Lake Huron / Sauble Beach

If you love culture and history, you’ll definitely want to visit the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and Southampton Arts (check ahead as both are on winter hours). Fun and eclectic shopping and dining can be found in the downtowns of Kincardine, Port Elgin and Southampton. While in these communities, be sure to stroll or drive down to their waterfronts for Lake Huron’s wintery beauty at its most awesome.  The iconic arch and beach at Sauble Beach are selfie-worthy, too, during the cold weather months – make sure to bundle up!  For photo buffs, winter sunsets can be spectacular.

The Lake Huron shoreline is a prime snow trail destination with routes passing through wooded areas, open fields, quiet shorelines and stunning scenery – there are awesome trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (OFSC permits required).  
MacGregor Point Provincial Park, just south of Port Elgin, open year-round, is an amazingly ecologically-diverse park on the shores of Lake Huron – find what you need to know before visiting by reviewing their winter resources including 6 essential items to pack for your winter hike, The Ontario Parks Snow Report, and more. Snowmobilers are welcome to cruise the park roads. Dedicated trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, plus a cool outdoor skating loop (lit up at night) and chickadees waiting to be fed make this a fun destination for all ages.  Snowmobilers are welcome to cruise the park roads. Extend your stay by booking a yurt or cabin in the park (reserve way in advance) or overnighting at nearby accommodation. Consider booking a mid-week getaway rather than on the busier weekends.

While winter is pretty peaceful and laid back here, be prepared before leaving home for your off-season visit to a shoreline community by planning ahead, booking ahead. Check operating hours before arriving, including those at accommodations, restaurants, stores and attractions as some are on reduced hours and some are closed for the season. And, be sure to dress for the weather, packing winter boots, winter coats, snow pants, hats and mitts – it can be cold, snowy and blowy here!
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