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2017 OFFICIAL VISITOR’S GUIDE

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St. Thomas, ON

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Elgin County Economic Development & Tourism Office Open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas LOCAL PHONE 519-631-1460 x 168 TOLL FREE 1-877-GO ELGIN (463-5446) x168 FAX 519-631-4549 EMAIL tourism@elgin.ca

Tourism Kiosks Open mid-May to the end of August Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807

WELCOME MAPS & INFORMATION ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

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SHOP

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STAY

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TASTE

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AGRITOURISM

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GOLF & RECREATION

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SERVICES

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EVENTS

Port Stanley Theatre Building 302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley Mobile Tourism Kiosk At events in Elgin and surrounding area.

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ELGIN ARTS TRAIL

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Elgin County is home to a vibrant and thriving arts community. Artists and performers of all types have been inspired by the area’s considerable natural beauty. Live entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the year in the form of musical and theatrical performances at a variety of quaint, intimate venues. Spend a summer evening taking in a professional theatre performance at The Port Stanley Festival Theatre located in the heart of the picturesque lakeside village.

Let the Elgin Arts Trail take you on a journey of creativity to art galleries, studios, and live theatre performances across Elgin County. Enjoy original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, hand crafted items, and more. Come discover the delightful treasures that await you on the Elgin Arts Trail, experience our vibrant artistic culture, find a unique souvenir for that special someone, or create your own work of art as part of an interactive class or workshop. Pick up a copy of the Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide or visit the website for a map, event listings, and more.


WELCOME

Elgin County Mayors Mayor of the Municipality of West Elgin

Bernie Wiehle Mayor of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich

Cameron McWilliam

Message From the Warden of Elgin County

Mayor of the Township of Southwold

On behalf of my colleagues on Elgin County Council I would like to welcome you to beautiful Elgin County!

Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin

With the perfect blend of rural and urban, Elgin County offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and interests. Whether you live far away or close by, a trip down the winding country roads of Elgin is a great way to escape from the pressures and monotony of day-to-day life. 120 kilometres of scenic Lake Erie shoreline provides the perfect backdrop for swimming, boating, fishing or relaxing on some of the finest sandy beaches that Ontario has to offer. Numerous charming towns and villages dot the Elgin County countryside offering fresh local cuisine, wineries, live theatre performances, vibrant local festivals and unique shopping experiences.

Grant Jones David Marr Mayor of the Township of Malahide

Dave Mennill Mayor of the Town of Aylmer

Greg Currie Mayor of the Municipality of Bayham

Paul Ens

Hiking trails, cycling routes, golf courses and campgrounds give visitors the opportunity to spend some well-needed time in the great outdoors. Elgin’s rich cultural heritage is kept alive through its vibrant arts community, passionate historians, and agritourism operations that remind residents and visitors alike of the important role that agriculture plays in our region. To learn more about all that Elgin County has to offer please visit www.elgintourist.com, call 1-877-GO-ELGIN or visit us in person at 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas Ontario. Enjoy your visit!

Grant Jones

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Artistic inspiration is bountiful in Elgin County.

Take in original works of art, be entertained, or develop your own creative talents! LIVE & LIVELY Community players bring their considerable talents to the stages of the Aylmer Community Theatre, the West Elgin Dramatics Society, and the Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse.

The Aylmer Performing Arts Council presents a series of live musical performances by Canadian musicians at the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, a venue celebrated for its historic beauty.

A unique mix of artists, entertainers, historians, and farmers, inspired by our area’s natural beauty, come together in one geographic location to provide a rich cultural experience to remember. Get ready to be entranced, moved, entertained, and intrigued‌


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ART EMPORIUM BUSINESS

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Art Emporium Port Stanley, Gift Boutique & Boathouse Gallery, is a treasure trove of regional art and artisan made goods. You’ll be wowed!

ART EMPORIUM PORT STANLEY

177 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 226-658-1888 | E: info@ArtEmporium.ca www.ArtEmporium.ca

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AYLMER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL

Want to take in a live performance? We’ve had Grammy and Juno award winners on our Restored Old Town Hall Stage! Seven shows a year. $25/ticket. Check the website!

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A full service Art Gallery carrying local, national, and international artists. Fully equipped custom framing on site, offering conservation framing & lamination for home and business.

38 John Street S, Aylmer N5H 2C2 Ph: 519-765-3039 | www.artsinaylmer.com

MINERVA ART GALLERY

11078 Springwater Rd N, Aylmer N5H 2R6 Ph: 519-765-1616 | E: Minerva@amtelecom.net www.minerva-art.com

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan NEW NEW AGE, THE 286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 Gallery E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com

PORT BURWELL PERISCOPE PLAYHOUSE INC.

Lap it up with laughter, come and see live theatre in Port Burwell. Come for the beach, stay for the show.

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Located in the scenic lakeside village of Port Stanley, On, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre presents professional live theatre from May-September, and musical performances from Oct-April each year.

13 Victoria St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 226-271-3815 | E: notmanconsulting@eastlink.ca www.periscopeplayhouse.ca

PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE

6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-4353 (Box Office) E: box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

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PORTSIDE GALLERY

Portside Gallery has 19 regional artists offering art in a range of styles, mediums, and techniques. Open daily 11-5pm. Winter Hours: Thurs-Mon January, February, March.

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RUBYEYES KRAFTWERKS

Rubyeyes Kraftwerks specializes in one-of-a-kind glass artworks. The studio’s most popular works are dragons, pet portraits, personalized dishware, 3-D items, and Celtic designs. Commissions, repairs, supplies and classes all done on site.

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

187 1/2 Main St Unit A, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 519-782-7066 | E: portside@cuttingpromotions.com www.portside.cuttingpromotions.com 235 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1B9 Ph: 519-782-7443 | E: ruby@rubyeyes.com www.rubyeyes.com 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B5 Ph: 519-631-4040 | E: info@stepac.ca www.stepac.ca

It is our mission to promote appreciation and support of the visual arts in our community through exhibitions, educational programs and preservation of a permanent Ad on p32 collection.

SUCCS ON THE BEACH

A magical nature filled Artisan Gift Shop, abundant with locally handmade crafts and an array of beautiful Succulent arrangements.

VILLAGE COLLECTIVE, THE

The VILLAGE COLLECTIVE: a gathering place for local artist and artisans to showcase and sell their quality art and crafts located in historic Sparta Village.

WEDS THEATRE

The West Elgin Dramatics Society (WEDS) has been staging live theatre performances at Dutton Town Hall since 1971. Our productions have always been organized and presented by volunteers, primarily from Elgin County.

174B William Street, Port Stanley N5L 1E4 Ph: 778-554-1752 | E: carly.ryan782@gmail.com 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2856 | E: art@shelleymcvittie.com www.theVillageCollective.com 199 Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 Ph: 519-768-3306 | E: weds.ca@gmail.com www.weds.ca

PortStanley FestivalTheatre J o i n u s f o r a s u m m e r

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CALL 519.782.4353 portstanleytheatre.ca

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WEST ELGIN

Meet Our Farmers

at more than half a dozen farm markets, where you can taste the freshest blueberries, pick the sweetest corn and smell all types of local honey, herbs, and flowers.

Explore Our Trails

on bike, by car or on foot. Spend a day at the beach, or fish at the pier of the Port Glasgow Marina. Quiet spaces abound along gravel roads that pass by generations-old family farms and through Carolinian forests.

Taste Our Bounty

of local foods at family-owned restaurants, shop in our villages and rejuvenate your spirit at B&Bs with that small-town touch and a friendly welcome.

Central to everything Second to none.

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO BARN QUILT TRAILS

WEST LORNE • RODNEY PORT GLASGOW

Featuring fair trade crafts & gifts from around the world

We’re just down the road and off the beaten path.

519-785-0560

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302 Bridge Street (in Theatre Bldg), Port Stanley 519-782-7247 • OPEN YEAR ROUND!


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS Museums and cultural attractions provide an important link to our region’s rich heritage and keep the stories of our past alive.

Celebrate rural culture at the Arts & Cookery Bank with a cooking class or photography lesson. Hit the trails and explore our heritage through three Barn Quilt Trails, which link sites with colourful mounted quilt blocks, each with its own story.

From pre – 18th century Attawandaron villages to the enigmatic Colonel Thomas Talbot, the railway boom of the 1850s, and the agricultural roots of our community, these museums highlight the development of Elgin County through collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs.

Marine history enthusiasts will be delighted to visit the Historic Lighthouse and Marine Museum – all located within steps of one another in Port Burwell.

BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM

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ARTS & COOKERY BANK, THE

242 Graham Rd, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-9986 | E: info@theartsandcookerybank.com www.theartsandcookerybank.com

AYLMER-MALAHIDE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

14 East St, Aylmer N5H 1W2 Ph: 519-773-9723 | E: aylmermuseum@amtelecom.net www.amtelecom.net/aylmermuseum

A regional destination, The Bank offers a snapshot of our rural culture through hands-on, interactive culinary and photography sessions and outrageously rural experiences. Come for the experience. Leave inspired. Community museum with: changing exhibits, archives/ appointment, March Tundra Swan Line 519-773-7926, November Tour of Homes, Coach guide. March-June (Mon-Fri 9-5) July-Aug (Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat 11-4) Sept- Nov (Mon-Fri 9-5)

This restored Georgian style 1850s house is a museum BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM located amidst the beauty of John E. Pearce Provincial Park. 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Adults $5, Children $2. Contact us to book your tea, picnic, Ph: 519-762-3072 | E: info@backuspagehouse.ca www.backuspagehouse.ca Ad on p13 reunion, or wedding.

EDISON MUSEUM OF VIENNA

The Edison Museum of Vienna is currently closed, HOWEVER, Edison & Bayham Exhibits are on display to the public at Bayham’s Family Table Restaurant at 6209 Plank Road, Vienna, daily from 6am – 3pm.

ELGIN COUNTY ARCHIVES

Preserves and provides access to municipal government and private individual/business/organization records in all formats documenting the history of Elgin County

ELGIN COUNTY MUSEUM

The museum annually mounts a series of exhibitions and programs based on a permanent collection of artifacts which illustrate the history of Elgin County.

Display Location: 6209 Plank Road, Vienna N0J 1Z0 Ph: 519-866-5521 | E: munderhill@bayham.on.ca www.bayham.on.ca 450 Sunset Drive, St.Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-1460 x154 | E: archives@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca/archives 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-1460 x159 | E: mbaker@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca

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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS ERIE SHORES WIND FARM

55094 Glen Erie Ln, Vienna N0J 1Z0 Ph: 519-874-1461 | E: eswfinfo@capstoneinfra.com www.capstoneinfrastructure.com

Erie Shores Wind Farm is a 99MW power generation facility using 66 wind turbines. We are located on the north shore of Lake Erie near Port Burwell.

Owned and operated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., GAY LEA DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM the museum offers a wide variety of dairy and agricultural RR #2, 48075 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 artifacts for people of all ages. Open May- September Ph: 519-773-2955 | E: museum@gayleafoods.ca www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca Ad on p36

HMCS OJIBWA

3 Pitt St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 | Ph: 1-519-633-7641 E: info@projectojibwa.ca | www.projectojibwa.ca

HMCS Ojibwa. Canada’s secret, silent submarine exposed. The region’s most unusual adventure. Tours 7 days a week, large groups by appointment. Museum of Naval History.

An immersive gaming entertainment experience in St. JACKPOT CITY GAMING ENTERTAINMENT Thomas. With 4 sessions of BINGO daily-tens of thousands 140 Edward St, St.Thomas N5P 1Z3 in prizes. Featuring play-on demand gaming machines in an Ph: 519-633-1984 | E: hilary.jackpotcity@gmail.com www.bingo-country.ca Ad on p6 exciting new environment. Great diner food & HDTV sports!

NEW GLASGOW PREBYTERIAN CHURCH

9313 Furnival Rd, Rodney On N0L 2C0 Ph: 519-785-0266

Founded by the pioneers of Aldborough in 1828 in the heart of the Talbot Settlement at Port Glasgow. The Church was re- established in 2010 and is currently being restored in its original style. Available for celebrations and special events, the church is open to everyone at all times and never closes. Ceud mille failte’.

29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca “In the Heart of the Talbot Settlement” NOW WITH

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EXPERIENCE SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO’S

LARGEST YARN SHOP

Located in a charming 1842 home in the historic district of St. Thomas, across from the famous Jumbo monument, Little Red Mitten is a complete yarn shop with knowledgeable, helpful staff. We also offer spinning and weaving supplies, groups and classes.

86 Talbot Street, St. Thomas • 519-207-2880 Open Mon-Wed & Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs & Fri 10am-8pm • Closed Sundays & Holidays

WWW.LITTLEREDMITTEN.CA

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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS PORT BURWELL MUSEUM

NORTH AMERICA RAILWAY HALL OF FAME

The mission of the Hall of Fame is “to preserve and honour railway heritage in North America and ensure the future sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station”.

PORT BURWELL MUSEUM & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE

The Port Burwell Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse depict the rich local marine history. Climb the 1840s wood structure for a panoramic view of Lake Erie & the Erie Shores Windfarm. Off-season tours arranged by calling 519-866-5521.

PORT STANLEY TERMINAL RAIL

Experience the fun of a train ride through the scenic Kettle Creek Valley. Diesel powered trains travel over a 7 km portion of the former London & Port Stanley Railway (est. 1856). Special Event Trains also available.

