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Kincardine, a community of 6,000 residents, is located on the shores of Lake Huron in the province of Ontario. The town was founded in 1848 as Penetangore, sharing a name with the river it bordered, but was later changed to Kincardine in 1858 and amalgamated into a municipality in 1999. A pair of Scottish and English brothers-in-law founded the town, which explains the lasting Scottish influence. Kincardine was also the founding place of the Bruce Municipal Telephone Company since Alexander Graham Bell was not interested in providing service to rural communities. Today, residents and visitors enjoy warm summers on Kincardine’s sandy beaches and many historic sites.
Things to do in Kincardine
The Kincardine Lighthouse is a destination that combines the town’s history with its natural beauty. Climb the winding, steep staircase to look out over Lake Huron and browse the artifacts left behind from its early days. Its close proximity to downtown make it a convenient stop during a day of exploration. Spend the day relaxing at Station Beach, a sandy beach that features a boardwalk, play area for children, handicap accessibility, and more. Though the water can be cold, the waves make it a good spot for skim boarding or swimming. This dog-friendly beach is perfect for the whole family! Pack a picnic and enjoy one of Lake Huron’s famous sunsets from this idyllic beach. To learn more about Kincardine’s history, visit the Walker House. This museum, located in the town’s original hotel, was restored by residents. Today, visitors can pay for an inexpensive guided tour to see many artifacts from the time of Kincardine’s founding.
Day Trips from Kincardine
Two and a half hours away, Hamilton is a port city that has a little bit of everything. This artistic city has both a historically-rich downtown area and many opportunities to enjoy the scenery. Tiffany Falls Conservation Area is a scenic park with easy walking trails and a waterfall. Enjoy the rich history and beautiful architecture of Dundurn Castle, which also has a military museum. Fathom Five National Marine Park, two hours from Kincardine, is a conservation area for natural beauty as well as shipwrecks. The aquamarine water is home to some of Canada’s best scuba diving, but visitors who don’t want to brave the cold can take a boat tour to see lighthouses and shipwrecks! There are also many hiking trails, and restaurants are scattered throughout the area for a convenient and tasty dinner. For a luxurious resort experience, drive an hour and a half to the Blue Mountains. Here, you fill find abundant shopping, spas, and wine tours. Winter visitors will also find themselves in close proximity to a popular ski resort which has snow activities for every ability level.
Accommodation in Kincardine
There are over 150 vacation rentals near Kincardine on Tripping.com. The interactive map feature makes it easy for you to find the perfect property. Many homes are on the waterfront, making them the perfect sanctuary after a day of exploration. Grab a blanket and watch the sunset from your front porch.
Transportation in Kincardine
Visitors can fly into the Region of Waterloo Airport, which is about 95 miles away from Kincardine. Ontario Route 21 also runs through the town, allowing visitors to drive to many of Kincardine’s best locations.