Guidebook for Hope Bay

Andrea
Guidebook for Hope Bay

Entertainment & Activities

Spring water runs year-round from the well, and the shallow inland lake is great for swimming, boating and fishing.
Berford Lake Road
Spring water runs year-round from the well, and the shallow inland lake is great for swimming, boating and fishing.
Trails are challenging, and all cyclists required to wear helmets. Free use for everyone with a helmut and bike.
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Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park
661 Bruce Road 9
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Trails are challenging, and all cyclists required to wear helmets. Free use for everyone with a helmut and bike.
My husband's favourite! Casual and inexperienced golfers welcome! Very casual 9-hole course, great for beginners at a great price, $10/round. Same amazing views of Legacy Ridge and Cobble Beach overlooking Georgian Bay.
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Wiarton Golf Club
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My husband's favourite! Casual and inexperienced golfers welcome! Very casual 9-hole course, great for beginners at a great price, $10/round. Same amazing views of Legacy Ridge and Cobble Beach overlooking Georgian Bay.
Legacy Ridge is the old Owen Sound Golf Course, a true links course, with a restaurant overlooking the bay, and much more affordable than Cobble Beach.
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Legacy Ridge Golf Club
318494 Grey Rd 1
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Legacy Ridge is the old Owen Sound Golf Course, a true links course, with a restaurant overlooking the bay, and much more affordable than Cobble Beach.

Sightseeing

Best swim with views of open waters and escarpment. Nice 15-20 minute walk in to town of Tobermory along trail.
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Dunks Bay
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Best swim with views of open waters and escarpment. Nice 15-20 minute walk in to town of Tobermory along trail.
Amazing experience of rural life in Grey-Bruce. The livestock auction is a lot of fun for children and 245+ outdoor stalls sell everything from locally grown fruits, veggies, baking to furniture.
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Keady Livestock Market
117012 Grey Road 3
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Amazing experience of rural life in Grey-Bruce. The livestock auction is a lot of fun for children and 245+ outdoor stalls sell everything from locally grown fruits, veggies, baking to furniture.
Cape Croker hosts its annual weekend POW WOW every August with drumming, fancy dancers, sunrise ceremony and great food. To find out details for this year's Pow Wow, check out details at www.capecrokerpark.com
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Cape Croker Park
112 Park Rd
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Cape Croker hosts its annual weekend POW WOW every August with drumming, fancy dancers, sunrise ceremony and great food. To find out details for this year's Pow Wow, check out details at www.capecrokerpark.com
From Cyprus Lake or Bruce Peninsula National Park, you can hike the Bruce Trail to the Grotto and all the way to Tobermory. The pebbled beach is fantastic and the deep water is very clear. Cyprus Lake is warm for swimming too.
Cyprus Lake Road
From Cyprus Lake or Bruce Peninsula National Park, you can hike the Bruce Trail to the Grotto and all the way to Tobermory. The pebbled beach is fantastic and the deep water is very clear. Cyprus Lake is warm for swimming too.
Summer evening sky tours with Bayside Astronomy on Fridays and Saturdays at the public beach on Forbes Street in Lion's Head.
Forbes Street
Summer evening sky tours with Bayside Astronomy on Fridays and Saturdays at the public beach on Forbes Street in Lion's Head.

