Surrounded by rugged vistas, Wiarton serves as a gateway to the Bruce Peninsula. While the town is perhaps best known for Wiarton Wille the Groundhog, it offers a wealth of outdoor recreational options.

Seated at the western edge of Colpoy’s Bay, visitors can rent kayaks and canoes, swim at Bluewater Park or spend the day fishing. For land-based activities, hit the mountain bike trails, play a round of golf or hike to ancient caves.

During winter months, the town also makes a great starting point for exploring the wider region by snowmobile.

Map of Wiarton

Where is Wiarton?

The town of Wiarton is located on the Bruce Peninsula at the base of Colpoy’s Bay. It is located just under three hours’ drive from the Greater Toronto Area and about half an hour from Owen Sound.

The town and surrounding area are best explored by car or motorcycle, with limited public transit provided by the Grey Transit Route. Wiarton can also be accessed by water, with moorage at the Wiarton Marina.

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Things to do in Wiarton

Celebrate Groundhog Day

Wiarton’s top annual draw, the Wiarton Willie Festival, celebrates the winter weather prediction of the town’s celebrated rodent with a carnival, parade and more.

Visit an art gallery

The Deep Water Gallery in Downtown Wiarton shows exhibitions of local art, holds co-op craft sales and hosts periodic artist talks.

Hike to ancient caves

View caves that are estimated to be between 7,000 to 8,000 years old at the Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area.

Discover some ancient ruins

Hidden within the Spirit Rock Conservation Area are the Corran Ruins—the remnants of a 19th-century estate. Explore the ruins and climb the spiral staircase down to the water.

Go mountain biking

Hit the trails at the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park with rideable terrain for all skill levels, including a groomed 3.5-kilometre loop and a pump track.

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Last updated: March 31, 2024

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