Botanical gardens are found throughout Bluewater country from municipal parks to greenhouse facilities and rural touring gardens. The age old love of cultivating plants is evident in these establishments that grace the communities across Ontario and welcome visitors to enjoy their beauty.
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Grey County Road 1 (Island View Drive) follows the shoreline eastward from Wiarton to Owen Sound for spectacular vistas of Georgian Bay's islands, escarpments and unusual points of interest. Colpoy's Lookout is the first picnic area at 141 Skinner's Bluff Road with a lofty view of the bay. Big Bay names itself the “stone skipping Capital of Canada” since all the stones on its beach are flat pieces of shale. The area has an over-abundance of stones that have been put to good use as stone fences, which can be seen between many farm fields throughout Keppel Township. Nearby Keppel
The Kincardine Trails system runs throughout the town with numerous scenic loops that follow the Penetangore River and other green spaces. The trails are best accessed from Geddes Environmental Park, which has a lovely picnic area, Peace Labyrinth Garden and plenty of parking. Points of interest include lookouts, bridges, forests, wildflower meadows and a massive ash tree that displays knots resembling a face.
The village of Ripley holds unusual delights on Bruce County Rd 6, east of Pine River. Lewis Park has a playground, splash pad and picnic shelter surrounded by tree sculptures located downtown at 59 Queen Street. Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, located at 62 Park St., is a horticultural paradise that preserves over 250 varieties of rare and heritage food plants. It opens for tours Wed.- Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., June 1-Oct. 1 and it has barrier free washrooms: 519-386-9957. The adjacent Apple Rail Trail follows a former railway corridor for bicycling or walking through verdant countryside. The
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.
The trail head map is located near the picnic pavilion. The cycling trails are marked with a triangle and are quite narrow. Hikers should respect cyclists' right of way on these trails to avoid collisions. The Memorial Groves and its benches provide a tranquil space ideal for quiet reflection. The Peace Garden is an area set aside south of the Memorial Groves to honour past, present and future Canadian peacekeepers. From June to early September, visitors may enjoy an evening of music and refreshments at free outdoor concerts. The Weil Stage, the only outdoor amphitheatre in the area, hosts
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
JD's Garden Centre is a hidden oasis tucked into the wilds of Manitoulin Island - the kind of place that is well worth exploring. Its colourful displays include annual and perennial flowers, herbs and vegetables, ornamental and flowering shrubs, trees, unusual planting containers, baskets and all kinds of gardening products. The centre features various trial gardens and landscape highlights that will inspire even the most experienced gardener. JD's opens May 1 - July 31 daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. during August. Phone 705-859-2393 for off-season hours. The Garden Shed
Saugeen First Nation is located north of Southampton at Chippawa Hill. Access to the Saugeen River is possible at the reserve's west entrance from Grant Ferris Fisherman's Park on Hwy 21, or Indian Agency Road off Hwy 21. Visitors may stroll through the lovely Rock Gardens and nature trails that offer a spectacular view of the Saugeen River valley. The historic Wesley Centenary Church presides over the site. The community hosts its colourful PowWow the second weekend in August.
Martyrs' Shrine is a testimonial to North America's first canonized saints. The church is truly inspiring with its beautiful, Gothic-revival architecture and gardens. The site commands a panoramic view of Midland Bay from its picnic area. A museum contains sacred artifacts and the shrine welcomes ethnic pilgrimages each year. An education and conference centre can accommodate group retreats. Located on Hwy 12 East, the site opens daily, early May to late October.
Browse through our unusual gifts in an esoteric setting that you will not "froget"! We have items to make you smile and an atmosphere to help you relax and smell the flowers. Bring a picnic lunch and relax in our gardens by the lake or have a swim! Experience the incomparable view of the lake and cliffs from the top of the hill approaching Hope Bay. Member of Rural Gardens - a network of private touring gardens. Featuring Waterfront English rock gardens with uncommon perennials for shade and sun. Plants For Sale
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