Nature & Outdoors
The Lake Huron and Georgian Bay areas are well known and loved for their exquisite natural beauty. From the sandy beaches at Sauble Beach and the towering cliffs at Cape Croker, to the rolling hills that slope off to Georgian Bay, the rocky, clear blue waters of Stokes Bay and Tobermory... the area is truly outstanding.
The Bruce Trail runs through much of the area from Meaford area, along the Niagara Escarpment, as it continues its way north, winding its way up the western edge of Georgian Bay to Tobermory, and then on to Cape Croker, Dyer’s Bay, and eventually Tobermory. This trail is one of the best ways to get exercise while being immersed in nature as you enjoy the beauty of this incredible area.
With many other trails for hiking, biking, running, and snowmobiling… or even for a slow sunday afternoon stroll, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors here. It’s why so many people choose to come visit each year at a waterfront cottage, and of course those who love it so much choose to buy a waterfront property on Lake Huron or on Georgian Bay.
The Lake Huron and Georigian Bay area is a great place to call home for families with kids.
There are 9 secondary schools in the region located in Flesherton, Hanover, Kincardine, Lion's Head, Meaford, Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Walkerton and Wiarton.
There are also 39 elementary schools located in Ayton, Chesley, Desboro, Durham, Dundalk, Flesherton, Hanover, Hepworth, Holland Centre, Holstein, Kincardine, Lion's Head, Lucknow, Markdale, Maxwell, Meaford, Mildmay, Owen Sound, Paisley, Port Elgin, Ripley, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Tara, Teeswater, Thornbury, Tiverton, Tobermory, Walkerton and Wiarton
The historic port of Owen Sound, located where the Sydenham river meets Georgian Bay, is home to the Owen Sound campus of Georigan College. It offers a variety of programs in it’s great facilities, including Canada’s most advanced marine simulation and research centre.
The area has several great hospitals to choose from in Owen Sound, Meaford, Wiarton, Lion’s Head, Southampton, and Kincardine. The area is well serviced with retirement homes and long-term care facilities.
Local Attractions & Amenities & Events
The Lake Huron / Georgian Bay area is home to some amazing events, attractions and amenities for enjoyment all year round which is one of the many reasons to buy a waterfront home on Lake Huron or Georigian Bay.
The Chi-Cheemaun is a ferry that runs multiple times daily from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island, carrying both passengers and vehicles to and from the Island.
The Chi-Cheemaun hosts many special events including a Sunset Dining Cruise where passengers are able to enjoy a wonderful meal while relaxing in the beautiful sunset on Georgian Bay, as well as “Stargazers Delight” where passengers will enjoy the dazzling wonder of the stars during a night-time voyage.
Tobermory is a beautiful small community located at the very northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula and has two harbours - “Big Tub” and “Little Tub”, with Big Tub Harbour being the largest fresh-water harbour in Canada.
Most businesses in Tobermory are open from May until the Thanksgiving long weekend in October, and they remain closed the rest of the year.
Cottage rentals and real estate for sale in Tobermory has taken off in the last few years with many waterfront properties providing summer homes and cottages to those who just can’t get enough of the area.
Sauble Beach is arguably one of the best-known attractions of the area. Up to 150,000 people descend on the town and beach on some weekends in the summer, and there’s good reason for that. Sauble is an incredible place to lay on the beach, go swimming, play in the water, or cool off on a hot summer day. Enjoy a relaxing stroll on the beach and take in the sunset while listening to the waves hit the shore
Sauble Beach has over 7km of beach and sand dunes and is one of the longest fresh-water sand beaches in the world. It’s been called one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World”. There are many shops and stores in the town and several great places to eat. Many cottages are available to be booked for the summer months as well as several campgrounds such as Carson’s Camp, Woodland Park, and Winding River Campground.
Also in Sauble Beach is the Ascent Aerial Park which is a very popular attraction, including climbing walls, high ropes, and their new zip coaster.
One thing is for sure: real estate and waterfront homes for sale in Sauble Beach are a hot commodity!
