Beach Bum Bucket List

1. RELAX AT THE BEACH

Family walking the shoreline at Grand Bend BeachDelight in 66 kilometres of Lake Huron’s sparkling, clean waters from Bayfield to Ipperwash and bask on more than 20 area beaches, while the kids build sandcastles and collect shells. Two dog-friendly beaches are located in Pinery Provincial Park. More Information

2. BE AN ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Photo of people parasailing

Photo: L. Marcoux

Adrenaline junkies can experience the area from 10,000 feet by parachuting or see the beach and lakeshore parasailing at 1,000 feet. Top off your adventure-filled day wakeboarding at nearby Windmill Lake. More information.

3. HIT THE TRACK

People racing at the motoroplexOne of Canada’s largest racing venues, Grand Bend Motorplex is one of only two offering drag-racing, road-racing, oval track-racing and motocross. It’s home to Eastern Canada’s largest drag racing event! More Information.

4. STEP INTO NATURE

Girls hiking at Port Franks

Photo: K. Keunezke

Pinery Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in Ontario with rare Savanna and Carolinian forest and wildlife and fauna unique to the area. Lots of trails to enjoy, including several wheelchair accessible ones. Parks and conservation areas offer many year-round hiking opportunities and trail types. More Information.

5. SEE THE SWANS

Photo of Tundra Swans

Photo: D. Bannister

In March, 15,000 Tundra Swans return to Canada’s Arctic from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland stopping over at the Thedford Bog fields behind Lambton Heritage Museum. More Information.

6. BE A CULTURE VULTURE

Photo of Huron Countys Playhouse Main StageA beach vacation here means you can also enjoy live theatre at five professional theatres just 5 minutes to 1 hour from the sand! Check out show listings and order your tickets today! More Information.

7. SHOP THE UNIQUE

Photo of Grand Bend Merchandise

Photo: S. Ryan

The main streets of Bayfield, Exeter, Forest and Grand Bend offer unique and varied products, including local photography and art, and locally produced and specialty food and food items. Grand Bend’s main street turns into a classic beach-front, holiday strip where the young and the young-at-heart shop and people-watch. More Information.

8. SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR

Live like a local and pick-up fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, meats and honey from farm-gate locations. Check out our “Taste Explorer” page and get started on gastronomic geocaching. More Information.

9. SCALE THE DUNE

Photo of kid running down the big sand hill in Port Franks

Photo: J. Jutzi

Port Franks boasts a giant sand hill! Kids of all ages enjoy the challenge of climbing up and walking down! Try not to fall.

10. PLAY PALEONTOLOGIST

Photo of Rock Glen Falls

Photo: J. Jutzi

Fossil hunt for crinoids, brachiopods and trilobites in ankle-shallow water at Rock Glen Conservation Area and cool off beside the only waterfall in Lambton County. More Information.