Beautiful beaches are synonymous with Bluewater country, where some of Ontario's finest beaches and the World's longest fresh-water beach are found. Some beaches have Blue Flag designations that indicate the highest level of environmental standards, public services and heritage preservation. Clean water, parks, sports facilities and entertaining events enhance the waterfronts of many beach towns that are the most popular summer destinations in Ontario.
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Bell Park has a variety of attractions surrounding its picnic areas and lovely flower gardens on the shore of Ramsey Lake off Paris and York Streets. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for excursions on the lake. The Bell Park boardwalk joins the Jim Gordon Walkway that links Science North with Bell Park beach. The Sudbury Mining Heritage Sculpture is a spectacular, 5-metre high bronze casting of hands reaching into the earth. It stands on an outcrop in Bell Park as a tribute to the people who forged the community. The Grace Harman Amphitheatre hosts live entertainment during summer. Lily
Fish Point, on the southwestern tip of Pelee Island, is a 110-hectare Provincial Nature Reserve. It features dunes and the intriguing, crescent shaped sand spit that constantly shifts with water erosion along this most southerly tip of Essex Region that is inhabited. Middle Island, an uninhabited nature reserve located a bit further south, is the absolute most southern land in Canada. Dangerous rip currents can be present at the tip during windy conditions so swimming there is not recommended. Hiking and cycling trails and continuous beaches provide access to the area. Fish Point contains
Nestled on Lake Huron is the wonderful village of Manitowaning and a gem to be discovered by tourists. Boasting community events monthly, residents and tourists alike enjoy all we have to offer. The waterfront is a hot spot for families to spend the day swimming and playing on the beach or on new playground equipment. Washrooms are available. The Bay Street Marina is well used by both boat cruisers and fishermen. It offers fuel service, power hookups, pump-out, showers and a launch ramp. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest Anglican church in northern Ontario dating back to
Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve occupies about 100 hectares on the island's northeastern spit and has several hiking trails, a long sandy beach that extends down the island's east side and the Pelee Lighthouse. On the west side of the spit, Lake Henry Marsh offers wildlife viewing opportunities and spectacular sunsets. The Blue Racer Snake, the Eastern Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle, and the Smallmouth Salamander are among several rare species found within the reserve. There are remnants of deciduous forests, savannas and an expanse of wetland rich in aquatic plants. The reserve
Head west off Stokes Bay Road to Myles Bay Shore Road and Sandy Beach Road to find Black Creek Provincial Park, an idyllic beach bounded by wooded dunes and a creek that lazily meanders into the sheltered bay. The day use park has free parking, toilets, picnic tables and hiking trails along the creek. It is a great spot to launch a small boats or kayaks to explore the convoluted shoreline and islands around Stokes Bay.
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. Manitoulin
One visit to historic Southampton, oldest port on the Bruce Coast, and visitors will know why it makes a great destination. The beaches are free of automobile traffic, hence the peaceful surroundings that make Southampton one of the most idyllic communities on Lake Huron. Take a stroll along the beach boardwalk to the Long Dock Beach and admire the giant flagpole at the end of High Street. A picnic shelter is located at 273 Front Street. The Chantry Dunes raised boardwalk is accessible from Island Street; the west end explores the delicate savannah ecosystem along the dunes. The beach is also
The beautiful clear waters of the North Channel await your arrival into the Port of Little Current. Enjoy some of the best boating in Lake Huron on your trip through the North Channel, staying a while in the quaint town of Little Current. Little Current is a picturesque small town, its downtown bustling in the summer months with boats, and travelers strolling the newly renovated docks. From the Downtown Docks you are at a prime location for just about everything you need, and from Spider Bay Marina just a short, scenic walk to downtown Little Current. Browse the shops on Water Street, grab
Brucedale Conservation Area is located on the shoreline of Lake Huron south of Port Elgin. This small gem is home to only 52 campsites, very much the way nature intended them, large and spacious. The entire campsite is located within mature hardwoods making for an excellent camping experience. This campsite has simple amenities but its popularity never wanes. Its small size provides an intimate camping experience without the hustle and bustle of the larger, more commercial campsites. In addition, for those who enjoy being on the lake, this location is well known for its beautiful
