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Kincardine, Ontario

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Ontario’s Scottish Destination
Ontario’s Scottish Destination

Discover your inner tartan, in Kindcardine where an original Scottish experience awaits. Explore Scottish-themed festivals and marvel in the excitement of a pipe band parade. Kincardine’s historic downtown, with its unique shops and restaurants will ignite your curiosity and your taste buds. After a delightful respite, stroll alongside the mighty Lake Huron … you just might hear phantom pipers play. The essence of the Scots is yours to explore in Kincardine. From Scottish themed festivals and pipe band parades to phantom pipers, Kincardine offers an original Scottish experience, a historic downtown atmosphere and a waterfront location where the local tartan is proudly displayed and everyone can enjoy a little taste of Scotland.

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Things to Do in Kincardine
Things to Do in Kincardine

If you’re looking for things to do in Kincardine, you won’t be disappointed by the range of things for you to do and see. Some of the popular activities include:

  • March with the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band as they parade Queen Street every summer Saturday evening at 8pm in downtown Kincardine.
  • Head to Walker’s Lookout or grab a seat on one of our Big Blue Beach Chairs and take in a famous Lake Huron sunset as the Phantom Piper’s eerie lament pipes the sun to sleep.
  • Grab or rent a surf board, beach towel or volleyball and hit up sandy Station Beach, which is also home of many events throughout the summer.
  • Visit a wide array of trails – through forests, along beaches, along rivers, accessible boardwalks, rock gardens and to popular birding spots, you’re sure to find a trail that suits your needs and a spectacular view of the natural scenery.
Shopping in Kincardine
Shopping in Kincardine

Find what you’re looking for in Kincardine, from boutique shops to chocolatiers and activewear & gear, strolling down Queen Street will entice you into the stores.

Decorate your home or cottage after stepping into the Harbour Rose Boutique, whose outer architecture will draw your eye, but you’ll soon see the real lure is what is inside. Forget something for the baby or toddler? The Playful Piper is just downtown Kincardine and has everything from bathing suits to the most adorable outfits and everything practical in-between.

Looking to try your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding or surfing? Check out Surfs Up Eco Shop for all your rental needs. Visit Penetangear, the lakeside lifestyle experts, for casual, outdoor and active clothing and equipment for the entire family. 

Eating in Kincardine
Eating in Kincardine

Refuel at one of the local restaurants – whether you’re looking for pub or fine dining, they are all just a short walk to the beach to enjoy one of the famous Lake Huron sunsets. Hawg’s Breath features the best paninis and friendliest atmosphere in town or enjoy a casual fine dining experience – and score a table on their patio overlooking the Kincardine harbour for a side serving of sunsets at The Bruce Steakhouse a place to get local food, including Bruce County’s famous beef.  Find yourself in The Tartan Tusk Pub & Eatery just around the corner from the harbour for their unique take on some local favourites – including a vegetarian Scotch Egg! Here you’ll find a wide range of gluten free and vegetarian options.

We didn’t forget about dessert! Hit up Best Friends Bakery and Ice Cream for some sweetness in the form of donuts, cupcakes, cakes, cinnamon bun apple pies and of course ice cream. They are always creating something new so be sure to check in and see what they are working on. If you can cover it in chocolate these guys have done it – Mill Creek Chocolates has a handmade chocolate for you. Visit during themed weeks to find a chocolate piece of goodness in celebration.

Staying in Kincardine
Staying in Kincardine

Just steps away from the downtown core and shoreline the Inn at the Harbour, Kincardine’s premier boutique hotel, will delight even the most discerning of traveler. And did we mention that every room has a sunset view? For a true waterfront stay, fall asleep to the sound of the waves at the Lakefront Bed & Breakfast, a truly romantic, adult retreat. The Best Western Governor’s Inn or Marriott Towne Place Suites offer the quality and space for a group stay or big event.