The List

 It’s August now, and that means the mercury is inevitably going to drop in the next few weeks. After a scorching six week heatwave known as the Canadian summer, winter tires, root vegetable stews and wool socks are just around the corner. This year will mark the very first time I haven’t been enrolled in a school setting in over two decades. And that makes me excited, because the looming threat of starting school in September won’t phase me this year. I get to enjoy the changing season. So listen up, recent grads:

Local must-do: A dip under the Sauble River Falls.
Local must-do: A dip under the Sauble River Falls.
Get out there, while it’s still warm enough to keep the windows down.

“The List” involves finishing off the summer season with all the things you’ve meant to accomplish during the sunshine; out-of-the-box things we all want to do over the summer, but often don’t have the time to until it’s too late.

Winter? She’s a comin’. But September offers up one last hoorah of warm weather antics that can change your opinion of yellowing leaves and light jackets. Here’s a few suggestions that will hopefully ease the transition into Autumn:


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1) Go Pike fishing in a canoe on Miller Lake, the largest inland lake on the Bruce Peninsula.

2) Host a backyard corn roast.

3) Go to the Pow Wow at Cape Croker.

4) Find some friends and some kilts, order Haggis and enjoy a few nips of Scotch at the Dam Pub in Thornbury.

5) Swim the Halfway Log Dump. Set up at “Bruce’s Cooler”, a secret hotspot. Bring a wetsuit, if you can’t handle the icy allure of Georgian Bay.

6) Try Yurt camping at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. It’s a ‘Glampers’ paradise.

7) The ‘Fish Tent’ at the Salmon Spectacular Derby in OS. Enough said.

8) SUP the Beaver River.

9) Go Zip-lining at the Scenic Caves.

10) Get yourself a refillable Growler from the Kilannan Brewery in the Rockford Plaza.