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Scenic Tour: Municipality of Brighton
Driving time: 2 hrs
Distance: 106 kms
Leave the end Brighton on County Road 2 heading west, approximately 1 km on the left-hand side turn down Ontario Street. Follow this road to where it leads to Presqu'ile Provincial Park (admission fee). At the entrance to the park there is a cairn which was originally built in 1837 in memory of Obadiah Simpson, the first settler who came to Brighton. We believe this cairn also marks one of the original portages that went from Lake Ontario to Brighton Bay.
Once through the park gate, proceed straight down Bayshore Road past the park store (staying to the left) to 24 Bayshore Road. This log cabin was built in the early 1800s and is one of the oldest historic houses built in 1883 by Captain Shaw, a lake boat captain. From number 83 Bayshore Road, a path leads to the oldest operating lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The lighthouse has changed over the years but was built in 1840 as a stone structure. Exit the park and drive approximately 1 km and turn right on to Harbour Street.
Follow this street through to County Road 64 (Prince Edward Drive) and turn right (east) on County Road 64. Approximately 5 km turn left (north) on to Stoney Point Road (just past Brighton Speedway).
Continue until you reach County Road 2 where you will see the hamlet of Smithfield. Many native arrowheads have been found in this area. When John and Mary McDowell Smith built their first log cabin, just west of Smithfield creek, a group of Mississauga Natives had a settlement north of them.
Cross County Road 2 and proceed north along Stoney Point Road until you reach the stop sign. Turn left onto White's Road. Travel this roller coaster road until you reach County Road 26 at the stop sign. Turn right and proceed north along picturesque County Road 26. At the stop sign cross over County Road 41 (Goodrich Road) and continue north on Grosjean Road until you reach Old Wooler Road. Turn left onto Old Wooler Road, and follow this road through wooded and agricultural land until you reach the road junction at County Road 30. Turn right and follow the road until you see the sign for County Road 27. Turn left here, and follow the road through the beautiful Northumberland hills until you reach Morganston. At this intersection, turn left on County Road 25. Before you reach Castleton, keep a look out for Kokimo Candleland on your left. This is a delightful stop offering a wide selection of colourful, long-lasting beautifully-scented candles made right on the premises. On arrival in Castleton, turn left at the intersection. Drive through the countryside on County Rd 25.
Cross over the 401 and make an immediate left on Purdy Road. (If you continue straight down 25 you can take a quick visit to Hoselton Studios on your left where you'll discover handcrafted aluminum figurines and serving ware in their showroom.) Travel Purdy Road (roller coaster ride!) until you come to a stop sign at the top of a particularly steep hill. Drive straight ahead where a short distance along you will see Little Lake, a small lake surrounded by cottages nestled in the trees. Continue on this road until you come to Fiddick Road and turn right. After twisting and turning on this road, and you round the last corner, a magnificent unparalleled view of Lake Ontario, Brighton Bay and Presqu'ile Park and beach is spread out before your eyes. Take a moment here to digest the true beauty of this spectacular sight before descending to County Road 2 where you will turn left to return back to Brighton.