Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON
Lion's Head is a village within one of the most dramatic landscape features in the province. The rugged 400-million-year-old cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment that surround this community plunge into the deep turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. This is an intriguing community that offers outdoor experiences for every enthusiast, and that is committed to maintaining a balance between development and the protection of the natural environment as part of its UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Lion's Head is renowned for its dark skies; the harbour, once the commercial hub of the community, has become home to an interpretive stargazing platform that brings enthusiasts and beginners together to contemplate the heavens. Summer music in the park draws locals and visitors together to enjoy the amazing acoustic setting provided by the cliffs. The local waterfront farmers’ market further fosters a sense of community and economic interdependence.
Lion's Head is a destination point on the Bruce Peninsula and a key hub for visitors to the Bruce Trail, an 895 km public footpath that traces the edge of the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory. Cliffs on the edge of the community provide some of the best technical climbing routes in the province. The centrepoint of Lion's Head is a unique sand beach within the protected harbour that is surrounded by cliffs, providing for safe family fun at the edge of the expanse of Georgian Bay. Lion's Head retains the character and function of a traditional rural community, with many of its buildings constructed of natural, local limestone and timber, yet it features the key amenities for modern life.
Lion's Head is championed by an active Dark Skies Committee, Bruce Peninsula Environment Group, Bruce Trail Club, and the Lion's Head Promotion Group. All of these organizations work together with Ontario Parks and the Municipality to support environmental awareness, civic engagement, and community improvement projects.
Lion's Head offers its residents a place to get away; it is appealing for both residents and tourists alike. The calm, peaceful nature of this village is in sharp contrast to the rugged escarpment and sometimes turbulent waters of Georgian Bay.
The community of Lion's Head has recently formed a partnership with the County Planning Department and the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to support downtown revitalization and outdoor infrastructure development. Planners have been working with this community to organize and empower local champions, resulting in physical improvements, advances in marketing and promotion, and strategic steps to economic development that are seeing a greater emphasis on bringing the community's outdoor assets into the community core.