750 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1E2 Ph: 519-633-2535 | E: info@narhf.org | www.narhf.org

20 Pitt St and 17 Robinson St, Port Burwell Ph: 519-866-5521 off season 519-874-4807 seasonal May - Labour Day E: munderhill@bayham.on.ca | www.bayham.on.ca 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley N51 1C5 Ph: 519-782-3730 | E: info@pstr.on.ca www.pstr.on.ca

63 hectare (155 acre) park features Ska-Nah-Doht, a recreated SKA-NAH-DOHT VILLAGE & MUSEUM 8348 Longwoods Rd, Middlesex Rd 2, Mount Brydges N0L 1W0 longhouse village of 1 000 years ago. Education programs in Ph: 519-264-2420 | E: info@ltvca.ca | www.ltvca.ca Ad on p14 Native Studies and the environment. 7km of trails.

SPARTA AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Own and operate the Forge and Anvil Museum (46316 Sparta Line) and the Sparta Church Museum in Sparta (6073 Quaker Rd) as well as host a re-enactment dinner in November and a high tea and historical fashion show in July.

ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH

Built in 1827, we are the oldest, active Anglican Church in the county, holding 11am Sunday services year round. Nestled in the heart of the Talbot Settlement, our little rural church offers a unique setting for weddings and other special events.

PO Box 34, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2292 | E: tcg@execulink.com www.villageofsparta.com

29596 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Ph: 519-631-5515 www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

Ska-Nah-Doht

Village & Museum

Spend time at the park... Step into the Past! ... in a recreated village of 1,000 years ago at Longwoods Road Conservation Area 8348 Longwoods Road, (Middlesex Rd. 2) 6.5 km west of Delaware 1/2 hr west of London Call 519-264-2420

info@ltvca.ca

www.ltvca.ca

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The main streets of Elgin County’s towns and villages are the perfect places to pick up items that are truly one-of-a-kind. Natural skin care products, hand-made pottery, homemade fudge and baked goods, stylish fashions, artisan candles, locally grown flowers, and antiques are just a few of the unique hidden gems to be found on the quiet backroads of Elgin County.

DOWNTOWN PORT STANLEY

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SHOP DINE S TAY The businesses of Port Stanley welcome you to our gateway of unique shops, delicious local culinary fare, cozy B&B’s, relaxing inns, world class beaches and so much more. Come experience southwestern Ontario’s hidden gem and

SHOP, DINE AND STAY. Visit us at portstanley.net for upcoming events and specials.

SMALL VILLAGE, FRIENDLY SERVICE

UNIQUE SHOPS

WORLD CLASS BEACHES


SHOP HARVEST TABLE RUSTIC DESIGN BUSINESS

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ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES

46361 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 | Ph: 519-775-0054 E: info@spartacandles.com | www.spartacandles.com

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Anything Used and Sparta Candles is located in the historic village of Sparta. This is a monumental year as Pat, Mary, and Mark Muscat are celebrating 25 years in business. Come explore the many nooks and crannies and help us celebrate.

AYLMER SALES ARENA

Large farmer’s and flea market. Open year round Tuesdays 8am - 4pm. Also on site: restaurant & ATM. Automatic & selfserve carwash, laundry mat & dog wash open 7 days.

CANADALE NURSERIES LTD.

We are an award winning Garden Centre and Nursery specializing in unique, rare and unusual plants. Great weekly sales. Come see what’s new at Ontario’s favourite Garden Centre.

CENTURY CHOCOLATES

Specializing in handmade chocolate products. Enjoy them as a delicious treat for yourself or make them the perfect addition to any special occasion!

51 Murray St, Aylmer N5H 2A6 Ph: 519-765-2211 | E: e_lensink@yahoo.ca www.aylmersalesarena.ca 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 3C4 Ph: 519-631-7264 | E: info@canadale.com www.canadale.com 182 Main St, West Lorne, ON N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-3888 | E: centurychocolates2@outlook.com

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Clovermead is a Country Store filled with all things honey, CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 Check the website for the latest buzz. Ph: 519-773-5503 | E: info@clovermead.com www.clovermead.com Ad on p39 Discover a quaint home décor store in rural West Elgin. A DECORATING DIVA, THE hidden gem featuring an amazing collection of home décor, 23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney N0L 2C0 jewelry and lovely fashion accessories. Ph: 519-785-2312 | E: thedecorating.diva@live.ca www.decoratingdiva.ca Ad on p18 Unique garden centre open year round. Visit the mini farm FAMILY FLOWERS INC. and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide 44329 Talbot Line RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home Ph: 519-631-6004 | E: annette@familyflowers.ca www.familyflowers.ca Ad on p20 and garden as well.

FRIEND FACTORY & WHISTLE STOP PEDDLERS

46349 Sparta Line, Sparta On Ph: 519-775-2779 | E: www.bearfriendfactory.com bearfriendfactory@bell.net

We have combined the largest selection of plush animals and clothing options in the region with local talented crafters, artists and vendors to create a very unique place to shop and discover.

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A hidden gem in West Elgin featuring unique home décor, jewellery, gifts and more.

DECORATINGDIVA.CA

Over 85 Years of Quality and Service

4683 Sunset Road, Port Stanley

23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney ON | 519.785.2312 Fri 9:30am-5pm | Sat 9:30am-4pm | Sun 10am-3pm

519-782-4052

www.moorewatergardens.com

Pinecroft Pottery & The Green Frog Tearoom AN ELGIN COUNTY TRADITION FOR OVER 65 YEARS!

A hint of Muskoka in Southern Ontario, with towering pines, log cabins, a walking trail, waterfall & expansive pond,

Pinecroft is a must see! 8122 Rogers Rd. S. • AYLMER • 519-773-3435 Just 1 mile West of Aylmer, 1.5 miles South of Hwy. #3

- OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK -

pinecroft.ca

TEAROOM: 11 am to 3:30 pm, Desserts till 4 pm GIFT SHOP: 9 am to 5 pm

QUAI DU VIN . E S T A T E

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Come to your senses RETAIL STORE - OPEN YEAR ROUND

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519-775-2216 | www.QuaiduVin.com | 2km north of Sparta, Ontario


SHOP FROM THE MEADOW

Organic skin care products for real! Locally grown, harvested, and created especially for you in Southwestern Ontario. Creams, soaps, scrubs, mineral make-up and much more. Boutique open Mon-Fri.

3881 Avon Dr, Belmont N0L 1B0 Ph: 519-269-3961 | E: info@fromthemeadow.com www.fromthemeadow.com

HARVEST TABLE RUSTIC DESIGNS, THE

44892 Talbot Line, St.Thomas N5P 3S7 519-851-6919 | E: theharvesttable@outlook.com

Open all year round. Large variety of hand made crafts and décor. Wreaths, wood products, signs and more with new Ad on p20 stock arriving weekly. Follow us on Facebook!

HOLISTIC AWAKENINGS DAY SPA

A holistic day spa devoted to providing a spa experience defined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of natural healing spa services and holistic body products.

MENNONITE FURNITURE GALLERY

Mennonite Furniture Gallery, showcases a wide variety of solid wood furniture hand-crafted by Amish and Mennonite artisans. Showroom open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. A second location ‘Premium Kitchen Cabinets’ located at 53930 Eden Line, Aylmer.

4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 Ph: 519- 782-4052 | E: info@moorewatergardens.com www.moorewatergardens.com Ad on p18

MOORE WATER GARDENS

For over 80 years, Moore Water Gardens has specialized in the growing of water lilies and aquatic plants. With more than an acre of outdoor ponds devoted to hardy lilies and ever expanding greenhouse facilities, customers can be assured of strong, healthy plants.

NEW NEW AGE, THE

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan Gallery

OH MY FUR AND WHISKERS!

St. Thomas’ most interesting pet supply store, featuring Canadian-sourced foods, treats, toys, and accessories, and an unmatched selection of gifts for pet-lovers!

46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2606 | E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com 10 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-765-4386 | E: sales@mfgi.ca www.mfgi.ca | www.premiumkitchencabinets.ca

286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com 257 Talbot Street, St.Thomas N5P 1B3 Ph: 519-207-7387 | E: kim@dogwalkerlondon.ca FAMILY FLOWERS

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SHOP PICARD’S ORIGINAL

Excellence in every bite from Ontario’s original choice for freshly roasted peanuts. Delicious and unique snacks and swiss style chocolate confectionery specialties.

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A pottery studio and Elgin County tradition for over 60 years. Rest, relax, shop or eat in a truly serene setting amongst towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Dine in the tearoom, visit the pottery studio, enjoy live music, or extend your stay with an overnight retreat in a log cabin B&B. For a truly memorable experience, visit Pinecroft today.

10683 Sunset Dr (Hwy #4 at Hwy #3), Talbotville N0L 2K0 Ph: 519-637-8704 | E: info@picardsoriginal.com www.picardspeanuts.com

PINECROFT POTTERY

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca

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Quai du Vin (pronounce Kay due van) is nestled amongst QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin. 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Located 3 km north of Sparta, Ontario, there you will sample Ph: 519-775-2216 | E: info@QuaiduVin.com www.QuaiduVin.com Ad on p18 fine wines and experience spectacular events. A unique fruit winery under new ownership that will RUSH CREEK WINES maintain this community icon and introduce new fruit and 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 grape wines. An expanded retail store is being introduced Ph: 519-773-5432 that will bring you coffee/tea brands, as well as other local www.rushcreekwines.com product. Come enjoy the baked treats, and pecan pie! Experience our casual beach-chic atmosphere. A destination RUSSELL HOUSE APPAREL for mens/womens fashion & accessories. Unique styles 1-211 Main St, Port Stanley featuring Canadian-made brands; Tilley, Cotton Country, Ph: 519-782-7781 | E: info@russellhouseapparel.com Viyella and more. Other wonderful selections from Woolrich, www.russellhouseapparel.com Point Zero, and souvenir apparel. Enjoy your shopping Ad on p22 experience with personal and friendly service.

The Harvest Table Rustic Designs 44892 Talbot Line, St. Thomas (across from the airport)

 theharvesttablerusticdesigns Home décor • Handmade Items • New stock weekly

Spare Moments Craft Supplies Craft supplies for every occasion 530 Talbot St. E., Aylmer | 519-765-3550 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-5:30; Fri. 9-7; Sat. 9-5; Sunday closed.

Retail + Mini Farm OPEN YEAR ROUND Tropicals ~ Succulents ~ Cactus ~ Houseplants ~ Pottery

Plants make people happy! Come visit the tropics and you’ll see why

Mark (plant Manager) Ed + Annette (owners) Jaklyn (Retail Manager)

familyflowers.ca ❀ 44329 Talbot Line St. Thomas ON ❀ 519.631.6004 ❀     

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T O P 1 0 AT T R A C T I O N S O F

JUMBO THE ELEPHANT MONUMENT

1 Imagine circus crowds marvelling at the elephant purported to be the “largest ever held in captivity”. In 1985, the 100th anniversary of Jumbo’s tragic death after being struck by a locomotive, St. Thomas dedicated this 38-ton life-sized statue. ST. THOMAS CHURCH 2 OLD Stroll the pioneer cemetery where most of St. Thomas’s early settlers were buried and during summer months tour the church which was built in 1824.

3 DOWNTOWN Shop over 300 unique restaurants and shops in a downtown which boasts 3 kilometers of historic Victorian buildings, beautifully painted murals, lush parkettes and, historic plaques and banners which bring the past to life. ELGIN COUNTY RAILWAY MUSEUM

4 See some amazing trains, an impressive collection of artifacts and the inner workings of the 1913 MCRR shops, the oldest continuously operating locomotive repair shops in North America. ST. THOMAS ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

5 Be inspired by this inviting art hub for the region. Check www.stepac.ca for an exciting line-up of exhibits, classes and special events. L&PS RAILWAY TERMINAL & CORRIDOR

6 The L&PS Railway Terminal, a replica of the original which was torn down in the 1960’s, is now home to Railway City Tourism. Tracks from St. Thomas to Port Stanley have been reconnected and park space developed alongside for public use. SOUTHERN RAILWAY STATION 7 CANADA Travel back to a time when this 1873 Italianate style building was the hub of the Railway City. Tours are available. PINAFORE & WATERWORKS PARKS

8 Pursue tranquil or active leisure in either of St. Thomas’s spacious historic parks. Both have popular splash pads for kids. HORTON FARMERS’ MARKET

9 Find farm fresh produce and meats, homemade preserves and baking, handmade crafts and artwork at this Saturday morning community meeting place, Mother’s Day to November. CITY BREWING COMPANY 10 RAILWAY Tour the micro-brewery whose branding pays playful tribute to Jumbo; then sample some of their award-winning brews in the tasting room, or take in one of their special events.

www.railwaycitytourism.com


SHOP SHADES OF GREEN

Family owned nursery specializing in hostas, daylilies, and select perennials. Stroll through the display gardens for inspiration to create your own garden paradise. Shop from hundreds of hosta and daylily varieties.

SILVERTHORN LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

Silverthorn Landscape Supplies provides ideas, support, and landscaping products for individuals and contractors as they transform gardens, workplaces and outdoor spaces from ordinary to extraordinary.

SPARE MOMENTS CRAFT SUPPLIES

Craft supplies and everything you need for your craft project. Ribbons galore, craft paints, brushes, felt, and google eyes. Also carrying wedding supplies and rentals, floral supplies, flowers, and greenery.

48855 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-7279 | E: info@shadesofgreenhostas.ca www.shadesofgreenhostas.ca RR #3, 46400 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-765-2379 | E: info@silverthornlandscape.com www.silverthornlandscape.com 530 Talbot St. E, Aylmer N5H 2W2 Ph: 519-765-3550 | E: spareme@amtelecom.net www.sparemoments.ca Ad on p20

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STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER

47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com www.steedandcompany.com Ad on p22

SUCCS ON THE BEACH

Discover Steed & Co Lavender Farm, the most stunning lavender setting in Ontario’s South Coast region. Indulge in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products created at our farm. Escape for a stroll amongst the lavender flowers and take in the magnificent views. A magical nature filled Artisan Gift Shop, abundant with locally handmade crafts and an array of beautiful Succulent arrangements.

