Official Tourism Website of Bruce County, Ontario, Canada

Boating and Paddling in Bruce County

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Gateway to your freshwater adventure

Surrounded by Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Bruce County is your gateway to freshwater adventure. Every lake front community has a marina and every beach has the most beautiful view of the sunrise or sunset. Whether you’re looking to canoe down the Saugeen River , surf the waves of Kincardine, or explore the nooks of Lion’s Head, getting on the Great Lakes is an experience like no other.

Fishing Islands

Just off the shores of Oliphant are the Fishing Islands - a group of over 70 islands. Rich in history, you can hop on one of the Fishing Island Tours & Charters pontoon boats for an incredible visit to these islands. Visit shipwrecks, First Nations smokehouses and Huron Fringe wildlife all with a guide that can tell you about the history and geography of the area. Their 20-foot boat can host up to six people for a Lake Huron family adventure like no other.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

One of the fastest growing paddle sports, stand up paddle boarding is an amazing way to enjoy the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The learning curve is steep, so as long as the weather cooperates you can get out there immediately. Board rentals are available at Westshore, Jack n’ Jill Surf Shop, Thorncrest Outfitters and SUP Sauble Beach. If you’re looking for a guided tour, or a multi-day excursion on an SUP, then Fathom Paddle Guiding can create the trip of a lifetime.

Canoeing

The mighty Saugeen River is an incredible place to hop in a canoe and go. The traditional canoe route goes from Hanover to Southampton River Mouth 102 kilometres downstream. But there are many combinations of day trips, overnight trips, or multi-day trips. Stay overnight at McBeath Conservation Area (free camping!), or just spend an afternoon drifting downstream. Thorncrest Outfitters and the Cowan Canoe & Kayak Livery are the real experts on the Saugeen, offering everything from boat rentals to shuttle services.

Surf's Up

When the winds are up, the surf is up at Kincardine. And for Great Lakes surfers, this is the Pipeline of the Great Lakes. Winds create swells that break along the pier at Station Beach giving surfers easy access to incredible rides. The yearly Great Lakes surf comp, the Westshore Freshwater Classic takes place here every fall, and surfers come from throughout Canada and the USA to try to win the title. If you want to try your luck at hanging ten, hook up with the fine folks at the Westshore Surf Shop to get all the beta.

SCUBA Diving & Snorkling

If you want to get beneath the waves, then the Diver’s Den and G+S Watersport is the place to do it. Offering everything for everyone from the absolute beginner, to a seasoned veteran, if you want to SCUBA dive, they’ll help you do it. They regularly dive at the local shipwrecks and beyond.

Kiteboarding

Have you always wanted to try kiteboarding? Oliphant is one of the best places in the country to learn. Knee deep for as far as the eye can see, you never have to worry about getting in water that’s over your head. And because of the geography of this epically large beach, it gets two different wind directions; meaning your chance of getting up and riding is way higher in Oliphant than most other places in the province. Combine that with instruction from one of the oldest kiteboarding schools in the country and you’ll be ripping up Lake Huron in no time.