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Chepstow (Ontario)

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Chepstow (Ontario)

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Chepstow is a town in Southwestern Ontario .

Get in[edit]

The Hamlet of Chepstow is situated in the former Township of Greenock (now part of the Municipality of Brockton), in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. Surrounded by beautiful rolling farmlands, Chepstow is only minutes away from many of this area's favourite tourist and travel destinations.


Get around[edit]

Chepstow is situated on Chepstow Road/Concession 6, 5 Km. west of Dunkeld, off County Road 3, in Bruce County.

From Toronto, take Highway 10 North to Orangeville, then Highway 9 West through Arthur, to Teviotdale, then North through Harriston and Clifford to Mildmay. Just North of Mildmay, turn left onto Highway 3, and travel North to Concession 6 (which is just after Bester's Sawmill), then left on Concession 6 (Highway 31/Chepstow Road), and travel West for 5 Km.

Note: At concession 6 & Hwy 3, there was a landmark at this intersection called "Dunkeld Tavern", but it burnt down in 2013.

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Beaches

From Chepstow, you are only a short drive from the beaches at Port Elgin, Kincardine, Southampton or Sauble Beach. Miles and miles of beautiful sand on the shores of Lake Huron.

Port Elgin features a superb sand beach and harbour just five blocks west of "downtown" on the warm waters of Lake Huron. At the beach you will find landscaped boardwalks, regular band shell concerts, fishing charter boats and a great swimming beach for all ages. There is a flea market every Wednesday during the summer, and a miniature 24-gauge steam train that chugs along the harbour and into the picturesque North shore Park. Play equipment for the youngsters can be found on the main beach as well as North shore Park. Several beach shelters offer protection from the sun's bright rays for those who love the beach, but prefer to lounge in the shade. There are also benches facing the lake to watch the sunset.

Kincardine beach is bisected by the river and marina. The southern beach or Station Beach as it is called features a landscaped boardwalk with benches and a gazebo. Giant beach chairs make a great photo opportunity. From the north side of the Pier to Saugeen Street, this small stretch of beach is great for children. Tiny Tot Park, the Snack Bar, washrooms, a covered picnic area (at Dunsmoor Park), lots of shade trees, the Rock Gardens, the Pavilion and Lovers Lane add to the ambiance of this part of the beach.

Southampton beach features Family Fun Nights each Friday in the sheltered picnic area. Swing sets dot the beach and, of course, kids (large and small) have to stop and try out each one! Benches line the "boardwalk" for sunset viewing and star gazing.

Sauble beach is certainly the most popular traditional sand beach. Voted the number one beach in Ontario in May 2002 and declared one of the top ten beaches in Canada in 2004, Sauble Beach is a must stop for visitors. Over 11 kilometres of pure, golden sands embrace the clean, warm waters of Lake Huron.

Sunsets

Yes, its true. Bruce County does have some of the most beautiful sunsets anywhere.

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A view looking west from F Dock in Port Elgin Harbour.

Canoe and Kayaking

The Saugeen River is one of the best canoe routes in Southern Ontario and only a few kilometers drive from the King Eddy! Winding 102 km through the scenic countryside and pretty "small-town Ontario", the Saugeen River stretches from Hanover to Southampton, where it empties into Lake Huron. More information can be found on the "Explore The Bruce" web site

Local outfitters include Thorncrest Outfittersand The Greater Saugeen Trading Company,

Sailing, Power Boating and Lake Fishing

Nearby Port Elgin and Kincardine both have deep water harbours and marinas with launch ramps and slips available for transient boaters.

In Port Elgin, the harbour is situated next to the beautiful, large sand beach, a mere 5 blocks from downtown. The harbour-beach area features landscaped boardwalks, regular band shell concerts, a flea market every Wednesday during the summer, and a miniature 24-gauge steam train that chugs along the harbour and into the picturesque North shore Park. Then, around the last week of July and first week of August, fisherman from all over come to enter the "CFPS Chantry Chinook Fishing Classic" fishing derby.

Kincardine's harbour stands in the shadow of the lighthouse, famous for the tranquil sounds of the Phantom Piper, which can be heard during July and August, as the sun is serenaded to sleep from atop the lighthouse. The marina is a mere 3 block's from downtown, and next the beach and boardwalks. During the summer, there is a Pipe Band Parade down the main street, each Saturday evening, followed by a free concert in the park. Around mid May, you can enter the Kincardine fishing derby.

Snowmobile Trails

Winter is treasured in Bruce County with over 1000 km's of groomed snowmobile trails connecting our long, scenic county. Chepstow is situated at the intersection of Trail 25, from Dunkeld, and Trail B-108, the major local inland trail.

The South Bruce Snowmobile trail in Brockton region consists of a groomed 50 km double trail through woods and fields, accessible at many point along the trail. The 2000 sq. Ft clubhouse has all facilities including a full-sized kitchen and heated washrooms. Local clubs take care of trail grooming and purchase of trail equipment, signage, special winter events and fundraisers. Snowmobile trail maps and permits are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office or call the Saugeen Snowmobile Club at (519) 366-9941.

Check out the Snowmobiling page on the Bruce County Tourism website for more information on maps, trails, tours, etc.

For updated trail conditions and more information, also check out the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) website.

