There is something incredibly hypnotic about watching a sunset, as that golden globe spreads its rays in every direction before gently slipping below the horizon. Add to that image, a vast stretch of water, a lengthy strip of sandy beach, the right amount of cloud cover, not too heavy, just wispy enough to add spectacular colour effects, and it becomes even more magical. Each summer, thousands of sunset gazers flock to the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario to experience the mesmerizing glow at the day’s end. So……. which town has the best sunsets? This is a bone of contention and has sparked playful debates up and down the eastern side of the lake for years. Grand Bend maintains that they have been dubbed one of the top ten most beautiful sunsets in the world by National Geographic, but then Kincardine echoes the same title. Supposedly, Grand Bend’s sunsets are enhanced by particulate matter floating over from coal-based plants in the Ohio Valley.
Follow along on a virtual pairing of Lake Huron’s magnificent sunsets and the beauty of Jane Ellison’s newest knitwear collection-
The first stop along the lake is Sauble Beach, a well-known resort community with a seven mile stretch of sandy shoreline, holding the record as the second largest fresh water beach in the world. The warm shallow waters are due to an abundance of sandbars.
The next tourist mecca heading south is Port Elgin, part of Saugeen Shores, where several white sandy beaches attract throngs of sun worshippers from May to October, when this town plays host to Pumpkinfest.
Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight……………this closely ribbed style is knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a blend of cotton, silk, and wool with eighteen alluring colourways available. Col #23 (shown above).
Kincardine attracts carloads of sunset watchers positioning themselves for the big event on a mile long boardwalk, part of a nightly ritual. Scottish tradition kicks up its heels every Saturday evening during the summer months when the local Pipe Band marches down the main street.
From dusk to dawn………A lovely contrast between vertical and horizontal bands is played out in this simple one-button cardigan. Knit in Silk Garden Lite, a sportweight mix of silk, mohair, and softened with lambswool. Col #2037 (shown above).
Bayfield is a heritage village with an enclave of quaint boutiques and inns. Home also to the largest marina on the Canadian side of Lake Huron.
A palette as inspiring as Monet’s…………..A sawtooth-edged shawl in effortless garter stitch is knit in Silk Garden, lush and colourful, spun from only the finest in natural fibres, silk, mohair and lambswool. Col #357 (shown above).
The last stop on the lake tour is Grand Bend, a hot spot on long weekends, swelling in population from two thousand to more than fifty thousand sunseekers looking for the perfect getaway. The Pinery Provincial Park is a big draw for campers with incredible sand dunes.