Tobermory Ontario

Welcome to Wiarton

Nestled against the towering bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment, Wiarton is a thriving four seasons community. Its most famous resident, Wiarton Willie, fuels Wiarton’s international recognition, as part of the Wiarton Willie Festival, which can run as long as 5 days.

Wiarton Willie hosts national and often international media for his Groundhog Day prediction.


Wiarton is located on the Bruce Peninsula between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It has a population of 2,300. It is located only 20 minutes drive from the popular resort town of Sauble Beach.

Wiarton sits squarely at the head of the long gash in the Niagara Escarpment known as Colpoys Bay. It is named after Wiarton Place in Maidstone, Kent, the birthplace of the Governor General of Canada during the 1850's when Wiarton was first settled. The long jutting headlands make sailing, canoeing or kayaking the Bay a protected but magnificent experience, especially with the three islands -- Griffith, Hay, and Whitecloud -- looking like a necklace separating Colpoys from Georgian Bay.

Once a lumber town, with seven mills, from rough to finish, ringing the Bay, Wiarton is a bustling full-service town with five motels, a hotel, cottages and bed, and breakfasts in town or nearby. Bluewater Park is beautiful winter and summer with the perfect Victorian train station, the white stone sculpture of Wiarton's famous Spring forecaster, Wiarton Willie, a busy ball diamond and children's playground, plus a boat launch and long dock for fishing, strolling or watching the sunrise over the escarpment and clean water. There are plenty of activities in and around Wiarton to keep the whole family occupied!

The Wiarton area is surrounded by nature. Georgian Bay provides visitors with endless water experiences, and the surrounding parks & conservation areas mean there are endless options for hiking and nature gazing. The area is renown for its wildflowers & orchids, and there are some fantastic gardens in the area to visit. The famous Bruce Trails runs through the waterfront of Wiarton - following it north from Bluewater Park - you can take a lovely hike to Spirit Rock Conservation Area. There is a mountain bike park located 10 minutes north of Wiarton - it is a great place to spend the day! In winter - the village is alive with snowmobilers - who come to this area to experience the great snowmobile trails that run north and south of Wiarton. There are some excellent ski trails nearby - some groomed or choose to ski or snowshoe on the Bruce Trail.


Month by month guide to the Bruce Peninsula

December, January, February & March is winter on the Bruce Peninsula

After the holiday's winter sets in and the ice begins to form along the shoreline of the Bruce Peninsula making for some amazing shoreline vistas. The snow has started to collect on the trails in the national and provincial parks, we truly are a Winter Wonderland.


The Bruce Peninsula is a fantastic place in the winter. Miles of fresh snow awaits hikers, snowshoers, cross country skiers, snowmobilers & ATV riders. There are plenty of accommodations open in winter, as well as a few local restaurants & the Tobermory Brewing Company. Many shops do close for the winter, and our villages are very quiet. Most visitors in winter come up for the quiet of the area. The waters surrounding the Bruce freeze in the winter, and the waves & currents push ice onto the shore - building huge ice mountains that are breath-taking to view and open a new world to explore. 

April, May & June is spring on the Bruce Peninsula

The snow is melting and the temperature is climbing as the sun warms the land and the waters of the Bruce Peninsula. The birds are migrating back to their northern home, the wildflowers are breaking ground, spring has arrived. What are - you doing?


As the first wildflowers and ferns reach for the warm sun the Alvars and forests come to life, Trilliums, Lakeside Daisy, Wood lily, and Orchids, Indian Paint Brushes and Columbines are abundant, growing along the sides of roads in huge numbers. Spring is also low season for cottage rentals, most offer 3 day weekends. Access to all we have to offer is great this time of year and spring weather is amazing on the Bruce  Peninsula. The trails are clearing of snow and the tour boats are running without the crowds that come with summer vacation. What are you waiting for?

Summer is the season for outdoor adventures.

Summer on the Bruce Peninsula is fun for your entire family and friends, with hiking the Bruce Trail, fishing, camping, boat tours to Flowerpot Island & sunset cruises, sandy beaches for swimming, Helicopter tours, shopping, restaurants, biking, Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and boating around the many islands of Fathom Five National Marine Park. The weather is perfect on the Bruce Peninsula there are fun and challenging events and family festivals during the spring and summer on the Bruce. Come, relax and rejuvenate your soul, getaway away from work and the city life!


Summer - the kids are out of school pack up the family and head north to the Bruce Peninsula we are all about getting outdoors spending time with the family, friends and being close to nature. Summer means hiking, camping, kayaking or canoeing, fishing & diving, boating, atv riding, biking, beaching, swimming, golfing, really there is no end to what you can do while visiting the Bruce Peninsula - we really do have it all!

September, October, November - fall on the Bruce Peninsula

Septemeber can be the most temperate time on the Bruce, the water is at its warmest, the crowds have gone back to the grind of life, school and home, which means you'll have all the activities we have to offer mostly to yourselves and fall is approaching which is an experience of color unto itself.


September like late spring is warm and quiet, the kids are back in school and the many summer visitors are back to work. This is the time to visit if you can make the escape from the city and work. The weather is beautiful, the water is at its warmest for the year, and fall is just around the corner. October brings a world of color as the foliage begins to change. Hiking the Niagara Escarpments Bruce Trail and one of the boat tours will give you the best vantage points to see the colors of fall against the towering limestone cliffs on the peninsula. The famous Pumpkin Toss & tractor races are also in October and that is a sight to be seen. Thanksgiving in November is time to get the family together one more time before the holidays of December & the snow begins to fall. Winter is near November is the last chance to get everyone out one more time before you need to get the winter gear on.