Step Outside the Ordinary in Bruce County

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Calling all adventurers…Bruce County invites you to get off the beaten path in Ontario’s best-kept secret.

You don’t have to skip all the hotspots and popular attractions, like the Grotto and Bruce Peninsula National Park, but don’t miss the opportunity to step outside the ordinary and discover the hidden gems of Bruce County. In fact, once you get to know the real Bruce County, you’ll agree that the lesser-known places and spaces are what truly make Bruce County a must-see, adventure-filled haven. 

Discover Bruce County

Bruce County is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts with diverse trails, rugged cliffs, pristine beaches and lush forests. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, hidden gems and fan favourites are waiting to be explored in this ultimate hiking haven. Cross paths with a lighthouse. Laze in a winding river. Taste the magic of farm to table. Get lost in starry skies above. Bruce County is a remarkable part of Southwestern Ontario where you can explore to no end. With 12 unique towns and dozens of communities in between, a huge diversity of natural landscapes and very long list of ways to have fun outdoors, come this way and be an explorer.

The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, spans more than 890 km, and the best part of this historic route is located in Bruce County! With a great mix of shorter day hikes and lengthier excursions, exploring these paths is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature, capture picturesque views and get in some exercise.

One hour south of the Grotto, the Spirit Rock Conservation Area beckons hikers with a hidden spiral staircase, 19th-century mansion ruins and a secluded beach. Explore the trails, unveil the mysteries and enjoy the secluded beauty of this lesser-known gem.

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Take on the Waters

South of the Bruce Peninsula, escape the crowds and discover the serene sandy beaches of Bruce County. Sink your toes into the soft shores, take a dip in the calming waves of Lake Huron and revel in a day by the water, the ultimate outdoor relaxation. These hidden gems make for a perfect day trip, promising adventure and tranquility away from tourist hotspots.

Add some outdoor fun to your day trip by embarking on a paddling journey along the Saugeen River. Rent a kayak or canoe and drift at your own pace, enjoying the calm waters as they wind through lush greenery. It’s an experience that allows you to connect with nature in a peaceful and immersive way. With 102 km of the Saugeen River that connects to Lake Huron, there are plenty of places to watch beautiful sunsets as you paddle down the river with picturesque views of Lake Huron.

If you prefer to keep the adventures on land, not to worry—with hundreds of km of coastline and 14 lighthouses, Bruce County allows you to enjoy the waters without getting your feet wet. Choose your favourite lighthouses, explore the area’s rich maritime history and make pit stops at local craft breweries or scenic hiking trails. Let the lighthouses guide you through a unique coastal adventure.

Don’t Miss Out!

While you’re here, savour the local flavours—Bruce County is a fabulous foodie destination. Indulge your taste buds on a road trip through the culinary scene, where every bite tells a story of local delights, like the mouthwatering Lake Huron White Trout, best enjoyed at one of Bruce County’s delectable farm-to-table restaurants. You can even bring a taste of Bruce County home with you by stopping into one of the many artisan markets. A stop at Pine River Cheese is a must for cheese lovers—watch cheese makers make curds and sample locally produced cheese and dairy products. The pizzas alone are worth the stop.

Also, Offshore Bakery in Southampton is a local favourite for sweet treats, freshly baked bread, pies, loaves and more—the famous flax seed bread is beloved for a reason!

For the complete Bruce County experience, we recommend an overnight stay—there’s no better way to witness the beauty of the Bruce, from the golden hues of sunset to the quietude of night. And with so much to explore, you’ll need a good night’s rest for another day of delightful adventures.

Ready to embark on a journey beyond the ordinary? Discover Bruce County’s hidden gems at ExploretheBruce.com/hidden-gems. Your adventure begins where the beaten path ends! Discover all that Bruce County has to offer by downloading the Explore the Bruce Rewards App today

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