Goderich's tidy, landscaped waterfront is perfect for swimming, water sports and picnics; 1.5-km. boardwalks connect three lovely beaches that have playgrounds, washrooms, snack booths and flower gardens. During summer, the Celtic Blue Highlanders preserve tradition by Piping Down the Sun every Friday one hour before sunset at the beach. The Marine Heritage Walkway features signs that describe hidden points of interest and history about the town’s waterfront along the beach paths, harbours and bluff lookouts. The Sifto salt mine operates a veritable underground city of roadways and
On the Bay is a family run Bed and Breakfast where you will experience the warmest hospitality and wonderful home cooked breakfasts. We look forward to your many visits.We warmly welcome you to relax and enjoy the view of the peaceful sandy shores of Providence Bay. We are situated on the longest sand beach on Manitoulin Island. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view over Providence Bay beach from our upper sun deck, relax in our comfortable recreation sitting room or just lounge on our lower decks where you can savour the quiet serenity of the beach and enjoy the calm water with its reflections
Branton-Cundick Campground is located just north of Sombra on the St. Clair Parkway, a scenic route of beautifully landscaped parks, trails and boating facilities maintained by St. Clair Township along the St. Clair River. The park contains a children's playground, picnic pavilion and picnic area set among giant shade trees in view of the brilliant turquoise expanse of river. All campsites are serviced with water and sewer hookups. A boat launch provides easy water access for water sports and fishing. The St. Clair River Trail runs through the park and continues along the river as an off
The Port of Goderich, known since Victorian times as the “Prettiest Town in Canada”, is a complete community that offers something for everyone. Goderich’s downtown core, known universally as “The Square” is home to over 140 shops, restaurants, and other businesses that cater to every taste imaginable. In summer months, the downtown is home to Goderich’s well-known Farmer’s and Flea Markets, selling Ontario grown fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, plants and flowers, some pork products and fish, homemade baked goods, homemade preserves
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME...at Snug Haven Resortamongst the rocks and pines of one of the most beautiful inlets along Georgian Bay, just north of Parry Sound.Snug Haven caters to both family and fishing vacations, and are open all year round. We offer fully equipped private housekeeping cottages, all with a breathtaking view of Georgian Bay. You can expect your cottage to be impeccably clean, comfortable and ready for you to start your holiday. Several cottages have fireplaces for those fall evenings or for relaxing after a long day of fishing. During your stay, enjoy complimentary use of
Awenda Provincial Park offers a retreat to wild shorelines, scenic trails, pristine beaches and nature interpretive programs. The shorelines exhibit gigantic boulders with colourful patterns and shapes. Cyclists may also use the Bluff, Beach and Brûlé Trails. The Robitaille Homestead Trail leads to ruins of a pioneer farm and spectacular lookout over Georgian Bay. Kettle’s Lake has a sheltered beach, fishing, barrier free ramp access, viewing platform and canoe rentals. It is one of the few lakes in Ontario that contains Eastern Floater Mussels. The park has campsites and
Lake Huron Resort is a Family Vacation Summer Home Retreat offering all of the amenities of a traditional upscale, RV camping "vacation spot" in a gorgeous lake setting. The large, grassy lots have gravel pads and plenty of room to relax.Lake Huron Resort offers a list of amenities including a Country Store wth a gift shop, novelty candy, cold treats, novelty toys, beach supplies, groceries, RV supplies, firewood, ice, Wi-Fi, summer guest passes and so much more. Large washroom facilities, solar heated swimming pool, which is open to a fenced-in patio, laundromat, brand new large playground,
Kelso Beach is located at the mouth of the Pottawatomi River in Owen Sound and is linked to the downtown by the Harbourfront Walkway that includes paved bike paths, picnic areas and great views of the harbour. The park has a sandy playground, picnic shelter, concert amphitheatre, splash pad, sports fields, boat launch and trails. Camping is available across the road. Each year Kelso Beach hosts the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, Canada Day Celebrations, Owen Sound Ribfest and Salmon Spectacular Fishing Derby.
