible in the summer, but makes a beautiful Fall hike, and incredible cross country ski or snowshoeing trail in the winter.


42. Take A High Ropes Course


At Little Cove Adventure Park.


43. Stay At The County’s First & Only Hostel


There are tons of hotel and resort options in the Bruce County, but we wanted to include something a little different for you to consider.. Fitz Hostel is the first & only (and newly opened) hostel in Bruce County, located in Lion’s Head.

It’s the perfect spot for budget travellers on the Bruce Trail, or for those looking for accommodations somewhere outside of the busy hub of Tobermory.

The best part of any hostel is the friendly social atmosphere among the travellers community.


44. Explore The Harvest Moon Sculpture Gardens


Walk around the sculpture garden on two sculpture lined trails, then head back to the bakery for some awesome pies and breads, or relax on the outdoor tea patio.


45. Go Skinny Dipping

Okay, we can’t technically recommend this.. it’s not exactly legal.

Butt–pun intended–if you do, Mountain Life Media came up with a pretty good list of the best spots to get naked in the area.


46. Pick Your Own Strawberries


It’s like delicious farming DIY without the digging.


47. Stay In A Cabin Tent


Sleep in a luxurious tent at Spirit Rock Lodge, with a double bed and porch to relax on.


48. Go Kite Boarding In Oliphant

Oliphant Beach is the best kite boarding beach in Ontario. The water is expansive, shallow, flat & clean, no swimmers, there are plenty of islands to swerve around, lots to see, and the wind is always right.

You can also learn to kite board in Sauble Beach.


49. Do Yoga On The Beach



Locations in Port Elgin, Southampton, and Miramichi Bay.


50. Get Tattooed At Sugar Shack


Not only is Sugar Shack a favourite among locals, but people regularly come from Toronto and other not-so-near cities to get work done.

Scott Duncan and all of the artists do such an amazing job, and they are all true artists. We’ve had some work done by Laura Parisotto, who we will be super sad to see leave on her world travels at the end of summer 2016.


51. Swim At Singing Sands Beach


Singing Sands is one of the most swimmable beaches in Ontario with warm, shallow waters for boogie boarding and expansive sandy flats without the crowds of other popular beaches.


52. Skate The MacGregor Point Ice Loop


The Skating Loop winds through the camp ground in a full circle, with a small change room at the start, and fluorescent lighting all along the way for night-time skating.

You’ll feel like you’re in a Fairy Tale, surrounded by nothing but snow-covered pines and bright shining sunlight. As the trail bends, it feels like the rest of the camp ground completely disappears, and you’re skating in the middle of a wild forest.


53. Have A Drink On The Patio

We recommend a Vodka Raspberry Creme Italian Soda on the Elk & Finch patio, or their new Passion Fruit Iced Tea Lemonade with Malibu rum.

Want to do a patio crawl? Head to The Queen’s for a cold beer, or the Leeside Restaurant Patio Bar for a frozen Pina Colada.


54. Get Fresh Produce At Hi-Berry Farm


They even have an app to let you know what’s in season.


55. Paint & Paddle


Paddle a canoe on a one or two day paddling trip, and paint some beautiful watercolour art of the landscapes along the way.


56. Eat Your Way Along The Ice Cream Trail


The Huron Kinloss Ice Cream Trail ice cream filled photo scavenger hunt that goes past beaches, unique shops, golf courses, parks, trails, splash pads a pool, and nine different ice cream stops.


57. Visit Inverhuron Provincial Park


One word: beach.


58. Go On A relaxing Girl’s Getaway


Gaia Retreats offers weekend or week long packages including the use of a 4 bedroom cottage, yoga on the beach, sunset SUPing, catered meals, complimentary cruiser bikes, hammocks galore, pool & Jacuzzi, and an amazing canoe trip down the Saugeen. Sign us up.


59. Visit the Cabot Head Lighthouse


Climb the stairs up to the top of the lighthouse for a view of the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.


60. Go Bouldering


Halfway Log Dump is Nature’s best jungle gym.


61. Cross Country Ski On Colpoy’s Ski Trails


The Colpoys Ski Trail offers 11.5 kilometers of cross-country ski trails running through gently rolling, sheltered woods and open fields.

One part of this trail follows the well-known Bruce Trail. You can also catch great views across Colpoy’s Bay.


