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Getaways: Explosion of Fall on the Beautiful Lakeshore!

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Gorgeous Sunset and Bright Fall Colours - it's a Colour Explosion!

Find the Lake Huron Coastline for your perfect autumn getaway destination! Take a stroll along the main streets of Port Elgin and Southampton, stop by at the local businesses, test out the delicious foods at the pubs and restaurants and take in the fall breeze down at the beach while you cozy up to a beautiful sunset. With less of a crowd and cooler temperatures, you can’t beat an autumn vacation along the lakeshore!

Saturday - Southampton

Welcome to the Bruce County Lakeshore region! Spend your first day here in historic Southampton and visit some of the popular attractions, without the crowds. When you arrive in this beachside town, head to Fairy Lake as this is the perfect place to stretch your legs after a long car ride - feed to ducks that call this pond home and follow the walking path along the water to have a seat on the floating lookout platform. Enjoy lunch at the Outlaw Brew Co., a gastropub that brews their own beer on site. Enjoy the scrumptious food and sit outside on the patio if it’s warm enough. It’s just a short walk to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, this museum isn’t like most – the interactive exhibits creates a new way to experience history that is fun and entertaining, step aboard the HMS General Hunter to learn how to tie a proper slip knot and ‘fire a cannon’ to defeat the enemies.

You can’t spend a day in Southampton without spending at least a few minutes on Lake Huron! Walk down to the big Canada Flag, you can’t miss the 135ft flag pole just off the centre of town, below are benches and picnic tables, which are perfect for watching the waves roll in.

Saturday Evening - Southampton to Port Elgin

Getting hungry for a delicious dinner? Head over to Elk & Finch on Albert Street, this sophisticated dining experience is the perfect place for a peaceful dinner. This restaurant uses fresh local ingredients and offers a great variety of specialty beer and wine. Once you’re all refueled, hop in the car and drive 5 minutes south to Port Elgin – take either the main Highway 21 or for a scenic drive take the Miramichi Bay and North Shore Roads along the lakeshore. Unload your bags and check in at the Super-8, which offers a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, and a complimentary breakfast. Once you’re all checked in, take a stroll down to the Port Elgin beach. Stride down the boardwalk along the water and find a bench to watch the sunset! Make sure to bring a sweater – the breeze gets quite cool in the fall off of the Lake Huron water.

Sunday - Port Elgin & Kincardine

After you’ve enjoyed your complimentary breakfast at the Super-8, its time to head out to the Bruce Power Visitor Centre, take a 10 minute drive down Highway 21 towards Kincardine. The Bruce Power Visitor Centre gives you a hands-on learning experience, which allows you to understand nuclear energy and the importance of Bruce Power to Bruce County communities and communities throughout Ontario. Learn about different Bruce Power jobs, and the process of creating nuclear energy. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the observation deck which gives you a view of all of Bruce Power. Continue driving along the lakeshore and make your way into the booming town of Kincardine! Stroll down the main street and browse through a few of the unique shops, don’t forget to visit Nine Waves Clothing, Mill Creek Chocolates and SeeView Art Studio. Sit down for lunch at The Bruce Steakhouse, and make sure to ask what their chefs are preparing for a daily special! Before you head home, make your way down to the beach for one last glimpse of wavy Lake Huron! Take a stroll along the boardwalk or sit with your toes in the cool sand. One you’ve finished your time in Kincardine, it’s time to head home. We hope your autumn getaway was fun-filled and relaxing. Make sure to come back to the Bruce County lakeshore in the winter for yurt camping at McGregor Provincial Park!

Detour from Highway 21 and find Smiths Apples, open between Labour Day and Halloween, this local apple grower has some amazing apple treats baked daily or pick your own apples and make your own desserts!