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The towns and cities throughout Ontario's eleven Bluewater regions comprise some of the most geographically and culturally diverse communities in the province. Amazing heritage attractions, events and services await you in communities where visitors' experiences create a sense of place that lingers.

Bruce County
Bruce County is the most diverse of the Bluewater regions. It has the most historic lighthouses and highest concentration of beaches in Ontario along its Lake Huron and Georgian Bay coastlines, and some of the most challenging golf courses too. The world's largest nuclear power facility and its Bruce Power Visitors' Centre are located in the county. Two national parks with their adherent boat tours, four provincial parks; Inverhuron, MacGregor Point, Sauble Falls and Black Creek provide fantastic swimming, hiking and nature reserves to explore. The renowned Bruce
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Chatham-Kent encompasses some of the richest agricultural areas in Ontario's Bluewater regions. It is bounded by Lake Erie to the south and Lake St. Clair to the northwest, which provide outstanding boating, fishing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The Thames and Sydenham Rivers can also be navigated for considerable distances and marine heritage sites explored at Lighthouse Cove and Wallaceburg. Chatham-Kent is Canada's Classic Car Capital, which hosts several historic vehicle festivals between Blenheim and Wallaceburg. Elegant heritage buildings, museums and
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Essex County
Essex County is the most fertile of Bluewater regions where farm markets, orchards and vineyards produce much of Ontario's soft fruits and wines. The Essex & Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Route traverses the locations of Ontario's burgeoning wineries. The county is famous for its birding locations including Point Pelee National Park, which contains the province's rarest and most diverse habitats for wildlife viewing. Pelee Island Ferry Service takes passengers and vehicles to visit Canada's most southerly community with its winery tours, beaches, fishing and nature reserves. Marinas
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Grey County
Grey County is where Bluewaters and Blue Mountains meet! The Niagara Escarpment (a World Biosphere Reserve) winds across the county, affording rare flora, the highest viewpoints and most scenic trekking in Ontario along the famous Bruce Trail or Trout Hollow Trail. The Georgian Trail and Georgian Bluffs Trail offer level, off-road corridors for biking, skiing and walking. The region has the greatest concentration of rock climbing cliffs, caves, waterfalls, and winter sports facilities in the province, as well as the biggest ziplines, extreme adventure tours and downhill mountain
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Huron County
Huron County is Ontario's "West Coast" and one of the premier Bluewater regions that can claim many superlatives. Sunsets along Lake Huron are spectacular and can be seen twice at many locations where high shoreline bluffs exist. If you quickly climb the bluff after sunset, you can watch the sunset again! This region was one of the first to be settled under the colonial Canada Company and it retains many heritage sites and buildings that are reminicent of the British Empire era. Distinctive Victorian architecture is evident in Bayfield, Seaforth, Clinton, Wingham and Goderich - "Canada's
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Lambton County
Lambton County, located along the St. Clair River and lower end of Lake Huron, is in many ways the heart of Ontario's Bluewater country. The brilliant blue waters of the lake and river are difficult to take your eyes off when driving along the St. Clair Parkway or shoreline north of Sarnia, so it's best to stop to take it all in. Better yet is a scenic cruise or boat outing for water sports or fishing. Lambton has a long love affair with marine traditions as is evident by nautical history displayed at the network of museums that span the county. It also has a love affair
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Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island, as the world's largest fresh-water island that even contains islands within its own lakes, is a place that is considered by its aboriginal inhabitants to be the "home of the great spirit, Manitou". Among the Bluewater regions it is an extension of the Bruce Peninsula Escarpment, yet it is geographically part of Northern Ontario. Socially it remains a land unto itself with a unique flavour that could be called "island culture". Access from the south is via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry but during winter Highway 6 through Espanola is the only land access. Residents, both
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Muskoka District
Muskoka District is perhaps the most scenic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. Its rugged granite landscape interspersed with waterfalls and hundreds of lakes is spectacular in any season, but especially so during the fall colour transition. The area is well known for its upscale resorts, summer kids' camps and boutique shops, but it also has very affordable services and attractions for any budget. Boat tours and dinner cruises depart from Port Carling and other ports through the Muskoka Lakes locks. Muskoka Lakes Museum highlights the fascinating heritage of Muskoka with exhibits and
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Parry Sound District
Parry Sound District encompasses most of the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay as one of the most rural of the Bluewater regions. Vast tracts of wilderness are dotted by small towns and villages that serve as vital supply centres for large areas and also preserve the cultural heritage of Northern Ontario. This is the heart of the 30,000 Islands, a designated World Biosphere Reserve due to its unique geology and ecology as the world's largest fresh-water archipelago. Intriguing marine heritage sites include boom-and-bust ghost towns and lighthouses at Pointe au Baril, Snug Harbour and
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Simcoe County
Simcoe County has an amazing number of attractions in this oldest and most historic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. In Midland and Penetanguishene alone, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Martyrs' Shrine, Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Discovery Harbour, Huronia Museum, Midland 30,000 Island Boat Tours and SS Keewatin Steamship Museum dominate the scene with incredible heritage sites, tours and events for visitors. Midland Tours also extends its boat cruises aboard the Serendipity Princess to Port Severn during autumn. Midland is Huronia's "historic mural town" with dozens of poignant
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Sudbury District
Sudbury District is the largest of the Bluewater regions. It not only contains the most rugged wilderness in Ontario, but also considerable cosmopolitan services and events in its major urban centre, Sudbury. World class museums and exhibits await visitors at Science North with its IMAX Theatre, Dynamic Earth with its iconic Big Nickel, Sudbury Labyrinth, Sudbury Heritage Museums and one of the world's most fantastically sculpted mini-golf courses, Dinosaur Valley. The revolutionary regreening of Sudbury's landscape includes numerous parks, beaches, conservation areas and an
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