There is probably no better kept secret in all of Ontario than the town of Lion’s Head, a Shangri-la on Isthmus Bay halfway up the Bruce Peninsula’s Georgian Bay coast.
This picturesque small town with its natural harbour and family friendly sandy beach. The village’s central location on the Peninsula makes it an ideal base for exploring the Bruce. It was named for the rock formation located on the east escarpment.
Further into the harbour you will find a great marina and docking facility, a sandy beach with playground (which is dog friendly), and a beachside municipally owned and managed campground called Lion's Head Beach Park.
The first settlers who waded ashore, having arrived by boat, thought the escarpment resembled a lion’s head in profile. Uptown you will find a quaint main street with restaurants, a drug store, hardware, beer/liquor store, bank, hospital, and a grocery store.
The village’s natural harbour offers a full-service marina and is a superb destination for sea kayakers.
On Friday evenings, from July 7 to August 31, there are free Harbourside Music Concerts. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a variety of musicians as they play in a very dramatic setting at the Lion’s Head Harbour. There is also a Farmers Market at the beach from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon.
Lion’s Head has long been a favourite hiking destination on the Bruce thanks to its accessibility, rugged terrain and expansive views. The trails are challenging but not formidable and most routes can be enjoyed in an afternoon. A parking lot on Moore Street provides access to the trailhead. Rising through the forest and meadow, the trail climbs up through cedars and along the limestone cliffs past several lookouts, until it reaches the highest elevation at the Lion’s Head Lookout. From this spectacular vista, one can see down to the Village of Lion’s Head to the west and Isthmus Bay directly in front of you, the coast sweeps around to Whipporwill Bay, which reaches the spectacular White Bluff and further north, and finally to Smokey Head. Soaring birds, a bracing wind and the turquoise clear waters far below make this a view to remember.
Lion’s Head offers visitors exploration of the natural wonders of the centre of the Bruce Peninsula. Transversing these coastal and interior trails allows the serious hiker to circumnavigate the whole of the Lion’s Head Peninsula.
Dark Sky Viewing Platform -new-
The viewing platform is in the shape of a ship’s bow, with long range binoculars for daytime viewing and a night telescope that faces the Lion’s Head escarpment rock face. Will you be able to spot it?
The platform provides a top rated photo opportunity surrounded by sparkling, Caribbean-like waters and majestic cliffs, through a set of binoculars that have been provided through a grant obtained by the Lion’s Head Promotion Group. Join our Dark Sky Facebook page to talk with other star gazers here!
Overcast skies and a bit of dew or rain can make for some exceptional photo-ops at the Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival. This event runs rain or shine (with the exception of lightning), May 31st & June 1st at the Bruce Peninsula National Park.