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11 Best Things To Do In Grand Bend, Canada - Updated 2020

Things to do in Grand Bend Canada
Venkateshwar
Venkateshwar
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Located on the shores of Lake Huron in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, Grand Bend has carved a niche for itself as one of the best beach towns of Canada. Boasting one of the best sunsets in the world, Grand Bend’s Main Beach is among a few beaches in Canada to have earned official Blue Flag status for its commitment to strict safety and water quality criteria. The 40-kilometer (25-mile) wide sandy beach lures people for swimming and enjoying the nightlife at the beach. Grand Bend offers excellent shopping, art galleries, golfing, skydiving, parasailing, water craft rentals, fantastic food, live music and more.

One of Canada’s largest racing venues, Grand Bend Motorplex is also one of only two offering oval track-racing, road-racing, drag-racing, and motocross. Farms decorate the beautiful countryside with rural, historic towns and villages perched along Lake Huron’s shoreline. If you are planning to visit Grand Bend, check out these top attractions.

1. Pinery Provincial Park

Pinery Provincial Park

The park is huge with 10 kilometers (6 miles) of sandy beach on the shores of Lake Huron near Grand Bend beach. The drive to the park is very scenic. The beach is quite rocky but the water is beautiful and very clean.

The park has great facilities and offers a lot to do, including amazing trails, canoeing, ice creams, campfires, and more. Pinery is an amazing place to camp. The campsites are conveniently located near to the beach. The sunset is simply stunning and beautiful. Pinery sunset is ranked among the ‘Top 10 Best in the World’ by National Geographic.

Pinery Provincial Park

Address: 9526 Lakeshore Rd, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Pinery Provincial Park

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2. Grand Bend Beach

Grand Bend Beach

It is one of the best places in Ontario in the summer. The sand on the beach is soft; water is warm and crystal clear and if you go around 4 p.m., the parking is not bad. The main street is packed with clothes shops, cafes, and bars. There are even a splash pad and a playground nearby for children.

The area is great to go for a dip, the beach offers jet ski rentals, amazing trails, parasailing, shopping, eateries and more. The Saturday fireworks are quite beautiful. The view of Lake Huron from the roof top is just amazing.

Grand Bend Beach

Address: Ontario, Canada

Website: Grand Bend Beach

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3. Grand Bend Motorplex

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It is a great venue to watch the drag racing and watch the vehicles in the pits. They have big weekends with top fuel drags that are a must-see. The annual event showcases drag racing with bikes, sleds, and modified and heavily modified drag race vehicles including rocket cars. With lots of food trucks and concession stands, the show is a good time pass. With 30 USD per carload, everyone in your car can participate in the event.

Grand Bend Motorplex

Address: 70292 Grand Bend Line, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Grand Bend Motorplex

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4. The Pinery Antique Flea Market

Antique Flea Market
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It is an amazing place to spend an afternoon. Lots of things to browse through, there are baked goods, fresh vegetables, antiques, and crafts. Smoked meats, nuts, candy vendors, various t-shirts, hats, and clothing are also available. The beer garden is a nice relaxing spot with live music; check it out if you’re in the area. Well worth a few hours.

The Pinery Antique Flea Market

Address: 10163 Lakeshore Rd, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: The Pinery Antique Flea Market

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5. Sunset Arts Gallery

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It is a beautiful art gallery with different styles and types of art works at reasonable prices. The gallery is managed by artists so it is well managed and the artists are very knowledgeable. People visit the gallery to take home a piece or two for their house.

Sunset Arts Gallery

Address: ON N0M 1T0 Lambton Shores, Canada

Website: Sunset Arts Gallery

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6. Dale's Antique Market & Mennonite Furniture

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The place has a good collection of fascinating antiques and handmade furniture. The main building has a mix of old and new, being mainly Mennonite furniture and one-of-a-kind pieces (reclaimed wood furniture). Back outdoor stalls are open on Sunday, which offers many more options to explore.

They will work with you to create custom furniture pieces. It is a place to spend some time. You might get some fun stuff or even furniture that you will like.

Dale's Antique Market & Mennonite Furniture

Address: 10410 Lakeshore Rd, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Dale’s Antique Market & Mennonite Furniture

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7. Lambton Heritage Museum

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The museum has many out buildings which depict the early industrial, agricultural, and social history of Lambton County. The museum has an amazing amount of locally donated items.

There is a thematic activity center for the kids in one of the main galleries; an outside climbing center; and a treasure hunt. The outdoor exhibits are shaded by beautiful old oaks. Beautifully landscaped gardens and picnic benches are outside for a picnic lunch.

Lambton Heritage Museum

Address: 10035 Museum Road, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Lambton Heritage Museum

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8. Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center

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It is a great skydiving center with amazing staff. Bob and Mary are great instructors and they know what they are doing. In the case of the first jump, some pre-planning and a few hours of training are required but it is worth every minute. The focus is entirely on safety and a happy landing.

Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center

Address: 70114 Grand Bend Line, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center

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9. Grand Bend Farmers Market

Farmers Market
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It is a lovely clean market with plenty of fresh local produce as well as baked goods and crafts. Everything from food to clothing to crafts, antiques, and books are available. The pinball machines, Styrofoam box breakfast, fresh cut flower booths, and blueberry scones make for an amazing small town market. You can pick up local fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, pot pies, jewelry and more.

Grand Bend Farmers Market

Address: 1 Main St W, ON N0M 1T0 Grand Bend, Canada

Website: Grand Bend Farmer’s Market

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10. Paddington's Pub Eatery, Ale house and Wine Bar

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All the outdoor activities build an appetite, so why not try Paddington’s Pub Eatery, Ale house, and Wine Bar? The quaint pub brings micro-beers, themed fun like Mexican Mondays, Tuscan Tuesdays, and home-cooking. Enjoy the sangria with some wings, or try the fish and chips. Other delicious menu items include steak sandwiches, seafood or curry.

There’s a range of beer on tap, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff. Locals support the venue, so you know that’s a great recommendation. Relax on the patio, or get in with the crowd in the small pub.

Paddington's Pub Eatery, Ale house, and Wine Bar

Address: 18 Ontario Street North, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0

Website: Paddington’s Pub Eatery, Ale house, and Wine Bar

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11. Take in the arts at Huron Country Playhouse

Huron Country Playhouse
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The Huron Country Playhouse is just minutes away from Lake Huron. Recently revamped, the modern facility has a gift shop and a refreshment bar. Seating is comfortable and quite new. The facility is wheelchair-friendly. There are two theaters in the building and the performances are very good.

The theater is set in a lovely country setting, so you may want to take a day and enjoy the ambiance. Enjoy productions like “The Little Mermaid,” “The Birds and Bees,” and “Cinderella.” They often have matinee shows, so take along the kids and look out for matinee specials.

Huron Country Playhouse

Address: 70689 B Line, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario

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One of the best sunsets in the world

Pinery Provincial Park

As one of the best beach towns of Canada with one of the best sunsets in the world, Grand Bend offers excellent shopping, art galleries, golfing, skydiving, parasailing, water craft rentals, fantastic food, live music and more. It is a must-visit place on your Canada itinerary.

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Journalist and a freelance writer based in India, traveling for K.Venkateshwar.Rao means exploring the world in search of arts and culture, interesting people, great food, and hidden gems. He has...Read more

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