Owen Sound Events
In Owen Sound each year at the end of summer and beginning of fall, there are several events on back to back weekend that draw people from all over.
The Summerfolk music festival, which started in 1975 at Kelso Beach Park in Owen Sound is extremely popular and draws crowds each year from every Canadian province and 30 US states.
The Salmon Spectacular, Owen Sound RibFest, and the annual Fall Fair are Owen Sound events that draw crowds of locals and visitors from all across the province and country.
All very easily accessible and within a short driving distance from a waterfront home or cottage on Lake Huron or Georigian Bay.
A public library, new Rec Centre and the Bayshore Community Centre which is home to an OHL hockey team, the Owen Sound Attack, are just a few of the great reasons why Owen Sound is a great place to buy a waterfront property on Georgian Bay.
Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games
The Kincardine Scottish Festival is simply amazing. This award-winning Scottish festival is noted for its Pipe Band parade, as well as the Highland Games and Highland Dance competitions that take place during the Festival each summer.
For over 20 years, people from all over North American have descended on the little waterfront town of Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron in order see and take part in all things Scottish.
Kincardine is wonderful small town on the edge of Lake Huron with many great restaurants and shops, and has great access to the water via public beaches and a marina. The old downtown area has many old buildings from a by-gone architectural era which are perfect for a quiet stroll or dinner and evening out. All this, combined with beautiful summer weather and picture perfect sunsets make Kincardine a perfect place to buy a waterfront home on the shores of Lake Huron.
If you enjoy a round of golf every now and then, or if you play as often as you can, you will not be disappointed with having a waterfront home or cottage on Georgian Bay or Lake Huron!
With over four courses in and around Owen Sound, including Cobble Beach, four near Meaford, two close by Hepworth and Sauble Beach, a course in Wiarton, a handful in Saugeen Shores near or in Southampton or Port Elgin, and several further south near Kincardine. There are plenty of options to play new courses with visiting family or friends… and to have your own favourite as well.
Southampton & Port Elgin
The Southampton Market is truly an experience you won’t want to miss. A massive indoor market with over 2 acres of covered space spread across two floors; home to one of the largest selections of Mennonite furniture in Ontario.
Centrally located in beautiful Southampton, the Market has plenty of free parking and is wheelchair accessible. Historic rustic wooden floors create such a beautiful atmosphere and the feel of an old general store, but with the convenience of a larger factory outlet.
Port Elgin, only a few minutes from Southampton is home to even more great beaches on the shores of Lake Huron. Port Elgin is known quite well for its annual PumpkinFest, drawing crowds of nearly 60,000 people each year for the two-day event.
Both Port Elgin and Southampton are great spots to look for a waterfront home or cottage for sale - a place that you can truly make yours and enjoy for years to come.
Another local market is Keady Market, located about 10 minutes southwest of Owen Sound. Unlike the Southampton market which is open almost daily and is entirely indoors, Keady market happens on Tuesday each week and is mostly outdoors.
Live animal and livestock auctions each week, along with hundreds of vendors selling art pieces, antiques, and incredible fresh produce make Keady market a great place to be if you’re just visiting the area or if you’ve purchased one of the many waterfront properties for sale on Georgian Bay or Lake Huron to call your own.
With Blue Mountain easily within driving distance, Lake Huron waterfront properties are attractive year-round. Beautiful cottage and waterfront lifestyle in the summer, and skiing or snowboarding in the winter… not to mention snowmobiling. If you love hitting the slopes in the winter, then Blue Mountain is the place to be.
On the slopes you’ll encounter beautiful views overlooking Collingwood and Georgian Bay. The Blue Mountain Village has shops, restaurants with delicious foods, and a wonderful alpine village atmosphere.
If you’ve visited the area before and love it, or if you’re just looking for a new place to call home (even for the summer), then please contact us. Let us know if you have any questions about the area, what you’re looking for in a property, and we’ll go out of our way to find you the place of your dreams.