The following is a list of activities that are popular with visitors and people who live and cottage in this area:
On the water
Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour
As you take the 15 minute boat ride to the island you will enjoy the outstanding views of the sandy beach shoreline and the deep blue waters of Lake Huron. During your two hour guided visit on Chantry Island, you have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Imperial Lighthouse for extraordinary views of the island. Stroll back in time as you visit the Light Keeper’s Cottage as it existed in the late 1800’s, decorated with period furnishings
Price: $30 per person
Duration: 2 hour, 5 minutes walk from Chantry Breezes
Web site: www.chantryisland.com Phone: 519 797-5862
Kayaking & Canoeing on the Saugeen River
Thorncrest Outfitters, located in Southampton, provide a variety of paddling experiences from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Their excursions include all equipment and transportation. Check out their web site for full details.
Price: from $35 per person
Duration: Half day plus
Web Site: www.thorncrestoutfitters.com Phone: 888 345-2925
Bruce County is endowed with more than 50 beaches! However, it’s not the quantity of beaches that’s intriguing as it is the fantastical diversity. Southampton beach is about 1.3 miles of sand, so there is lots of opportunity for a beach stroll and just 2 minutes walk from downtown.
Duration: as long as you want
Web Site for Bruce County beaches: www.explorethebruce.com/beaches-swimming.php
Bruce County is a favoured fishing destination in Southern Ontario. Why? You can go down rigging in the cool deep waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron in summer, and cast from riverbanks into the migratory run in spring and fall. Quiet inland lakes invite spinning, and the revered Saugeen River is “the” place for fly fishing.
Web Site: www.explorethebruce.com/fishing.php
This sailing charter company takes you offshore to view stunning sunsets, experience the wind in the sails, and explore the islands of Lake Huron. Whether you like serene sunbathing on the deck of a ship, or adventurous sailing on cresting waves, they can customize your sailing experience.
Price: from $15 per person
Web Site: www.offshoreadventures.on.ca
Attracting more than 8,000 divers annually, Fathom Five National Marine Park, offshore of Tobermory, encompasses 22 shipwrecks that are amongst the oldest and best-preserved wrecks in Canada. There is a diving shop in Port Elgin, Groundhog Divers Shop, 519 389-3629.
Web Site: www.explorethebruce.com/scuba-diving.php
The web site below outlines 12marvellous area cycle tours. Cycle rentals are available from Martins Bike Shop on High Street.
Web Site: www.explorethebruce.com/cycling.php (great cycling map)
Web Site: www.martinsbicycleshop.com Phone: 519 797-3200 email: email@example.com
Southampton Walking Tours
There are a whole variety of hiking trails
Saugeen Shores Trail map: www.saugeenrailtrail.com/downloads/SaugeenRailTrail_LargeMap.pdf
Rural Gardens Tour
A collective of gardeners have created a marvelous form of horticultural show-and-tell. “Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties” is an organization of both hobbyist and professional gardeners that not only welcome visitors but also share their green thumb secrets
Web Site: www.ruralgardens.ca provides info and downloadable map
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
Bruce County Museum showcases a thousand years and more of history in Bruce County. From the ice age to the military, and from Aboriginal tools to the telephone, the museum is the ticket to great insight to the land, the people and the marine heritage of The Bruce.
Web Site: www.brucemuseum.ca provides info and downloadable map
Southampton Art School
The Southampton Art School is one of the oldest, most respected summer art schools in Ontario. It caters to over 800 students and classes from March to November. The work of over 40 member artists fill the co-operative Gallery’s rooms in the Old Southampton Town Hall.
Web Site: www.southamptonart.com provides course info and costs
Enjoy a Bruce County Tipple
Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery
Overlooking the crystal blue water of Georgian Bay, in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment sits Grey County’s first winery, Coffin Ridge. A boutique winery by design, Coffin Ridge produces high quality, small batch wine made primarily from grapes grown from hand planted, handpicked Grey County grapes
Open: Thurs to Sunday 11 – 4
Web Site: www.coffinridge.ca Phone: 519 371-9565
The focus at Carrick Wines is to create small, high quality wines and ciders that reflect our local heritage. Carrick Wines serves as a very energy efficient micro-winery. Stop by and enjoy a stroll through 12 acres of Vineyards along the terraced slopes of the Otter Creek Valley. The winery itself speaks the story of the a self-motivated rural community
Web Site: www.carrickwine.ca Phone: 519 507-1723 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neustadt Springs Brewery
Neustadt Springs Brewery is a small craft industry. Family owned and operated, the brewery is nestled in Neustadt, one of the prettiest villages in Ontario. First established in 1859 being built over one of the finest sources of spring water in Canada. Also reputed to being the oldest operating original brewery building in Ontario. Guided tours to see the brewery, caverns and the original crystal springs only operate from May until September on weekends only.
Indulge in a spa treatment…
Drifting Sands Spa
At Drifting Sands Spa they are committed to providing the highest quality of spa techniques to provide a relaxing, revitalizing and rejuvenating spa experience. Their web site details treatments and costs.
Web Site: www.driftingsands.com Phone: 519 797-3007
Saugeen Golf Course
Saugeen Golf Club is a 27-hole facility with full irrigation, daily manicuring, bunkers of sparkling white sand, several water hazards, plus four sets of tee blocks per hole, offering a challenge for all golfers, from the beginner to the experienced. The Terrace Restaurant offers a full menu tempting snacks daily “express” lunch specials and a spacious patio.
Price: $55 (cart $35)
Distance from CB: 7 km
Web Site: www.saugeengolf.com Phone: 519 389-4031 Email: Jeff@saugeengolf.com
Southampton Golf & Country Club
Southampton Golf is located just north of Southampton with 18 holes of championship challenges. The pro shop carries everything you could need and there is a licensed restaurant & patio with daily lunch specials and Wed. night wing nights.
Price: $45 (cart $35)
Distance from CB: 6 km
Web Site: www.southamptongolf.ca Phone: 519 797-3684 Email: email@example.com
South Port Golf Course
Scenic 9 hole, par 36 golf course with driving range, putting green and licensed snack bar. Membership or pay as you play
Price: $32 (cart $30)
Distance from CB: 6 km
Web site: www.southportgolf.com Phone: 519 832-5650 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Cobble Beach Golf Resort
Acclaimed awards from the likes of Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf, Ontario Golf, Fairways and SCOREGolf magazines — it combines an excellent, challenging design with relaxing scenery. The overall result is a course that will force experienced players to expand their game while helping rookies learn the wonderful sport of golf. Sweetwater Restaurant specializes in tempting cuisine featuring locally sources foods.
Price: $99 plus cart
Distance from CB: km
Web site: www.scobblebeach.com Phone: 519 370-2173 Email: email@example.com