ONTARIO • CANADACome, Explore & Discover    The Regional Tourism Guide for Grey Bruce    w w w. g r e y b r u c e e s c a ...
Please see page OS16 for ferry schedule.2 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
www.bruceanchor.com - banchor@amtelecom.net -7468 Highway 6 Tobermory                                                 grey...
ESCAPE TO GREY BRUCEThe possibilities are endless….we have a wealth of outdoor & culturalpursuits in a spectacularly beaut...
10    Bruce County Lighthouse Tour             7     Tobermory25    Birders Take Flight                      12    Miller ...
Tobermory, www.thebrucepeninsula.com     TOBERMORY:     Tip of the Peninsula                                              ...
www.tobermorylodge.com                                                  122 Bay Street • 519-596-2224        Spotless Mote...
Georgian Bay Shoreline, www.thebrucepeninsula.comBruce Peninsula National ParkT       he 140 km2 park is located near the ...
Chantry Island, jcswartz.com                                              Majestic Bruce Coast Lighthouses                ...
Flowerpot Island Lighthouse, Bruce County Tourism                                                                         ...
Did you know? The Bruce Peninsula is unique in Canada for its variety of wildflowers.                                     ...
MILLER	LAKE                                                                                                    . . . The L...
Lion’s Head Harbour, GBE                                         Lion’s	Head	                                         Take...
Hope Bay, GBEHope	Bay:                                   Greig’s CavesA	Thriving	Cottage	CommunityA       s you head south...
A two storey 200 year old   Quebec log farm house, filled with unique giftware, featuring “Camlen”- Quebec reproduction pin...
Berford Lake, Susi Ewing                                                                                                  ...
Did	you	know?	Wiarton	is	home	to	a	world	famous	prognosticating	albino	groundhog.                                         ...
Bruce Caves, Brendan ToewColpoy’s Bay, GBE     WIARTON:	Base Camp for     your	Bruce	Peninsula	Adventure     A            ...
Wiarton                                         Willie                                         Festival                   ...
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  1. 1. ONTARIO • CANADACome, Explore & Discover The Regional Tourism Guide for Grey Bruce w w w. g r e y b r u c e e s c a p e . c a
  2. 2. Please see page OS16 for ferry schedule.2 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  3. 3. www.bruceanchor.com - banchor@amtelecom.net -7468 Highway 6 Tobermory greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 3
  4. 4. ESCAPE TO GREY BRUCEThe possibilities are endless….we have a wealth of outdoor & culturalpursuits in a spectacularly beautiful environment.We invite you to explore and discover the crystal clear waters of GeorgianBay, the white sand beaches of Lake Huron, and the many rivers and streamswhich flow to them. Follow the Bruce Trail through lush valleys, wildflowermeadows and rugged limestone cliffs. Travel at a relaxed pace along scenicrural roads. Whatever your interests – we have it all! The Grey Bruce Escape Publisher: Escape Productions Lorna Rouse Editorial Contributors: Bruce County Tourism Grey County Tourism Owen Sound Tourism D. J. Ballpoint Cover Photo: Danielle Bellissimo Magazine Design: Stephan Voss Website Design: Shari Chambers info@newmediadesigns.biz Publisher may be contacted at: P: 519-376-5610 F: 519-376-1323 info@greybruceescape.ca Sales: Greta Kennedy John R. Goy Denise Hall Copyright March 2011 Escape Productions All rights reserved. Cover Photo: The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Danielle Bellissimo All information in this guide was deemed accurate at the time of printing. Advertisements do not represent an endorsement of events, facilities or activities. Be environmentally friendly and recycle this Magazine to a friend! / RBW Graphics Owen Sound Download your free “QR APP” & view The Grey Bruce Escape through your phone.4 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  5. 