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 - THE HUB OF YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH NATURE
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.