Whether you are looking for a family vacation, a ladies weekend, bridge tournament, a couples getaway or a complete wedding package Wildwood Family Resort will look after all your needs.Nestled on the shores of the beautiful Lake Huron, our sunsets are undeniably beautiful and our private, sandy beach is remarkable.Fully appointed cottages are accompanied with delicious home cooked meals, daily and nightly adult and children’s entertainment, and a variety of resort amenities which include firewood for your individual campfire, outdoor heated pool, mini golf, tennis, a fantastic
The spectacular sunsets that Port Elgin is famous for can best be seen from the harbour - a must for photographers and romantics. Free parking is conveniently located directly on the beach, which is partly sheltered by a break-wall and is very popular for swimming and windsurfing. Beach volleyball courts are set up during the summer months and playground equipment provides recreation for children. Additionally, in summer the beach is home to the gazebo that provides a lovely setting for Sunday evening bandshell concerts where audiences usually honk their car horns for applause! Visitors can
Seacliff Park is the premier park in the Municipality of Leamington and home to the famous Tomato Splash Pad. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Seacliff Park boasts over eight hectares of trees, open green space and a lengthy sandy shoreline known as Seacliff Beach. The main entrance to Seacliff Park is off Forest Avenue in Leamington. There is plenty of free, on-street parking available on Forest Avenue as well as a parking lot at the south end of the street. Seacliff Park is open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and operates from May to September. Amenities include: BBQ
Pinery Provincial Park is located on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, Ontario. It is a natural environment-class Provincial Park created to help preserve Ontario's largest oak savanna and its 9 km. of beach dune ecology. To preserve this habitat, a population control program for White Tailed Deer has been implemented. During the early 1960s, when the value of native savanna was not recognized, large numbers of Red and White Pine trees were planted in the park, displacing the native vegetation. That is also how the park got its name. The Old Ausable Channel is a wide, slow-moving river which flows
Thornbury’s harbour has a fish cleaning station, sheltered dockage, boat launch, playground and washrooms beside Little River Beach. A scenic path leads over a footbridge to the Bayview Park beach and gazebo along Bay Street where Sunday Night Jazz Concerts perform during summer. Fishing is outstanding at the mouth of the Beaver River. The Georgian Trail cycling path connects Thornbury with Meaford and Collingwood along a former railway corridor.
Northwinds Beach is located directly beside Highway 26 at Craigleith, where visitors can enjoy a sheltered, sandy pocket along a shoreline dominated by shale ledges where anglers can drive directly up to the edge of Georgian Bay to fish from their vehicles. During summer, the beach is a popular spot for windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking rentals. The Mary Ward shipwreck and Nottawasaga Lighthouse lie 4 km offshore where they can be viewed by boat. Just across the highway, Craigleith Heritage Depot has a visitor information centre and museum that exhibit Petun First Nation
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is unique since it is located within the boundaries of the town as a day-use park. Its parabolic dune system is the largest in Ontario. Rare plants and animals such as the Piping Plover and Eastern Hognose Snake find refuge in the park. The beach areas are numbered starting at the east end by the river mouth. Area 1 includes boat launching, fishing platforms, special events court and beach boardwalk. New Wasaga Beach and Allenwood Beach, on River Road East, are favourite spots for windsurfing and kite boarding. Area 6 has an information centre, band gazebo, soccer
Roth Park is a family campground nestled among maturing trees. We are located just north of Wiarton just a few minute walk to Beautiful Berford Lake. The Campground is under new ownership. The Pletch Family welcomes you. Whether you are camping in a tent or a trailer, or need to rent a privately owned trailer, cabin or cottage we have just the right site for you. Roth Park has a beautiful shallow sandy beach that is perfect for the entire family. Launch your boat, rent a kayak, canoe or pedal boat or just spend the day relaxing on the
Canatara Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Canada and features 1 kilometre of gorgeous, sandy beach on Lake Huron backed by spectacular, old growth oak forest, dunes and Chipican Lake. The entire park is interconnected by cycling trails, picnic areas and washrooms. Children can enjoy the Kiwanis Farm with its petting animals, waterfowl, streams and a dirt jump course for bikes.
Gobles Grove is a lovely beach just south of Port Elgin where it is not as busy and children can enjoy playing on a shallow beach free of traffic. Several sandbars extend into the lake, which help to diminish the effect of undertow. The beach has free parking, washrooms and a playground. Access is easy on Saugeen Beach Road past the CAW Recreation Centre.