174B William Street, Port Stanley N5L 1E4 Ph: 778-554-1752 | E: carly.ryan782@gmail.com

Victorian Elegance FEATURING SAVANNA’S TEA ROOM, with Fresh Lake Erie Perch

GLAMOROUS LADIES’ FASHIONS Jewellery & Accessories Home Décor VICTORIANELEGANCE.CA 109 TALBOT ST W, AYLMER • 519-765-3634 STORE HOURS: MON- SAT- 10AM-5PM | TEA ROOM: TUES- SAT 11AM-3PM

DISCOVER • INDULGE • ESCAPE

growers & creators of fine lavender products

Our gift boutique offers unique handcrafted gifts & gourmet foods created from our harvested lavender. Open Wed-Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4 • Mother’s Day until Christmas

47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta • 519-494-5525 • buds@steedandcompany.com • www.steedandcompany.com 22 ELGINTOURIST.COM


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Whether you have a night or a week to spend, Elgin County has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs and make your stay a relaxing one. Choose from cozy bed and breakfasts, fully furnished cottages, motels, inns or cabins. From luxurious to rustic, quaint to modern, there’s a spot for you.

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STAY

SWEET MAGNOLIA HOUSE, AYLMER

GREY GABLES B & B, PORT BURWELL

B&BS & INNS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

CONNY’S B & B ON THE FARM

Bed and breakfast on the farm. Four rooms available, open year round.

GREY GABLES BED AND BREAKFAST

Located minutes by foot from the beach, Grey Gables is a meticulously restored heritage home. Enjoy the village atmosphere, visit the historic lighthouse and museum or dine at one of Port Burwell’s fine restaurants. Make Grey Gables “your home at the Lake.”

INN ON THE HARBOUR & LITTLE INN

Experience the relaxation of casual waterfront accommodation in Port Stanley. King beds, double jacuzzi, fireplaces and water views that will take your breath away. Imagine!

46075 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Ph: 519-775-0149 | E: connysbandb@gmail.com www.bbcanada.com/10617.html 22 Erieus St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519-874-4644 | E: greygabl@amtelecom.net www.bbcanada.com/3912.html

202 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 519-782-7623 | E: innkeeper@innontheharbour.ca www.innontheharbour.ca

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KETTLE CREEK INN Ad on p27 Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 | Ph: 519-782-3388 (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine E: information@kettlecreekinn.com | www.kettlecreekinn.com dining. Gazebo and patio dining! SWEET MAGNOLIA HOUSE B&B

Sweet Magnolia House is a heritage home in Aylmer, Ont. On the Talbot Trail. It boasts 3 warm and inviting guest rooms, 2 with ensuites, 1 with private 3 piece bathroom. Close to beaches, shopping and live theatre.

TELEGRAPH HOUSE

Heritage Inn, Bed & Breakfast where history meets hospitality. New ensuite bathrooms in spacious historical guest suites. Fabulous breakfast included in room rates.

236 Talbot St E, Aylmer N5H 1H7 Ph: 519-765-3038 | E: info@sweetmagnoliahouse.com www.sweetmagnoliahouse.com 205 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 Ph: 519-782-3006 | E: welcome@telegraphhouse.com www.telegraphhouse.com Ad on p25

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Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award 324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 | Ph: 519-782-4173 winning restaurant and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly. E: grrlmet@sympatico.ca | www.thewindjammerinn.com

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HOTELS/MOTELS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

Renovated in 2016, 72 modern guest rooms, 7 conference BEST WESTERN PLUS STONERIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE Ad on p25 rooms, historic chapel, Pasto’s Grill, fitness room, business

6675 Burtwistle Lane, London N6L 1H5 | Ph: 519-652-6022 E: hotelinfo@stoneridgeinn.com | www.stoneridgeinn.com

centre, and guest laundry. Convenient highway location.

CARDINAL COURT MOTEL

Located in St. Thomas, just off the highway, we offer quiet, clean, cozy comfort in a country setting. Our 15 rooms are spacious and immaculate. Free continental breakfast, internet, hair dryers and coffee makers in the rooms. We hope that your stay with us is a happy and pleasant one.

10401 Sunset Rd, RR #7, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 Ph: 519-633-074 | 0theaulakhs@execulink.com www.cardinalcourt.ca

COMFORT INN Ad on p25 100% non-smoking, newer rooms. Free hot breakfast, wifi, 100 Centennial Ave., St. Thomas N5R 5B2 | Ph: 519-633-4082 and parking. King rooms with refrigerator and microwave. E: barb.rideout@sunraygroup.ca | www.choicehotels.ca/cn005 Jacuzzi suite available. Meeting and fitness room. HOWARD JOHNSON - TILLSONBURG Ad on p27 The Howard Johnson - Tillsonburg, boasts 59 well appointed rooms with attention to detail. Scotty’s, our own on site 92 Simcoe St, Tillsonburg N4G 2J1 | Ph: 519-842-7366 restaurant opens at 6am. Ojibwa is 15 minutes away. E: info@hojotillsonburg.ca | www.hojotillsonburg.ca NEW ELGIN MOTEL

9701 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 | Ph: 519-633-0580 E: newelginmotel@hotmail.com | www.newelginmotel.ca

Very clean, comfortable and affordable rooms available. Two minutes to downtown and fifteen minutes to Port Stanley. 24 hour check-in available.

“You’ll feel at home” • Free Hot Breakfast • Free WiFi • Smoke Free

ST. THOMAS

www.choicehotels.ca/cn005

100 CENTENNIAL AVE. ST. THOMAS, ON N5R 5B2

Stoneridge Inn

& Conference Centre Convenient Highway location, comfortably appointed guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, on-site dining at Pasto’s Grill, free high speed internet access, conference rooms, catering and so much more... merely minutes away!

6675 Burtwistle Lane, Hwy 401 & Hwy 4, London 519-652-6022 or 1-888-471-2378 www.stoneridgeinn.com

• Free Parking • Pet Friendly • Meeting Room

519.633.4082

Where history meets hospitality. Like us on Facebook! Join us for Canada 150 Celebrations! 205 Main Street, Port Stanley

519-782-3006

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COTTAGES BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

BLUEBIRD HIDEAWAY

B&B/cottage close to Port Stanley in a quiet country setting. Newly renovated cottage, offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room and full kitchen facilities.

SHORELINE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INC. (SHORELINE GETAWAYS)

Shoreline maintains and rents 6 cottages located in the heart of Port Stanley. Our cottages are clean, cozy, affordable and available during all seasons.

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A pottery studio and Elgin County tradition for over 60 years. Rest, relax, shop or eat in a truly serene setting amongst towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Dine in the tearoom, visit the pottery studio, enjoy live music, or extend your stay with an overnight retreat in a log cabin B&B. For a truly memorable experience, visit Pinecroft today.

5761 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 Ph: 519-782-4959 | E: michaelagrouven@hotmail.com www.bluebirdhideaway.com

142 Dundas St, London N6A 1G1 | Ph: 1-877-231-6421 E: info@shorelinegetaways.com | www.shorelinegetaways.com

PINECROFT POTTERY

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca

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CAMPING BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY areas showcase a number of water-related activities, bird 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-631-1270 | E: luiza@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca watching, disc golfing, hiking and camping opportunities. www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Ad on p27 Visit the website for more information.

LAKEWOOD TRAILER ESTATES

Lakewood Trailer Estates is a family operated, summer vacation and recreation destination providing well maintained grounds and facilities with a family based, quiet, secure atmosphere.

PEARCE WILLIAMS CHRISTIAN CENTRE SUMMER CAMP & RETREAT FACILITY

Elgin County’s only full service Summer Camp & Rental Facility. Hiking trails open to public year round. Discover & Explore Elgin’s Natural spaces. All welcome.

PORT BURWELL PROVINCIAL PARK

Port Burwell Provincial Park boasts a long beautiful stretch of beach and includes a designated dog beach. An exceptional family friendly campground with large, well-treed, level sites.

RED OAK TRAVEL PARK

Beautiful, family friendly campground. Large sites, large pool, family activities, close to golf course, historical sites, fishing, and lakes. Offering reasonable rates and group discounts.

RR #3 22499 Gray Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 | Ph: 519-785-2020 E: info@lakewoodte.com | www.lakewoodte.com

8009 Iona Rd, RR#1, Fingal | Ph: 519-764-2317 E: info@pearcewilliams.org | www.pearcewilliams.org 9 Wilson Lane, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-4691 | www.ontarioparks.com/park/portburwell 54428 Talbot Ln, Eden N0J 1H0 | Ph: 519-866-3504 E: camp@redoaktravelpark.com | www.redoaktravelpark.com

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA family to enjoy- camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 special events, and hiking. Discover Our Good Nature Ph: 519-773-9037 | E: springwater@catfishcreek.ca www.catfishcreek.ca Ad on p27 at Springwater.

SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE

45388 Dexter Line, East of Port Stanley NOL 2H0 Ph: 519-671-0199 | E: mcnameephil@gmail.com www.solitudenaturereserve.com

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Providing a wilderness camping experience and opportunity to reconnect with nature. Free campsites available on weekends during July- September. Trails open year round for hiking. More information available at www.solitudenaturereserve.com


STAY

spend little. rest easy. family vacations make you happy.

go happy. go hojo.™

Picture yourself... Relaxing on our patio, Enjoying Lunch, Dinner or a snack, Staying the evening in a room or suite!

One thing savvy travelers can rely on is comfort and convenience at Howard Johnson. Today’s HoJo: Always what you need. Always thoughtfully priced. So, are you ready to go HoJo?

go happy. go hojo.™ go tillsonburg. Howard Johnson Tillsonburg 92 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg | 519-842-7366

www.hojotillsonburg.ca WE PROUDLY WELCOME WYNDHAM REWARDS MEMBERS.

216 Joseph St., Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519.782.3388 • 1.866.414.0417 information@kettlecreekinn.com www.kettlecreekinn.com MEMBER OF ONTARIO’S FINEST HOTELS, INNS & SPAS

Enjoy a refreshing day or weekend with all that Mother Nature has to offer.

People in Harmony with Nature Seasonal and overnight camping beach • fishing • picnic areas bird watching • playground swimming pools hiking trails disc golf canoe rental kids’ activities DALEWOOD CONSERVATION AREA

519-631-1009

LAKE WHITTAKER CONSERVATION AREA

Experience some of Ontario’s most beautiful natural features and best outdoor recreation opportunities.

• SEASONAL & OVERNIGHT CAMPING • • PLAYGROUND • HIKING • PICNIC AREAS • • CANOE & PEDAL BOAT RENTALS • FISHING • • SPECIAL EVENTS • MUCH MORE • CATFISH CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 8079 Springwater Rd., RR#5 Aylmer, ON N5H 2R4 South of Hwy #3 at Orwell between St. Thomas & Aylmer

519-269-3592

RESERVE ONLINE AT

www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

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DISCOVER OUR GOOD NATURE!

 @KettleCreekCA  /KettleCreekCA

519-773-9037 www.catfishcreek.ca

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WINDJAMMER INN

Look for Savour Elgin member signs on display across the County. Member listings in the Taste and Agritourism sections of this guide are indicated with an s symbol. SAVOURELGIN.CA

RUSH CREEK WINS

Spend a leisurely morning browsing one of several local farmers’ markets where you can find everything from fruits and vegetables to organic meats, eggs, herbs, and honey – all produced in Elgin County. Learn about the source of your food at one of the area’s bustling agritourism operations. Sit down to a hearty meal, expertly crafted with local ingredients, or spend an afternoon tasting wines produced with fruit grown right here in Elgin County.

TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ

The Savour Elgin Culinary Trail is a route through Elgin County that visits the best culinary attractions focusing on food and drink that is local and unique to the Elgin County area.


TASTE

Restaurants, tea rooms, and cafĂŠs dot the Elgin County countryside and line the main streets of its quaint towns and villages serving everything from hearty country fare to fine dining options. Enjoy the elegance of an afternoon tea, try the local catch of the day on a lakeside terrace or indulge in a sweet and creamy ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Local wineries nestled along winding country roads are the perfect place to stop for a break after a long day of backroad trekking.

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BUSINESS

SOLO ON MAIN

TASTE

DESCRIPTION

Broderick’s, a world famous and favourite destination BRODERICK’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR 290 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-4492 in Port Stanley since 1984! We offer a total ice cream experience in a unique 50’s style store design. Proud E: fred.heintz@rogers.com recipient of the 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com from Trip Advisor. Rated #1 dessert place in Port Stanley.

CENTURY CHOCOLATES

Specializing in handmade chocolate products. Enjoy them as a delicious treat for yourself or make them the perfect addition to any special occasion!

FAMILY CENTRAL RESTAURANT, THE

The Family Central Restaurant is a family focused and driven dining establishment. When you step through the doors you are welcomed as a member of the family.

182 Main St, West Lorne, ON N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-3888 | E: centurychocolates2@outlook.com

62 Talbot St, Aylmer N5H 1H4 | Ph: 519-765-2444 E: peter@familycentral.ca | www.familycentral.ca

Southwestern Ontario’s largest beach patio! We boast 8 GT’S ON THE BEACH beach volleyball courts, full menu, weekday food specials 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley N5L 1E2 Ph: 519-782-4555 | E: management@gtsportstanley.ca and live entertainment on weekends. Open May-Sept. Ad on p36 www.gtsportstanley.ca

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KETTLE CREEK INN Ad on p27 Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 | Ph: 519-782-3388 suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus E: information@kettlecreekinn.com | www.kettlecreekinn.com fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining!

