2022 Elgin County Visitors Guide

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agritourism, attractions, beaches, golf, fun facts and more!


DISCOVER Elgin County Economic Development & Tourism Office Open Mon. to Fri. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas LOCAL PHONE 519-631-1460 x168 TOLL FREE 1-(877)-GO ELGIN (463-5446) x168 EMAIL tourism@elgin.ca WEB elgintourist.com TOURISM KIOSKS Open Victoria Day – Labour Day Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807 Port Stanley Visitors Centre 199 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley 519-631-1460 x321 Mobile Tourism Kiosk at events in Elgin and surrounding area. The 2022 Elgin County Official Visitors Guide was designed by Tracy Haskett Design. Reproduction of any material without the written permission of Elgin County is strictly prohibited.

Get the inside scoop on all things Elgin County!

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Mary French

2022 Warden of Elgin County

Elgin County Councillors: Municipality of West Elgin: Duncan McPhail, Mayor Municipality of Dutton Dunwich: Robert Purcell, Mayor Township of Southwold: Grant Jones, Mayor Municipality of Central Elgin: Sally Martyn, Mayor Tom Marks, Deputy Mayor Township of Malahide: Dave Mennill, Mayor Dominique Giguère, Deputy Mayor Town of Aylmer: Mary French, Mayor

On behalf of Elgin County Council, I am delighted to welcome you to the sunny shores of Elgin County! After two years in a pandemic we are all eager to get out of the house and explore all that our province has to offer, and there is no better place to do that safely this summer than in Elgin County. This Visitor’s Guide is a valuable resource that will help you navigate your time in our communities. Elgin is located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, and spans over 100km of pristine Lake Erie shoreline. Rolling country landscapes and quaint towns and villages make Elgin an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Elgin County is the perfect place to slow the pace of life and savour every moment. Enjoy a gourmet meal using fresh, local ingredients grown just down the road; spend an afternoon discovering unique treasures at trendy boutiques; wander through local art galleries; or finish the day with a leisurely sunset stroll on one of our many sandy beaches. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a myriad of activities including hiking and cycling on scenic roadways and tree-lined trails; practicing their swing at one of Elgin’s golf courses; or by getting out on the water in a canoe, stand-up paddleboard or pleasure craft. To learn more about Elgin County and plan your getaway this summer, please visit www.elgintourist.com, call 1-877-G0-ELGIN, or visit us in person at 450 Sunset Drive St. Thomas, Ontario. Discover for yourself why “Life is Beautiful in Elgin County!” Mary French Elgin County Warden 2022

Municipality of Bayham: Ed Ketchabaw, Mayor


MAYOR'S WELCOME As Mayor of the City of St. Thomas it is a privilege to welcome you to the Railway City. St. Thomas is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario in beautiful Elgin County. We are surrounded by numerous picturesque towns, lakeside villages and historic hamlets, each with their own unique charm. We're a quick hop from London Ontario and the shores of Lake Erie. Discover St. Thomas' rich Railway history with a visit to the CASO station and the Elgin County Railway Museum. Of course, no visit to St. Thomas is complete without a visit to the Jumbo Elephant monument. After visiting Jumbo wander down the road to the St. Thomas Elevated Park, the first elevated park in Canada! Take a stroll down the Whistle Stop Trail, through beautiful Pinafore Park, Waterworks Park or explore our 32.5 km of trails throughout the city. St. Thomas' is home to one of the province's leading Farmers' Markets. The Horton Farmers' Market began in 1878 and is still a favourite meeting place on Saturday mornings from May to October. Find some fun street art and murals on everything from boxcars to buidings. St. Thomas boasts 34 historic and contemporary murals telling the story of St. Thomas' past, present and future. At the end of the day unwind at one of our local hotels, motels or campgrounds. To learn more about St. Thomas visit www.railwaycitytourism.ca, call 519.631.1680 ext. 4132 or visit us in person at 605 Talbot Street, St. Thomas.