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. In the village
On the west shore of the peninsula, the Singing Sands Beach at Dorcas Bay has extensive sand flats, wooded dunes and a picnic area. The gradient of the beach is so shallow that bathers can walk out for hundreds of metres. It is one of the best places in Ontario to see rare flowers such as the rare Ram's Head orchid and Showy Lady's Slipper; 44 species of orchids grow on the peninsula. Other unusual plants that grow in the wet fens are Indian Paintbrush and the insect eating Pitcher Plant, which derives much of its nutrients by digesting insects that fall into its jug like appendage. These
In Grand Bend one is never far from the sun, sand and surf that everyone loves. This prime resort town has a lovely downtown streetscape and a landscaped waterfront park with a picnic area, beach volleyball court, children’s playground and splash pad. The beach house has washrooms, showers, lookout deck and picnic area for bathers. The main beach is always a busy spot, but a quieter strand is located on River Road south of the boat launch. 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
Bruce Peninsula National Park encompasses an area primarily composed of limestone bedrock, yet it holds many diverse features. Marl rock fens and sand dunes are found along Lake Huron where most orchids grow and sunsets are among the best in the world. Towering cliffs, caves and cobblestone beaches make up the Georgian Bay shore where the views are most impressive. The park is home to wildlife such as Black bears, wolves, fishers, porcupines and Massasauga rattlesnakes. This is wilderness - campers should not leave food inside tents to avoid thieving animals! Several hiking trails begin at
House on the Hill is a charming bed & breakfast home overlooking the Bala bay on Lake Muskoka. It is located close to shops, beaches, dining and entertainment; within walking distance to Bala Falls and the Kee to Bala. We have three rooms: The Burgundy Room has a queen bed and an ensuite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. The Blue Room has a queen size bed. The Captain's Room has a king size bed that can be made into two singles. The Blue Room and Captain's Room share a bathroom so they are nice for families or friends. All rooms have a view of Lake Muskoka and wake
Our Family Campground offers 220 campsites on Manitoulin's longest and safest sand beach. Campsites are private and spacious on dunes forested with birch, pine, poplar and cedar where our park is dry and virtually free of black flies and mosquitoes. Daily, monthly, seasonal camping rates and group camping are available. As a family business that has served people for over 50 years, we look forward to making your vacation a pleasant one. Friendly service is available in English or French. Services include electric and water hook-ups, central dump station and pump-out service. Free
Port Albert is tucked in the Nine Mile River valley as the sort of place most people overlook but want to keep to themselves once they find it. A small park and fisheries display centre with historical signs are nestled below the dam where the stream rushes over the fish ladder. The river lazily flows through pools before spilling over a sandbar into Lake Huron. Anglers congregate there to catch salmon and trout from May to September and there are nice fishing holes above Highway 21 also. The sandy beach is a perfect spot for sunbathing in summer and viewing sunsets along the beach is
Leamington is a small town with big city amenities situated on the north shore of Lake Erie. Leamington enjoys the best of every season: long warm summers, dazzling winters and everything wonderful in between. The award-winning marina has become the jewel of the shoreline with ample docks, patio, pavilion and play area for the whole family. A beach, playground, splash pad, and washrooms are located at Seacliff Park for everyone to enjoy. Leamington has a vibrant arts and culture scene including the Leamington Arts Centre and the newly remodeled Bank Theatre. Point Pelee National
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, located just off White's Falls Road 34, offers camping with showers, beaches, boat launches, trails and interpretive programs. The Gibson-McDonald canoe route links the park with the spectacular Three-Rock Chute and Georgian Bay.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park has beautiful camping and beaches, including group campsites, drive-through sites for motor homes and secluded back country sites. The park contains old growth forest, trails and scenic lookouts and it is home to some rare species such as the Pink Lady's Slipper and Blandings Turtle. It has a nature display centre and operates guided hikes, canoe instruction and nature interpretive programs. All the park lakes are free of motor boats to keep them quiet and free of pollution. Canoe and boat rentals are located outside the park at the junction of Highways 522 &
Oliphant has a very wide and shallow sand beach that is a favourite spot for wind surfers and kite boarders. The dredged channels also provide a harbour for small boats. The reedy bays and rocky shoals are great for bass and perch fishing. Oliphant Fen Boardwalk, located at Oliphant 1.5 km. north of the dock, is a 470-metre boardwalk that provides access to a delicate wetland. Colourful wildflowers including rare orchids, Fringed Gentian, Indian Paintbrush and insect-eating plants grow in the fen. Petrel Point, just north of Red Bay and St. Jean Point, north of Howdenvale, are other local
On the Northeast shore of Lake Kagawong. Open and shaded camping sites, some pull through and tent sites. Serviced sites are equipped with water and electrical hook-ups. Centrally located showers, flush toilets, dump station and pump-out available. Completely equipped housekeeping cottage on the lakeshore separate from the camping area. Sandy beach, excellent swimming for children. Good fishing for bass, pike, perch and some pickerel. Boat launch, dockage and motorboats for rent. Bait, ice and convenience foods available in store.
