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Fall in Walkerton & Area, Ontario

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Clean Water Living!

Devoted to environmental leadership, Walkerton aims to protect, embrace, and enhance the Saugeen River. Their clean water living initiative focuses on balance of industry, recreation, and the natural world. Take a stroll downtown to embrace the history of the area. This community proud town has 30 designated heritage buildings bordered by the Saugeen River, combining small town heritage with attention to modern day conservation issues. 

Greenock Swamp Tours

While Walkerton may be known to the Ojibway as Hahskosesing meaning "Little Marsh", the nearby Greenock Swamp is actually the largest Forested wetland in Ontario! This 8000-hectare wetland includes walking trails, boardwalks, and lookout points. All awaiting your explorations! This amazing ecosystem is a great example of the wonders of nature. As the rain pours in the cool fall nights, the wetland acts like a sponge to absorb the water. Additionally, the Greenock Swamp is home to a vast array of wildlife and plant species. Those who want a more guided experience may be eager to participate in organized tours such as "Legends of the Great Swamp" or "Bootlegging Lore of the Great Swamp". To learn more about the land, its history, and the biodiversity, be sure to visit the Legendary Greenock Swamp Visitor Centre in the Historic Village of Cargill. 

Cargill Village

Only 20 minutes outside of Walkerton, Cargill Village is the perfect blend of historical character and artistic aesthetic. With hand-painted historic figures displayed downtown and an interactive Visitor Centre, the heritage of Cargill Village is proudly presented. Come visit the Cargill Village Visitor Centre to discover more! You will learn about Henry Cargill, the town's founder who built his empire logging the Greenock Swamp as well as the myths and legends surrounding this large wetland. After visiting the Visitor Centre, check out all the shops and eateries in town. From fresh BBQ to tasty ice cream, a warm fall day is well spent in Cargill. On cooler days, escape the fall breeze by visiting Margaret's Mercantile. Here you will find homemade giftware, accessories, décor, and more from over 40 local artisans. The perfect place to start some holiday shopping!  

Paddling

The Mighty Saugeen River is a picturesque river travelling from Hanover all the way to Lake Huron. Although you can paddle the entire river in a few days, you can also access the river at many points along the way for a fall afternoon getaway. Particularly, Walkerton and area offers many access points to the river, providing a variety of routes for your adventure.  

You can begin your paddling journey at Lobies Park for an exciting five-hour ride to Concession 8. The gorgeous Bruce County countryside will accompany your journey as you twist and turn through many marshy areas with an abundance of natural vegetation. The beautiful fall colours of forested areas and cool fall breeze makes the fall an excellent time for paddling the Saugeen River. While there can be exciting rapids on this route, they are typically not dangerous and easy to navigate for all levels of paddlers. Enjoy your trip through Bruce County's natural landscape with high clay banks home to swallows, kingfishers, among other cliff-dwelling birds. Check out more paddling tours to continue your explorations.   

For more information on paddling in Bruce County, be sure to view our paddling map!  

Downtown

Known to the Ojibway as Hahskosesing meaning "Little Marsh", Walkerton's quaint beauty along the Saugeen River is something to behold. The picturesque nature intersects with the refreshing, innovative atmosphere of the several downtown shops and eateries. The Victorian architecture of Walkerton's downtown core brings a historical charm to the town, unalike city shopping centers. Additionally, with all the local, unique stores and restaurants, your shopping experiences is bound to be enjoyable.   

Walkerton's clean water living motto is featured in the town's unique "fish art" tour. When visiting Walkerton, be sure to take a walk around town and find the 11 metal fish sculptures beautifully painted by local artists. Representing Walkerton as one of Canada's best fly-fishing destinations, these fish are everywhere!