Fishing

Have you come to the right place! Bruce County offers a variety of fishing experiences - something for almost any angler:

  • river fishing
  • big lake fishing
  • small lake fishing
  • fly fishing

Annual fishing derbies are hosted by County communities and conservation clubs. Gear up for your fishing trip at one of the many local tackle shops. Fishing licenses (mandatory in Ontario) are available locally and so is the Ministry of Natural Resources Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, which includes everything the angler needs to know about seasons, possession limits and general fishing regulations. Visit the MNR website for an On-line version.

Cycling

Truly a cyclist's paradise. The highways and byways surrounding Chepstow offer some of the best back road, trail and off road riding in Southern Ontario for riders of all types. Quiet back roads, winding trails and scenic vistas around every turn.

Wind Surfing

The beach of nearby Port Elgin boasts near perfect wind surfing conditions, whenever there is wind to be had. The shallow waters past the breakwater and off the main beach, provide long runs and exciting wind and wave conditions.

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Situated in nearby Southampton, the Bruce County Museum offers an unforgettable experience in a journey through thousands of years of natural and human history, state of the art interactive exhibits, artifacts, a multitude of compelling stories and a beautiful gift shop.

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There is nary a one in Chepstow, if stores for power shopping is what your heart desires. However, the nearby towns of Walkerton and Hanover have lots of stores to provide what you need.

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Restaurants

There are no restaurants in Chepstow at the moment, but that will change when the Flying Pig Pub[3] opens at the King Eddy Inn in the near future.

In the meantime, the closest restaurants are located in Walkerton, ON.

Fine Dining

If you are looking for something special in the way of fine dining, try Noah's Inn in Neustadt Ph: 519-799-5662.

Grocery Stores

There are 2 grocery stores in nearby Walkerton.

  • Murphy's Valumart, 1200 Yonge St. Ph: 519-881-2280.
  • Wright's Foodmarket, 125 Durham St. E. Ph: 519-881-1021.

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At present, there are no licensed restaurants, etc. in Chepstow, however the King Eddy Inn plans to re-open its historic Pub in the near future as the Flying Pig Pub.

Liquor sales in Ontario are only available through Provincial government operated liquor stores called "LCBO" stores. These stores also sell wine and beer. The closest LCBO to Chepstow is only 10 minutes away in Walkerton at 3 Victoria St. N., Ph: 519-881-1362.

Retail beer sales in Ontario are also available through "Beer Stores." The closest Beer Store to Chepstow is also just down the road in Walkerton at 430 Durham St., Ph: 519-881-1871.

There are also 3 nearby breweries, each with its own beer store featuring their own brands of suds.

  • Formosa Springs Brewery (Brick Brewing Company) in Formosa (10 minutes south) Ph: 519-367-2995.
  • Neustadt Springs Brewery in Neustadt (about 20 minutes south east) Ph: 519-799-5790.
  • Steelback Brewery (D'Angelo Brands) in Tiverton (about 20 minutes west) Ph: 519-368-3663.

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The King Eddy Inn, [1]. The only accommodation actually in Chepstow is The King Eddy Inn. The King Eddy is one of the oldest Inns in Bruce County. Originally known as the King Edward Hotel, the hotel and tavern were built about 1869, as a way-station for the early settlers taking their crops to port in Kincardine. In winter, it was home to the lumberjacks who harvested timber from the Greenock swamp for the lumber barons who dominated the Bruce settlements in the latter part of the 19th century. As such, the King Eddy has represented a tradition of service and hospitality for about one hundred and forty years.  edit

The King Eddy Inn

Nearby

Although there are no other accommodations right in Chepstow, there are numerous B&Bs and motels in the surrounding areas, villages and towns of Walkerton, Mildmay, Cargill and Hanover. The closest are:

B&Bs

Viewfield Inn: 951 Old Durham Rd, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Ph: 519-881-0879

Silvercreek B&B: 17 Yonge St S, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Ph: 519-881-0252

Cornerbrook Farm: R.R. 2 Cargill, ON N0G 1J0; Ph: 519-366-2629

Motels

Hillside Motel: 15 Maple Street, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Ph: 519-881-1470

The Walkerton Inn: 1305 Yonge St, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Ph: 800-311-5811

The Lighthouse Motel: 1864 Hwy 9 S, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Ph: 519-881-0202

  • The Chepstow Inn (Boutique Hotel), 2 Bruce Road 31, Chepstow, Ontario (Ten minutes from Walkerton), 519-366-2626, [2]. checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 11 am. Heritage Inn (formally known as King Eddie) reopened spring 2014 under new ownership 110-120.  edit


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Religious Services

The only church located in Chepstow is Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. It is located at 41 Conc. 6, Chepstow; Ph: 519-366-2353. Please call for service schedule.

Other churches and denominations located in nearby Walkerton are:

  • Knox Presbyterian Church, 208 Cayley St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-1431
  • St. Paul's United Church, 303 Jackson St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-1110
  • St. Thomas Anglican Church, 305 Colborne St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-4414
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 611 Colborne St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-0010
  • Walkerton Baptist Church, 102 Cayley St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-1964
  • Walkerton Pentacostal Church, Hwy. 9 S., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-1831
  • Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 221 Victoria St., Walkerton; Ph: 519-881-0692

Get out[edit]

Nearby towns include the communities of Walkerton (10 minutes east), Mildmay (10 minutes south), Hanover (20 minutes east) and Paisley (15 minutes north).

The nearest major cities are London (1 1/2 hours south), Kitchener/Waterloo (1 1/4 hours south), Guelph (1 1/4 hours south east), Orangeville (1 hour east), Owen Sound (1 1/4 hours north) and Toronto (2 1/2 hours south east).


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