5. 10 Bruce County Lighthouse Tour 7 Tobermory25 Birders Take Flight 12 Miller Lake, Dyers Bay, Cape Chin25 Attention All Gardeners & Plant Lovers 14 Lion’s Head28 Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport 15 Hope Bay29 Ride Your Bike in Grey Bruce 17 Stokes Bay, Red Bay, Berford Lake30 Grey Roots Museum & Archives 18 Wiarton31 Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre 19 Sauble BeachOS 2 Tom Thomson Art Gallery 24 Saugeen First NationOS18 Waterfalls of Grey County 26 Southampton, Port Elgin,OS16 Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Schedule Paisley, KincardineOS22 Hike the Bruce Trail & Others OS1 Owen Sound77 Fall Colours & Harvest 74 Georgian Bluffs78&79 Town of Blue Mountain Events 80 The Blue Mountains83 Winter Fun 88 Grey Highlands85 Grey Bruce Was Made For the Motorcycle 90 Priceville87 A Great Fish Story 92 Durham91 Ride Ontario’s Best Trail System 93 West Grey95 Incredible Paddling 96 Hanover97 A Full Palette for Art Lovers98 Bruce County’s Major Events99 Grey County’s Major Events100 Golf Grey Bruce102 Summerfolk greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 5
  7. 7. Tobermory, www.thebrucepeninsula.com TOBERMORY: Tip of the Peninsula Chi-Cheemaun, GBE The village consists of two horizon, heading out of Big Tub Harbour deep, natural harbours called enroute to Manitoulin Island. Big Tub Harbour is the deepest natural harbour on Little Tub & Big Tub. the Great Lakes. The crossing to Manitoulin Island takes T obermory was originally named Collins less than two hours. You can enjoy the sun on Harbour, but by the 1850s the Scottish deck or have a meal in the licensed cafeteria immigrants who were fishing the area or lounge. “Chi-Cheemaun” which means renamed it Tobermory for their seacoast “Big Canoe” in Ojibway, can accommodate fishing and diving village on the Isle of Mull, up to 140 automobiles and 638 passengers. Scotland. Today, the village still maintains Dinner cruises are also available and the charm of a fishing village from another reservations are required. Reservations for era. Take a leisurely walk around Little Tub passage are also recommended during the Harbour, follow the bricked sidewalks past peak season. Please call 800-265-3163 to the numerous flowerbeds and visit the reserve your spot. many quaint and unique shops, stores and Modern, affordable accommodation is galleries. available in Tobermory, as well as a wide On the east side of the harbour is a range of dining experiences. Don’t leave boardwalk which allows you a great view the Bruce Peninsula without enjoying a of the ferry dock and the Chi-Cheemaun as whitefish or prime rib dinner of locally it steams into shore or disappears off the raised Bruce County beef. Fathom Five Park, www.thebrucepeninsula.com greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 7
  8. 8. www.tobermorylodge.com 122 Bay Street • 519-596-2224 Spotless Motel Units • Marina • Dock 3 Minutes From Chi-Cheemaun Live Entertainment • Bootlegger’s Cove Pub Canoe, Kayak & Paddle Boat Rentals8 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  9. 9. Georgian Bay Shoreline, www.thebrucepeninsula.comBruce Peninsula National ParkT he 140 km2 park is located near the to hike to the Grotto area, so it is advisable tip of the Bruce Peninsula and can be to arrive early in the morning or later in the accessed from Highway 6 on Cyprus day. Please make campsite reservations by Flowerpot Island, Daniel LouthLake Road, Emmett Lake Road or Dorcas calling 877-737-3783. There are many otherBay Road. The park’s shoreline cliffs are a excellent campgrounds and hotel/motelspart of the spectacular Niagara Escarpment, located in and around nearby Tobermory. FLOWERPOT ISLANDwhich in many places are eroded to create Book ahead to avoid disappointment. The jewel of Fathom Five National Marinecaves, unusual rock shapes, pitting and Park, Flowerpot Island is famous for itsoverhangs. As a consequence, each location FATHOM FIVE NATIONAL iconic natural rock pillars. It is a must-seealong this 20 km Georgian Bay shore has MARINE PARK visitor