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The first train through Shelburne in 1873 was supposed to be the Director's Special, carrying press and dignitaries to celebrate such an historic occasion; however, upon reaching the new railway town, a lavish celebration got underway. The toasts flew thick and fast. Some of the local officials and most of the Toronto press reporters never made it any further. The train continued but left half its passengers behind.
The area is served by a wide range of overnight and longer term accommodations, from charming B&Bs to full scale conference and spa facilities, all within easy reach. Some 465 hotel and motel units are available nearby. Fine dining, gourmet take-out, banquet facilities and all the major fast food outlets are well represented.
Three area hotels provide conference facilities, each within an hour of Pearson International Airport.
Further information may be found on the Hills of Headwaters Website.
The Niagara Escarpment not only means scenery, it also means challenging downhill and cross country skiing at our doorstep. Facilities throughout the area offer a range of activities. Just a few miles north, the world renowned slopes Blue Mountain guarantee excitement for all.
The Bruce Trail and its many fascinating side trails provide visitors and residents alike with unparalleled opportunity to explore the Niagara Escarpment as it winds through the area. For information on trails and day trips, please visit the Bruce Trail Association website.
Mono Cliffs and Hockley Valley Provincial Parks both cover significant sections of the Escarpment and offer excellent hiking and educational opportunities. Camping is available a few miles to the east at Earl Rowe Provincial Park. The Pine River Fishing Area offers unparalleled opportunities for anglers. For information on park activities and features, please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website. The Bruce Trail and provincial parks are open year round for casual hikes and serious day trips.
Sports and recreation opportunities abound with hundreds of activities happening throughout the year. Whether it's hockey, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, figure skating, gymnastics or Scouts, your participation is always welcome.
Contact the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex at 519-925-2400 for up-to-the-minute information. Fitness and seniors centres in the Headwaters area further promote active living.
With six golf courses in the county and a dozen more within a short drive, the Shelburne area is truly a golfer's paradise. From the picturesque Shelburne Golf and Country Club to the spectacular Devil's Pulpit, there are courses for all skill levels and budgets.
The Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area is one of Headwaters Country's most precious ecological gems. Located in the northwest corner of the region, it is nestled in the upper reaches of the Grand River. The diversity of habitats this 13,000 acre area exhibits include open marsh, bogs, plantations, natural forest and swamps, providing a truly rewarding experience for nature lovers of all ages. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, birding and canoeing are among the many activities available.
The Island Lake Conservation Area, just east of Orangeville, provides many kilometres of trails through gently rolling meadows and forests. The lake is home to several fish species including large mouth bass, perch, catfish and pike. Fishing, hiking, family outings and festivals are among the many attractions.
Smaller conservation areas and municipal sites can be found throughout the area.