62. Visit Cape Croker


Cape Croker Park has some of the Peninsula’’s most beautiful land forms and wildlife within it’s boundaries. It is owned and operated by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Cliffs, fields, marshes and the clean waters of Georgian Bay make the parks atmosphere enjoyable for not only the serious wildlife expert but for those who just want to relax and enjoy some solitude.


63. Ride The Bruce


On a motorcycle.


64. Go To The Port Elgin Farmer’s Market & Flea Market

Photo via Image Port

Photo via Image Port

Basically, a smaller version of the Keady Market, in two locations within Port Elgin, every Wednesday. The Farmer’s Market section is right downtown, and the Flea Market section is by the beach.

You can also visit the seasonal Farmers’ Markets in Lion’s Head (Saturdays 9-12), Wiarton (Fridays 10-2), Paisley (Saturdays 9-1), and Kincardine (Saturdays 9-12).


65. Go Surfing

Surfing in Ontario? Might sound strange at first, but Kincardine Station Beach has actually been listed as the second best spot to surf in all of Canada, and you’ll know why as soon as you get there.

The waves are just right, and the water is a bit warmer than the popular Tofino Beach. Suit up, and a grab a board.


66. Ride The Saugeen Shores Trolley


There are six stops in Port Elgin, Southampton, and in between, to help you get from town to town.


67. Visit the Saugeen First Nation Amphitheatre


The Saugeen First Nation is a quick drive across the Bridge, and is home to one of the Southampton areas most beautiful outdoor areas; the historic amphitheatre. Here, you can take in native story telling, traditional native feasts, native craft workshops and so much more.

The Amphitheatre features sensational gardens, dazzling terraces, picnic areas, oversized stonework and numerous workshops offered by the local Ojibway inhabitants.


68. Ride The MS Chi-Cheemaun


Not that we’d suggest leaving Bruce County.. but if you did, the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island would be the way to do it.


69. Walk Down the Pier

southampton range lighthouse

The Lighthouse at the end of the Range Pier is another of Southampton’s most iconic sites, and it’s easy to tell why as soon as you arrive.

Not only is the view spectacular, but it’s rather calming to walk out and hear nothing but the sound of wind and waves crashing around you. Even when the water is calm, it feels like the Lake itself swallows up the sounds of the busting town behind.

Stand at the base of the pier for the famous Lighthouse shot, or walk down to the very end to capture another version of those captivating Southampton sunsets.


70. Hike The Spirit Rock Conservation Area Spiral Staircase


After a short hike with a spectacular view of Colpoy’s Bay, you can climb down the spiral staircase that is nuzzled into the rock wall.


71. Watch A Race At The Sauble Speedway


Get your race on.


72. Explore Greig’s Caves

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One of the most extensive and spectacular formation of limestone caves in Ontario. Take a one hour hike through the rugged trails, that lead you to ten natural limestone caves. After exploring, take the trail above the caves for a spectacular views some three hundred feet above Georgian Bay.


73. Go Fishing at Denny’s Dam

Denny's Dam

This seems to be one of the most popular spots for fishing in town, so it must be a good one. Locals and tourists alike flock here for a healthy fish population, and low, easily navigable waters.


74. Climb Point Clark Lighthouse


Legend has it a ghost lives inside.


75. Take A Bike Tour Around Lion’s Head


Explorer’s Tread offers bicycle tours around the Lion’s Head area, for half day, full day, and fully customized tours.


76. Explore The Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area


Easily one of the most dramatic views along the Saugeen River.


77. Go “Horse Camping”

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Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area also offers camping with horses. Ride your horse on the trails, camp the night, and leave in the morning with the help of your four-legged friend.


78. Go Golfing


If golfing’s your thing, you’re in luck in Bruce County. With 16 courses to choose from for beginners to seasoned golfers, you could choose your favourite, or cycle through until you’re all golfed out.

Check out the golf map here to plan your golf tour.


79. Go Go-Karting At Family Funland


From five minutes to thirty minutes, singles or doubles.


80. Get A Bruce Breaky


Okay, our breaky is the same as a regular breakfast, but it probably tastes better.

Head to The Lighthouse in Southampton and Aunt Mabel’s in Port Elgin  to do it right.