attraction. Where else can you marvelremarkable features. The Bruce Trail follows This unique national park encompassing at rock pillars, climb stairs up into a cave,the shoreline climbing up 40 metre high 113 km2 consists of 20 islands and part of experience an historical lightstation, swimcliffs providing some of the best hiking and the lake bottom and waters of Lake Huron in crystal-clear waters and enjoy a relaxingscenic lookouts in Ontario. and Georgian Bay. It is very much alive, picnic – and all in one spot. The five km trip to The park has the largest block of being an ecosystem that includes all the the island begins in Tobermory’s picturesquecontiguous forest in southwestern Ontario, aquatic and island life, the water, and the harbour. During spring, summer and fall,which is critical in maintaining the peninsula myriad of food chains that are its engines. tour boats operate on a regular scheduleecosystem. The Bruce Peninsula is home to Because water flows freely within the if the weather is favourable. While cruisingover 43 species of orchids that are at their Great Lakes system, its health depends a to the island, you are surrounded by thepeak in mid June. Huge waves of migrating lot on what is happening elsewhere in the beautiful waters of Canada’s first Nationalbirds – everything from Blackburnian basin. Fathom Five is clean and clear and Marine Park. Plan to spend a half-day orWarblers to Rough-legged Hawks - move home to over 20 species of fish and several so on Flowerpot Island to have ample timethrough the park during spring and fall. infamous shipwrecks. The park has gained a to explore and relax. Six tenting sites are The main use area of the park is at Cyprus reputation for excellent scuba diving. Divers available for primitive camping (registrationLake featuring a 242-site campground, a must register at the Park Diver Registration at the Visitor Centre in Tobermory is requiredbeach/picnic area and a system of hiking Centre before exploring. in advance). Campfires are not permitted ontrails. Parking is limited for visitors wishing the island. greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 9
  10. 10. Chantry Island, jcswartz.com Majestic Bruce Coast Lighthouses SUGGESTED ROUTE: Allow 2-3 days to see all the sites. Traveling from South to North: • incardine Lighthouse –Picturesque downtown lighthouse K • hantry Island (Southampton) – Book a fully guided tour to the island C • ruce County Museum and Cultural Centre (Southampton) – New home of the B Stokes Bay Light House & the Bruce Coast Marine Gallery • ig Tub Lighthouse (Tobermory) – SCUBA Dive right in front B • ove Island (Tobermory) – Seen from the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry C • lowerpot Island Light Station – Access from tour boats in Tobermory F • abot Head Lighthouse – A scenic 12 km gravel road adventure to access C • ions Head Lighthouse – A quaint range light in a dramatic setting L Kincardine Lighthouse, Don LaMont • ape Croker – Located on Cape Croker First Nation CS tretching from South to North, the TOUR HINTS Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour features • ome of the site tours provide interpretation and guide service seasonally. S 15 distinctive lighthouse and marine • he distance from Kincardine to Tobermory is approximately 200 km. Theritage sites along the shores of Lake • atch the weather. Sites which are only accessible by boat are highly dependant on WHuron and Georgian Bay for you to explore. good weather.Climb to the top, take a tour boat ride, • dmission fees vary from each location. National Park fees apply for Flowerpot Island. Aspot the Phantom Piper, experience world For island locations tour boat fees apply.famous sunsets, paint or photograph, • ear appropriate footwear for sites that are open for climbing. Some offer hiking trails. Wlearn the history of marine navigation, see • heck out page OS20-21 for the Grey Bruce Map to help plan your self-guided Cshipwrecks. lighthouse tour.10 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  11. 