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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 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 speed and turn your family into car racing enthusiasts in no time. Sauble Speedway offers a fun, exciting activity for the whole family all summer long. Thrilling races and theme nights are just a couple 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 features 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 in Sauble Beach:

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

Chantry Island and the 1800’s lighthouse beckon off the shore of Southampton, 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 two 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 five day courses, 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.

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

The S.S. Trolley will be seen daily on the roads of Saugeen Shores through July and August shuttling passengers between our two great communities, travelling along the shoreline continuously between 10am and 7pm. A GPS tracking system allows the public to track the trolley live, on their smartphones and other devices.

NEW! Enjoy a guided tour running Wednesday to Sunday between 11am to 5pm. NO MORE GUIDED TOURS from August 24th to September 3rd.

Please note: The Trolley will run the loop as many times as feasible throughout the hours of operation. Due to traffic, we cannot promise exact times and schedules.  A complete round trip can take up to 90 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the trip!

 

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.