Get Active in the Back Forty

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When people tend to think of rural life, the words slow paced and simple come to mind. Yes, we agree things are more relaxed in the Back Forty, but that’s not stopping us from getting outside and enjoying the activities available in Huron-Kinloss. From the Lake Huron shoreline to the interior heartland, there are lots of things to keep you busy while visiting. Here is our list of ways you can get active in the Back Forty on your next trip.

New Cycling Routes

Huron-Kinloss has recently developed two new cycling routes for both road and gravel cycling enthusiasts. Touring throughout the Back Forty, you can pedal your way along the 55 km Gravel Grind or the 50 km Roadie Ramble. If you prefer almost no traffic, scenic tree covered roads and the rural way of life, give the Gravel Grinder a try. This route takes you along some of the best gravel roads in Huron-Kinloss, connecting you to delicious food stops along the way. If smooth roads are more your riding style, the Roadie Ramble will take you along scenic rural landscapes to the dramatic shoreline of Lake Huron. Check out avid cyclist, Martin Lortz’s recent blog about riding both routes.


There are a number of multi-use trails for you to enjoy during any season throughout the Back Forty. Hike or bike the 1.5 km to 5.7 km trails, and when the snow starts falling, strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis to make traversing these routes easier. Click here for the list of trails.


If you’re an avid golfer, remember to pack your clubs for a couple rounds at our two golf courses, Blackhorse Golf & Country Resort and Ainsdale Golf Course. Tucked away in a quiet rural setting, surrounded by farmland and close to Fisherman’s Cove campground, Blackhorse is a beautiful 18-hole golf course which was ranked one of the top new courses in Ontario when it opened. Located just off the shoreline of Lake Huron, Ainsdale Golf Course is popular to both visitors and locals alike, with its well manicured course, scenic rolling terrain and stunning views. After your morning round, grab a bite to eat at their onsite restaurants, or make your way to town to try our local restaurants including FIG Studio Kitchen or West 81 Food Co.


Have some fun in the sun at our four beach areas. Enjoy the sand with a little bocce ball, or a fun game of volleyball at the Point Clark beach. Prefer the water? Bring your kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) to launch from the beach and paddle along the 17 kms of shoreline. If you’ve always wanted to try SUP, but don’t own a board, you can rent one for the day or your whole vacation at Surfsup Eco Shop located in Kincardine. For long term rentals, they will even deliver free of charge!

Get some extra steps in at the Point Clark beach, by the touring the Point Clark Lighthouse and newly renovated museum. Make sure you climb the 114 steps to the top for the epic view.

Splash Pads and Pools

If you’re looking to burn some energy and keep your kids cool on those hot summer days, visit one of our two splash pads located in Huron-Kinloss. Lewis Park located in Ripley is a great place to keep your little ones busy running around between the splash pad and playground, with plenty of shade to protect you from the sun. Or visit the Lucknow and District Pool where your older children can swim while the younger ones can enjoy the water too at the splash pad located beside the pool. After a wet and wild day, make your way to Holyrood General Store for a ginormous ice cream cone.

Family Funland

An afternoon of entertainment can be had at Family Funland. First, get your adrenaline going with a friendly go kart race (single and double carts available) before testing your putting skills on their 27-hole mini golf course. This destination will keep everyone young and old entertained. If you plan on golfing while on vacation, get some practice in on their onsite driving range. To finish the day, have a bite to eat at Family Funland, or pick up a pizza down the road at the newly re-opened Pine River Mercato & Pizzeria.

With all of these activities available in Huron-Kinloss, your packing list just got a whole lot longer. Pack your bikes, golf clubs and swim suits for all the added fun you’ll be having. See you in the Back Forty!

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Contact Us

Township of Huron-Kinloss

21 Queen Street

P.O. Box 130

Ripley ON, N0G 2R0

Phone: 519-395-3735

Fax : 519-395-4107

[email protected] Point Clark Lighthouse