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Fantastic Family Friendly Adventures on the Lakeshore

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Looking for your next unique family adventure?
Looking for your next unique family adventure?

Unique family adventures are always just around the corner in Bruce County. Fill your days with family fun and watch your kids become animated and engaged. Amazing hiking trails, stunning scenic lookouts and miles of safe, sandy beaches await. Did we say sandy beaches? After a day of swimming, wave jumping, and sand castle building, you may not have to ask the kids to go to sleep at night. Even a rainy day won’t dampen the spirits. We’ve got plenty of indoor amusement, museums and creativity spots to keep everyone feeling sunny. If you’re looking for a memorable family vacation, a getaway on in the Lakeshore region will be an unforgettable experience.

Sauble Speedway, Hepworth
Sauble Speedway, Hepworth

Looking for a new activity for the whole family? Discover a love for racing and you could turn everyone into a car racing enthusiast in no time. Sauble Speedway offers a fun, exciting activity for the whole family all summer long. Thrilling races, theme nights, and something different for each race are just a few of the things you’ll see at the Speedway.

Ascent Aerial Park, Sauble Beach
Ascent Aerial Park, Sauble Beach

Explore some high-flying fun. Ascent Aerial Park will feature three climbing walls, and about 30 different climbing activities ranging from 12 feet to 40 feet in the air, including bridges, vertical and horizontal net obstacles and swinging elements like tires. Explore the free-fall activity QUICKjump. Step off a 45-foot tower and experience something really thrilling.

Here are some more ideas for family outings:

  • Sauble Beach, Main Beach
  • Giggles Arcade, Sauble Beach
  • Just Puttin’ Around Mini Golf, Sauble Beach
  • Putterama Mini Golf, Sauble Beach
Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour, Southampton
Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour, Southampton

Chantry Island and the 1800’s lighthouse beckon off the shore of Southampton but is only accessible by tour boat. Explore the beautiful grounds and count the butterflies. Dare yourself to climb the 106 steps to the top of the lighthouse, you’ll discover the view is worth the climb. The tour involves an easy hike but requires a degree of agility and fitness. For safety, children must be a minimum of 4 feet tall and must be accompanied by an Adult. Footwear suitable for hiking is mandatory. The tour takes about 2 hours and reservations are needed.

Southampton Arts Centre Art School & Gallery, Southampton
Southampton Arts Centre Art School & Gallery, Southampton

With the huge variety of single day workshops to uncover, all the way to 5-day classes, you’re sure to find something that sparks both your interest and fits your schedule. Kids “dress for a mess” as the school is fond of saying. Let everyone’s imaginations run wild as your family explores creativity and fun.

Here are some more ideas for family outings in Southampton:

  • Cruisers Cruise Nites - Weekly Summer Car Show, Southampton
  • Fairy Lake, Southampton
Farmer’s Market, Port Elgin
Farmer’s Market, Port Elgin

In the middle of Port Elgin's downtown, you will discover an amazing selection of fresh local produce, unique local artisans and all types of delicious treats and goodies. It’s on every Wednesday, from the first Wednesday in June until September 7th.

No matter where you’re from, this market features local growers, farmers and artisans from all over Bruce County. Be sure to arrive early so not to miss out. The market opens from 9 am – 2 pm.

Here are some more ideas for family outings in Port Elgin:

  • MacGregor Provincial Park, Port Elgin
  • Port Elgin Railroad and The Station, Port Elgin
SS Trolley, Saugeen Shores
SS Trolley, Saugeen Shores

What better way to discover the beauty of the Huron shorefront than to ride The S.S. Trolley for a dollar? This soon-to-be family favourite will be on the road through July and August. With six stops, the trolley runs between Port Elgin and Saugeen Shores between 11am and 7pm daily. A downloadable GPS tracking system helps you explore the trolley route and know when it’s time to get to the stop for pick up.

 

Phantom Piper, Kincardine
Phantom Piper, Kincardine

Discover something really unique when the sound of the bagpipes carry along Kincardine's shoreline at dusk during July & August (with the exception of Saturday evenings due to the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade).

Fun fact: Pipe Band members take turns playing from ontop of the Kincardine Lighthouse, or on the front steps in honor of Donald Sinclair who was long ago, a well-known bagpiper in Kincardine. 

Some other outings to check out in Kincardine are:

  • Big Blue Beach Chairs, Kincardine
  • Station Beach, Kincardine
Point Clark Lighthouse, Point Clark
Point Clark Lighthouse, Point Clark

A short trip south of Kincardine is the Point Clark Lighthouse which is open for tours during the summer. The light keeper’s quarters, built at the same time as the lighthouse, is now a museum operated by the Township of Huron-Kinloss.