Brighton retains the spirit of the area's early settlers, who established some of the finest apple orchards in Canada. You'll see celebrations of this in the fall at Applefest. The town also features many 19th century architectural treasures and some great dining locations. One is among the top 100 places to eat in Canada, while two others are the only restaurants in Northumberland to overlook Lake Ontario at Presqu'ile Bay.
Just south of Brighton proper, Presqu'ile Provincial Park is a renowned "hot spot" for bird watchers. More than 300 species can be found here, and every spring thousands of migrating ducks and other waterfowl stop off at the park to rest on their way north. Other park activities include swimming, camping, windsurfing, diving, nature programs, or a visit to the Heritage Centre at the oldest operating lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Cross-country ski trails are available during the winter.
Within the shelter of Presqu'ile Bay, many water enthusiasts enjoy renting watercraft from a Gosport outfitter, and in the winter months you can be outfitted with ice fishing gear so you can 'walk on water' to your fishing hole.
A trip to Brighton wouldn't be complete without a stop at the area's two museums. Tour the Victorian splendour of Proctor House Museum, or watch a performance at the Brighton Barn Theatre right next door. Memory Junction Museum is set in an 1850s railway station and houses an amazing collection of railway memorabilia. You and your kids will have lots of fun walking in and around box cars and cabooses.
Another exciting family experience is attending a race at the Brighton Speedway, where you'll see oval ice races, enduro races, sprint cars and much more. In winter, oval ice racing takes place with ice bikes and snowmobiles. The action never ends!