Mayor Joe Preston City of St. Thomas

St. Thomas Councillors: Councillor Lori Baldwin-Sands Councillor Mark Burgess Councillor Gary Clarke Councillor Jim Herbert Councillor Jeff Kohler Councillor Steve Peters Councillor Joan Rymal Councillor Stephen Wookey




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Space to Spoon Space to Spoon is a hands-on experience, with stunning graphics and interactive elements for visitors of all ages. The exhibit showcases the technology that transforms satellite images into agricultural applications in a way that encourages informal learning among audiences. Developed by Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in partnership with the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canadian Space Agency.

APRIL 16 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2022

Canada’s Oldest Annual Picnic The summer exhibit will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Baker Family Re-union and Picnic, the oldest of the many family reunions that were once popular in Elgin County. A complementary exhibit on the 19th century picnic tradition will illustrate the many union, club, fraternal, school, and church picnics that were often held at the lake ports. These events, with their ancillary trains, boats, and bands, constituted major social occasions. SEPTEMBER 17 - JANUARY 7, 2023


Visitors can scramble their own messages using a cipher wheel, tackle puzzles, test their cyber smarts to find out how safe their personal information is online, and see how an authentic Enigma cipher machine works by sending a message and watching how Enigma creates a new message. Developed by Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation in partnership with the Communications Security Establishment.


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Elgin County is home to a thriving and vibrant arts community. Artists and performers of all mediums have been inspired by the area’s natural beauty.

Strong Arm Forge, Iona




Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4353 www.psft.ca Located in the scenic lakeside village of Port Stanley, PSFT presents professional live theatre from May-September, and musical performances from Oct- April each year. This newly renovated theatre is a must-see!

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1B5 519-631-4040 www.stepac.ca info@stepac.ca It’s our mission to promote appreciation and support of the visual arts in our community through exhibitions, educational programs and preservation of a permanent collection from Elgin County.

Aylmer Performing Arts Council 38 John St S Aylmer N5H 2C2 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com artsinaylmer@gmail.com Want to take in a live performance? We’ve had Grammy and Juno award winners on our Restored Old Town Hall Stage!

Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse Inc. 42 Wellington St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-1185 www.periscopeplayhouse.com periscopeplayhouse@outlook.com The Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse is pleased to offer live theatre performances and music events throughout the year. Come for the shore and stay for a show!

WEDS Theatre 199 Upper, Currie Rd Dutton N0L 1J0 www.weds.ca weds.ca@gmail.com WEDS has been staging live theatre performances at Dutton Town Hall since 1971. Our productions are organized and presented by volunteers, primarily from Elgin County.

Village Crier Gallery, Dutton

Port Stanley Terminal Rail, Port Stanley

Art Emporium Port Stanley 177 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1H6 226-658-1888 www.artEmporium.ca info@ArtEmporium.ca The Art Emporium Boathouse Gallery and Gift Boutique is artist-run and offers a wide selection of regional art appealing to all tastes and budgets.

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Museums and cultural attractions provide an important link to Elgin County’s rich heritage and keep the stories of our past alive. Museums | Hertitage Centre | Historical Society

Historic Lighthouse, Port Burwell



ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives 14 East St Aylmer N5H 1W2 519-773-9723 www.aylmermuseum.ca aylmermuseum@amtelecom.net A community museum with changing exhibits and archives by appointment. Tundra Swans in March 519773-7926. Visit our website for hours of operation and events. Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca info@backuspagehouse.ca This 1850s restored Georgian house is a museum with heritage gardens, outbuildings and a new Agricultural Centre, located within John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Bayham Historical Society 6209 Plank Rd Vienna N0J 1Z0 519-773-7235 bayhamhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com Museum of local heritage interest as well as community events such as Edisonfest held in early June at Vienna Memorial Park.

Old Town Hall, Aylmer

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Elgin County Archives 450 Sunset Drive St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x154 www.elgincounty.ca/archives archives@elgin.ca Preserves and provides access to municipal government and private individual/business/organization records in all formats documenting the history of Elgin County.

Gay Lea Dairy Museum RR #2, 48075 Jamestown Ln Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-2955 www.cec-dairymuseum.com museum@gayleafoods.com Owned and operated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., the museum offers a wide variety of dairy and agricultural artifacts for people of all ages. Open May- September.

Elgin County Heritage Centre 460 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x193 www.elgincounty.ca ashelly@elgin.ca The heritage centre annually mounts a series of exhibitions and programs based on a permanent collection of artifacts, which illustrate the history of Elgin County.

