Grand Bend "Life's a Beach at the Bend"
When most people think of Grand Bend's place name, the magnificent curve of Lake Huron's shoreline comes to mind. However, the sharp bend in the Ausable River actually gave Grand Bend its name. The old channel can still be seen paralleling the shoreline off River Road. Grand Bend has a lovely downtown streetscape and a newly landscaped waterfront park with a picnic area, children’s playground and splash pad. The beach house has washrooms, showers, lookout deck and picnic area for bathers. In Grand Bend one is never far from the sun, sand and surf that everyone loves. The main beach is always a busy spot, but a quieter strand is located on River Road south of the boat launch. Another beach is located in Port Blake Park at the junction of Highway 21 & 83. The park has washrooms, drinking water and a picnic pavilion with a nice view of the lake. For swimming in any season, Pine Dale Motor Inn has a saltwater pool.
Grand Bend’s Blue Flag beaches are backed by clean sand and towering pines that have made this resort area famous, but what makes the community most exciting are the countless activities that await visitors. Shops and boutiques offer endless choices of shopping opportunities from the demure to the zany, while connoisseurs of fine food will enjoy the varied restaurant fare. Main Street leads directly to the beach and has the atmosphere of a carnival with amusements. Local pubs feature live entertainment on weekends. Huron Country Playhouse performs live plays every summer at its two theatres located on Stephen B Line off Road 81. Fresh and smoked lake fish are specialties in town and it doesn't come any fresher than directly out of Lake Huron. Golf courses are nearby and a full range of lodging includes motels, resorts and camping parks.
Lambton Heritage Museum, located on Highway 21 south of Grand Bend, is home to the only remaining horse-drawn ambulance in Ontario, the largest collection of pressed glass water pitchers in Canada, rare John Goodison steam engines, an exceptional collection of stoves made by the Doherty Stove Company and a notable collection of furniture from 19th century Lambton County. Yearly traveling exhibits and shows round out its events.
Xtreme Water Sports offers cool fun with its watercraft rentals at the beach dock. Jet skis, tubing, water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, water trampoline and fishing boats let you take to the water. Its jet boat has the power for thrilling rides. Specials are offered on weekday mornings.
Grand Bend Parachuting School provides thrill-seekers with the ultimate high in the sky over Centralia Airport, east of Grand Bend.
Grand Bend Motorplex/Raceway/Speedway & Motocross brings thunder to the beach at Canada's biggest motor racing facility on Road 81 east of town. It holds races each weekend and special entertainment on holiday weekends.
The Rotary Nature Trail links Grand Bend with flea markets and Pinery Provincial Park south of town, allowing hikers and cyclists to traverse a paved path beside the highway away from traffic. The trail joins an additional 10 km. of trails in the park.