Tour 1: Point Clark to Kincardine
Start your tour at Point Clark Lighthouse. This drive features the shoreline of Lake Huron between Point Clark and Kincardine. This area is known worldwide for its dramatic skies and stunning sunsets. Enjoy them from one of the many lighthouse jetties or docks in towns all the way up the coast.
While at the Point Clark Lighthouse visit the museum and climb to the top of the 26.50-m-high limestone tower. On a calm day you can actually see the dangerous shoals under water that lake freighters have to navigate around. Keep in mind that Point Clark Lighthouse is under restoration until 2014. You can still view the restoration of the Point Clark Lighthouse.
Head north to Kincardine along Lake Range Dr. past Boiler Beach. You will see the Boiler from the wreck of the Erie Belle, which currently sits on the shoreline. The Kincardine Lighthouse, an octagonal wooden tower built into the harbour’s hillside features a marine museum. The adjacent beach has a boardwalk with interpretive signs on local shipwrecks. In the summer on Saturday nights, watch the Kincardine Pipe Band marching down Queen Street.
The Ripley loop crosses numerous local artisan galleries and Mennonite farms. Be sure to stop in at I.C. Greenhouses and check out the nursery and many greenhouses. They really know how to decorate indoor and outdoor gardens.
Ready to cool off? Stop in at Holyrood General Store. They are known for their gigantic ice cream cone. You will leave questioning how they get all that ice cream on one cone.
Take a detour and sample the local cheese at Pine River Cheese, known for their delicious cheese curds. Be sure to sample their flavoured cheese curds, especially the Spicy Thai cheese curd.