Beach Bum Bucket List

BE A BEACH BUM

Mom and daughter build sandcastles

PhotoL L. Welch

Swim, lounge, play, repeat. Join the kids in building sandcastles and collecting shells and interesting stones while you enjoy Lake Huron’s sparkling, clean waters from Ipperwash to Bayfield. Two dog-friendly beaches are located in Pinery Provincial Park. Sunscreen, drinks, snacks, towel – check! More Information

BE AN ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Parasail at Grand Bend's beach

Photo: L. Marcoux

Where can you skydive, parasail, seadoo, paddleboard, skateboard, cycle and swim? Happily, all in one place – the Greater Grand Bend Area. Find out what the shoreline looks like from 1,000 feet and top off your adventure-filled day wakeboarding at nearby Windmill Lake and Eco Park. Get out there! More information.

BE THE MACHINE

Photo: Grand Bend Motorplex

Grand Bend Motorplex is one of only two Canadian racing venues that offers dragracing, roadracing, oval-track racing and motocross. It’s also home to the MOPAR Canadian Nationals. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard the roar and felt the vibrations of a jet truck or jet car racing down the track! More Information.

BE A HEALTHY HIKER

Heading to Pinery's dog beach

Photo: J. Baillie

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.

BE A BIRDER

Tundra Swans in March

Photo: R. Switzer

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

BE A CULTURE VULTURE

Kryart Art Studio - Bayfield

Photo: J. Baillie

Just five minutes to an hour from Lake Huron’s shoreline are five professional live theatres. Mix your sand-and-surf vacation with some culture and see how many of the 32 productions you can attend. Show listings on page 26. Order your tickets today! More Information.

BE A TASTE EXPLORER

Grand Bend Farmers Market

Photo: J. Baillie

The breadbasket of Ontario, this area offers an array of farm-to-fork stores and outlets. It’s also becoming the next viticulture and microbrewery area of Ontario. Pick-up fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, meats and honey from farm-gate locations; taste test local cider, beer and wine; and dine at destination restaurants and locals’ favourites. “Be a Taste Explorer” starts on page 60. More Information.

SHOP THE UNIQUE

Sunset Arts Gallery

Photo: J. Baillie

Retailers in 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. Escape the mundane and repetition of big-box stores and malls. Shop the unique at family-owned stores for a refreshing shopping experience that will excite your soul and delight the senses. More Information.

 

 

SCALE THE DUNE

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.

BE A PALEONTOLOGIST

Rock Glen Conservation Area

Photo: L. Kowalchuk

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.