Every winter, Canadians wait on a groundhog to determine whether we will have a longer winter or early spring. The long-lived tradition is highly celebrated in the town of Wiarton where the famous Willie presides. Though the town may be known for its beloved forecaster, it’s also home to 8,000-year-old caves.
According to Visit Wiarton, there’s lots to explore in the small town, located three hours away from Toronto.
Here you can support local shops, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, and of course, enjoy the outdoors.
While you’re here, you’ll want to pay Wiarton Willie a visit. Per Visit Wiarton, the groundhog can be visited 365 days of the year where he lives, across from Bluewater Park.
“In the nicer weather you may find him sunning himself in his outdoor area,” states the site. “If you are unable to see him, don’t worry, that just means that he has likely burrowed himself away from sight to enjoy some rest.”
After saying hi to Willie, head to the Bruce Caves, located northeast of Wiarton.
Per Visit Wiarton, the caves were formed by “wave action” about 8,000 years ago. To access these caves, you’ll need to embark on a short hike but not to worry, there are trail markers that lead you to the caves.
There’s also ample opportunity to enjoy a picnic as there is a shelter and washrooms, available seasonally.
Since it is part of a conservation area, you may be subject to an entry and/or parking fee.
Looks like you’ve got your next road trip in the bag. Happy exploring!