LE CAFÉ SIAM

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Thai family run business features a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 5pm-9pm, Sat: 5pm-9pm, Sun: Closed. Closes every 3rd Mon of the month.

MACKIES

Family owned and operated, located on the beach in Port Stanley since 1911. Famous for our fresh cut fries, homemade sauce, relishes and orangeade. Celebrating 106 years on the beach in Port Stanley!

MENNOMEX

Authentic Mexican foods and products, specially imported for you. Experience the real Mexican flavour in your own home.

392 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B8 Ph: 519-637-2287

124 William St, Port Stanley N5L 1E1 Ph: 519-782-4390 | E: mackies1911@rogers.com

49919 Talbot Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R1 | Ph: 519-773-2002 E: info@mennomex.com | www.mennomex.com

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan NEW NEW AGE, THE 286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 Gallery E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com

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TASTE Casual family dining in a relaxing country atmosphere. NEW SARUM DINER Local memorabilia. Established in 1943. Banquet facilities. RR#3, 46230 New Sarum Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-773-3101 | www.newsarum.com Ad on p32 AGCO, full menu. Open 7 days a week 8am-9pm.

PALMERS MAPLE SYRUP

Palmer’s Maple Syrup is a great place for the family to enjoy a shanty tour, self-guided wood excursions and of course to get your local maple syrup

PEPPER TREE SPICE CO.

Pepper Tree Spice Co. is your premiere spice destination. Over 300 of the finest spices, herbs, seasonings & artisanal blends available. All organic, natural, and gluten-free. Taste a world of pure possibilities.

34308 Lake Line, Port Stanley Ph: 519-769-0007 | E: blpalmer@xplornet.com 223 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-7800 | E: info@peppertreespice.com www.peppertreespice.com

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PINECROFT POTTERY

A pottery studio and Elgin County tradition for over 60 years. Rest, relax, shop or eat in a truly serene setting amongst towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Dine in the tearoom, visit the pottery studio, enjoy live music, or extend your stay with an overnight retreat in a log cabin B&B. For a Ad on p18 truly memorable experience, visit Pinecroft today.

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca

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Quai du Vin (pronounce Kay due van) is nestled amongst QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Elgin. Located 3 km north of Sparta, Ontario, there you Ph: 519-775-2216 | E: info@QuaiduVin.com Ad on p18 will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events. www.QuaiduVin.com

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RUBY’S COOKHOUSE

583 John St, Aylmer N5H 2B6 | Ph: 519-773-8786 E: rubyscookhouse@amtelecom.net www.rubyscookhouse.com

Where family and friends come together to share good times and great food.

RUSH CREEK WINES

A unique fruit winery under new ownership that will maintain this community icon and introduce new fruit and grape wines. An expanded retail store is being introduced that will bring you coffee/tea brands, as well as other local product. Come enjoy the baked treats, and pecan pie!

SHAW’S ICE CREAM

Shaw’s Ice Cream uses only the best ingredients and of course real Canadian cream! We take time in sourcing the purest flavourings, fruits, and dairy ingredients to bring to Ad on p33 you what we consider the worlds best ice cream!

48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 Ph: 519-773-5432 www.rushcreekwines.com RR #4, 6598 Sunset Rd, St. Thomas N5P 3S8 Ph: 519- 631-2510 www.shawsicecream.com

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SIMPLY SCOOPS

Simply Scoops is a family friendly ice cream shop and eatery located in the heart of Port Burwell that sources local. Enjoy 48 flavours of ice cream, (including top quality Shaw’s Ice Cream), soft serve ice cream and wide variety of frozen treats. Enjoy a tasty burger made from 100% beef, and delicious fresh cut fries all sourced locally.

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SOLO ON MAIN

The cuisine at SoLo is creative, fresh, and visually beautiful with flavours that amaze! Chef Lauren vanDixhoorn and her team have created a totally renovated space with an urban vibe and a menu to match.

38 Robinson St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519 874 1390 | E: icecream@simplyscoops.com

187 Main Street, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 226-658-0999 | E: soloportstanley@gmail.com www.soloportstanley.com

Historic, haunted, very unique experience. Get out of SPARTA HOUSE TEAROOM the rat race and relax! Traditional English food, High 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2313 | E: spartahousetearoom@rogers.com Teas, and events throughout the year. Largest collection of tea pots in Elgin County. Family run business in the www.spartahouse.com quaint historic village of Sparta setting.

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TASTE SUSHI PUNK

Sushi Punk is a hip new sushi/noodle bar & coffee house located in Port Stanley. There’s a lounge for you to kick back in with a latte, bubble tea or smoothie and dig the vibes. We also have a full set up for musicians if you’re feeling the desire to play as well as movie nights through out winter. Sushi Punk also caters, so if you have an event happening then we can make custom sushi platters or you can reserve our lounge, ‘The Green Room’ for private functions.

TALL TALES CAFÉ

Family run restaurant since 1982. Fresh homemade pies. Daily specials. Tall Tales offers dry cleaning, variety store, and self serve gas station. Open 7 days a week.

172 William Street, Port Stanley N5L 1EA Ph: 519-709-4148 | E: sushipunksushi@gmail.com www.sushipunksushi.com

29634 Talbot Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Ph: 519-762-2605 | E: johnmairleitner@gmail.com

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We offer a café style menu of homemade entrees, TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY salads, soups, breads, cakes and desserts. Let us cater 180 Main St, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-0044 | E: cemery-tastysweets@hotmail.com your special event. www.tastysweetscafe.com

THAT BREAKFAST PLACE

A homestyle restaurant that is locally owned, with fresh food, breakfast all day with an amazing view of the harbour. Where the locals gather!

VILLAGE SQUARE COFFEE HOUSE

Centrally located with a focus on local traffic and tourists. Serving direct trade coffee, house baked treats, sandwiches, made with love soups, chili, and more. Open every day!

305 Bridge Street, Port Stanley On N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-4784 | E: info@thatbreakfastplace.com 284 Bride St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 Ph: 519-782-7260 | E: vscoffeehouse@gmail.com www.villagesquarecoffeehouse.com

July & August is Blueberry Season!

U-PICK

ALREADY PICKED

519-768-3276

BAKED GOODS

HWY #3, EAGLE

www.bluegrovesfarms.com

www.stepac.ca 301 Talbot St. St. Thomas 519.631.4040

Est. 1943

“OUR OWN”

FUDGE

Like us on Facebook! Chocolates • Confections Local Honey & Maple Syrup

Open 11am-5pm • 519-782-3006 205 Main Street, Port Stanley, Ontario www.telegraphhouse.com

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Elgin County’s Oldest Dinner

From foot long hot dogs and a milk shake to full course dinners. Come out to visit us, sit down and enjoy... like the old days. We can accommodate up to 100 people in our private dining room. Dinner Meetings • Special Occasions • Bus Tours Hwy #3 at Hwy #74 (in New Sarum) • 519-773-3101 www.newsarum.com


SPARTA HOUSE TEAROOM

TASTE

WAYSIDE DINING LOUNGE

10680 Sunset Dr, Talbotville N0L 2K0 Ph: 519- 633-0360 | E: info@waysidedining.com www.waysidedining.com

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WINDJAMMER INN, THE

324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 Ph: 519-782-4173 | E: grrlmet@sympatico.ca www.thewindjammerinn.com

Serving Generations of area families, The Wayside has been tantalizing taste buds since 1936. While the restaurant is one of the oldest in South-Western Ontario, the decor and food reflect contemporary tastes. Come for the food enjoy the ambiance. Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award winning restaurant and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly.

Any time is

ice cream time

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MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY SELECT ATTRACTIONS BY MUNICIPALITY

COUNTY POPULATION APPROX. 50 954 WEST ELGIN POPULATION APPROX. 5 215 • Port Glasgow Beach & Marina • Rodney Historic Jail • The Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne

DUTTON/DUNWICH POPULATION APPROX. 3 997 • Backus-Page House Museum • John E. Pearce Provincial Park • WEDS Theatre, Dutton • Village Crier Gallery

Arts & Cookery Bank

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SOUTHWOLD POPULATION APPROX. 4 521

Fingal Wildli fe

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• Fingal Wildlife Management Area • Horseshoe J Dude Ranch • Southwold Prehistoric Earthworks

Historic Village of Sparta


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MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY AYLMER POPULATION APPROX. 7 366 • Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre • Aylmer Sales Arena • Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives • East Elgin Community Complex

Clovermead

CENTRAL ELGIN POPULATION APPROX. 13 075 • Dalewood & Dan Patterson Conservation Areas • Elgin County Museum • Hawk Cliff, east of Port Stanley • Historic Village of Sparta • Main & Little Beaches, Port Stanley • Port Stanley Festival Theatre • Port Stanley Terminal Rail • Quai du Vin Estate Winery, north of Sparta • Steed and Co. Lavender Farm • Solitude Nature Reserve • Port Stanley Pier

Port Stanley

MALAHIDE POPULATION APPROX. 9 507 • Aylmer Wildlife Management Area • Clovermead Bees & Honey Adventure Farm • Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum • Pinecroft Pottery & Green Frog Tearoom • Port Bruce Beach • Rush Creek Wines • Springwater Conservation Area

BAYHAM POPULATION APPROX. 7 273 • HMCS Ojibwa Submarine, Port Burwell • Port Burwell Beach • Port Burwell Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse • Port Burwell Provincial Park • Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse ELGINTOURIST.COM 35


AGRITOURISM

DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM

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Located in Copenhagen, south of Aylmer 48075 Jamestown Line 519-773-2955

May to November

MANITOBA

dairyheritagemuseum.ca

FLORA

OPEN MAY TO SEPTEMBER

Meet me at the Market Saturdays 8am-12pm

HORTON

Dairy Memorabilia • Tools & Collectibles Picnic Area - Walking Trails

TALBOT

HORTON MARKET

welcome to SOUTHWOLD

Enjoy all the Keystone Township has to offer, including...

SHEDDEN’S ANNUAL ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

Second weekend in June

SHEDDEN TRACTOR PULL

Third Friday in June

SHEDDEN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY FALL FAIR

Fourth weekend in August

SOUTHWOLD EARTHWORKS

National Historical Site

1850

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STEED & CO LAVENDER

AGRITOURISM

Buy produce from a road-side stand or pick it yourself directly from the field; navigate a corn maze; visit an adventure farm complete with a petting zoo, pedal Go-Carts and a zip-line; breathe in the sweet fragrance of a lavender field or learn the secrets of viniculture during a tour and tasting at one of Elgin County’s wineries.

Buy Local! Buy Fresh!

The farmers and producers of Elgin County grow a bounty of amazing tastes to be savoured throughout every season of the year. Let Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Elgin County be your guide to the freshest in-season produce. BUYLOCALBUYFRESH.CA


BUSINESS

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BEARY BLUE ACRES

Offering picked and pick-your-own blueberries mid-July through August. Dried, frozen, juice grade and jams available year round. Check out our twig wreathes!

23301 Queens Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 | Ph: 519-785-0450 E: admin@bearyblueacres.com | www.bearyblueacres.com

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“Make Our Garden, Your Garden” Visit our on-farm stand for your fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, apples and more!

BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM

48937 Glencolin Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R6 Ph: 519-765-1752 | E: farmerdick@berryhillfruitfarm.ca www.berryhillfruitfarm.ca

Family owned. Our farm offers chemical free, fresh BLUEGROVES FARMS blueberries for pick-your-own, already picked or frozen. 25503 Talbot Ln, Eagle N0L 2P0 We now have an ice cream store at the farm and also baked Ph: 519-768-3276 | E: info@bluegrovesfarms.com www.bluegrovesfarms.com Ad on p32 goods, jams, blueberry syrup and blueberry juice.

BRIWOOD FARM MARKET

Fresh produce, dairy, meat, bulk foods, pet foods and garden centre. Open year round, 7 days/wk. Shop Briwood and support your local farmers.

1030 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1G3 Ph: 519-633-9691 | www.briwoodfarmmarket.com

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Clovermead is a Country Store filled with all things honey, CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 Check the website for the latest buzz. Ph: 519-773-5503 | E: info@clovermead.com www.clovermead.com Ad on p38

DEBACKERE FARM MARKET

5680 Sunset Rd, Union N0L 2L0 Ph: 519-661-7519 | E: info@debackerefarmmarket.com www.debackerefarmmarket.ca Ad on p41

Come and see us on your way to and from the beach for all your locally grown fresh produce. We offer sweet corn, new potatoes, peppers, beans, tomatoes, in season fruit and much more. Picked fresh daily. Interac accepted.

Jump, Play & Bee Happy! Zip Line • Giant Jumping Pillow • Friendly Farm Animals • Mazes • Pumpkin Festival Honey Festival • Zipster Pedal Carts • Play Structures • Wild Bee Ride • Much More!

