Tour 2: Paisley to Southampton

View of Cove Island Lighthouse

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Start your venture in Paisley at the historic Fire Hall. Paisley is home to artist studio’s, a trestle bridge and Nature’s Millworks located in a 19th century mill. Be sure to spend some time to stop and watch the salmon spawning by the bridge beside Back Eddies Cafe, best time is in the fall.

Head north on Bruce Rd 3 to Southampton, which is the home of four lighthouses: Chantry Island Lighthouse, Front Range Light, Saugeen River Light and most recently, the Stokes Bay Range Light at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.  Take some time and visit all four! Enjoy the outstanding views of the sandy beach shoreline and the deep blue waters of Lake Huron on the 15 minute boat ride to the island. During your two hour guided tour on Chantry Island, you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Imperial Lighthouse for extraordinary views of the island and beyond.

Stop in at Fairy Lake where you will get the best view of Stokes Bay Range Light. The wooden watch room was saved from destruction when the Canadian Coast Guard made the decision to decommission it, and it was transported to Southampton in December 2009.  In April 2010 it was moved to its home at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre. Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours restoring it.

While you’re here, experience the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre’s “Ghostly Guardians of the Bruce Coast,” a lighthouse exhibit which shines the spotlight on the stories of Bruce Coast’s marine heritage.

Take a side trip and drive to Chantry View Dr. to check out the Chantry Island Viewing Platform. You can also rent a bike or stroll south along the North Shore Trail. The winding trail travels along the Lake Huron shoreline and offers a beautiful spot to catch the sunset for your viewing pleasures.