What’s new in BruceGreySimcoe this summer

May 15, 2019
With the Victoria Day weekend just around the corner, summer attractions across BruceGreySimcoe are starting to open their doors and welcome visitors. There’s a host of new experiences and new adventures to enjoy this summer— even a new way to get from the GTA to the Bruce Peninsula. We put together a quick look at some of the can’t miss attractions in the region to help you plan your getaway today.

Fly direct from Toronto Island to Wiarton in just 40 minutes

That’s right! You can now board a FLYGTA plane at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and fly into the Wiarton Keppel International Airport on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The 40-minute flights begin May 24th and will continue until October 28th, with an eye on extending throughout the winter season if there’s interest. Flights can be booked online at flygta.com
For more information on this new partnership, read the full press release right here.

Throw axes and ride the Zip Line Coaster at Ascent Aerial Park in Sauble Beach

This epic ropes course on the shore of Lake Huron, right off the main street in Sauble Beach, has added two new attractions for the summer season. Axe throwing has become a popular family pastime and Ascent has added it to their lineup. Throwing lanes are designed for 4 people, you can book as a group or be added to a lane. Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Find out more and book online here. Axe throwing will be open on the May long weekend and throughout the season.
The second new attraction at Ascent is still being built but should be ready this summer: The Zip Line Coaster is Canada’s first and only of its kind. This fixed track roller coaster lets the rider coast above the aerial park, suspended below the track attached to a trolley. The experience gives you the feeling of flight! Find out more on the Ascent website right here.

Cruise the Sauble River with Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours

Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours now has 2 locations to choose from! You can take a tour of the Fishing Islands in Oliphant at their original location, or you can now take a tour of the Sauble River from their new North Sauble Beach location.
The Sauble location offers boat tours, sunset cruises and will be adding a Birding the Sauble for Experienced Birders Tour soon. The Sauble River tours travel from the mouth of the Sauble River to the bottom of Sauble Falls. Guides will speak to the history of the river from the indigenous people to the lumber barons and pleasure seekers who have shared the river over the years. Tours can be booked online or at their new location at the public boat launch at the mouth of the Sauble River.
Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours continues to operate their Oliphant location offering Guided Boat Tours, Sunset Cruises, Birding Tours, Photography Tours, Snorkelling Tours and a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour.

New at Blue Mountain: The Canopy Climb Net Adventure and the Chutes and Lumber Ball Run

In recent years, Blue Mountain’s summer offerings have grown to nearly outpace their winter ski operations. Simply put, there’s plenty to do at Blue in the green season. This summer, the resort is adding 2 new summer attractions.
The Chutes and Lumber Ball Run is set to open on the Victoria Day long weekend. With 30 metres of track built into the hillside of Blue Mountain’s Easy Rider run, you start your ball at the top and follow it to the bottom as it makes its way through peg mazes, tunnels and twists that you build. No two runs are alike and the whole family will enjoy building new ball runs together.
The Canopy Climb Net Adventure offers the ultimate tree-fort adventure. You can scramble from tree-to-tree on suspended rope nets, slides that link treehouses and towers in the forest canopy. This new attraction is currently under construction and is set to open this July.

Tap into your inner pirate at Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour opens for the season on the Victoria Day weekend and remains open until September 1st. The Battle of Georgian Bay War of 1812 Encampment & Tall Ships takes place from August 9 to 12th at Discovery Harbour—this historic reenactment is a Grand Tactical event too. 

Be sure to take in some old favourites, too.  Beginning in July, you can take a guided Ghost Tour every Wednesday and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. On August 3, Discovery Harbour hosts the Pirates of the Bay event—prepare to learn your pirate name and have a swashbuckling good time.

For more fun attractions in BruceGreySimcoe, check out our Attractions page.