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“We found the greatest increase here of any town or village in the county. A hum of industry, with their many large saw-mills, furniture, table and many other factories, being pushed to their utmost limit. Their beautiful harbor, the best on Lake Huron or Georgian Bay, affords admirable shipping facilities, and stimulated by the large tract of timber lands on the north, causes a hum of industry along the waterfront and is a general benefit to the town.”
Extract from the Report of County Valuators, 1901.
Ahh Wiarton… The Gateway to the Bruce Peninsula! With historical charm and significance, Wiarton has developed into the largest centre on the Bruce Peninsula. Wiarton, surrounded by breathtaking rock cliffs and the Niagara Escarpment, rests beside the deep blue waters of Colpoy’s Bay. Historically, this made Wiarton a centre for both rail and water traffic. While the trains may have gone, Wiarton still offers travelers and locals various amenities! As you browse Main Street, you are met with historic buildings and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, businesses and amenities. Today, Wiarton operates one JK-12 public school, Peninsula Shores District School.
Down at the water, there is fun for the entire family! Bluewater Park boasts a public fishing dock with a boat ramp, playground, splash pad, outdoor pool and a sandy beach! The historic Wiarton Railway Station contains the South Bruce Peninsula Heritage Centre, with its elaborate woodwork and historical exhibits. On the water, excellent trout and salmon fishing spots are found on the North side of Colpoy’s Bay, or near Gleason Brook.
In the park, you cannot miss the Statue of Wiarton Willie, Canada’s only albino weather predicting groundhog! Each year in February, the town hosts the Annual Wiarton Willie Festival. During the hushed Prediction Ceremony, Wiarton Willie predicts whether we will have an early spring, or six more weeks of winter. The festival continues with a pancake breakfast, weeklong musical festival, demonstrations by the Canadian military, wood carvers, ice and snow carvers, skating, volleyball and a road hockey tournament! Fun for the entire family!
Interested in putting your roots down in Wiarton? Check out these additional attractions!
East of town toward Oxenden, the scenic route to Owen Sound along County Road 1 follows the shoreline, offering tremendous views of distant cliffs and islands from the Colpoy’s Lookout picnic area. Big Bay names itself the “stone skipping Capital of Canada” since all the stones on its beach are flat pieces of shale. At Kemble, the Kemble Lookout presides over a panoramic view of the bay with an intriguing table of solid rock set with metal sculptures of dinnerware.
Bruce’s Caves are named after a hermit who once inhabited them at 502098 County Road 1 east of Oxenden. Sea caves are flanked by rock pillars and mossy cliffs festooned by unusual ferns. Hikers can clamber through huge archways and hidden tunnels.
Lake Charles Conservation Area has a secluded picnic spot and boat launch at the lake south of Oxenden via Side Road 10 and Conc. 24. Skinner’s Bluff is accessed north of Lake Charles via Centre Road and Colpoy’s Range Road. It has a magnificent view of the bay and islands from the Bruce Trail.
Spirit Rock & McNeill Estate Conservation Area is located on Hwy 6 north of Wiarton. A picnic area contains the ruins of an historic mansion. Trails and a spiral staircase descend the escarpment to the harbour.
The Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park is located at 671 Bruce Road 9 in the Albemarle Forest Tract, which is interlaced with numerous trails that range from easy to gnarly with considerable rock outcrops to challenge cyclists. A practice pump track adjoins the entrance.
Farther north along Road 9, the hamlet of Hope Bay has a lovely beach and picnic area. The Bruce Trail circumscribes the bay where it encounters several glacial potholes along the north shore. These giant cylindrical holes were bored into the escarpment by massive whirlpools that ground boulders into the bedrock during the Ice Age meltdown.
Visit the sunset capital of Ontario! Pike Bay is a small town, with the charm and friendliness of a close knit community. Pike Bay offers year-round homes and seasonal cottages, supporting seasonal tourism to the area.
Historically, this area of the Bruce Peninsula was used for logging and hunting in the late 19th Century. The most famous shipwreck in the area is the barge Etta. The Etta was being towed by the steamer Eclipse when they were met with a storm that brought gale force winds. The two ships were separated, and Etta ran ashore at Little Pike Bay beach, with the lone crew member surviving. The Eclipse capsized, along with all seven crewmembers near Pine Tree Harbour. The lone survivor then walked the 16 miles into Wiarton.
After being used for logging, Pike Bay was cleared and perfect for hunting enthusiasts. During the 20th century, the land developed and land owners built hunting lodges, seasonal cottages, and most recently transformed the area into a tourist, and family, destination. Four wheeling and snowmobiling enthusiasts? Be sure to check out this area and its beautiful trails!
Pike Bay is centrally located on the Bruce Peninsula, approximately 40 minutes from Tobermory, or 30 minutes from Sauble Beach & Wiarton. For those who enjoy history and a bit of mystery, Pike Bay is the place to start!
Red Bay & Area
Red Bay is Located approximately 15 minutes north of Sauble Beach & Wiarton, Red Bay is known for its breathtaking sunsets. Canoeing, Kayaking, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Sailing, Fishing, Hiking & Swimming! All in one cozy little village! The Red Bay and Howdenvale area boasts beautiful plant and animal wildlife. It is one of the beautiful places on the Bruce Peninsula in which you will find tranquility.
Mar itself is a rest stop for many travelling up the Bruce Peninsula! In Red Bay, Mar and the surrounding areas, let one of the friendly faces at the various businesses help you! From beautiful plant life to camping supplies, essentials to fine dining, you would be surprised what you may find!
Sky Lake and Berford Lake are often visited by tourists and locals alike! Drink from the natural spring at Berford Lake and you will be amazed at the crystal clear waters! The land varies from farmland, shoreline and treed bush in this area, making it even more beautiful.
With lots to offer and beautiful sandy beaches, this area is perfect for growing families! It is also close to various public and secondary schools. This is also a popular area for cottage rentals, given the influx of out of town residents during the tourist season.
Do you love cottage country, and a relaxing atmosphere? How about water sports and beautiful sunsets? Let Oliphant be the place for you!
Oliphant offers both family homes and cottages, given its proximity to various places on the Bruce Peninsula. Take a day trip to Sauble Beach, or head North to Tobermory! Oliphant is also nearby many inland lakes for fishing, canoeing or kayaking! Oliphant’s sandy beach and quaint charm offers families endless fun!
Here’s what others are saying about Oliphant!
Oliphant Beach has evolved to become a Bruce County hidden gem! Located just 15 minutes north of Sauble Beach, it offers a shallow, warm, and sheltered beach area that is ideal for adventure and leisure activities. Oliphant is typically a family destination, because the shallow waters offer a safe place for little ones to play. It’s also a great place to lounge in the water—so don’t forget your floaties!
The beaches at Oliphant have recently become a very popular destination for Kiteboarding and Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding but, don’t worry they kiteboard away from people relaxing on the beach. Oliphant is great for beginners because the fishing islands harbor the shore, keeping waves and wind to a minimum. If you’ve ever wanted to try Kiteboarding or stand-up-paddle boarding this is definately the place to be. I’d also like to share that the fishing islands are a great spot to kayak or canoe – with parking at the local pier.
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