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Lion's Head/Ferndale Pride of the Bruce Peninsula

Nestled on the shore of Isthmus Bay on the east side of the Bruce Peninsula, Lion’s Head is one of the neatest villages you can find. The natural harbour with its limestone cliffs overlooking the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay, offers breathtaking scenery. The village got its name from a cliff on the east escarpment that resembled the profile of a lion. The famous Bruce Trail follows Moore St. to the east bluff and leads up to the top of the escarpment through the Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve, providing panoramic views of the bay. This area contains the largest concentration of glacial potholes in Ontario. The holes are huge cylinders that were bored into the rock by stones caught in whirlpools during the Ice Age meltdown. The region also boasts the province’s greatest variety of ferns and orchids that grow in specific soil and climatic conditions of the escarpment.

North of Lion’s Head, Isthmus Bay Road affords dramatic views of cliff faces followed by a winding route through woods and meadows to St. Margaret’s Historic Chapel at 133 Forty Hills Rd. Built of limestone by early pioneers, the chapel has a charming interior and sturdy façade. The front windows feature iconic Christian symbols but the rear windows portray lovely native wildflowers in stained glass. The building is usually open to visitors and services are held on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Lion’s Head and Ferndale have restaurants and accommodations with cottages, motels, bed & breakfast and camping. The sheltered beach at Lion’s Head Park has a picnic area, pavilion, washrooms and playground. An historic light beacon overlooks the harbour that has a boat launch and dockage. The village hosts Harbourside Music & Astronomy Nights (Fri-Sat., July-Aug.) with free entertainment and the opportunity to view stars with a telescope from an observation platform. The peninsula is a dark sky reserve that offers excellent conditions for celestial observations.

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