OPEN DAILY JUNE TO OCTOBER WITH TRACTOR RIDES (CLOSED SUNDAYS) Guided Beekeeper Talks Daily in July & August

Un-BEE-lievable Family FUN! www.clovermead.com

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GREAT LAKES FARMS Unique garden centre open year round. Visit the mini farm FAMILY FLOWERS INC. and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide 44329 Talbot Line RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home Ph: 519-631-6004 | E: annette@familyflowers.ca www.familyflowers.ca Ad on p20 and garden as well. South of the 401 enjoy a rustic rural adventure on the “Funny FARMTOWN CANADA Farm Tour”. Start at the 1850 Log Cabin with Trinkets & Trash 46703 Mapleton Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R6 antiques and souvenirs to purchase or admire. All ages can Ph: 519-773-2292 | E: info@farmtowncanada.ca learn about farming and help with animals. Wagon Rides, www.farmtowncanada.ca hand lead horse rides and picnic spots. Organic skin care products for real! Locally grown, harvested, FROM THE MEADOW and created especially for you in Southwestern Ontario. 3881 Avon Dr, Belmont N0L 1B0 Creams, soaps, scrubs, mineral make-up and much more. Ph: 519-269-3961 | E: info@fromthemeadow.com Boutique open Mon-Fri. www.fromthemeadow.com

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5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 | Ph: 519-782-3433 E: contact@greatlakesfarms.ca | www.greatlakesfarms.ca

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Great Lakes hosts a wide variety of activities including pick-your-own strawberries, apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. In the fall the apple barn is open daily.

Come and enjoy farm fresh food just for you. Strawberries, HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET garden vegetables, sweet corn, cantaloupe, melons, pumpkins, 48956 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 squash, jams, jellies, preserves and so much more! Ph: 519-773-3779 | E: kevin@howefamilyfarms.ca www.howefamilyfarms.ca Ad on p40 8+ acres of natural beauty, native trees and shrubs, LAKE ERIE SALMON AND TROUT CLUB wildflowers, birds, stream, 2 fish passages, rainbow trout RR #2 4255 Thomas Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 hatchery, 6 ponds. Open to the public year round. E: kitbrown43@gmail.com For over 80 years, Moore Water Gardens has specialized in MOORE WATER GARDENS the growing of water lilies and aquatic plants. With more 4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 than an acre of outdoor ponds devoted to hardy lilies and Ph: 519- 782-4052 | E: info@moorewatergardens.com ever expanding greenhouse facilities, customers can be www.moorewatergardens.com Ad on p18 assured of strong, healthy plants. Talbot Line/Hwy 3 To St. Thomas

Imperial Road

John Wise Line

Rogers Road

Southdale Line

AYLMER Springwater Road

Strawberries, watermelon, canteloupe, squash, pumpkins, garden vegetables and much more!

Open Early June to November Mon-Sat 9-6pm & Sun 10-5pm 48556 John Wise Line, Aylmer

519-773-3779

www.howefamilyfarms.ca

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BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM

ST. THOMAS HORTON FARMERS’ MARKET

Every Saturday from 8am -12pm, residents and visitors meet at “The Market” to catch up, exchange recipes and buy the best in local produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, art and much more. Discover Steed & Co Lavender Farm, the most stunning STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER lavender setting in Ontario’s South Coast region. Indulge 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com created at our farm. Escape for a stroll amongst the lavender www.steedandcompany.com Ad on p22 flowers and take in the magnificent views. Along a tree lined drive, nestled in amongst the flowers and WILDFLOWERS FARM apiary sits a farm store, home of Wildflowers Tea and Honey. 42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Offering a variety of handcrafted herbal teas, herbal infused Ph: 226-926-6432 | E: info@wildflowerstea.com bath products, and their farm honey. The farm store also www.wildflowerstea.com hosts Wildflowers Wellness, a holistic practice, which offers Yoga, Meditation and one on one wellness consultations, with Registered Herbalist and Ayurvedic Yoga instructor, Jane Magri. Whether you come to shop and sip tea, stroll through the gardens or attend one of the many workshops, classes or seasonal festivals; Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community and connection to nature. Open saturdays 10-2pm or by appointment. 10 Manitoba St, St. Thomas Ph: 519-317-3398 | E: manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

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GOLF & RECREATION With four unique port-side villages, over 100 kilometres of trails, conservation areas, horse ranches, golf courses, and more, you can choose a different playground every day of your stay! Hike, cross-country ski, boat, paddle, bird-watch, golf, ride a horse, cruise (via bike, motorcycle or car), fish or swim all right here in Elgin!

ACTIVE ELGIN The Active Elgin website contains sports, leisure and recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities, located across Elgin County and St. Thomas. The site was created by the Active Elgin Coalition, made up of organizations committed to building healthy communities and making sports, leisure and recreational information easier to find. Visit the website to search for activities in your area by age or sport.

ST. THOMAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

ACTIVEELGIN.CA


PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA

GOLF BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

BELMONT GOLF CLUB 45809 Ferguson Ln, Belmont N0L 1B0 | Ph: 519-644-1370 E: janet@belmontgolfclub.com | www.belmontgolfclub.com

A friendly place to play golf, and easy to walk. Everyone is welcome.

Unique and picturesque nine-hole golf course and driving BLUFFS GOLF CLUB, THE range overlooking Lake Erie 5km west of Port Stanley. 35593 Lake Ln, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 | Ph: 519-782-7447 E: info@thebluffsgolfclub.com | www.thebluffsgolfclub.com Licensed clubhouse, patio, season and play passes, practice Ad on p43 putting green and event planning. On May 24th, 2017 the course will be expanding from 9 holes to 12 holes.

FORE GOLFERS ONLY LTD.

Fore Golfers Only has the largest selection of golf equipment, both new and used in the country. A must see for any golfer.

KETTLE CREEK GOLF CLUB

Scenic 18 hole golf course with bar, lounge, and proshop. Able to support all levels of tournaments. Also beautiful setting for meetings, banquets and weddings.

ST. THOMAS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

St. Thomas Gold & Country Club is a private golf club dedicated to providing high quality golf and social activities to its members and guests.

43765 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 | Ph: 519-631-8617 E: fgo@rogers.com | www.foregolfersonly.on.ca 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1B6 | Ph: 519-782-7500 E: kettlecreekgolf@gmail.com | www.golfkettlecreek.com 42325 Sparta Line, Union N0L 2L0 Ph: 519-631-4800 | E: rob@stthomasgolf.com www.stthomasgolf.com

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DESCRIPTION

EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX

Owned and operated by the Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide, we offer recreational programs all year and host a Canada Day Celebration and Family New Year’s Eve Party.

531 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 2T9 Ph: 519-773-5631 | www.eecc.ca

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FULL CIRCLE RANCH

Full Circle Ranch was founded with the vision of creating a safe, natural environment that promotes self-discovery, healing and transformation through the use of horses. Counselling, personal growth, and educational services are provided.

HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH

For over 50 years, Horseshoe J Dude Ranch has been offering a unique Horse Camp experience and trail riding. Enjoy family camps, children’s camps, hourly public trail riding, birthday packages, lessons, horse clubs and group outings.

44632 Mapleton Ln, Central Elgin N5P 3T3 519-280-0959 | E: mreillya@gmail.com www.fullcircleranch.ca 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 Ph: 519-762-5402 | E: duderanch@xplornet.ca www.duderanchontario.com

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JABEZ THERAPY RANCH

Jabez Therapy Ranch is a therapeutic equestrian ranch for individuals with physical, social, emotional and mental health needs. We also offer regular riding lessons to children and adults. We have Certified Coaches and are an EAGALA certified equine specialist ranch.

JIBSON’S PAINTBALL PARK

A friendly, local park designed for an exciting day of outdoor fun. Everyone welcome, young, old, first time, occasional or pro. Capture the flag/fort, speed and hyper ball. Walk-ons, parties, companies and groups welcome.

52765 Ron McNeil Line, Springfield N0L 2J0 Ph: 519-773-3354 | E: eaglewings@jabeztherapyranch.ca www.jabeztherapyranch.ca

46097 Dexter Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2489 | E: jibby27@hotmail.com www.jibsonspaintball.com

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY areas showcase a number of water-related activities, bird 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-631-1270 | E: luiza@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca watching, disc golfing, hiking and camping opportunities. www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Ad on p27 Visit the website for more information.

KETTLE CREEK MARINA LTD.

Guest dockage for power and sail boats to 50 ft. We’re the friendliest little marina on Lake Erie. John and Fiona look forward to seeing you!

LOWER THAMES VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

Check out these conservation areas in Elgin County at www.ltvca.ca: E.M. Warwick Conservation Area near Eagle, Dutton-Dunwich Conservation Area, and Crane Conservation Area.

220 Colonel Bostwick St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-3261 | E: kettlecreekmarina@gmail.com www.kettlecreekmarina.com

Ph: 519-354-7310 | E: info@ltvca.ca www.ltvca.ca

THE ALL NEW

Bluffs Golf Club Port Stanley 12 Holes - 3700 yards 625 yard Par 5 along Lake Erie

SUMMER CAMPS, LESSONS, HOURLY HORSEBACK RIDING SCHOOL, BUSINESS, CHURCH PARTIES, BIRTHDAY PARTIES  Indoor Riding Facility & Dude Ranch Horse Clubs 

No Gimmicks Just Great Golf 519-782-7447

35593 Lake Line Port Stanley

www. duderanchontario.com • 519.762.5402 thebluffsgolfclub.com

32553 Erin Line Fingal ON N0L K0 20K West of St Thomas

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GOLF & RECREATION OFF-ROAD ADDICTION

Specializing in all your jeep and truck 4x4 needs. Full installation and service. Lift kits, wheels, performance chips, exhaust, jeep accessories, and more!

PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA

Operation of full service Marina on Lake Erie, between Port Stanley and Erieau. 3 launch ramps, food booth, washrooms, public hiking, and picnic shelters.

SPORT IN PORT – ADVENTURE OUTFITTERS

The centre of outdoor fun and adventure in Port Stanley! Looking for beach rentals, equipment sales, events or activities? Give us a call, we have fun for everyone.

45025 Talbot Line, St.Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-451-6076 | E: info@offroad-addiction.com www.4wdaddiction.com www.offroad-addiction.com 8536 Havens’s Lake Rd RR#3, Rodney N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-785-0189 | E: portglasgowyachtclub@gmail.com www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca Main Beach, Port Stanley Ph: 519-852-5025 | E: info@sportinport.ca www.sportinport.ca

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA family to enjoy- camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, special 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 events, and hiking. Discover Our Good Nature at Springwater. Ph: 519 773-9037 | E: springwater@catfishcreek.ca www.catfishcreek.ca Ad on p27

ST. THOMAS RACEWAY PARK

45633 Sparta Line, RR#4, Sparta N5P 3S8 Ph: 519-775-0001 | E: jay@stthomasracewaypark.com www.stthomasracewaypark.com

Canada’s first purpose built drag strip, St.Thomas Raceway Park is Southwestern Ontario’s premier motorsports venue, hosting many racing and non-racing events. Street Drag Racing every weekend Apr-Oct.

Southwestern Ontario’s leading helicopter adventure tour, ZIMMER AIR SERVICES charter, flight training and aerial application company. 44989 Talbot Line, St. Thomas Municipal Airport, Experiences above and beyond! St.Thomas N5P 3S7 | Ph: 519-637-0711 E: info@centralhelicoptertraining.com | www.zimmerair.com

Canada Day &

New Years Eve CELEBRATIONS RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

Public Skating • Tiny Tots • Adult Skate • Family Skate Figure Skating • Shinny • Mini Shinny • Super Shiny In Be “Tween” Shinny • Speed Skating • Pickelball Shuffleboard • Horseshoes • Day Camp • Seniors’ Day Out

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX

531 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, Ontario N5H 2T9 | Phone: 519-77-5631 | dbroer@eecc.ca | www.eecc.ca

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DISCOVER BAYHAM GATEWAY TO ERIE’S SHORE

DISCOVER… natural treasures & attractions. ENJOY… sandy beaches, historic sites, unique festivals, bird & butterfly migrations, museums, historic 1840 lighthouse and Port Burwell Provincial Park.

VISIT… the Erie Shores Wind Farm (Tours 519-874-1461), restaurants & shops.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse 20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St. 519-874-4807 May-Sep

Wind Energy Outdoor Info Kiosk 5361 Brown Rd, Port Burwell

Trans Canada Trail & Cycling/Hiking Routes

Brochure guides available at the Lighthouse Travel Info Centre

Port Burwell Municipal Beach 1 Robinson Street - Enjoy free parking

2017 BAYHAM EVENTS

June 2-4 .. Vienna EdisonFest

Street Dance, Family/Heritage Days

“The Karn Family Collection”

Jul 1.......... Canada Day Port Burwell & Canada 150,

ADMISSION IS FREE!

11:30 parade, cake, music & festivities

Aug 4-6 .... Bayham Beachfest Port Burwell, Family fun weekend; fireworks Sunday at dark

Aug 19...... Talbot Trail of Yard Sales

in Bayham & across Elgin

Aug 26...... Straffordville Watermelon Fest, Parade 10am, Family Fun Day, Movie at dark

Sep 16 ...... Doors Open East Elgin 10am-4pm Nov 5 ........ Vienna Remembrance Service 11am Nov 5 ........ Port Burwell Remembrance Parade 2pm Nov 11 ...... Edison Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser Dec 2 ........ Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6pm Dec 9 ........ Straffordville Santa Claus Parade 10:30am

MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM

519.866.5521 • bayham@bayham.on.ca

www.bayham.on.ca

This one of a kind collection is open to the general public every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm or by making an appointment. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone: 519-631-3810 43841 Talbot Line, Toll Free: 1-800-265-4342 RR#3 St. Thomas

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MOTORCYCLE TOURISM Hop on your motorcycle and hit the open road in Elgin County! The Cruise the Coast Map features two routes through Elgin – one along the shoreline, with scenic vistas and back roads; the other along the Talbot Trail, meandering through Elgin’s quaint towns and historic villages.

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GT’S ON THE BEACH, PORT STANLEY PORT BRUCE

HIKING & CYCLING Elgin County is part of the Waterfront Trail, a signed route that connects 75 Ontario communities over 1,600 kilometres. It follows the St. Lawrence River to two of Ontario’s Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie) and other national and international trails.

