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Make life easier for yourself this winter and plan ahead, book ahead before leaving home. Whether you live here, are planning a long-term stay or a simple day trip, keep in mind that, due to COVID-19, hours of operation, availability and business operations have changed for many operators. Calling ahead before leaving home is recommended. 

COVID has changed how we travel, too. Reservations are recommended whenever possible at local restaurants and take-out options are available at many. Bring BruceGreySimcoe home to you as many retail businesses will gladly ship to your home – read the blog post to discover where to browse and buy.  Avoid disappointment by booking your accommodation EARLY at resorts, hotels, cottages, campsites, bed and breakfasts and motels. In short, whatever you’re planning to do, contact the business ahead of time for the most up-to-date info on activities, tours and events.

On fresh, crisp winter days the best place to be is outside exploring. Hike a trail, snowshoe or cross-country ski through snow-laden trees or push up the cardio on a fat bike.
Good times equal good memories. Make this a winter to remember with fun outdoor adventures like downhill skiing and boarding at our four ski resorts (remember to call ahead for information on season’s passes, day passes and new protocols that may be in place). Glide along a frosty skating trail under the stars or swoosh down a snow-packed hill in a rubber tube (no skill required!).  Guides are ready and waiting to take you on specialty cross-country skiing and snowshoeing tours, forest bathing experiences and to set you up for a cool day of ice fishing.  Try winter camping in a warm and cozy yurt at MacGregor Point Provincial Park or at Bruce Peninsula National Park. Be sure to reserve early, these are popular!  Hint: try a mid-week getaway rather than busier weekends.

If being outdoors just isn’t your thing, tour from the comfort of your car and discover many hidden treasures along the way.  Funky restaurants, cafes and pubs, eclectic shops in pretty downtowns plus art galleries and museums can be found all over BruceGreySimcoe.  Soothe away stress and tension at a spa or yoga retreat. The music scene is pretty hot here, too, with live entertainment back on stage in local venues.

Spend a weekend with the family at an activity-filled resort. Make it a quiet escape for two with a spa getaway or rev it up a bit with a more boisterous gathering with family and friends. Share your memories with us by adding them to our BruceGreySimcoe Amabassadors page and be sure to tag #BruceGreySimcoe in your Instagram posts.

When visiting BruceGreySimcoe, remember to call ahead to make sure the businesses in your planned destination are open to avoid disappointment.  Make it a winter to remember for all the right reasons!
Do your part to keep BruceGreySimcoe beautiful by respecting the Visitor Manifesto* below: 
  1. Plan ahead. Book in advance to make for the best trip ever! Create a more unique experience by visiting less crowded places during less popular times. 
  2. Reconsider your car. Some areas have limited or no parking, so walk, bring your bike or carpool whenever possible and only park in designated areas.
  3. Stick to trails and public accesses.  There are many to discover! Following trails minimizes your impact on neighbouring habitats and the creatures that live in them, including nearby landowners. 
  4. Tap into tap water. Use refillable water bottles to reduce waste while enjoying the Peninsula’s cool, clear water.
  5. Share your snacks with your friends, not wildlife. Feeding wildlife can hinder their ability to survive independently. A fed animal is a dead animal. 
  6. If you pack it in, pack it out. Your waste would be much happier recycled or disposed of in a proper location with its friends than frightened and alone in a dark rock crevice, abandoned in a ditch, or in a black bear’s stomach. 

We invite you to discover and respect the land, water, wildlife and local community so we can continue to visit or call it home for generations to come!

Check out our Visit Responsibly page for more info on how to respectfully visit our region, no matter what the season.

*This manifesto is a project for sustainable tourism supported by the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group, Parks Canada, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, BruceGreySimcoe and the Tobermory & District Chamber of Commerce.


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