11. Flowerpot Island Lighthouse, Bruce County Tourism Cabot Head Lighthouse, Bruce County Tourism Lion’s Head Lighthouse, Danielle BellissimoBig Tub Lighthouse, Bruce County Tourism MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE WAY • wo range lights are located at the mouth of the Saugeen River in T Southampton. • he Phantom Piper in Kincardine pipes the sun down from atop the T lighthouse. • ake a Glass Bottom boat tour in Tobermory of Fathom Five National T Marine Park. • ike out to the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park. HCape Croker Lighthouse, Bruce County Tourism LIGHTHOUSE FOOD • Gerry’s Fries – on the Beach in Southampton • Grandview Motel - Tobermory • Princess Hotel - Tobermory • Harbour Street Brasserie - Kincardine • Tamarac Island Inn – Stokes Bay • The Lion’s Head Inn – Lion’s Head Pick up a copy of the Bruce Coast Lighthouse brochure at a local information centre of visit our website at: brucecoastlighthouses.com greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 11
  12. 12. Did you know? The Bruce Peninsula is unique in Canada for its variety of wildflowers. Miller Lake, Dyers Bay & Cape Chin • May 7 Cabot Head Lighthouse Opens • May 24–26 S pring Birding Tour Summer House Park • June 15 D own Cape Chin North Road, Hike, Demos, Dinner • July 2–10 Ontario Family Fishing Week • July 29–Aug. 1 B.P. Annual Art Show • Aug. 13 B.P. Endurance 100 km Challenger • Aug. 19–21 Lion’s Head Rotary Country Music Festival • Sept. 1 – 4 B.P. Fishing Derby Cape Chin North Road Drop in for Tea at Cape Chin Country Inn open daily 12-4pm Visit Pottery by Ben and Aromatica, Spa & Massage 519-795-752512 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  13. 13. MILLER LAKE . . . The Largest Inland Lake of the North Bruce Peninsula T he lake is a hidden gem, surrounded by majestic hardwood forests and inviting wetlands. The community remains small, but over the years the area has become a popular visitor and cottage destination for those who enjoy all the lake has to offer for recreation. Miller Lake provides a quiet, peaceful retreat to savour the haunting echoes of the loon, or the many other species of birds and other wildlife that make Miller Lake theirParks Canada home. Enjoy a day in a canoe or kayak exploring the nine kilometres of variedVisitor Centre, Tower and Trail shoreline, or test your luck with a fishing pole. Anglers enjoy the tranquil solitude of the lake where you will find walleyeM ake the state-of-the-art Parks Peninsula, the surrounding waters and (pickerel), perch, bass and pike. Access is Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory islands of Fathom Five. easy from the boat launch, and boat and your first stop to learn about Bruce The Bruce Trail crosses the deck of the canoe rentals are available.Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five visitor centre ... and following the trail past The first rental accommodations onNational Marine Park! the tower will take you to one of the most the lake were established in the 1930’s The visitor centre is the “front door” to scenic segments of shoreline on Georgian with a handful of fishing cabins at thethe two national parks on the Bruce. In the Bay. north east end of the lake. You willexhibit gallery you will follow a path through To get to the visitor centre, turn off now find first rate camping, cottagesthe depths of Canada’s first national marine Highway 6 and follow Chi sin tib dek Road and B & B’s, all overlooking the lake.park. You will walk through a lighthouse ... across from the RBC bank in Tobermory. Or Watch artisans at work makingand then a cave. You will see the wildlife enjoy the 5 minute walk from downtown by beautiful pottery and candles, then enjoythat lives throughout the Bruce Peninsula. following Head Street and the Bruce Trail. a meal in one of the area’s restaurants, Relax in the high definition theatre for a The visitor centre is open year round and a take a relaxing coffee break or a stop invirtual adventure through the parks, from there is an entry fee. For more information, at the ice cream parlour!deep shipwrecks to a helicopter high above visit: www.pc.gc.ca/fathomfive Conveniently situated between thethe cliff-rimmed shoreline of Georgian Bay. grand cliffs of Georgian Bay and the Outside, climb the 20 metre tower for rocky shallows of the Huron shoreline,a panoramic view of the tip of the Bruce  Showy Lady Slipper, GBE Miller Lake is the perfect location to ingest all of the Peninsula’s beauty, and only a very short drive to the Bruce TrailOrchid Festival and Bruce Peninsula National Park.