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WHISTLESTOP

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Set out for adventure along the Whistlestop Trail. RIDE, RUN, ROAM your way through kilometres of lush landscape that stretches all the way from the historic railway city of St. Thomas to the harbour town of Port Stanley. The trail follows Sunset Drive and its locomotive counterpart, the Port Stanley Terminal Rail. Take your time and enjoy all of the fun spots along the way.


TOAST THE COAST TRAIL The Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association (OSCWGA) in partnership with Elgin County and Norfolk County have created a trail of wineries and breweries in the region to explore. Pick up your Toast the Coast map and discover the excellent wines, ciders and beers available from Ontario’s South Coast.

BIRD WATCHING A couple of bird watching sites attract flocks of people - and birds each year. Aylmer Wildlife Management Area (north of Aylmer, near Ontario Police College) is the place to see migrating Tundra Swans in March. Hundreds visit Hawk Cliff (on Lake Erie, east of Port Stanley) in the fall for the raptor migration. Live bird demonstrations are featured during two Hawkwatch weekends in September. Canada’s South Coast Birding Trail :

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FISHING Whether you’re yearning for a perch catch-of-theday from the Great Lakes, or prefer a quieter outing dockside, there are lots of prime fishing spots around Elgin. Charter a boat for a true Great Lakes experience, or relax at a Conservation area just you, a canoe, and a fishing pole.

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On hot sunny days there is nothing better than escaping city life for the beach! Feel the breeze in your hair, put your toes in the sand and take a refreshing dip in the water. Elgin County is home to four ports along Lake Erie’s north shore with numerous amenities and special events that are sure to delight any beach enthusiast.

PORT BURWELL

PORT GLASGOW

BLUE FLAG BEACH

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SERVICES Elgin County is a dynamic, full – service community with a growing economy. Strategically located within a short two hour drive of both Toronto and Detroit, this diverse base of agricultural, environmental, manufacturing, tourism and creative industries serves the surrounding population of 400,000 people. Elgin County is truly progressive by nature.

DUTTON DUNWICH MUNICIPAL OFFICE

SPAS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

POSH IN THE PORT

Posh In The Port is a full-service day spa with a beautiful lake view, offering nail services, facials, body treatments, RMT and couples services.

HOLISTIC AWAKENINGS DAY SPA

A holistic day spa devoted to providing a spa experience defined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of natural healing spa services and holistic body products.

208 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-4600 | www.poshintheport.com 46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2606 | E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com

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SERVICES BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

AYLMER & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Aylmer Chamber’s mission is to promote networking and community involvement and to attract residents and visitors to the Aylmer area.

51 Talbot St. E, Aylmer N5H 1H3 | Ph: 519-773-5655 E: aylmerchamber@eastlink.ca | www.aylmerchamber.on.ca

Located in the centre of a fast growing agri-tourism region AYLMER, TOWN OF with a charming historic downtown full of vibrant shops and 46 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 | Ph: 519-773-3164 E: jreynaert@town.aylmer.on.ca | www.aylmer.ca Ad on p66 local offerings. Visit Aylmer today!

BAYHAM, MUNICIPALITY OF

9344 Plank Rd, Straffordville N0J 1Y0 Ph: 519-866-5521 | E: lmillard@bayham.on.ca www.bayham.on.ca

Visit Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse, Edison/ Bayham display, Vienna EdisonFest, Port Burwell Canada Day, Bayham Beachfest & Straffordville Watermelon Fest, Ad on p45 boating, fishing, free beach parking for swimming, food & family fun!

CENTRAL ELGIN, MUNICIPALITY OF

The Municipality of Central Elgin is a progressive, dynamic urban and rural municipality located on the shores of Lake Erie in the heart of Southwestern Ontario connected by 370 kms of municipal roads. Central Elgin encompasses 325 square kms in area and has a population of 12,700 citizens.

DAYTRIPPING IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

Daytripping Magazine promotes odd, antique and unique shops, events, and unexpected stops throughout SW Ontario. Available free at unique shops, travel information centres and online.

DUTTON/DUNWICH, MUNICIPALITY OF

The Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich is a progressive rural municipality located between Lake Erie and the Thames River in Southwestern Ontario; in the heart of the Talbot Settlement.

ELGIN BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTRE

EBRC assists Elgin/St. Thomas entrepreneurs with a variety of business loan products and business counselling services. We can help both start-ups and established businesses succeed.

ELGIN COUNTY LIBRARY

Elgin County Library provides free access to downloadable eBooks, magazines, and music. Or visit one of our 10 branches for wifi, books, DVDs and activities for all ages.

450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: ssteffler@centralelgin.org www.centralelgin.org Ad on p58 2684 Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove N0N 1C0 Ph: 1-800-667-0337 | E: info@daytripping.ca www.daytripping.ca

199 Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 Ph: 519-762-2204 | E: Recreation@duttondunwich.on.ca www.duttondunwich.on.ca 300 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-633-7597 x 326 | E: jhewwood@elgincfdc.ca www.elgincfdc.ca 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-1460 x148 | E: crobson@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca/library

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CULTURE THRIVES ON ONTARIO’S SOUTH SHORE

Explore the Township of

MALAHIDE Escape the pace of the everyday in Malahide. A community rooted in rich heritage with many parks, walking trails and bike paths, sunny beaches, quaint shops, tranquil restaurants and farm-gate shopping. There is plenty to explore in Malahide this season.

malahide.ca  519-773-5344

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SERVICES JIM HARRIS, BROKER M.V.A & AINSLEE TRACEY SALES REPRESENTATIVE ROYAL LEPAGE TRILAND REALTY-BROKERAGE

You need an experienced professional when buying or selling real estate, count on us for excellent knowledge of Elgin, great negotiation skills and selling strategies.

MAINSTREET AYLMER

MainStreet Aylmer has a unique, friendly, historical atmosphere with boutiques and shops.

808 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1E2 Ph: 519-857-5429 or 519-636-5717 E: jim@isellstthomas.com or Ainslee@isellstthomas.com www.isellstthomas.com 51 Talbot St E, Aylmer N5H 11H3 Ph: 519-773-5655 | E: commerce@amtelecom.net

MALAHIDE, TOWNSHIP OF

87 John St, Aylmer N5H 2C3 Ph: 519-773-5344 | E: aadams@malahide.ca www.malahide.ca

Venture through Malahide’s beautiful agricultural landscapes where rural charm and service awaits you. From walking trails, natural parks, sunny beaches, to quaint shops and restaurants, there are plenty of adventures to explore in Ad on p51 Malahide this season.

NORFOLK COUNTY TOURISM: PORT DOVER TO LONG POINT

30 Peel St, Simcoe N3Y 1R9 | Ph: 519-426-9497 E: tourism@norfolkcounty.ca | www.norfolktourism.ca

Your official source for tourist information in Norfolk. Summer visitor information centres include Port Dover, Long Point and Simcoe. Or, look for the South Coast Van.

PORT STANLEY BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA Port Stanley BIA is the strong voice for over 85 businesses in the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 tourism and economic development. Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: dwilson@centralelgin.org www.portstanley.net Ad on p16 Railway City Tourism is located inside the L & PS Station RAILWAY CITY TOURISM downtown St.Thomas. Here you can get up-to-date 605 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1C6 information on local events, maps, tours and local Ph: 519-631-1680 | E: tourism@stthomas.ca www.railwaycitytourism.com Ad on p21 & 65 attractions. The Township of Southwold is located in the heart of Elgin SOUTHWOLD, TOWNSHIP OF County. A nice place to visit, a great place to live and do 35663 Fingal Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 | Ph: 519-769-2010 E: southwold@southwold.ca | www.southwold.ca Ad on p36 business in.

ST. THOMAS & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce serves

115-300 South Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-631-1981 | E: mail@stthomaschamber.on.ca www.stthomaschamber.on.ca

residents, visitors and businesses by promoting our member organizations, our community’s exceptional assets and providing information, assistance, services and events.

ST.THOMAS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT BOARD

The St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce serves residents, visitors and businesses by promoting our member organizations, our community’s exceptional assets and providing information, assistance, services and events.

TRAVEL AGENTS IN ACTION

Your local and international travel professionals. Wea re five generations in Port Stanley. Let us help you plan your vacations in our beautiful lakeshore village and abroad. “Carribean Summer, Community Winter”

545 Talbot St, St.Thomas N5P 3V7 Ph: 519-633-5248 | E: info@downtownstthomas.com www.downtownstthomas.com Ph: 1-866-909-7556 | E: mberry@taia.ca www.taia.ca bconnors@travelagentsinaction.com

The Municipality of West Elgin - a place where the past and WEST ELGIN, MUNICIPALITY OF the future live side by side. Nestled south of the 401, its your 22413 Hoskins Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 link to Lake Erie’s beautiful South Coast. Ph: 519-785-0560 | E: westelgin@westelgin.net www.westelgin.net Ad on p10

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PORT STANLEY HARBOUR FEST

EVENTS Elgin County is home to numerous lively events and vibrant cultural festivals throughout the year – here we feature the major events in Elgin this year. Visit www.elgintourist.com for a comprehensive listing of events.


EVENTS DATE Month of March Opening Reception (March 5th) Weekends in March

Weekends in March & March Break March 24 - 26

April 7-9

EVENT DETAILS PORTSIDE GALLERIES MINIATURE SHOW & SALE

CONTACT

11am -5pm. With many requests from our patrons, the Miniature show has been reintroduced. There is a variety of styles and mediums as well as sculpture and photography. Everyone is welcome, free admission.

PALMER’S MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

9am - 3pm. Palmer’s Maple Syrup is a great place for the family to enjoy a shanty tour, self-guided woods excursion, pioneer storyteller, log-sawing, and maple leaf branding.

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-773-9037 catfishcreek.ca

AYLMER & EAST ELGIN HOME & GARDEN SHOW

East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot St, Aylmer Elaine 519-773-3445 aylmerfair.ca/homeandgarden.htm

CANADALE SPRING GARDEN SHOW

Canadale Nurseries Ltd 269 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 pic@canadale.com canadale.com

7TH ANNUAL VIMY LECTURE

St. Peter’s Anglican Church 29596 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-631-1460 ext. 159 elgincounty.ca/museum Sparta House Tea Room 519-775-0054 spartacandles.com

Enjoy wagon rides throughout the Springwater Forest. Tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for demonstrations on maple syrup production. Maple products are available for sale. Dine at our pancake house which is operated by local community organizations. See website for more details. Fri: 3pm -8pm Sat: 11am - 8pm Sun: 12pm - 4pm. The annual Aylmer Home and Garden Show is a three day event with exhibits by various local and area organizations and businesses. There is something for everyone, all under one roof! 9am - 5pm. Help us welcome spring with local vendors, free seminars and demonstrations, landscape displays, workshops, kid’s club activities, special guests, charity lunch and festive spring fun !

April 9

10am. 7th Annual Vimy Lecture in honour of Wallacetown native and Victoria Cross recipient Lance-Sgt. Ellis Sifton. Service and lecture April 15

EASTER BUNNY IN SPARTA

12pm - 3pm. Come to Sparta and have your free picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Robson’s Studio will mount your picture for free. Enjoy the draws, Easter Egg Hunt at Sparta Candles and specials at all of the participating venues in Sparta. Donations to Caring Cupboard greatly appreciated April 22

Portside Gallery, 187 1/2 Main Street, Port Stanley 519-782-7066 portside@cuttingpromotions.com http://portside.cuttingpromotions.com 34308 Lake Line, Port Stanley 519-769-0007

SPRING FEVER FASHION SHOW

Welcome Spring in Style! Join us for our annual fashion show and see first hand the beautiful fashions only found in Port

Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London

Constituency Office:

750 Talbot Street, Suite 201 St. Thomas, ON N5P 1E2

(inside the CASO Railway Station) E: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org Tel: 519-631-0666 or 1-800-265-7638 www.jeffyurekmpp.com

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Port Stanley ywca@bellnet.ca

Port Stanley

A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE & PLAY!

“I live here, you should too!”

PUT MY 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO WORK FOR YOU RICHARD HADDOW

SALES REPRESENTATIVES

haddowportstanley.ca

519-495-0789

Centre City Realty Inc. REALTOR®

Brokerage Independently Owned & Operated

RECIPIENT OF ELGIN COUNTY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR 2016


Visit Elgin County’s museums as they celebrate Canada 150 with the theme of transportation.

Present this passport and enter to win at each site.

