Official Tourism Website of Bruce County, Ontario, Canada

Parks Just Waiting For Your Picnic Basket

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Parks that break the traditional rules

Visit the parks in Bruce County for a breath of fresh air. They seem to be hidden from the casual observer, but to the experienced, they are a second home. So, our gift to you is to introduce a few of Bruce County parks that keep a low profile, but are either heavily visited by regulars or have a charm about them that makes a trip more than worth it.

They forgot the word ‘amusement’ when naming this park

The Sauble Falls Provincial Park crowning feature is the falls itself. While the falls has a very short elevation change, it offers about 100 metres of steps that are fun to walk across or sit in with the odd pools of water here and there. In the spring and fall, watch the trout and salmon make their way over each ledge to spawn upstream. 

Glacial pothole, Lion’s Head Lookout

Lion’s Head is one of the Peninsula’s hidden gems and makes for a great basecamp for the best of the Bruce Trail. Views from the Lion’s Head Nature Reserve are breathtaking plus you can check out the largest concentration of glacial potholes on the escarpment. Some hike out to the lookout to have a rugged picnic lunch at the top of the escarpment.

Get lost in a labyrinth

Kincardine is a great place to spend the week or to stop for a picnic as you head north to other destinations in Bruce County. The place to stop is the Geddes Environmental Park, which is also known as the Kincardine Labyrinth Peace Garden. Here you will enjoy your picnic in beautiful gardens and a next to a classic labyrinth for the kids (and you) to run around in. 

All aboard a miniature replica train

When you want to go for a picnic lunch over looking Lake Huron, the North Shore Park in Port Elgin is a great choice. Find a nice picnic table or lay out on the grass and let the day write its own story. Let the kids loose in the playground, get everyone on the miniature train, sit on a beach side bench, stroll to the Port Elgin Marina or make your way downtown. Choo, choo…

Inverhuron Provincial Park, Kincardine Area

Are you interested in a great park without the crowds? Then make your way to the Inverhuron Provincial Park. This park has trails, dunes, beach, camping, comfort stations and more. An in recent years, there have been upgrades such as a picnic shelter, benches and more. Close your eyes and listen to the wildlife.

Point Clark Lighthouse, Point Clark

As the only lighthouse on the Great Lakes to receive the designation as a National Historic Site, the Point Clark Lighthouse Park is a must visit. The Lighthouse has a distinctive 12-sided cast iron lantern, remarkable architecture, and high quality and complete form. Come to the well-kept grounds for a picnic and enjoy the breeze as it sweeps in from Lake Huron.

For a list of the great provincial parks in Bruce County, visit here.