Oastler Lake Provincial Park, located on Oastler Park Drive, has a lovely beach for warm swimming in its sheltered, inland lake. Serviced campsites and picnic areas are available as well as wilderness walk-in sites. A wetland trail, dog exercise area, boat launch and canoe rentals are available. Motor boats are allowed on the lake.
Kincardine has an extensive beachfront along Lake Huron where visitors can enjoy picnicking, water sports, fishing and viewing the manicured flower gardens along the Sunset Promenade and at Dunsmoor Park rock garden. The Station beach is a favourite spot for windsurfing since the shoreline produces good sized waves during windy weather. The promenade has a boardwalk and gazebo for strolling and admiring the famous Lake Huron sunsets, while north of the harbour, Lover's Lane provides intimate surroundings for romantic walks along the beach. Children can romp in the Rotary playground located at
Champlain-Wendat Rotary Park marks the 1615 meeting at Penetanguishene between Samuel de Champlain and the Wendat First Nation in historic Huronia. Bronze sculptures of "Champlain's Rendezvous" as well as Governor Simcoe and a giant effigy of Champlain's famous astrolab, grace the park. The waterfront trail connects the park with lovely flower gardens, a beach, skatepark and Penetanguishene harbour.
A friendly welcome awaits you at Stanley Park, located on the southwest shore of Lake Mindemoya. Enjoy the ideal central spot from which to tour the beautiful Manitoulin Island. Swim in sunlit waters, some of the earliest swimming on the Manitoulin or bask on our safe private beach. Play a full game of golf nearby. Unwind while your children romp in our playground. Whatever water activities you choose to enjoy, Stanley Park offers a perfect location. Take advantage of our marina by bringing your boat to the island for sailing, fishing or water skiing. Barbecue your catch of the day and share
Cedar Beach is a popular sandy spot for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Cedar Creek, it is also a good spot for fishing. The Cedar Creek basin is probably the most significant, most extensive and beautiful natural area in the Essex Region. Contributing to the diversity of this area are Carolinian woodlands, rolling landscapes, creeks, tributaries and abundant wildlife. Cedar Creek is a pristine natural area offering excellent bird watching opportunities. Be inspired by the sight of eagles soaring, herons and egrets wading, and turtles basking on logs. View the
Hide Away Lodge is located in a beautiful setting 2 km from the village of Kagawong in a sheltered bay on the North Channel of Lake Huron. The lodge and cottages face east with a breath-taking view of the Channel and La Cloche mountains in the distance. Sunrises are incredible! This tranquil setting is sure to relax you and provide a sense of rejuvenation. Our family-run lodge is a perfect place to bring your family for an enjoyable vacation. Accommodations range in size from one-bedroom cottages to three-bedroom suites – all of which are fully housekeeping. All cottages/suites have a
This picturesque park is located on the shore of Lake Erie, it offers flower gardens, walking paths, gazebo's and a large indoor Pavilion. This park is great for family picnics/reunions, parties, stag and does, wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The Pavilion is a large turn-of-the-century building located on the hill from the lake. It can accommodate approximately 300 people and facilities include: Full kitchen with fridge, stove, sink, bar with walk in cooler Coat racks Stage Sound System with IPOD hook up/CD player 2 x wireless microphones Climate controlled , heat and air
Cobblestone Lodge fronts directly onto beautiful Ipperwash Beach, Lake Huron, known for it's shallow sandbars and gorgeous sunsets with 2 miles of beach. There are 9 housekeeping cottages, 1 housekeeping cabin and 2 bunk cabins. All cottages and one cabin are outfitted with electric refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, frying pan, plus dishes, pots and pans, utensils & tea pot. BBQ 's are available to rent. Free hot water shower rooms available for cottagers. Pets welcome! Cottages all have flush toilets. Cabins use bathhouse flush toilets. Toilet
