Chantry Island Lighthouse, located just over a mile southwest of Southampton, has the distinction of being one of only six Imperial Lighthouses built on the Great Lakes. It began operation in 1859 and at that time sperm whale oil fuelled the light. Once on the island, you will be treated to a tour of the lighthouse, the lightkeeper's home and the restored gardens. The island is a Canadian Wildlife Service migratory bird sanctuary, home to more than 10,000 pairs of mating birds.
Eugenia Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ontario, dropping 30 metres. The falls had five mills and was the site of Ontario's second hydro-electric plant. It is located in Eugenia Falls Conservation Area in 23 hectares of parkland with hiking trails, washrooms and a picnic pavilion. The conservation area is about a 20-minute drive northeast of Highland Glen Golf Club.
The Georgian Trail runs between Meaford and Collingwood and offers 35 kilometres of smooth and comfortable riding with glimpses of Georgian Bay and great views of the ski hills in the Thornbury-Collingwood area. The fine granular surface makes for easy riding for bikes of all descriptions and the natural canopies formed by trail-side trees provide both spectacular scenery and relief from the sun.
Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors.
By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly ten years.
After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission’s compelling story is brought to life.
Located near Midland in the beautiful Southern Georgian Bay area, this world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Wendat nations. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits, school group tours, interactive education programs, special events, and corporate functions.
Visit our Interpretive Museum and themed gift shop, and complete your stay with a delicious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is operated by Huronia Historical Parks, and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
It is Bruce County’s most popular attraction, a bustling hot spot visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. One of Mother Nature’s crown jewels, its turquoise pool of water and intricate cave structures are mesmerizing!
The Grotto is located at the Cyprus Lake Road entrance to the Park. If you are looking to hike to the Grotto without the crowded trails or busy parking lots, the best time to visit is in the Spring or Fall.