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Beautiful Bruce celebrates its own 150th with Canada with fun events all year long!
 
In honour of Canada’s 150th, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all its locations, including the Bruce’s extremely popular Bruce Peninsula National Park and to Fathom Five National Marine Park.  Passes can be pre-ordered online, picked up at various locations across Canada or picked up when you arrive at any Parks Canada location.  The passes only cover park admission fees (please note that the pass does not guarantee entrance to the parks and does not include user fees for camping, dive tags or specialized programs).   
 
Did you know?  The warm weather months are extremely busy at Bruce Peninsula National Park, so new parking restrictions have been implemented at the park and its facilities, including the Grotto and Singing Sands.  Reserve your campsite early online or by calling 1-877-737-3783 and make plans to explore other nearby attractions such as the park’s Visitor Centre, Little Cove Adventures, and the village of Lion’s Head.  Planning just a daytrip?  Take the opportunity to explore the south part of the Peninsula – browse the shops in Sauble Beach and take a pontoon boat tour with Fishing Island Boat Tours & Charters at Oliphant. Wiarton has a beautiful waterfront park, with a sandy beach, splash pad, paved walking trail and washrooms. 
 
The natural wonderland of Bruce is the home of the exquisite Bruce Peninsula, miles of Lake Huron shoreline and breathtaking views of Georgian Bay.  The Bruce Trail travels through woods and forest, passing through open stretches and along waterfront bluffs to its end at pretty Tobermory.  
 
From Tobermory, take a glass bottom boat tour over shipwrecks and over to Flowerpot Island, located in Fathom Five National Marine Park, to view its unique “pot” formations, visit the light station and perhaps camp overnight at one of six extremely rustic campsites (reservations required).  Ply the waters of Tobermory in style on a Sunset Dining or Stargazer’s Delight Cruise on the M.S. ChiCheemaun.  Try out your “lightkeeping” skills as a volunteer lightkeeper on Flowerpot.  Explore the romance and mystery of lighthouses by taking the Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour featuring 14 lighthouses along the shore from Point Clark to Tobermory (Note that Cabot Head Lighthouse is closed for the 2017 season).  
 
Kincardine is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered with its lighthouse and Walker House Museum located at the harbour, just a short stroll to downtown shopping and restaurants, some with patio views of Lake Huron.  Its beautiful waterfront features a wooden boardwalk, sandy beaches and trails.  Perch on one of the big blue chairs for a selfie or group photo.  For the mobility challenged, ask at the info centre about the “beach wheelchair” available to help access the beach.  Station Beach is fast becoming a mecca for Great Lakes surfers, most notably during the fall months when surfing conditions peak.  And, every Saturday night, join in as the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band parades down the main drag. 

Bruce is “beach country” with kilometres of sandy beaches, including Sauble Beach, a popular beach destination for all ages for more than a century.  Perfect for strolling and watching the sunset, its shallow waters are just right for young children and families. Inverhuron Provincial Park’s sandy beach on Lake Huron is shallow and ideal for swimming. Oliphant’s breezy shores attract kite surfers while the
beaches of Southampton, Lion’s Head and Wiarton offer a quieter, more relaxed beach experience. 
 
There’re great camping experiences to be had, too, with a wide choice of private campgrounds with tent, trailer and RV sites, many seasonal.  Campsites are also available at three provincial and two national parks.  Both MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce Peninsula National Park have yurts, a great option for those with little equipment (be sure to book way ahead of time) – just bring food, cookware and dishes, bedding, clothes and you’re all set!  Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area features designated “horse camping sites”, with 10 to 15 kilometres of challenging riding trails. 
 
Its lakes, rivers and bays make Bruce an ideal water destination for paddlers, anglers and boaters.  Fishing’s pretty sweet on the Saugeen River with one of the best runs in Ontario for trout (rainbow and brown) and salmon.  Lake Huron yields salmon, whitefish and lake trout for those who prefer to drop a line in deeper waters.  Take part in the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby July 29th to August 13th for a chance to win big prizes for big fish. 
 
For paddlers, river routes abound and there’s nothing quite like paddling along the rocky bluffs of Georgian Bay in crystal clear aquamarine waters.  Whether by canoe, kayak or SUP (stand up paddleboard), outfitters can help with equipment, advice and guided tours.
 
One of the coolest ways to explore Bruce is with the “Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport”, a scavenger hunt that takes the road less travelled.  Stops along the route change every year with new attractions and locations to be discovered!  Get your passport by visiting the website.
 
Warmer weather brings out the best of the season at farmers’ markets.  Pick up everything you need for that supper barbecue or picnic at the cottage or campsite.  From fresh veggies and fruit to fish, meat, poultry and delicious baked treats, you’ll be all set for a magnificent summer feast.  Make sure to pair your feast with the perfect local beverage – use the Saints & Sinners Bootleggers’ Run Trail Map to find Bruce-produced wine, beer and cider.
 
Discover your “inner artist” with a class at the Southampton Art School, celebrating 60 years in 2017.  There are classes for all ages, starting at age three and up.  History is alive and well at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, the St. Edmunds Township Museum and the Walker House in Kincardine.
 
From outdoor adventures to shopping to dining to relaxing and having fun, warm weather and Bruce is a perfect pairing.  With a variety of accommodation to choose from- B&Bs, motels, hotels, cottages, cabins and campgrounds – there’s definitely a place to lay your weary head after a hard day of fun!
 
Celebrate “the Bruce” this summer!

 
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