Lion's Head, Ontario

Coordinates: 44°59′12″N 81°15′15″W / 44.98665°N 81.254137°W / 44.98665; -81.254137
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Lion's Head
Lion's Head Harbour, including the lighthouse
Lion's Head Harbour
Location of Lion's Head within southern Ontario
Location of Lion's Head within southern Ontario
Lion's Head
Location of Lion's Head in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°59′12″N 81°15′15″W / 44.98665°N 81.254137°W / 44.98665; -81.254137
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CountyBruce County
MunicipalityNorthern Bruce Peninsula
 • Total727
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code519

Lion's Head is a community in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the midway point of the Bruce Peninsula, about halfway between Owen Sound and Tobermory, just east of Ferndale on Bruce Road 9. Lion's Head is located on the 45th parallel north, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. The town is named after the resemblance of a lion's profile in the rock formation of the Niagara Escarpment. The first post office opened in 1895.[1]

It is a well travelled holiday spot on the coast of Georgian Bay.

The limestone rock formations make it a scenic area for canoeing, kayaking, hiking the Bruce Trail, rock climbing and visiting the marina-lookout by car.

Bruce Peninsula District School is the only secondary school north of Wiarton, and one of the few schools in Ontario to go from Kindergarten to grade 12.

There are accommodations, restaurants, shops, and galleries all located in Lion's Head. There is also a marina, school, hospital, bank, library, pharmacy, grocery store and several churches in the town. Lion's Head is under the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) jurisdiction. There is also the Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department, which operates four trucks in the region.

Lion's Head and the surrounding region experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are often very cold and wet with periods of significant snow accumulation, often a result of lake-effect snow. Summers are warm and comfortable with lower humidity when compared to the rest of southern Ontario, as the Bruce Peninsula is largely influenced by the surrounding lake breezes of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, which have a moderating effect on temperatures.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Lion's Head had a population of 624 living in 299 of its 419 total private dwellings, a change of 4.5% from its 2016 population of 597. With a land area of 2.01 km2 (0.78 sq mi), it had a population density of 310.4/km2 (804.1/sq mi) in 2021.[2]


  1. ^ Hepburn, Glen Gordon (1987). Benchmarks : A History of Eastnor Township and Lion's Head. Owen Sound: The Eastnor and Lion's Head Historical Society. p. 22. ISBN 0-9692848-0-2.
  2. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved Sep 2, 2022.

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