Cycling Tour: Beaches South
Along the coast of Lake Huron this route links a trove of beaches, each with its own virtue.
Start Point: Port Elgin
End Point: Kincardine
Distance: 110 km
Surface: Fully Paved
Port Elgin’s beach is delightfully animated with a beach concert every Sunday night, and a flea market on Wednesdays all summer long. In contrast, the strand at Goble’s Grove is quiet and peaceful. MacGregor Point Provincial Park has a playground on its main beach and a chain of coves linked by forested trail. (Day use fee applies.)
You can look for turtles and herons at the wetland of Brucedale Conservation Area and enjoy the swimming hole, playground and picnic area at its south end. Now brace yourself. What comes into view is the world’s largest nuclear energy complex, Bruce Power. Check out the exhibits at the nearby Visitors’ Centre on Bruce Rd. 20 and discover how Bruce Power supplies 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity.
While you’re there, have a look at Ontario’s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind, and learn how wind energy provides about 4 percent of the province’s power. Next up is Inverhuron Provincial Park with its spectacular stretch of soft, white sand. (Day-use fee applies.) Just outside the park is a convenience store and restaurant, while nearby Tiverton offers pub grub, ice cream and great fudge.
At Stoney Island Conservation Area you can follow hard-packed trails to a smooth stone beach. Then into Kincardine you’re led along the town’s main drag. Stop for a bite then head down to the beach, strut the boardwalk, and if you haven’t already done so, take a dip!