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Lake Huron

Spectacular and Rugged Beauty: Bruce Peninsula National Park forms part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, a few hours from Toronto. Best known for its spectacular shorelines, expansive habitats and high natural diversity, the park is a paradise for nature lovers. Each meander of the renowned Bruce Trail rewards your senses: a patch of brilliant yellow lady slipper orchids, the melodious song of a scarlet tanager or an awe-inspiring glimpse of rugged cliffs plunging into azure waters. (Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Coastlines)

A Green Oasis in the City: For a diversion from the hurried existence we share, visit the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. Enjoy formal and naturally landscaped theme gardens, Gosling Wildlife Gardens, guided walking tours, or “Theatre in the Trees” featuring the delightful combination of a scrumptious buffet and performance. The Arboretum offers educational children’s programs and a variety of workshops about hawks, sparrows or ducks, identifying bird sounds, sketching nature, formal garden history and the Owl Prowl. (Northern Grand River Country and the Headwaters)


Simply a Grand Experience! The Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, flows through Brant County providing visitors with a fabulous setting for canoeing and kayaking! From June to September, the Grand is a superb venue for a leisurely trip for beginners. Choose a guided trip or canoe/kayak instruction. As soon as the ice melts, and spring is in the air… the seasoned kayaker will enjoy the fast water of the Grand and adjoining Nith River, in Paris. (Southern Grand River Country and Ontario’s South Coast)

Top Beaches, Coastlines and the Three Great Lakes: The beaches of Southern Ontario stretch for over 500 miles (800 kilometers) along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron. These provide a photographer’s backdrop of open, blue water against golden sand and deciduous trees and grasses. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball, take a family picnic, or just kick back and read a favourite book. Get on the water for sailing, boating and fishing. Popular beaches include Grand Bend, Goderich, Hibou Beach, Nickel Beach, Port Burwell, Port Dover, Port Stanley and Sauble Beach, as well as numerous beaches in Ontario Parks and National Parks.


Southern Ontario’s Conservation Areas: With a wide diversity of geographical regions and natural features, Southern Ontario’s conservation areas and authorities have every outdoor activity, in any season. Recognized world wide for their management of natural resources on an ecosystem or watershed basis, regional conservation areas and authorities manage thousands of acres across the province, protecting some of the most important woodlands, marshes and shoreline areas in the region. Area sites offer camping, nature trails, informative educational centres and the absolute best of fun on the water, available anywhere.

  • C.M. Wilson Conservation Area, Chatham
  • Essex Region Conservation Authority, Essex
  • Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London
  • Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Wroxeter
  • Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, Hanover
  • Grand River Conservation Authority, Cambridge
  • Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Simcoe
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority, Ancaster
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