Your home away from home for old-fashioned family camping! Green Acres, on sunny Manitoulin Island, is located on the North Channel in the bay of Sheguiandah. With pike, muskie, bass, perch, trout and pickerel in the waters, there's always a fantastic fishing adventure waiting for anglers. We have a fish cleaning station right beside the bay and all kinds of bait and tackle available. You will be sure to have a splashing good time on the beautiful beach. Over 20 of our sites are adjacent to the clean sand and water and there are plenty of shaded campsites for tents or trailers. New
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. Providence Bay
O’Leary’s Beach Retreat Cottages are conveniently located just steps from the beautiful white sand of Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada, and just around the corner from shopping and restaurants on Sauble’s Main Street - 111 Second Ave North, Sauble Beach. One, Two and Four bedroom, clean, comfortable housekeeping cottages available. Our Sauble Beach Cottage Rentals are equipped with full kitchens, private decks/patio, BBQ’s, private firepits, cable TV and most with air conditioning. Park your car at your door and enjoy your beach vacation -
MacGregor Point is one of the most unique natural places along the Lake Huron shoreline. A complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast, just south of Port Elgin. Numerous hiking and cycling trails allow access throughout the park as well as the Gore Drain Trail link to Port Elgin. Park interpreters offer a full summer program of activities including guided walks by the shore and through silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs that reveal unusual inhabitants. A Ducks Unlimited wetland within the park augments the habitat for
Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve is located south of Elizabeth Bay. It harbours rare plants and animals such as the Lakeside Daisy, Pitcher's Thistle and Blandings Turtle among its fens, dunes and limestone alvars. The fissured, flat pavements are easily accessible for wheelchairs in many places and they create a surreal landscape as they gradually slope into the shoreline. Misery Bay has a wide, shallow beach that sweeps around the bay, offering excellent wading areas. The park has several trails and an interpretive centre. It is one of the island’s best bird watching spots.
Ceud Mile Failte – A hundred thousand welcomes from the Municipality of Kincardine! In this community deeply rooted to Scottish Heritage and Culture, you’ll delight to the sights and sounds of Scotland…in Ontario! March with the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band, as they parade Queen Street EVERY Saturday evening throughout the summer, a ‘must-do’ while visiting! Not visiting on a weekend? Be sure to take in one of our breathtaking Lake Huron sunsets, and listen to the tranquil sounds of the Phantom Piper who lulls the sun to sleep from atop the Kincardine
Penetanguishene’s harbour, beach, playground and skate-park adjoin the Waterfront Trail that leads to Midland from Champlain Road. The town combines a colourful blend of French-Anglo culture with a full range of attractions and amenities for visitors. The Serendipity Princess paddlewheeler boat departs the Penetanguishene town dock daily for cruises May to September then offers fall colour tours on the Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Port Severn from September to mid-October.
Village of Bayfield Marina, located at the mouth of the Bayfield River, is voted one of the nicest marine facilities on Lake Huron's eastern shoreline. The marina is within convenient walking access to Bayfield's beach, numerous shops and restaurants. Fully stocked Marine Store and boat repairs available simply across the river. The Bayfield River is also an excellent spot for Rainbow trout fishing.
