We may not be venturing far this summer, but these destinations will transport you, even if it’s just for a day. Next up in our summer road trip series: charming Sauble Beach.
With everything that has been going on over the past year, it’s no secret we could all use a rejuvenating escape. Luckily, the most awesome points of interest are sometimes close to home. We tapped four guides from across the country to send you on a road trip to remember. From where to eat to what to buy, here’s how to make your next local excursion a truly bon voyage. First, we showed you how to conquer the majesty of Lake Louise, Alberta. Next, Stef Richardson, founder of the blog Lokal Digs, shares her tips for exploring Sauble Beach, Ont. and its surrounding areas on the province’s beautiful Georgian Bay.
Favourite things about this spot
“Time disappears. You’re brought back to being a kid and spending days at the beach eating ice cream sundaes, building sandcastles and begging not to go home.”
Notable places to nosh
“Pom Pom, in Thornbury, is a fun and friendly ice cream spot. Casero taco bus, in Sauble Beach, is a must visit. the Milk Maid, in Owen Sound, is known for its gourmet cheese and provisions — it’s a one-stop shop for all grazing-board necessities. Heydays at the June Motel has reinvented coastal classics and a groovy vibe. It’s perfect for gathering, sipping and soaking up summer.”
Where to shop
“The Patch is an iconic second-hand-clothing and -accessories store on the main strip in Sauble Beach. It’s got everything from trousers and overalls to jackets, tanks, hats and sunglasses. Grit & Grace is a women’s fashion boutique where you’ll find beautiful and classic pieces.”
Local brand to check out
“Bishop Botanicals is a line of plant-based skincare products created by a mother-daughter duo. It’s right in the heart of downtown Collingwood.”
Best place for coffee
“The Wellness Refinery. Minutes from the main beach, it has tasty snacks, smoothies and specialty coffees. It also has vegan and paleo options, and it’s all gluten-free!”
Hikes, adventures and restaurants off the main route
“Bruce Trail is well known by avid hikers because it’s 900 kilometres long. Get a little taste of nature’s finest on connected trails like Hoggs Falls (Flesherton) and Inglis Falls (Owen Sound) or at a tourist hot spot like Devil’s Monument (Dyer’s Bay). The hike is short, and the views are absolutely gorgeous. Make your way down the stairs to the rocky beach and turquoise waters. The best picnic spot is Meaford Harbour, with its prime view of Georgian Bay. Grab takeout from one of the main-street restaurants (Gio & Fran’s, The Kitchen or The Leeky Canoe) and enjoy eating by the famous breakwall.”
Best place for souvenirs
“Grandma Lambe’s is a family-owned and -operated fruit stand in Meaford that offers a variety of homemade jams and baked goods. It’s been around for nearly 80 years, and they bake over 35,000 pies a year.”
How to get there
Bring — and come back with — more stuff thanks to the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s front trunk.
What to pack