Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport

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Lakeshore Route (Stops 5-8)
  • Fairy Lake
  • Blackhorse Golf
  • Apple Rail Trail

Start your Passport adventure at BlackHorse Golf and Country Club, just south of Kinloss on Bruce Road 1. While you’re here why not play nine holes (or all 18!) at this gorgeous club? Enjoy the amazingly well-maintained layout and the dramatic views from the two holes carved out of a former gravel pit surrounding a five-acre spring fed lake.

Once you’ve had your fill, head south and hang a right at Bruce Road 6 and this will take you right into Ripley – and to the mini tour! Right along Bruce Road 6, you’ll find the mini tour punches at Lewis Park, the Ripley Variety Store and the Memorial Park. Bring the kids swimsuits for the splash pad at Lewis Park or watch the kids climb around like monkeys on the various playground options while you relax in the shade under the gazebo. Grab lunch at the Ripley Variety Store, which offers a selection of sandwiches on freshly baked bread, local baked treats, ice cream and many other options. Enjoy the meal on their outside patio or take it over to Memorial Park to eat under the gazebo over looking the baseball diamond and rail trail.

For the last two stops in Ripley, walk or drive to the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens on Park Street, off of Bruce Road 7, and take a stroll through the gardens. Check out the diverse collection of sustainable food plants, including organic rare, endangered and heirloom varieties. Don’t worry if the gardens look closed, you’re welcome to take a self-guided tour. Because volunteers mostly run the garden it has limited official (staffed) hours of operation, Thursday thru Sunday 10am-5pm from June 1st until October 1st. Offer up a donation and take some of these varieties home!

The final stop in Ripley is Passport stop number 8, just at the end of Park Street you’ll see the Apple Rail Trail. This trail offers a wide variety of apples that were available during the period when the railway was being put in.

On a clear day, heading over to Point Clark is a must! This cottage town boasts an over 180° view of Lake Huron and a beach on either side of the lighthouse. Once you’ve soaked in this view, head north on Highway 21 into Kincardine. Your next Passport stop is in Tiverton, where Highway 21 takes a right-hand turn. Make the turn and pull off to the side where you will find St. Andrews Park. Take in the peaceful mindset that sinks in once you step towards the trickling fountain amidst the lush gardens, enjoy a game of chess and search to find your Passport box. 

Side Trip: Head to the Bruce Power Nuclear Plant to explore the Visitor Centre and learn about the worlds largest operating nuclear plant, pre-book a tour and have a bus take you around the 2,300-acre facility.

Keep north on Highway 21 until you reach Southampton, turn right onto Clarendon Street and another right on Breadalbane Street N where you will find a parking lot at the bend. Step towards the Fairy Lake Lookout, hang out in the Adirondack chairs and take a load off. Next, take a walk around the lake and across the road and you’ll find the Southampton Rotary Accessible Splash Pad! Located beside the funky Rotary Accessible Park, this splash pad opened in 2017 and has been cooling young ones off in the hot summer sun ever since. For the parents, there are benches, a shaded picnic shelter and nearby washrooms. Don’t forget the bathing suits as this will be a sure-fire hit on those warm sunny days! End your day along the shores of Lake Huron – probably the best sunset in Ontario! Relax on one of the benches at the end of High Street and watch the sun go down and the amazing colours blend with the blue waters. This is a view you will not want to miss!

Remember to read the ‘Top 3 things to do’ list on each Passport box for more options in the area. Use this year's Adventure Passport to create your most memorable experience along the Lakeshore! 

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