Wiarton is part of the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Geographically, the town is defined by the rugged limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve-one of only twelve such reserves in Canada), which bisects the town. Wiarton is perhaps most famous for what occurs annually every February 2. The Wiarton Willie Festival surrounds an albino groundhog (also named Willie) who predicts the length of winter with the viewing (or lack thereof) of his shadow. The area is known for its wildflowers and fantastic gardens. The 8,000 year-old Bruce Caves are also a must see.
Wiarton attracts many seasonal visitors to the area with its cottages, resorts and downtown marina. Bruce County is the ultimate playground for outdoor adventures with mountain bike tracts, snowmobile trails, hiking trails, conservation areas, amazing shorelines and numerous beautiful beaches. The Bruce Trail offers many kilometres of hiking and stunning scenic lookouts. Georgian Bay provides guests with never-ending watersport opportunities. The Bruce Ski Club maintains groomed classic and skate ski trails and snowshoe trails at nearby Sawmill Nordic Centre, and classic cross-country ski trails at Colpoy’s Bay. The Bruce Peninsula is designated a dark sky preserve, and there are many great places to watch the stars.rails. There are some excellent groomed ski trails nearby yourself and choose to ski or snowshoe on the ungroomed Bruce Trail.
The Wiarton Site of Grey Bruce Health Services offers a 24/7 Emergency Department, ambulatory care and inpatient care including Medical Surgical and Complex Continuing Care Units. On site allied health support includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, OTA/PTA, registered dietitian, social work, and recreation therapy. Diagnostic Imaging and ultrasound services are on site with CT and MRI accessible at GBHS, Owen Sound. Full laboratory services are available in Wiarton seven days per week with on-call coverage. Speech language, physiotherapy, mental health, and Ontario Telehealth Network outpatient appointments are available. Endoscopies are performed weekly in Wiarton with support from GBHS Owen Sound’s surgical services.
An allied health building for doctors offices and community services such as the Bruce Mental Health Support Services is on site as is the ambulance base for the South Peninsula
Community: www.visitwiarton.ca, www.wiarton.ca
Family Health Team: www.thebrucepeninsula.com/wiarton
Level of Service: Primary and Ambulatory Care
Number of Beds: 18
Referral Sites: Guelph, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Owen Sound
Learner Parking: Free
Median Age: 50.0