Lion's Head, so named after a portion of the
Niagara Escarpment you can see from the water that resembles a lions
head, is an active port town on Georgian Bay.
Also known for the Bruce Trail, this bayside town has numerous
B&Bs and cottages for rent.
But unlike some other Bruce Peninsula towns that close up shop for the
winter, Lion's Head has the only high school on the Bruce north of
We used to make an annual pilgrimage up to Lion's Head for the Bruce
Peninsula Art Show. Admission is free and it is held on the Civic
Holiday weekend at the high school.
Its a great way to get exposure to local artists that are inspired by
the Bruce Peninsula, waterfront and the beach. Remember this
is the same area that so inspired the Group of 7 artists.
Lion's Head and its marina are found in the protective Isthmus Bay. It
makes this town a natural port.
There is even a small sandy beach area to the right of the marina,
which is unusual for Georgian Bay which is typified by its
flat slate rock.
Lion's Head is a perfect spot to use as a base to explore the northern
part of the Bruce. There is a branch of the Bruce
Trail that can be accessed from here (Gunn Point), although it is
definitely not suited to young children or novice hikers. But
there is always the Lion's Head Nature Reserve for a more leisurely
The area is also known to be a favourite among hikers and sea kyakers
for the exposed cliff faces and open waters of Georgian Bay.
In addition to being a base for outdoor adventurists it is a great
cottage area for people who still want to have some comforts of home.
There is a grocery store, a hospital, a liquor store and even a nursing
There are boutiques and art galleries as well.
For me and my family however it is one of the places we religiously
stop at while we explore the Bruce Peninsula each summer.