Essentials

Fun Saturday morning crowd at the farmers' market where you can get breakfast and coffee too. Market is right on the beach with swings and swims for children.
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Lion's Head Farmers' Market
1 Forbes St
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Fun Saturday morning crowd at the farmers' market where you can get breakfast and coffee too. Market is right on the beach with swings and swims for children.
Large area farmers' market with great selection of fresh grown foods, prepared foods, local frozen meats i.e. bison, elk, lamb, beef, and handmade crafts, art,with breakfast available indoors at cafe.
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Owen Sound Farmers' Market
114 8th St E
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Large area farmers' market with great selection of fresh grown foods, prepared foods, local frozen meats i.e. bison, elk, lamb, beef, and handmade crafts, art,with breakfast available indoors at cafe.
Excellent Georgian Bay whitefish and lake trout caught wild, and Manitoulin-farmed rainbow trout comes in on Wednesdays. We love the pickerel when available and the smoked fish made at the store too.
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Howell's Fish
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Excellent Georgian Bay whitefish and lake trout caught wild, and Manitoulin-farmed rainbow trout comes in on Wednesdays. We love the pickerel when available and the smoked fish made at the store too.
Library has free wifi, is next to LCBO and across the road from Bluewater Park and grocery store. Wiarton Willy lives there too.
542 Berford St
542 Berford St
Library has free wifi, is next to LCBO and across the road from Bluewater Park and grocery store. Wiarton Willy lives there too.
Smaller grocery store than Wiarton but with good selection of essentials.
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Foodland - Lions Head
4 Webster St
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Smaller grocery store than Wiarton but with good selection of essentials.
Open 7am-12 Midnight 7 days a week with great selection of natural, organic and specialty foods plus all the essentials. This new store opened in 2016, and the loading dock receives almost daily deliveries, so food is fresher and better. Biggest and best grocery store on the peninsula.
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Foodland - Wiarton
425 Berford St
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Open 7am-12 Midnight 7 days a week with great selection of natural, organic and specialty foods plus all the essentials. This new store opened in 2016, and the loading dock receives almost daily deliveries, so food is fresher and better. Biggest and best grocery store on the peninsula.

Food Scene

For experienced golfers, Cobble Beach is the most challenging course. High end restaurant with matching prices and gorgeous patio overlooking Owen Sound.
The Inn at Cobble Beach
For experienced golfers, Cobble Beach is the most challenging course. High end restaurant with matching prices and gorgeous patio overlooking Owen Sound.
Recommended for local fruits, veggies, fresh-baked breads, local frozen meats and lively atmosphere.
596 Berford St
596 Berford St
Recommended for local fruits, veggies, fresh-baked breads, local frozen meats and lively atmosphere.
Breakfasts are good and so are the pies. Free wifi too.
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Rachel's Bakery and Cafe
79 Main St
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Breakfasts are good and so are the pies. Free wifi too.

Arts & Culture

Best rainy day activity, disco lights and all.
The Bowling Alley
902 10th St W
Best rainy day activity, disco lights and all.
One of the few remaining drive-ins with 2 screens continuously showing a family movie on one screen and more mature film on the other - a fun evening out with children or welcome blast from the past.
Owen Sound Twin Drive-In Thtre
One of the few remaining drive-ins with 2 screens continuously showing a family movie on one screen and more mature film on the other - a fun evening out with children or welcome blast from the past.
Local artists and studio art tour every July.
Bruce Peninsula Artists' Co-op Gallery
2866 ON-6
Local artists and studio art tour every July.
Art gallery also features some local history and very close to the Saturday Owen Sound farmers' market.
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Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 1 Ave W
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Art gallery also features some local history and very close to the Saturday Owen Sound farmers' market.

Everything Else

Caves and the Grotto are must visits, and the large pebbled beaches at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula - just follow the Bruce Trail north for a few hundred metres.
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Bruce-Peninsula-Nationalpark
469 Cyprus Lake Rd
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Caves and the Grotto are must visits, and the large pebbled beaches at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula - just follow the Bruce Trail north for a few hundred metres.

Parks & Nature

Fabulous hike along the Bruce Trail to Lion's Head Rock and another 45 minutes down to MacKay's Harbour for a swim on a private beach. My favourite hike to take friends and relatives for the magnificent views from the escarpment edge.
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Lions Head Provincial Park
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Fabulous hike along the Bruce Trail to Lion's Head Rock and another 45 minutes down to MacKay's Harbour for a swim on a private beach. My favourite hike to take friends and relatives for the magnificent views from the escarpment edge.
In Hope Bay, this part of the Bruce Trail is walkable from the cottage and can easily be followed by a swim at the large sandy beach or back at the cottage when summer days are hot. There are a number of looping hike options using the blue side trails too, and this part of the trail is much less travelled than the hike to Lion's Head Rock.
Hope Bay Forest Provincial Nature Reserve
In Hope Bay, this part of the Bruce Trail is walkable from the cottage and can easily be followed by a swim at the large sandy beach or back at the cottage when summer days are hot. There are a number of looping hike options using the blue side trails too, and this part of the trail is much less travelled than the hike to Lion's Head Rock.