Let’s make a list. If rocky trails, a world biosphere, doorstep access to the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, entrepreneurial spirit and hundreds of thousands of travellers annually make fertile ground for your business ideas, Wiarton is for you. Wiarton is basecamp to the Bruce Peninsula, where adventures begin and business ventures flourish.
Meet the entrepreneurs of Wiarton and get a sense of our community in this short and inspiring video. Then take the next step and talk to us!
The Wiarton area is home to almost 300 companies, with 75 businesses on the main street alone. Annual household income exceeds $76,000, and there's a large and healthy seasonal population who think of Bruce County as their second (if not first) home.
Wiarton is a progressive and supportive community that has endless opportunities for new and expanding businesses to enter. As the basecamp to the Peninsula, an entrepreneur who operated hostels in the area would have an abundance of customers utilize these accommodations. Additionally, the tourism traffic of Wiarton creates a large need for businesses including niche-type stores, adventure training (such as scuba diving), and sporting good outfitters. Wiarton is the place for you if you’re a free spirit looking for a fun and diverse market to cater to!
Wairton is a vibrant and busy community - it’s the Basecamp to the Bruce Peninsula. Over 250,000 tourists visit Bruce Peninsula National Park annually, with the majority passing through Wiarton on their way. These visitors along with the thriving community of South Bruce Peninsula create all the traffic you need to establish a business. Fifty-two percent of the population is of working age, with 20% employed in trades and transportation occupations. Thirty-two percent are over retirement age.
You may have heard about Wiarton Willie; now learn about the best of Bruce living right here at the peninsula’s basecamp.
Good schools, community amenities, lower costs of living, easy access to shopping and an endless outdoor playground that provides year-round family activity, an intense physical challenge for those who are up to it and amazing trails, biking, boating and winter sports.
The best thing about living here is that you actually have time and space to enjoy it. That's the beauty of being a Bruce County entrepreneur.
Private aircraft airport within a few minutes of downtown
Georgian Bay boating five steps to the east and Lake Huron's beaches 50 minutes to the west
Every trail, path, road and bike path in the area is within a stone's throw
There's room to expand - the basecamp business strategy in Wiarton is in its early stages; this community is poised to grow in the right direction.
If you're intrigued by the possibilities of opening or expanding a business in Bruce County -
yet you aren't finding the info you need - talk to a real human being in the Bruce County Economic Development office.
We're experts at connecting people with communities and we're very helpful. We look forward to seeing you bring your
business ideas to life in Bruce County.