Pristine, sandy beaches, trails, breathtaking headlands, boat dockage, camping and cabins can be found on Beausoleil Island, part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The park also provides nature interpretation programs. Access is by private boat, local water taxi or DayTripper* park ferry from Honey Harbour. The park is also the gateway to Georgian Bay’s fabulous 30,000 Islands, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that is unequalled in its beauty and biodiversity. It is the world’s largest fresh-water archipelago. The region contains the iconic, windswept pines, oak savannahs and
Sandpiper Cottages consists of six small, rustic housekeeping cabins in back of the main cottage - situated on the beach on Lake Huron at 7280 Leighton Drive, Port Franks, Ontario (between Grand Bend and Forest off 21 Highway). They are equipped with a two burner hot plate, microwave, full size fridge, electric kettle, electric fry pan, toaster, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and a crock pot. There are two rooms in the smaller cabins with double bunk beds and a fold down couch in the kitchen/living area. In the larger cabins there are three small rooms with double bunk beds and one single
Rondeau offers unique car camping experiences in two ecosystems that are very rare in Canada. Camping in these habitats provides park visitors with the possibility of up-close interactions with rare and interesting animals including Ontario’s only lizard, the Common Five-lined Skink, and the striking Red-headed Woodpecker. The main campground at Rondeau opens the first Friday in April and closes the last Sunday in October. It is located in the north end of the park in an Oak Savanna ecosystem, within walking distance of sandy beaches, the Park Store, prime fishing
Adjacent to Lake Erie, the walking trails, nature centre, washrooms and viewing towers at Hillman Marsh can be accessed from the main entrance. Swimming beaches are accessible North Beach parking lot on Mersea Rd. 2 and from South Beach parking lot located on East Beach Road. The area also has cross-country skiing, fishing, canoe and kayak launches. The nature centre is open at limited times during the spring with educational displays about flora and fauna typical to the area. Witnessing migration activity at the Spring Shore and Songbird Festival in May is one of the highlights of
Point Clark Lighthouse is a stunning national historic site that has been beautifully restored in keeping with its heritage architecture that was constructed 1855 to 1859 to warn sailors of a dangerous shoal 3 km offshore. The tower's elegant design and limestone walls are typical of only six "Imperial" style lighthouses found along the Great Lakes. It still serves as a navigational beacon that is automated, but the history of its lightkeepers is displayed inside the museum. Visitors can climb numerous flights of stairs to see the spectacular view from the light cupola. Guided tours explain
Waubuno Park Beach has lovely flowerbeds, picnic areas, a playground, snack concession and washrooms. Rotary & Algonquin Regiment Trail may be traversed on foot or bicycle from Great North Road around the harbour to the marina, Old Town Beach, Coast Guard Station and Waubuno Park Beach.
Erieau is located at the end of County Rd 12, which leads through lush farmland past McGeachy Pond Conservation Area with its lookout platform and scenic shoreline trail, which is perfect for cycling or walking to Erieau's business district, sandy beach and harbour. The narrow jetty to the lighthouse is intriguing and Rondeau Bay has some of the best walleye and bass fishing on Lake Erie. The Erieau Marsh Trail begins at 17689 County Road 12 and follows an abandoned railway corridor past Rondeau Bay for excellent viewing of wildlife. The former Erie & Huron Railway was built along the
Let the waves lull you to sleep at Lakefront Bed & Breakfast Retreat, a romantic adult getaway. Step out from your private room with ensuite bathroom, internet access, microwave and views of the water and beach access onto the sea-like shore. Hike, bike, jog, swim, or storm watch in the summer. In winter, ski or snowshoe the hard-packed 8-km loops on the nearby Stoney Island Conservation Area trails. Guests can enjoy their own private, lakefront patio or enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk or the sandy beach to admire the beautiful sunsets.
The scenic route along Road 1 through Balmy Beach offers panoramic views of the bay and nearby Indian Falls, a bight shaped, 15-metre cataract. A short trail leads through the woods from the picnic area to the cascade and numerous ferns and wildflowers may be found in the area. The falls are most impressive after substantial rainfall augments their flow. A small beach is located across the road on Old Beach Drive. Pay-by-phone parking is available at the Conservation Area.
Highway 559 leads to Killbear Provincial Park with its beautiful sand beaches, campgrounds and picnic areas. A bicycle path runs the length of the park and the Lookout Trail offers stunning views. A nature centre and amphitheatre conduct interpretive programs and musical entertainment on summer weekends. The park also has a dog exercise area and beach for pet owners. The landscape epitomizes Georgian Bay’s eastern shoreline of sparkling water, and colourful rock outcrops bedecked by windswept pines. The coast is also famous for its scintillating sunsets over the lake.
Billings borders the North Channel in close proximity to the famous Benjamin Islands boating area. The port village of Kagawong has harbour facilities for small and large boats, and marine repair facilities are located nearby. Reach Kagawong by Highway 540, between M’Chigeeng and Gore Bay. The community offers a fine swimming beach with public washrooms, and adjacent playground. The mechanical parts of the former hydro generating station and fishing steamboat are displayed by the beach. The Old Mill Heritage Centre & Post Office Museum features a Danny Dodge (of the American
A lush Carolinian forest oasis at the southern tip of Canada, Point Pelee National Park resounds with migrating song birds in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter. Point Pelee National Park is the most southern part of mainland Canada and has one of Ontario’s finest Carolinian habitats and Great Lakes marshes. The park gives refuge to more rare or endangered plants and animals than anywhere else in Canada. Visitors can stroll through the cattails along the 1.4-km., floating marsh
The Enviropark playground, picnic area and washrooms adjoin Sunset Point Park on the shoreline along St. Lawrence Street. The park has a panoramic view of Collingwood harbour with the escarpment in the background and a massive, limestone inuksuk stands as a sentinel on the point.