Elgin County 150 PA S S P O R T

Backus-Page House Museum

Transportation Between Lake Erie and the Thames River MAY 2 - OCTOBER 9

29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown | 519.762.3072 | backuspagehouse.ca

Port Burwell Marine Museum

The Meeting Place of Water, Road and Rail

OPENS MAY 18

20 Pitt Street, Port Burwell | 519.866.5521 | bayham.on.ca

Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum

The Milk Run: Moving Elgin’s Milk

OPENS MAY 27

48075 Jamestown Line R.R. #2, Aylmer | 1.888.773.2955 | dairyheritagemuseum.ca

Elgin County Museum

Ships and Sails, Roads and Rails: Travel in the Confederation Era OPENS MAY 27 4th Floor, Elgin County Admin. Bldg., 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas 519.631.1460 x 160 | elgincounty.ca/museum

The Arts and Cookery Bank

Rails to the West

OPENS JUNE 1

242 Graham Road, West Lorne | 519.768.9986 | theartsandcookerybank.com

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Elgin County Archives

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Railway Stations of Elgin County OPENS JUNE 1 Elgin County Railway Museum

Railway to Confederation OPENS JUNE 1

225 Wellington Street, St. Thomas | 519.637.6284 | ecrm5700.org

Ye Olde Forge and Anvil Museum

The Village Blacksmith OPENS JUNE 1

46316 Sparta Line, Sparta | 519.775.2292 | tcg@execulink.com

Edison Museum of Vienna

Plank Road: Travel through Bayham OPENS JUNE 3

Bayham’s Family Table | 6209 Plank Road, Vienna | 519.773.8798 | FB Bayham Historical Society

Aylmer - Malahide Museum & Archives

Transforming a Town: The Introduction of the Railway to Aylmer and Malahide JUNE 26 - AUGUST 25

14 East Street, Aylmer | 519.773.9723 | aylmermuseum.com

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

By Water OPENS JULY 8

301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas | 519.631.4040 | stepac.ca

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EVENTS DATE May 13

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

SPARTA WIDE GARAGE SALE

Sparta & area 519-775-0054 spartacandles.com

TIM HORTONS KIDS TROUT DERBY

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-733-9037 catfishcreek.ca

WEST LORNE OPTIMIST ROAD RACE

West Lorne Arena 519-768-2691

SIDEWALK SALE & COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Port Stanley portstanley.net

SCOTLAND FOREVER - THE ROAD TO CULLODEN

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 backuspagehouse.ca

THE ANNUAL PORT STANLEY LIONESS PURINA WALK FOR DOGS

Port Stanley 519-782-4308

PORT STANLEY ARTISTS’ GUILD - 27TH ANNUAL SHOW & SALE

Royal Canadian Legion 310 George Street, Port Stanley Rosemary Nagle 519-671-1262 portstanleyartguild.com

VIENNA EDISONFEST

Memorial Park 6226 Plank Road, Vienna munderhill@bayham.on.ca 519-866-5521 bayham.on.ca

ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden rosy@rosyrhubarbfestival.com rosyrhubarbfestival.com

ST. PETER’S CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY

St. Peter’s Anglican Church 29596 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-2617 stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

9am - 2pm. Welcome to the Historic village of Sparta. Enjoy the bargains and the treasures of others attics and garages. At request of customers, participating businesses are open at 9 for your shopping convenience. May 13

Bring the kids out for their own Derby, with special prizes sponsored by Tim Hortons. See website for more details May 14

9am Sponsored by the West Lorne Optimist Club May 20 - 22

Celebrate the long weekend with great deals! Shop a wide selection of unique shops and local bargains only found in our quaint village. May 20 - 21

10am - 4pm. This living history event shares an important piece of 1745 Scottish history which would†lead to widespread Scottish emigration, including into the Talbot Settlement May 28

2pm. Bring your dog and join the walk for LFC Dog Guides. Registration and walk start at the Port Stanley Legion June 2 - 4

The Port Stanley Artists’ Guild presents their 27th Annual Show and Sale of fine arts in a variety of mediums. Admission and parking is free. Barrier free. Enter at side door of Legion. See website for details. June 2-4

Friday 7pm -1pm, Saturday 9am - 7pm + Movie 9pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm. Food, refreshments, vendors, petting zoo, music, bouncers, competitions, games, facepainting, horse & wagon rides, draws & much, much more! June 9 - 11

2017 marks the 25th anniversary. Come out and enjoy entertainment, yard sales, rhubarb pie, actions, local baked goods as well as the famous Ice Cream with Rhubarb Sauce. See website for more details. June 11

11am. Celebrating 190 years of continuous service. Guest Speaker His Grace the Archbishop Rev. Fredrick Hiltz. Please join us for this historic celebration June 16

June 16 - 18

Shedden Keystone Complex SHEDDEN TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL 6pm. It’s fun, it’s loud and it’s exciting! Come for the pull, stay for the party ! 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden info@sheddentruckandtractorpull.com sheddentruckandtractorpull.com

VAN FEST

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-773-9037 catfishcreek.ca

LAVENDER BLOOM CELEBRATION

Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Line 519-494-5525 steedandcompany.com

10am - 4pm. Come see Canada’s Premiere Truck Show, including custom vans, pick-ups, and 4x4’s. Show and Shine is Saturday 10am - 4pm. June 17 - 25

Tues - Sat 10am -5pm, Sun Noon-4pm. Discover the bounties of the lavender harvest at Steed & Co Lavender. Don’t forget your camera

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June 17 - 18

32553 Erin Line, Fingal HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP 1pm. Family camp is a wonderful introduction to horses and farm activities 519-762-5402 for the whole family. Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hayrides, campfire, duderanchontario.com and more. Pre-registration is required

June 24

EXTREME ELGIN

A 10km extreme race with military style obstacles, this event was designed for the fearless athlete. It is such a great day... right down to the 80’ long mud pit. See website for more details.

CONTACT

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-773-9037 catfishcreek.ca

June 24

Ed Donkers Farm BREAKFAST ON THE FARM Coordinated by Farm & Food Care, this event provides a unique opportunity 9340 Mill Road Shedden, ON N0L 2E0 for farmers and non-farming Ontarians to have a conversation about food farmfoodcareon.org and farming. It provides a showcase for agriculture and gives non-farmers the opportunity to meet real farmers and members of the agri-food industry. The best thing about the event is that it’s entirely free – although pre-registration is required. Breakfast will be served to the first 2,000 attendees.

June 24 & 25

Backus Page House LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND 10am - 4pm. Military drills, displays, vendors, food and hands on activities 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown from many historical time periods with this year’s focus being The Great War. 519-762-3072 backuspagehouse.ca

June 30 July 3

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CANFEST

Port Stanley portstanley.net

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & FIREWWORKS

Fingal Ball Park 519-764-2219 southwold.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATION & KIDS COUNTRY CARNIVAL

Miller Park, West Lorne 519-785-0560 westelgin.net

Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in one of southwestern Ontario’s hidden gems – Port Stanley. Experience a weekend full of family fun, fireworks unique shopping and warm Canadian hospitality so come SHOP, DINE and STAY Fireworks at Dusk. Enjoy music, games, face painting, cake and fireworks !

July 1

The day starts with a kid’s Country Carnival, a fish fry at 5pm followed by opening ceremonies. Fireworks begin at dusk. See website for more details. July 1

July 2

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & PARADE IN PORT BURWELL Port Burwell

Parade followed by Flag raising, children’s activities, fun on the beach, refreshments & cake available. Visit the Marine Museum & Lighthouse!

www.bayham.on.ca cbuchanan@amtelecom.net

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW/BREAKFAST

Miller Park, West Lorne westelgin.net

KIDS, COPS AND CANADIAN TIRE FISHING DERBY

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-773-9037 catfishcreek.ca

CACTUS CATTLE & COWBOYS

135 Queen St, Rodney 226-373-7464 cactuscattleandcowboys.com

HIGH TEA & HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW

Sparta Church Museum 6073 Quaker Road, Sparta Sally Martyn 519-775-2292 tcg@execulink.com villageofsparta.com

Delicious breakfast served until 11:30am. Over 100 cars anticipated in our shaded park. Vendors on site. A great family event you won’t want to miss!! See website for more details. July 8

9am. Bob Izumi has organized a fantastic fishing derby with the help of the Ontario Police Association and Canadian Tire. It is a great family outing. You won’t want to miss this fun day! July 8

Enjoy the Western Festival with many vendors, family events, live entertainment, cattle and horse breed displays, wagon rides, and a horse parade at Noon. See website for more details. July 8

2pm - 4pm. Enjoy a special high tea while you watch a historical fashion show featuring men’s, women’s and children’s clothing from the 1700’s to the later 1900’s.Tickets go on sale April 1st - $25.

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EVENT DETAILS WANNA BEE DAY

July 8

Children, ages 12 and under, who dress up like a bee can enjoy Clovermead Adventure Farm for free the entire day. July 9

CAR & TRUCK SHOW

135 Queen St, Rodney 519-318-8743 cactuscattleandcowboys.com

KIDS FISHING DERBY

Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd, Rodney 519-785-0163 westelgin.net

ANNUAL DUTTON STREET DANCE

Co-Trac Ford Dealership 204 Main Street, Dutton 519-762-3209 duttondunwich.on.ca

OFF THE WALL..AND OFF THE VINE ART SHOW

Quai Du Vin Estate Winery, 45811 Fruit Ridge Line Penny Crichton 519-709-5948 offthewallartshow.com

BUSKERS DAY

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer info@clovermead.com 519-773-5503 clovermead.com/events

HONEY FESTIVAL

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer info@clovermead.com 519-773-5503 clovermead.com/events

BAYHAM BEACHFEST

Port Burwell Beach bayhambeachfest.ca jkirby@capstoneinfra.com

ANNUAL FISH FRY & FIREWORKS

Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd, Rodney 519-768-2939

9am - 3pm. Come out and see various models of cars and trucks and enter the 50/50 draw. Sponsored by Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys Juy 9

9:30am - 11:30am. An exciting time for children to get together and learn the tricks of fishing. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rodney July 15

9pm - 1am. This annual event is held to raise money for the local sporting groups and the recreation department July 16

11am - 5pm. Enjoy a delightful summer day filled with creative art, excellent wine, craft beer, music, and local savoury food. Over 50 local and regional Artists displaying original art for sale. Free admission and parking. An event not to be missed! July 22

Folk Musicians, magicians, performers who sign up in advance to perform on stage for 30 minutes can enjoy Clovermead Adventure Farm for free the entire day with their family. Saturdays in August

Aug 4 - 6

9am - 5:30pm. Inspect an open bee hive, ask the beekeeper questions, see how honey is harvested, dip your own beeswax candle and free honey samples. A Bee Beard deomonstration at 2:30pm. Jump, Play, Bee Healthy & Happy See website for details. Fun for the whole family; bouncy castles, kids dance and movie night, live music for the adults and a spectacular close out firework display.

Aug 6

CONTACT Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer info@clovermead.com 519-773-5503 clovermead.com/events

4:30pm -10pm. Come out for a family fish fry put on by West Elgin volunteer groups. Enjoy a live band throughout the day and fireworks at dusk.

Central Elgin THE MUNICIPALITY OF

Clean sandy beaches, unique shops, relaxing accommodations, theater and art galleries, and picturesque parks – come discover Central Elgin, there is something for everyone!

www.centralelgin.org | 519-631-4860 | 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1

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OFF THE WALL ART SHOW

DATE Aug 4-7

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

PORT STANLEY HARBOURFEST

portstanley.net

AYLMER FAIR

Aylmer Fair Grounds, 139 Pine St E, Aylmer aylmerfair.ca, Elaine Earhart 519-773-3445 or aylmerfairboard@amtelecom.net

ELGIN HISTORICAL SHOW (KETTLE VALLEY PIONEERS)

Dan Patteson Conservation Area, Highbury Ave 519-631-1270 kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

LAVENDER FAIRY FESTIVAL

Steed & Co Lavender 47589 Sparta Line 519-454-5525 steedandcompany.com

Set sail for Port Stanley this Civic Holiday long weekend. Come celebrate and experience our unique heritage and enjoy a weekend full of family fun, music, entertainment and so much more! Aug 10 - 13

Come out and celebrate the 171st Aylmer Fair! The fair includes farm animals, a petting zoo, demolition derbies, horse shows, agricultural exhibits, food vendors and midway rides. Aug 11 - 13

9am - 5pm. The Elgin Historical Show is always the second full weekend in August. An Antique show to demonstrate how farming was done in the pioneer days. Aug 12

12pm - 4pm. Discover the Lavender Fairy and learn about her important job. Indulge in an afternoon filled with fairy fun and lore. Escape to the enchanted lavender fields. Don’t forget your wings! Aug 18 - 20

Aug 19

Springwater FRED EAGLESMITH CHARITY MUSIC FESTIVAL Come out and see this popular entertainer for the day or the weekend. 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer Fred’s line-up includes Americana, Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and 519-773-9037 just Great Song Writing. Enjoy great Canadian music at its best. See website catfishcreek.ca for more details.

AYLMER SWEET CORNFEST

Balmoral Park, Aylmer 519-773-3164 aylmer.ca

3 PORT CYCLE TOUR

Start/Finish at East Elgin Community Complex brett@aylmerexpress.ca threeporttour.com

10am - 2pm. The Aylmer Merchants would like to say thank you for shopping locally this year! Join us for a free celebration of fun, food and laughter in the park! There will be wagon rides, jump & bounce activities, BBQ food, games, snow cones & more! Downtown, merchants will have sidewalk sales & coupon promotions! Aug 19

All Day. 50, 100 and 160 km routes throughout Elgin County’s quiet roads and beautiful scenery. Fully supported ride includes lunch at Port Bruce and a t-shirt. Best ride in Southwestern Ontario. Start and finish at East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer.