& Singing SandsS inging Sands is located on Dorcas Bay, just west of Highway 6, about a 10 If you are a wildflower lover, visit from minute drive south from Tobermory. late May through late June to see theThis is a popular spot because of the succession of blooms. Sign up for theshallow sand beach for swimming and the annual Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival atabundance of wildflowers, including orchids, www.orchidfest.ca which takes placewhich grow in a diverse array of habitats June 3 & 4, 2011.found here. greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 13
  14. 14. Lion’s Head Harbour, GBE Lion’s Head Take a look! The Bruce has been designated a “Dark Skies” Community, as it is unaffected by light pollution. L ion’s Head is located on the shores of Isthmus Bay and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway to the North Pole. The village’s central location on the Peninsula makes it an ideal base for exploring the Bruce. It was named for the rock formation located on the east escarpment. The first settlers who waded ashore, having arrived by boat, thought it resembled a lion’s head in profile. Further into the harbour you will find a great marina and docking facility, a sandy beach with playground, and a municipally owned and managed campground. The Biosphere Reserve, surrounding the port is a mecca for outdoor naturalists. Hike the Bruce Trail north to White Bluff or south to Gun Point. Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve has the largest number of “potholes” in Ontario. Glacial potholes are one of the more fascinating examples of geological oddities found on the Peninsula. Theory has it they were formed by runoff Need a mortgage? water at the end of the ice age. The grinding action of large boulders consisting of material tougher than limestone, trapped Advice...you can bank on! in swirling water, created the potholes. More can be seen at nearby Dyer’s Bay and Hope Bay. Shelia Johns Cell: 519-379-1040 Smokey Head White Bluffs, www.thebrucepeninsula.com Office: 519-793-6126 Email: shelia.johns@rbc.com “Serving from Tobermory to Southampton and Area”14 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  15. 15. Hope Bay, GBEHope Bay: Greig’s CavesA Thriving Cottage CommunityA s you head south from Lion’s Head or north from Wiarton on Bruce Road 9, you will arrive at Hope Bay, a thriving cottage community with a natural sand beach. The Bruce Trail travelsthrough Hope Bay north to Cape Dundas overlooking Hope Bay,where it passes a number of Glacial Potholes. Hope Bay is home to acampground, a B & B, and a gift shop with a stunning garden on theshores of Georgian Bay. Area attractions within a ten minute driveinclude the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Park, a riding stable,Cape Croker Indian Reserve and Campground, and the recentlyreopened Greig’s Caves which offers ten caves for exploring. In1981 portions of the movie “Quest For Fire” were filmed on locationin the caves. With the beautiful sunrises, peaceful beach and great hiking,Hope Bay continues to be a popular and relaxing retreat on theBruce Peninsula. CEDARHOLME Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 108 Beech Street, Hope Bay RR #6, Wiarton, N0H 2T0 www.cedarholmebb.com 519-534-3705 • 1-877-225-2242 greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 15