Inverhuron Provincial Park has one of the most spectacular beaches and best sunsets in the world, with picnic and washroom facilities, a boat launch and camping May to October. The park also contains a 4,000 year-old aboriginal archaeological site and is developing an amphitheatre for interpretive programs. Native artifacts found in the park can be viewed at the gatehouse. An historic pioneer cemetery and lime kiln are located in the park. Scenic Drive Trail can be biked along the coast. The landscape along the Huron Fringe has interesting formations such as sand dunes, limestone outcrops,
Take a stroll along Bluewater Park with its waterfront trails, outdoor pool, sheltered picnic area, boat launch, splash pad, pirate ship playground and beach. The centerpiece of the park is the South Bruce Peninsula Heritage Centre inside the original railway station. It contains elaborate woodwork, a beautiful oval oak bench and historical exhibits. Tourist information is located at the station. Beside the shore, a three-metre high, white dolomite statue entitled Willie Emerging pays homage to the revered rodent and town mascot, Wiarton Willie. The albino groundhog's residence can be viewed
Point Farms Provincial Park once was the site of the grand Point Farm Resort hotel (1872-1915) that served over 1900 guests with up to 700 meals per day at its peak. After the resort's decline and demolition, the present park was founded as Huron County's only provincial park. It has beautiful, sandy dunes and beaches including a dog beach for pet owners. Facilities include a boat launch, picnic and campsites, two playgrounds, beach volleyball nets and a ball diamond. Three nature trails complete a 6-kilometre loop through the park. Interpretive programs and special events round out activities for visitors.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area offers a long sandy beach on the Lake Erie shoreline, plus many other amenities. It is ideal for a day at the beach, a beautiful picnic, hiking, cycling, fishing and controlled waterfowl hunting in the autumn. Holiday Beach Conservation Area has serviced seasonal campsites, new showers and washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, a boardwalk, and a three storey observation tower. It is also one of the sites at which Conservation Education Field Studies are conducted. Holiday Beach and Big Creek Conservation Areas received international
The Old Mill Heritage Centre building was originally a pulp mill built in 1925. The pulp was shipped by freighter to the United States to be processed into paper for Sears Roebuck catalogues. Later the mill was transformed into a hydroelectric generating station that supplied the island with power. The building now houses multi-media museum exhibits and the Old Mill Studios that do audio and video productions for families and organizations. Call 705-282-1442 for information. The Heritage Centre features evocative exhibits with an abundance of artifacts that reflect the history of Billings
Hope Bay Campground is nestled on the Niagara Escarpment in South Bruce Peninsula. Enjoying nature's beauty has never been easier. Hope Bay offers the perfect cottage alternative, with its spacious seasonal sites and Bruce Trail at our front door. For those wishing adventure, Hope Bay's overnight camping sites are perfect for those summer vacations or weekend getaways. Whether you are camping in a tent or a trailer, we have just the right site for you as well as some trailers for sale. Hope Bay is located on Georgian Bay and has a beautiful shallow sandy beach that is perfect for the entire
Craigleith Provincial Park is a very small park tucked between Highway 26 and Georgian Bay, but it has a very convenient location west of Collingwood and just north of Blue Mountain Resort. The park has an intriguing, fossil shale shoreline, fishing, playground, picnic shelter, nature interpretive programs and camping. It also has a fascinating history as a former shale oil development. The shoreline is a favourite spot for Rainbow trout and salmon fishing in autumn.
Ontario’s “deep south” provincial park – at the same latitude as Northern California. Campgrounds are situated among a tangle of creeks in a beautifully wooded Carolinian forest setting with a number of creekside campsites. Trails wind through a southern style Carolinian forest. Many migratory birds pass through and Point Pelee National Park is only 20 minutes away. The day-use area features two kilometres of sandy beach and a children's playground. Unique foot bridges over a creek system connects campgrounds to day-use areas.