81. Hike the Woodland Trail

Woodland Trail Ghost Ridge

The Miramichi Bay Woodland Trail is easily one of the best in the Southampton area, is accessible from several points, and open to the public. It can take up to an hour to hike it, giving yourself some time to stop and check out the surroundings, and enjoy the nature.

While most of the trail is relatively level, there are a few small hills near the South Street entrance, giving way to beautiful winding “hall ways” of trees as you make your way deeper into the forest.

Don’t forget to stop at Ghost Ridge, a completely random local curation of Halloween decorations and other creepy items set up in the middle of the woods.

Even better, bring a set of cross country skis or pair of snowshoes and experience the trails in a winter wonderland. The forest is well sheltered, so winds won’t chill you, and you can finish the trail before getting cold.


82. Play Beach Volleyball At The Bar Patio


Well, at Boston Pizza’s Patio in Port Elgin.


83. Hit Up The Mountain Bike Adventure Park


The Park has over 20km of both double and single track trails, located just north of Wiarton.  There are over thirty technical trail features including skinnys, rock drops, teeter totters, suspension bridges, and a Pump Track.


84. Take A Mini Train Ride At The Station


Ride an authentic narrow-gauage replica of an 1836 American Steam Engine around the Port Elgin Harbour and through North Shore Park, with a riding time of fifteen minutes.


85. Stroll Along the Southampton Boardwalk

southampton boardwalk

Start at the end of High Street, and walk all the way along the beach until you get to Gerry’s Fries.

Return, rinse, repeat.


86. Snowshoe The Many Trails


Bruce County is a hot spot for snowshoe enthusiasts, with several winter-accessible parks, tracked and untracked trails, frozen lakes, and wide open fields.


87. Feed Birds Out Of Your Hand At MacGregor Point Provincial Park

At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, visitors can make their way to the winter boardwalk, where a number of bird feeders and seed bells hang in the trees, attraction local birds to feed in the snow.

You will notice the little birds as you walk up, however they won’t pay much attention to you. If you bring your own food, you can hold out a handful, and the birds will hop right on without a second thought to gobble up your offering.


88. Race ATV’s At The Paisley Rat Track

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Or, dirt bikes.


89. Get Lost In The Kincardine Labyrinth Peace Garden


A garden labyrinth, minus Jack Nicholson.


Festivals & Events

90. Lucknow’s Music in the Fields


All the country music you could ever want.


91. Chi Cheemaun Festival



92. Wiarton Willie Festival


Find out whether spring comes early or late, then watch wood carvings, eat BBQ hot dogs, try maple taffy on snow, view ice sculpting, dance, play and more.


93. Bruce Power Beach Party


Head to Port Elgin’s main beach for a BBQ, fun events, beach party, and the best firework show of the year.


94. Beef Fest in Paisley

Why not have an annual celebration of Bruce County beef?


95. Sauble Beach Sandfest


Live music, insane sand sculptures and sandcastles, food, beach fun, classic car show, and more, right on the beach.


96. Marine Heritage Festival in Southampton


There’s a gold hunt, BBQ, fish fry, cardboard boat race, and more.


97. Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games


An outdoor concert, highland dance competition, fiddle & step dance lessons, and a pipe band competition.


98. Halloween Haunted Trail At MacGregor Point


Walk the marked trail through a section of MacGregor Point Park’s campgrounds, through haunted houses, creepy hallways, dark trees, interactive mazes, gross displays, and often terrifying situations.

Be prepared to scream, as you will be scared, shocked, and caught off guard in the menacing maze.


99. Saugeen First Nation Pow Wow

Image by Saugeen Times

Image by Saugeen Times

A beautiful event with dancers, stories, crafts, good food, and more.


100. Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin


Giant vegetable competitions, Ontario’s largest outdoor car show, craft & marketplace vendors, rides, carnival, food, pub-kin crawl, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, and tons more.


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What are Your Favourite Things to do in Bruce County?

While we wanted to come up with a list of our favourite things, our main objective is to provide a thourough list of everything to do in Bruce County, for locals and tourists alike–creating a collective list for everyone to read when looking for something to do in the region.

We are taking everyone’s thoughts and suggestions into consideration, and will continue to update the list above, from your blog comments and Facebook suggestions (by the way, we’d love if you followed us on Facebook, our page is new).

Thanks for all of your help!


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