Southwestern Ontario’s famous sand beach stretches along Lake Huron from the northern tip of Grand Bend to the southernmost point of Lambton Shores, drawing sun and water lovers from near and far. With three area marinas, there’s easy access to the water for beachcombers and boaters alike. Big-sky fans take note: National Geographic ranks the sunsets at Pinery Provincial Park among the Top 10 Best in the World. The area is proud to fly three Blue Flags, awarded for its strict adherence to an environmental code of ethics.
With an endless stretch of sand beach and richly biodiverse populations of plants and wildlife, Pinery Provincial Park, right next door, is a nature lover’s paradise. It features the largest area of oak savanna in the province, as well as a protected example of beach dune ecology. Groomed hiking, biking and ski trails traverse rare Carolinian forest and sand dunes, while down the road at the Rock Glen Conservation area are world-renowned Devonian-era fossil deposits and an exquisite waterfall. That’s just the start.
Grand Bend is well serviced by health-care, legal, banking and business professionals, from doctors, dentists, therapists and pharmacists to lawyers, real estate agents, carpenters, tradespeople and mechanics. Year-round residents also reap the benefit of Ontario’s agricultural abundance, with locally raised, farmed or fished produce readily available from specialty retailers. Recreational and sporting groups, libraries, churches, schools, museums and shops are all an integral part of the community.
Grand Bend satisfies culture lovers as well as water lovers. Art galleries and working studios dot the streets, while two area museums celebrate the region’s heritage. The historic Huron Country Playhouse runs a vibrant program each summer, while the Forest Amphitheatre features superb acoustics in a natural hillside setting. The Blyth Festival is close at hand, and the Stratford Festival is an easy hour’s drive. With London, Ontario, a mere 45-minutes away, larger urban centres are easily accessible.
In Grand Bend, there’s a restaurant experience for every mood, from a celebratory meal at a fine restaurant to a relaxed lunch in a pub. Family fare and casual dining are easily found at a number of popular eateries, including bistros, taverns, diners, drive-ins, pizzerias and beach-food huts.