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CONTACT

Aug 19

TALBOT TRAIL OF YARD SALES

Talbot Line (Hwy # 3) from Port Burwell - Rodney elgintourist.com

All day event. Travel the talbot trail and find unqiue treasures Aug 25 - 27

Aug 26

Shedden Keystone Complex SHEDDEN FAIR All day event. Friday night antique and out-of-field tractor pull. Breakfast, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden livestock shows, midway, demolition dervy, exhibits, and children’s activities Shirley Longhurst 519-769-2939 sheddenfair.com

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELON FEST

All day event. Firemen’s pancake breakfast at firehall, silent auction, food & craft vendors, free face painting, car show, kids activities, birds of prey, pony & midway rides & MORE! Movie at dark. Sept 2 -3

Sept 9 - 10

32553 Erin Line, Fingal HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP 1pm. Family camp is a wonderful introduction to horses and farm activities 519-762-5402 for the whole family. Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hayrides, campfire, duderanchontario.com and more. Pre-registration is required

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

4799 Hawk Cliff Road, Union 519-858-3442 or thamestalbot@ttlt.ca ttlt.ca

HERITAGE FARM SHOW

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 backuspagehouse.ca

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Great Lakes Farms 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley info@greatlakesfarms.ca 519-782-3433 greatlakesfarms.ca

10:30am - 4pm. Explore Hawk Cliff with a guided tour ! Please join TTLT staff and volunteers for expertly guided tours of the 230-acre property. See diverse habitats of songbirds, plants, butterflies and the hawk migration Sept 9 - 10

10am - 4pm. Demonstrations planned include threshing, a market, historic agricultural displays, food, Sunday worship service and musical entertainment. Celebrate the rural roots of Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Sept 9 Nov 5

Sept 14 - 16

Sept 15 - 17

Straffordville Community Centre & Park 56169 Heritage Line Rose - 519-868-0324 or Pauline - 519-866-5573 bayham.on.ca

10am - 5pm. Come to the farm to enjoy the fall harvest with u-pick apples, pears and pumpkins, as well as delicious baked goods and lots of fun farm activities.

Family Flowers, FALL FESTIVAL AT FAMILY FLOWERS 9am - 5:30pm. Kick off the Fall season with free family fun at Family 44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas Flowers! Pumpkin Carving Station, Craft Corner, Fall Vendor Fair, professional 519-631-6004 Face Painting, Pumpkin Bowling and Fall Plant Sales + Specials. #fallfestival familyflowers.ca facebook.ca/familyflowers

RODNEY FAIR

All day event. The Fair includes a tractor pull, parade, sheep show, miniature horse and cattle show, demo derby and lots of entertainment. REDS, WHITES AND THE BLUES

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135 Queens St, Rodney 519-768-1858


EVENTS WALLACETOWN FAIR

DATE Sept 16

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

DOORS OPEN - EAST ELGIN

Various locations throughout Aylmer & Bayham 519-866-5521 x 221-519-773-3164 bayham.on.ca aylmer.ca doorsopenontario.on.ca/eastelgin

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

4799 Hawk Cliff Road, Union 519-858-3442 or thamestalbot@ttlt.ca ttlt.ca

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer info@clovermead.com 519-773-5503 clovermead.com/events

10am - 4pm. Participating sites in Aylmer & Bayham. Sites will be posted as available.

Sept 16 - 17

10:30am - 4pm. Explore Hawk Cliff with a guided tour ! Please join TTLT staff and volunteers for expertly guided tours of the 230-acre property. See diverse habitats of songbirds, plants, butterflies and the hawk migration Sept 16, 23 & 30

Sept 23

Sept 29 - Oct 1 Oct 7, 9, 14, 21 & 28

Oct 27

9am - 5:30pm. Pick your own pumpkin (extra charge) from our field, pumpkin bowling, fire walnuts from a cannon and shoot giant apple sling shot. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon Artillery Show. Colour your own pumpkin and shoot it from the cannon (extra charge)

Sparta Village SCARECROW FALL FESTIVAL 10am - 4:30pm. We are so excited to welcome some incredible vendors and 519-775-2313 introduce a line-up of new and talented crafters and artisans who will be art@shelleymcvittie.com proudly displaying their harvests for your enjoyment. thevillagecollective.com

WALLACETOWN FAIR

Wallacetown Fairgrounds 519-762-2737 wallacetownfair.com

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer info@clovermead.com 519-773-5503 clovermead.com/events

BLACK AND WHITE, WINE AND CHEESE LADIES NIGHT

Port Stanley Arena 519-782-3869

See website for details. Bring the whole family out for great entertainment, agriculture, rides, tractor pull and much more 9am - 5:30pm. Pick your own pumpkin (extra charge) from our field, pumpkin bowling, fire walnuts from a cannon and shoot giant apple sling shot. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon Artillery Show. Colour your own pumpkin and shoot it from the cannon (extra charge) 6:30pm. This event takes place at the Port Stanley Arena and Community Centre. There will be beverages, appetizers, and a Dessert Buffet. This event sells out so get your tickets early!

Weekends in CANADALE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE November Sat 8am - 5pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Celebrate the season with free family photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer. Exciting decorating demonstrations and workshops. Live entertainment and free kids crafts!

Canadale Nurseries Ltd 269 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 pic@canadale.com canadale.com

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EVENTS YOGA PORT BUREWLL

DATE Nov 16 - 18

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

PARADE OF POINSETTIAS

Family Flowers, 44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas 519-631-6004 familyflowers.ca

CHRISTMAS IN THE HARBOUR

Port Stanley 519-782-3006 christmasintheharbour.ca

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT

Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton and Wallacetown westelgin.net

9am - 5pm. Celebrate the holiday season with family and flowers at Family Flowers! Free Coffee, Cocoa and Donuts, Poinsettia sales + specials, Fresh Cut Trees and Greens, Live Nativity animals. Treat yourself to a relaxing and joyful atmosphere and we’ll help you get through your holiday checklist. #holidayfun Nov 17 Dec 31

Nov 17 Dec 2

Nov 18 & 19

Dec 2

From our famous Dicken’s Day Parade to experiencing our unique offering of amazing shops and gift giving ideas come to Port this Christmas to SHOP, DINE and STAY During the Western Elgin shop local event visit each business location for draw tickets to win in-store draw prizes. Draws will be held in December. See individual business hours.

Sparta House Tea Room SANTA IN SPARTA 12pm - 3pm. Santa welcomes everyone to come and have their picture tak- 519-775-0054 en for free in Sparta. Relax, colour, write your letter to Santa, enjoy your free spartacandles.com gifts while Robsons studio mounts your photo for free. Everyone can enjoy the specials and draws at all of the participating businesses. Donations to the Caring Cupboard gratefully appreciated.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WALK

Springwater 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer 519-773-9037 catfishcreek.ca

A CONFEDERATION DINNER IN THE MUSEUM

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 backuspagehouse.ca

Stroll along a candle lit path through the Springwater Forest and join local performers as they celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Sip on a hot beverage and see who awaits you at the end of the trail! See website for more details. Dec 9 - 10

5pm. A multi-course meal of 1867 confederation ear recipes. Ticket price: $100 per person includes a $50 donation receipt. Servers are in costume and the museum decorated to complete your historic dining experience.

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SANTA CLAUS PARADES

AYLMER SANTA CLAUSE PARADE © Aylmer Express

DATE

EVENT DETAILS

TBD

DUTTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Nov 24

DICKENS DAY PARADE 7pm Port Stanley

Nov 24

WEST LORNE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 7pm

Nov 25

AYLMER SANTA CLAUS PARADE 2pm

Dec 2

SPRINGFIELD SANTA CLAUS PARADE 1pm

Dec 2

RODNEY SANTA CLAUS PARADE 5:30pm

Dec 2

PORT BURWELL SANTA CLAUS PARADE 6pm

Dec 3

FINGAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE 2pm

Dec 3

BELMONT SANTA CLAUS PARADE 6pm

Dec 9

STRAFFORDVILLE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 10:30am

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EVENTS AYLMER OLD TOWN HALL

PERFORMING ARTS DATE March 30April 2 March 6 - 8

May 11 - 20

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

REVERENT JONAH BY PAUL CIUFO

WEDS Performing Arts Centre 199 Currie Rd, Dutton- Upper weds.ca@gmail.com

All 8pm performances, 2pm performance only on April 2. To a conservative church comes Jonah Arias, a troubled, charismatic, idealistic United Church minister. When he starts an affair with a young woman in the church and repatriates a former church member expelled for being in a lesbian relationship, the ensuing battle threatens to fracture the church. Tickets: Adults $15; Student/Senior $10; family of 4- $30

SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. Four unique Southern women, strangers to one another and each needing to escape the sameness of her day-to-day routine, are drawn together by fate and turn weekly happy hours into a quest to renew the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of twelve months this unlikely quartet determinedly work to achieve long-neglected goals in their own and each others’ lives. Their raucous humour and collective strengths see them through unexpected challenges and, to their surprise and delight, they realize it’s never too late to make lifelong friends. May 23 June 3

“OH CANADA, WE SING FOR THEE” STARRING LEISA WAY

Old Town Hall Theatre 519-765-3039 tickets@aylmertheatre.ca aylmertheatre.ca/savannasipping.htm

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. 519-782-4353 The incomparable Leisa Way teams up with the Wayward Wind Band to pay box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday! A celebration of Canadian talent, with portstanleytheatre.ca music from Stan Rogers to Anne Murray, from Gordon Lightfoot to BTO, and Michael Buble to the Guess Who. “Oh Canada, We Sing for Thee” brings a non-stop parade of hits to the Port Stanley Festival stage. Join us for the celebration!

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EVENT DETAILS

June 7 July 1

“ON A FIRST NAME BASIS” BY NORM FOSTER

June 8 - 25

7-10 SPLIT

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. 519-782-4353 “A love story, a social commentary, and a mystery wrapped in witty box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca dialogue and vivid imagery.” David Kilbride has 12 successful spy novels portstanleytheatre.ca and three failed marriages to his credit, he also has a housekeeper who’s had 28 years of watching from the sidelines! What happens when employer and employee sit down and become acquainted on a first name basis? A masterful new Canadian comedy classic by Canada’s favourite playwright. Friday & Saturday - 8pm, Sunday - 2pm. Since his aspirations to be a pro bowler went off the rails, Earl has tried one get rich scheme after another. This time things are different....a rich Count from the internet has offered him money to help save his fortune. What could possibly go wrong. Canadian Playwright - Michael Wilmot

July 5 - 22

CONTACT

Periscope Playhouse 226-271-3815 periscopeplayhouse.ca

“BUYING THE MOOSE” BY MICHAEL G. WILMOT

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. 519-782-4353 Rob and Betty, and Greg and Cheryl have been friends forever, but then box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca something happens that changes everything. Or does it? Tube tops and portstanleytheatre.ca inflatable dolls, car chases and ice cream, tattoos and true love ... life just gets complicated sometimes. A delightful romantic comedy from the writer of “Love Shack” and “7-10 Split”.

St Thomas is host to many popular events throughout the year. Visit our website to find current and complete listings.

ANNUAL EVENTS FEB. 24-25 - Railway City Arts Crawl JULY 1 - Canada Day in Pinafore Park JULY 8 - Nostalgia Nights JULY 14-16 - Ribfest JULY 16-17 & 22-24 - Day out with Thomas AUG. 17-20 - Iron Horse Festival LABOUR DAY WEEKEND - St. Thomas Fire Muster Days

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EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

July 26 Aug 12

A WORLD PREMIERE OF “FIVE ALARM” BY KRISTEN DA SILVA

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 519-782-4353 box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca portstanleytheatre.ca

“MIDNIGHT MADNESS” BY DAVE CARLEY

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 519-782-4353 box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca portstanleytheatre.ca

2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. Ava Rose has tried (and failed) to win the Wayne Rose Memorial Chili Cook Off for 16 years, but this year it’s going to be different! With an iron will, an assistant who knows nothing, and a five-time champion as her bitter rival, Ava Rose strives for triumph in this zany comedy as sweet as it is spicy. Who knew that chili could be this much fun? Aug 16 Sept 2

2pm & 8pm performances. See website for specific show hours. “Midnight Madness” ... a blast from the past that captures the heart.” Bloom’s Furniture is closing its doors for the last time, but first? Midnight Madness! A chance meeting between old high school friends triggers romance amongst the water beds. Will Wesley and Anna make a go of it? Will Blooms really close forever? Join us for our season closer and see just what happens when all sales are final!

Aylmer Aylmer Aylmer

Periscope Playhouse NO TELL MOTEL Friday & Saturday - 8pm, Sunday - 2pm Sarah and Brandon are hoping a 226-271-3815 rendezvous at the Bird of Paradise Motel might put a little spice in their life. periscopeplayhouse.ca However....a little guilt, several misunderstandings and a meddling hotel manager with issues makes things a bit complicated. Canadian Playwright - Michael Wilmot TOWN OF TOWN OF Proud Heritage. ProudFuture. Heritage. Bright Bright Future.

Oct 12 -29

TOWN OF

Proud Heritage. Bright Future.

Indulge yourself with a stroll around Aylmer — walk downtown to visit a shopping mecca of quaint boutiques, antique shops, several fragrant bakeries and unique gift and souvenir stores. Visit the Aylmer Farm Market on Tuesdays, featuring the bounty of Ontario. Linger a moment in extensive park systems including Rotary Park, only the second one in Canada to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Take the heritage walk or visit the murals that illustrate our history, then stop at one of our fine restaurants to complete your touring, walking or shopping experience in Aylmer. Whatever your desire might be, let it be realized amid the esthetic wonders and enticing fragrances found along your nostalgic journey through Aylmer, Ontario.

For more information or to receive your ForExplore more information or toTour receive your free Our Treasures Map, free Explore OurorTreasures Tour Map, call 519-773-3164 visit www.aylmer.ca call 519-773-3164 or visit www.aylmer.ca

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PRIzING INFoRMATIoN

Enter for your chance to win one of three exciting weekend prize packages!

GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY

Two night stay at the Kettle Creek Inn • Tour and gift certificate for an area winery Tickets for two to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre Gift certificate for spa services • Lunch at the Sparta House Tearoom

FUN IN THE SUN

Two night stay at the Windjammer Inn • 18 holes of golf for two Two passes to ride the Port Stanley Terminal Rail Gift certificates for stand up paddle boarding & two area restaurants

FAMILY ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Gift certificates to dine at area restaurants • Ice cream parlour gift certificate Family pass for Clovermead Adventure Farm Weekend camping pass at Springwater Conservation Area

To WIN, ENTER AT

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