  16. 16. A two storey 200 year old Quebec log farm house, filled with unique giftware, featuring “Camlen”- Quebec reproduction pine furniture, full line of bird feeders, antiques, and polar fleece clothing made especially for The Bruce Beckons. Open Weekends (April 1 – Dec 31st) 10 am – 5pm Open Fri. to Tues. (May 1 to Thanksgiving) • Closed Wed. & Thurs. www.thebrucebeckons.ca • 519-534-1256 • M d rn one to th Modern t three bedroom cottages • Seasonal campsites • Secluded family setting Your Hosts Paul & Norma Byers 519-592-5871 or 519-376-0592 www.heronpoint.net Aug. 19-21, 2011 Family Camping...16 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  17. 17. Berford Lake, Susi Ewing Petrel Point, GBE Stokes Bay, GBERed Bay, Mike Waterstrat Off The Beaten Track & Worth It Stokes Bay, Red Bay, Berford Lake C ross over Highway 6 at Ferndale and the two parks: Petrel Point, just north of go north at the second crossroad, Red Bay, and Red Bay Conservation Area at you will arrive at Stokes Bay. This Reid Point, west of the Red Bay Park and unique bird feeders, home preserves and the was once a thriving fishing and logging beach. Three lodges and a camp-ground are coffee pot is always bubbling. The whole community and outstanding fishing is still located in the area to provide you and your family will be entertained at the barnyard available for black and small mouth bass, family a quiet place from which to explore petting zoo including Hector the Llama, perch, pike and others. Stokes Bay has many and enjoy nature. exotic chickens, pigeons and two nannie rare and unusual wildflowers, some of Take the Sky Lake Road east, and you goats. which are not found elsewhere in Canada. will arrive at Mar. At Highway 6, turn south Berford Lake is another hidden gem. In the late 1800’s, the settlers nicknamed it and drop by Handicraft House, a century old Far from the madding crowds, the warm “Little Egypt” due to the abundance of sand barn turned trading post, open year round. shallow waters are part of the Rankin River everywhere. The sand beaches are shallow, Nanook, the Great Bear of the North, is system, and provide a perfect spot for family so the water warms up early in the season, a 726 kg, 3 m high stuffed Kodiak that swimming. If you enter from Highway 6 at and can be enjoyed by early June. Tamarac presides over the store. On Sundays from Mar, you will find a public picnic pavilion Island Inn was once a bunkhouse for those the May long weekend to Thanksgiving, a and park. Fill up your water containers from working at the lumber camp. The sawmill huge vendors’ market attracts hundreds to the crystal clear Artesian Well. You may also itself was located along the road near view the wide variety of local crafts, and access the east side of the lake by turning the causeway. When the timbering ended other hard-to-find items. Continue a little off Highway 6, at County Road 9. This area around 1915, the bunkhouse was turned further south on Highway 6 and turn north of the lake has two private campgrounds. into a private hunt club, but since 1986 it onto Beckons Lane Road to reach Bruce Roth Park Campground has waterfront has operated as an inn. Stop in and enjoy Beckons, a 200 year-old Quebec log farm access for their campers. Fishing is excellent a light lunch and beverage or an evening house and store specializing in primitive and for bass, pike and pickerel. Sunsets over the meal while watching the sun go down. pine furniture. The house is full of authentic lake are sensational. Berford Lake provides Red Bay is a true naturalist’s retreat. hand picked antiques, a new line of Quebec a quiet relaxing spot to unwind and soak up Many orchids and rare ferns are found in reproduction pine furniture by Camlen, all that mother nature can dish out. greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 17
  18. 18. Did you know? Wiarton is home to a world famous prognosticating albino groundhog. Wiarton • February 2 Wiarton Willie Festival • July 29 - Aug. 1 Rotary Village Fair • August 1 Shore to Shore Run • August 13 Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race • August 19-21 Cape Croker Traditional Pow Wow A WORKING FUSED GLASS STUDIO CREATING JEWELLERY AND FUNCTIONAL GLASS PIECES STAINED GLASS, FOLDING KNIVES, GIFTS, CHAINMAIL SUPPLIES FUSING CLASSES & SUPPLIES 266 PRINCESS ST., SHALLOW LAKE 519-935-1001 www.sassafrasartisticdesign.com Large Clean Rooms, Pet Rooms Available, Free Long Distance, Individual Heat & Air, CAA/AAA Approved Lodging, Continental Breakfast, Playground. Come Visit Us @ www.glenmillermotel.ca18 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK
