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The towns and cities throughout Ontario's eleven Bluewater regions comprise some of the most geographically and culturally diverse communities in the province. Amazing heritage attractions, events and services await you in communities where visitors' experiences create a sense of place that lingers.

Bruce County

Bruce County is the most diverse of the Bluewater regions. It has the most historic lighthouses and highest concentration of beaches in Ontario along its Lake Huron and Georgian Bay coastlines, and some of the most challenging golf courses too. The world's largest nuclear power facility and its Bruce Power Visitors' Centre are located in the county. Two national parks with their adherent boat

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Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent encompasses some of the richest agricultural areas in Ontario's Bluewater regions. It is bounded by Lake Erie to the south and Lake St. Clair to the northwest, which provide outstanding boating, fishing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The Thames and Sydenham Rivers can also be navigated for considerable distances and marine heritage sites explored at Lighthouse Cove and

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Essex County

Essex County is the most fertile of Bluewater regions where farm markets, orchards and vineyards produce much of Ontario's soft fruits and wines. The Essex & Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Route traverses the locations of Ontario's burgeoning wineries. The county is famous for its birding locations including Point Pelee National Park, which contains the province's rarest and most diverse habitats for

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Grey County

Grey County is where Bluewaters and Blue Mountains meet! The Niagara Escarpment (a World Biosphere Reserve) winds across the county, affording rare flora, the highest viewpoints and most scenic trekking in Ontario along the famous Bruce Trail or Trout Hollow Trail. The Georgian Trail and Georgian Bluffs Trail offer level, off-road corridors for biking, skiing and walking. The region has the greatest

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Huron County

Huron County is Ontario's "West Coast" and one of the premier Bluewater regions that can claim many superlatives. Sunsets along Lake Huron are spectacular and can be seen twice at many locations where high shoreline bluffs exist. If you quickly climb the bluff after sunset, you can watch the sunset again! This region was one of the first to be settled under the colonial Canada Company and it retains many

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Lambton County

Lambton County, located along the St. Clair River and lower end of Lake Huron, is in many ways the heart of Ontario's Bluewater country. The brilliant blue waters of the lake and river are difficult to take your eyes off when driving along the St. Clair Parkway or shoreline north of Sarnia, so it's best to stop to take it all in. Better yet is a scenic cruise or boat outing for water sports

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Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island, as the world's largest fresh-water island that even contains islands within its own lakes, is a place that is considered by its aboriginal inhabitants to be the "home of the great spirit, Manitou". Among the Bluewater regions it is an extension of the Bruce Peninsula Escarpment, yet it is geographically part of Northern Ontario. Socially it remains a land unto itself with a unique

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Muskoka District

Muskoka District is perhaps the most scenic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. Its rugged granite landscape interspersed with waterfalls and hundreds of lakes is spectacular in any season, but especially so during the fall colour transition. The area is well known for its upscale resorts, summer kids' camps and boutique shops, but it also has very affordable services and attractions for any budget. Boat

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Parry Sound District

Parry Sound District encompasses most of the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay as one of the most rural of the Bluewater regions. Vast tracts of wilderness are dotted by small towns and villages that serve as vital supply centres for large areas and also preserve the cultural heritage of Northern Ontario. This is the heart of the 30,000 Islands, a designated World Biosphere Reserve due to its unique

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Simcoe County

Simcoe County has an amazing number of attractions in this oldest and most historic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. In Midland and Penetanguishene alone, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Martyrs' Shrine, Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Discovery Harbour, Huronia Museum, Midland 30,000 Island Boat Tours and SS Keewatin Steamship Museum dominate the scene with incredible heritage sites, tours and events

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Sudbury District

Sudbury District is the largest of the Bluewater regions. It not only contains the most rugged wilderness in Ontario, but also considerable cosmopolitan services and events in its major urban centre, Sudbury. World class museums and exhibits await visitors at Science North with its IMAX Theatre, Dynamic Earth with its iconic Big Nickel, Sudbury Labyrinth, Sudbury Heritage Museums and one of

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