Experience the best fall activities in Wiarton and Sauble Beach
You’ve seen all the iconic Instagram photos of your friends under the Sauble Beach sign during the height of summer, but did you know that a fall visit to this vacation destination can be even more awesome? And just down the road in Wiarton, before Willie performs his winter wake up, there are plenty of great activities and attractions that can be enjoyed equally in the autumn.
Discover Fall in Sauble Beach
As the lucky residents of Sauble Beach know, the beach only gets better after Labour Day. With fewer people battling for towel space on this 11-kilometre long freshwater beach, you’ll easily find a great spot to set up for the day. September water can also be quite warm so not only can you curl up with a book, you can also take a dip on those warm autumn days before donning your hoodie and sweats for an evening campfire back at the cottage.
While not all seasonal business stay open after Labour Day, you will still find a good selection of restaurants, cafes and even patios to grab a bite, a latte or a cold beer. The shops along the main street are often open weekends and usually have great deals this time of year! Attractions like Ascent Aerial Park also remain open weekends so add some adventure to your visit by tackling the ropes course.
Head to the Falls
Beyond the beach, be sure to add a visit to Sauble Falls Provincial Park to your to-do list. During the fall, the Chinook Salmon make their way up the falls to spawn up river. This natural phenomenon is amazing to witness in person and you can’t help but cheer as the fish battle their way up. Camping remains open at Sauble Falls Provincial Park until October 31 so it’s the perfect time for a fall getaway.=
Consider adding a paddle on the Sauble River to your plans. With fall colours lining the banks, this calm river makes a beautiful fall paddle. Canoe rentals are available at Sauble Falls Provincial Park and be sure to ask camp staff about river conditions. Find out more about the route right here.
Wander to Wiarton
The home of Wiarton Willie and often called the Basecamp to the Bruce Peninsula, Wiarton has an eclectic downtown lined with shops and restaurants and is home to the hidden gem-Bluewater Park-a beautiful waterfront park complete with camping. Consider booking a waterfront site and using it as your basecamp for fall adventures.
Go for a Hike at Spirit Rock
While in Wiarton, be sure to visit Spirit Rock and McNeill’s Estate Conservation Area located just north of town on Highway 6. This unique conservation area features the ruins of an old estate and a metal spiral staircase that leads you down the escarpment to the stunning blue waters of Colpoy’s Bay. Those staying at Bluewater Park can do a nice out and back hike on the Bruce Trail and access the ruins from below via the staircase. If you are lucky enough to get a warm autumn day, dip your toes or take the full plunge in the bay. The water has had all summer to warm up and can be surprisingly refreshing.
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