  19. 19. Bruce Caves, Brendan ToewColpoy’s Bay, GBE WIARTON: Base Camp for your Bruce Peninsula Adventure A s you break over the hill going south of beautiful historic homes and buildings into the town of Wiarton, witness are also worth exploring. the panoramic crystal blue waters of Groundhog Day is a major celebration Colpoy’s Bay. This sheltered bay is a favourite complete with a jamboree, parade, ice with sailing enthusiasts and fishermen alike hockey tournament, curling bonspiel, and the Bruce Trail runs through town with pancake breakfast, penny carnival, horse View from the top of the Corran, Stephan Voss easy access for day or extended hikes. drawn sleigh rides, a Monte Carlo Night and Bluewater Park contains the Tourist the ever popular Groundhog Ball. Around Information Centre, a playground, small 10,000 people attend this annual event which makes his prediction at first daylight on beach, and a fishing dock with a boat ramp has been called “one of the most popular Prediction Morning. Thousands of fans tune and trailer park. In addition to the infamous in Ontario” and has twice been named in to hear Willie predict whether spring Wiarton Willie, the town is home to many “the World’s Greatest Event” by Seattle’s will come early or if there will be six more unique stores and services and is the perfect Festivals.com. Each year on February 2, the weeks of winter. For more information, visit spot to shop before heading north. Its bevy famous prognosticating albino groundhog wiarton-willie.org. Relax & Enjoy! at this fabulous resort & motel Spirit Rock • Luxurious Spa rooms Conservation • Regular/Family style rooms • Your own Private beach on Georgian Bay Area • Heated pool with suntanning deck The name Spirit • Fireplaces • Private decks overlooking the water Rock derives from • All with spectacular views of the cli s a legend involving an Indian maiden. The Coran at Spirit Rock, www.thebrucepeninsula.com Encompassing 87 hectares, the site (just north of Wiarton) features the historical ruins of the Corran, a 17 room mansion built in 1881 by Alexander McNeill, Federal Member of Parliament for the North Bruce Riding from 1881-1901. In 1975, shortly after Grey Sauble Conservation bought the property, a fire destroyed the mansion leaving only a stone wall shell. There Located at 501205 Grey Rd 1, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0 is an impressive view of Colpoy’s Bay from the top of the Niagara 1-877-534-0921 www.waterview.ca stay@waterview.ca Escarpment and a spiral staircase leads you down to the water’s Your Hosts Dave & Evan edge and access to the Bruce Trail. greybruceescape.ca | 2011 GUIDE BOOK 19
  20. 20. Wiarton Willie Festival T he Wiarton Willie Festival will be celebrating its 56th anniversary in February 2012. What started out as a bit of hoax has developed into a national phenomenon that each year, brings locals, visitors and media from across the country to Wiarton, Ontario. The week long festival kicks off each February 2nd (Groundhog Day) with Prediction Morning Opening Ceremonies. This is where Canada’s one and only beloved albino prognosticating groundhog – Wiarton Willie makes his much anticipated prediction. Thousands of people descend on the quaint town of Wiarton during the wee hours of the morning and at exactly 8:07am Wiarton Willie greets his many fans and leans in to whisper to the Mayor in Groundhogese, whether there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. This sets the tone for the many activities to follow over several days. Parades, local bands, fireworks, dances, pageants, bonspiels, tournaments and sno-lympics is just some of the local fun. Each year brings new activities to the festival such as elaborate wood and ice sculptures, lumberjack shows and food and wine festivals. There is nothing more fun than the Wiarton Willie Festival, so bypass the February Blues and plan to be there in 2012! You can stop by to visit Willie at his home in Wiarton at Bluewater Park any time of year. Stay tuned to the website for information on Willie year round: wiartonwillie.com.20 GREY BRUCE ESCAPE | 2011 GUIDE BOOK