Kincardine (Ontario)

Kincardine is a town in Bruce County in southwestern Ontario.

Get in

Kincardine is a small town located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. Most people arrive here by car, from the east on highway 9, or from the north and south on highway 21.

There are buses daily from Toronto, London and Owen Sound.

There is a municipal airport serving charter flights and private pilots.

There is a busy marina serving mainly recreational boaters.


In the winter, blowing and drifting snow frequently causes dangerous driving conditions. Occasionally conditions require the highway to be closed to traffic. Check the weather forecast , road conditions and road closures before leaving. Make sure your car tires are in good condition, and travel with clothes appropriate to the weather.

Get around

Most people get around Kincardine by car, bike or foot. There are no public buses, but there are several taxi services.


The Kincardine Lighthouse

The icon for the town is the Lighthouse, which is painted on the watertower seen from the highways, as you come into town. The Lighthouse is located one block west of Queen Street (the main street). Inside the Lighthouse is a Maritine Museum . Across the street is the Paddy Walker House Museum . A Phantom Piper plays from the top of the lighthouse at sunset.


Kincardine is a very popular tourist destination in the summer. There are events such as the Kincardine Summer Music Festival , the Kincardine Scottish Festival , Cruise Nights (Classic Cars) and Fishing Derbies planned almost every weekend.

Unique to the town, is the Saturday night pipeband parade. The Kincardine Scottish assemble at Victoria Park and parade down Queen Street, playing bagpipes and drums, followed by a crowd. At the end of the street, they take a brief break, and parade back to the park (followed by the crowd). Some nights, they are joined by visiting pipebands.

During July and August the Bluewater Summer Theatre presents plays. During the winter the amateur Kincardine Theatre Guild presents plays using the same facilities. The Kincardine Legion organizes regular bingos, dances and community dinners.

Most people come here to enjoy the lake. The water is clean and there are lengthy stretches of easily accessible beach for swimming or sitting in the sun and the fresh lake air.

There are four golf courses nearby:

Kincardine has an extensive network of walking trails .

Kincardine tourism information can be found at Kincardine Tourist Info or the Bruce County Tourism pages. Remnants of the wreck of the ship "Anna Maria" can be seen at Station Beach.


Pine River Cheese & Butter Cooperative, south of Kincardine on highway 21,  +1 519-395-2638, fax: +1 519-395-4066. Fresh cheese and discount "trim ends" are available for purchase from the factory store which is open every day during the summer.

Fincher's, 816 Queen St,  +1 519-396-7012. Toys - Games - Jigsaw Puzzles - Hobbies - Children's Books - Playmobil Toys - Webkinz






Most bars and pubs offer food (see Eat above) as well as drink. The following usually have a large selection of draft beer.


In the summer, the hotels, motels and cottages are frequently full. The Municipality of Kincardine maintains a current list of the numerous homes offering bed and breakfast.




Go next

Larger nearby towns are Goderich (~ 30 minutes by car south), Walkerton (~ 30 minutes east), Port Elgin (~ 30 minutes north).

The nearest major centres are London (2 hours south-west), Kitchener (1.5 hours east) or Owen Sound (1.25 hours north)

Routes through Kincardine

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