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Explore The Bruce Bruce County Tourism
www.explorethebruce.com
Episode: 8019 "PORT ELGIN PUMPKINFEST" Travel Planner
So you thought that the 1 pound cucumber in your garden was big? Wait until you see these 500 pound squash!  Big veggies, classic cars, a canoe trip, an orchard visit, hot tubs and elegant dinners make this the perfect autumn Great Getaway.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call Bruce County Tourism - 1 (800) 268-3838. Have fun!
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Photo Galleries:
October 2007

» Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
(23 photos)
» Classic Car Show
(12 photos)
» MacGregor Park
(8 photos)
» Smiths' Apple Farm
(12 photos)
» The Saugeen River
(15 photos)
» Lost Gardens Retreat
(6 photos)
         
» Bluewater Resort
(18 photos)
         
Video
Special thanks for contributions to this episode:
Lost Gardens B&B | www.lostgardens.ca
Bluewater Resort | www.saugeenshores.ca
Thorncrest Outfitters | www.thorncrestoutfitters.com
Pumpkinfest | www.pumpkinfest.org
Saugeen Amphitheatre | www.saugeenfirstnation.ca
MacGregor Point Provincial Park | www.ontarioparks.com
Related Information & Links
PORT ELGIN
Pumpkin PUMPKINFEST
  Description Tourism continues today in Port Elgin as one of the town's main industries. Thousands of visitors come to the area for year-round recreation and to participate in festivals such as Pumpkinfest and its famous Antique and Classic Car Show or the Canadian Big Band Festival. The town was named after James Bruce, Eighth Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, who was Governor General of Canada from 1846 to 1854.   Description Along with giant vegetables and cars Port Elgin Pumpkinfest has more than 45 events and attractions to give the whole family lasting memories. With more than 1000 volunteers and 60 non profit groups, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest continues to be recognized as one of Ontario’s top events.
  Links » Saugeen Shores Tourism Website   Links » Pumpkinfest Website

Hiking BRUCE COUNTY TOURISM
Car ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW
  Description Located only 2 hours northwest of Toronto, the 'Bruce' as it's known locally is bordered by Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. There are over 850 kilometres (531 miles) of coastline to explore.   Description If its cars you want then take a “Walk Down Memory Lane” at our Cinderella’s Carriage Antique and Classic Car Show. This outdoor car show fills the streets of Port Elgin in one of Ontario’s largest two day shows.
  Links » Bruce County Tourism Website   Links » Pumpkinfest Car Show Website

Restaurant GROSVENOR'S OF SOUTHAMPTON
Garden LOST GARDENS RETREAT CENTRE
  Description Casual fine dining, internationally acclaimed.  Located in a renovated former railway station.  Full menu-innovative Canadiana cuisine, featuring fresh local wild game, fish and meats, housemade pastas, gourmet breads and pastries. Open for dinner at 5pm 7 days a week. Reservations recommended.   Description Host /facilitator/certified hatha  yoga teacher is Sue, who joins her husband,  sometime residents (son & daughter in university,) and one friendly canine in welcoming you to LOST GARDENS.  The 10 acres of meadow and hardwood forest is named "LOST GARDENS " due to the on-going project to renew a botanical gardens, which was in its prime at the turn of the century!
  Links
124 Grosvenor Street South
Southampton Ontario, Canada N0H 2L0
  Links
Location: 1558 Conc. 12 RR#1 Port Elgin , ON N0H 2C5
Phone: (519) 832-2331

Camp YURT CAMPING
Park MACGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK
  Description These semi-permanent canvas-covered structures are 16 feet in diameter, mounted on a wooden deck about two feet off the ground. Yurts can accommodate up to six people. They have two sets of bunk beds, a table and chairs, plywood floors, electric heat and lighting, and a propane barbecue.   Description A complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast on Lake Huron. Guided walks by the shore and through silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs reveal unusual inhabitants. Carnivorous (meat-eating) plants make this their home. Rare dwarf lake iris and the elusive spotted turtle appear in the spring. Migrating birds, including the black-crowned night heron and the American egret, stop here to snack. Winter visitors can camp in yurts and cross-country ski.
  Links
» MacGregor Point Yurts Webpage   Links
» MacGregor Point Website

Canoe THORNCREST OUTFITTERS
Park FRIENDS OF MACGREGOR
  Description Thorncrest Outfitters is your outdoor adventure centre for canoe, kayak, bicycle, hiking, birding and winter pursuits. We offer complete canoe and kayak trips on the Saugeen and Rankin Rivers, as well as open water paddling on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.   Description The Friends of MacGregor Point Park is an not-for-profit, charitable organization whose primary mandate is to support the interpretive, educational and research programs at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, we support the objectives of Ontario Parks - protection, heritage appreciation, outdoor recreation and tourism.
  Links
» Thorncrest Outfitters Website   Links
» Friends of MacGregor Website

Park DENNY'S DAM
Water SAUGEEN RIVER
  Description Denny’s Dam Conservation Area is located 5 km north of of Southampton. The area is accessible via Denny’s Dam road just off Highway 21, north of Southampton. This area is a popular docking point for canoeists enjoying the Saugeen River canoe route. Facilities present at this Conservation Area include privies, parking and a picnicking area. Camping is permitted at this park.   Description The Saugeen River originates in one of the highest points in Southwestern Ontario and flows through rolling scenic countryside to Lake Huron, at Southampton.
  Links
» Denny's Dam Conservation Area Webpage   Links
» Saugeen River Canoe Route Webpage

Fishing SAUGEEN RIVER FISHING
Amphitheater SAUGEEN FIRST NATION AMPHITHEATRE
  Description Bait, lure or fly? No matter what your prefer you'll get hooked on Saugeen Country! Upstream from Lake Huron you will find one of Ontario's best trout and salmon runs. The Saugeen River's naturally sheltered feeder streams and spring-fed lakes are also prime waters for brown trout, bass and pike.   Description This lovely outdoor theatre located in the heart of the village of Saugeen overlooks the scenic Saugeen River and is one of the most fascinating outdoor theatres in the Province. View the rock gardens or visit one of the nature trails, which offer a unique excursion into the unrefined beauty of the area.
  Links
» Saugeen River Fishing Webpage   Links
» Saugeen First Nation Amphitheatre Webpage

Apple SMITHS' APPLES AND FARM MARKET
Farm HI BERRY FARMS
  Description Located in Port Elgin, Ontario, Smiths' is a new orchard designed to produce top quality fruit on easy-to-pick dwarf apples trees. Smiths' is a friendly place located on a quiet country road, and is family owned and operated by Steve and Micki Smith.   Description Located in Saugeen Shores, Ontario along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, Hi Berry Farm grows a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Everything that they sell is grown on their own 120 acres of perfect sandy loam soil.
  Links
» Smiths' Apples and Farm Market Website   Links
» Hi Berry Farm Website
 


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