The Municipality of South Bruce is known as the Gateway to Bruce and is located in the southeastern corner of Bruce County, bordering Grey and Huron Counties. We have some of the best farmland and our heritage grows deep within the community. Here, our rolling hills, scenic roadways, and warm-hearted people, delight in offering residents and visitors, small town hospitality and modern amenities. Abundant in generational family ran businesses, quaint shops, trails and parks for nature lovers, our very own winery and cidery, lavender farm as well as local food and drink, offering you a unique experience that has you coming back for more or better yet, residing here! It is easy to describe the Municipality of South Bruce and everything that is has to offer to its residents and visitors, but you cannot fully appreciate its uniqueness until you experience it for yourself. Once you do, you will know why visitors keep coming back for more and why residents are proud to call South Bruce their home. So what are waiting for? South Bruce welcomes you with wide open arms and a warm smile on our face and invites you to try the “best butter tarts” in Bruce County!
South Bruce – Where Family Fun Begins!
SOUTH BRUCE HISTORY
South Bruce was created in 1999 as part of county-wide municipal restructuring. In 1998, the Township of Culross and the Village of Teeswater amalgamated to form the Township of Teeswater-Culross. Similarly, the Village of Mildmay joined with the Township of Carrick to form the Township of Mildmay-Carrick. The following year, both Mildmay-Carrick and Teeswater-Culross amalgamated again to form South Bruce, choosing Teeswater as the seat of the municipality.
Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Church –1857 212 Concession 12 North, Formosa Formosa’s hill at the north end is worth the climb and at its crest one can see for miles. You will also view the façade of the Gothic Styled Roman Catholic ‘Immaculate Conception Church’ dubbed the Cathedral of the North. The story of the church construction is used as a fictional backdrop in the Jane Urquhart novel The Stone Carvers. At the time, a wooden church that had been completed in 1857 had required two expansions to handle the increasing number of German immigrants flowing into the area. The architect was charged with designing a stone church capable of seating 1200 to 1500 people. After the foundation of the new stone church was laid in 1875, much of the materials (limestone hand-cut from local rock, and timber) were obtained locally at no expense other than volunteer labour. Other materials had to be purchased and shipped to the area, including sandstone from Guelph quarries. The shell of the new church, completed in 1883, was constructed over the original wooden church. The old wooden building remained in use until the new roof was completed, after which it was dismantled and removed. There is a historical site plaque at the entrance of the church.
County of Bruce Carnegie Library – Around 1914 2 Clinton Street South, Teeswater A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish- American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university systems. There were only 125 Carnegie built in Canada and the architect on this historical landmark was William Edward Binning. This library is an active and modern library used on a daily basis. At the library, during the summer, you can drink from Leo the Lion’s head, perfect selfie!
Teeswater Town Hall Theatre–1869 3 Clinton St South, Teeswater The Teeswater Town Hall was built in 1869 and now services the community as a multi-purpose facility. You can't help but feel the character and charm inside this historic but updated facility. The Town Hall has everything you'll need for your next function. We can accommodate groups of 2 to 200 + people including small meeting rooms and a full Theatre with stage. Features: Full Kitchen; Lower Level Hall (Capacity 100); Upper Level Stage and Auditorium (Capacity 236); Elevator; Accessible Washroom and Multi-media Equipped. The Teeswater Town Hall was the site of the popular CBC ‘Still Standing’ episode on Teeswater! The Town Hall’s entrance is open during the day for public washrooms.
Lion’s Wilderness Park –2008 Absalom St West, Mildmay The Lion’s “Wilderness Park” is located on Absalom St. west off the main intersection, meanders through a wooded section that was once a former mill site. View a plaque and picture of the former mill, rest upon its relic base then continue across the footbridge. The Lion’s club was awarded an Ontario Trillium Grant to restore this natural area and provide a safe access point to the Bruce County Rail Trail and is the entrance point of the Bruce Trail.
Rotary Park – Highway #9 North, Mildmay The “Rotary Park”, at the north-end of the village on Hwy # 9.It offers a helping of Mildmay’s pure spring water through the ever- flowing artesian well housed over a cedar gazebo, pond with a picturesque fountain, picnic facilities, footbridges cross the Otter Creek that leads to 2 km of rail trail, which once provided power for mills, today flows through the park’s beautiful grounds, hiking trails, a playground and public washroom facilities.
Bottle Cap @ Formosa Lion’s Park – 206 Council Road South,Formosa The Bottle Cap was Mounted just a few years ago at the entrance of the Formosa Lion’s Park. There are plaques on each side of the plaque with the history of landmarks such as the Brewery, Church etc. The Formosa Lions Park is the perfect location to host your next family gathering or company picnic. The park features: Large open space; Covered pavilion with kitchen and bar available (Capacity 250); Horseshoe Pits; Children's Playground; Formosa Creek; Camping available with 25 overnight sites with water and hydro (15 & 30 amp service); Full washroom and shower facilities available.
Waterfalls – 1155 Bruce Road 12 ,Formosa This picturesque waterfall is located directly in front of the Valley View Terrance Senior Apartments at the South end of Formosa. This Waterfalls has been the site of many wedding and prom pictures. It runs in the summer and gets shut off late fall and then is the site of a beautiful Nativity scene for the winter.