HMCS Ojibwa 3 Pitt St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-633-0594 www.hmcsojibwa.ca emmcurator@gmail.com 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.

Erie Shores Wind Farm 55094 Glen Erie Ln Vienna N0J 1Z0 519-874-1461 www.capstoneinfrastructure.com eswfinfo@capstoneinfra.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.

Gathered Artist Gallery, Sparta


Jackpot City Gaming Entertainment 140 Edward St St. Thomas N5P 1Z3 519-633-1984 www.bingo-country.ca hilary.jackpotcity@gmail.com An immersive gaming entertainment experience. With 4 sessions of BINGO daily-tens of thousands in prizes. Featuring play-on demand gaming machines. Great diner food & HDTV sports!

New Glasgow Presbyterian Church 9313 Furnival Rd Rodney N0L 2C0 Founded by the pioneers of Aldborough in 1828, the Church is currently being restored in its original style. Available for celebrations and special events. Doors always open! North America Railway Hall of Fame 750 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 4H4 519-633-2535 www.casostation.ca info@casostation.ca Our Mission 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 20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St Port Burwell Mid-May-Labour Day 519-874-4807, off-season 519-866-5521 www.bayham.on.ca munderhill@bayham.on.ca Marine/local history comes to life through unique displays of lenses, artifacts, photographs, and the ongoing Wheelhouse restoration. Climb the 1840s lighthouse for a fabulous panoramic view.

Ye Olde Jail, Rodney

Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St Port Stanley N51 1C5 519-782-3730 www.pstr.on.ca info@pstr.on.ca Experience the fun of a train ride through the scenic Kettle Creek Valley. Diesel powered trains travel over 7 km of the former London & Port Stanley Railway. Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site 7930 Iona Rd Fingal N0I 1K0 www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ on/southwold ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca Walk where Canada’s earliest inhabitants did and imagine the Attiwandaron longhouses and palisade walls that once stood proudly on Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site.


Sparta and District Historical Society PO Box 34 Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2292 www.villageofsparta.com tcg@execulink.com Operate the Forge and Anvil Museum and the Sparta Church Museum as well as host a re-enactment dinner and a high tea and historical fashion show. St. Peter’s Anglican Church 29596 Lakeview Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-762-2617 www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org et@weai.ca Nestled in the heart of the Talbot Settlement, our 1827 rural church offers a unique setting for weddings and special events. 11 am Sunday services year round.

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Elgin County Heritage Centre, St. Thomas

HMCS Ojibwa, Port Burwell

District Historical Society, Sparta

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Professional Live Theatre sharing Canadian stories.

PortStanley FestivalTheatre 6-302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley Box Office 519-782-4353 www.psft.ca


AT TR AC TIONS & MUSEUMS Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum, Aylmer

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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. #shopelgin


Steed & Co. Lavender, Sparta


SHOP Anything Used & Sparta Country Candles 46361 Sparta Ln Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-0054, 1-800-463-1447 www.spartacandles.com info@spartacandles.com Come visit us & see why customers say “So much to see”. We are a family run business that manufactures our own “Sparta Candles”. We also have many rooms filled with home & garden décor, plus we make our own homemade fudge. Bear Friend Factory Home of the Whistle Stop Peddlers 46349 Sparta Ln Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2779 www.bearfriendfactory.com bearfriendfactory@gmail.com We have combined the largest collection of plush animals and clothing line in the region with 35+ local talented crafters, artists, and vendors to create a very unique place to shop and discover.

Briwood Farm Market 1030 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1G3 519-633-9691 www.briwoodfarmmarket.com Fresh produce, dairy, meat, bulk foods, pet foods and garden centre. Open year round, 7 days/wk. Shop Briwood and support your local farmers. Canadale Nurseries Ltd. 269 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 3C4 519-631-7264 www.canadale.com info@canadale.com Canadale Nurseries is 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.

Sparta Country Candles, Sparta

Wildflowers Farm, St. Thomas

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Celtic Ridge Farms 27401 Celtic Ln Dutton N0L 1J0 519-282-7602 http://celticridgefarms.com/ info@celticridgefarms.com On farm market store specializing in farm raised beef, lamb & chicken, as well as showcasing local Elgin County artisans and farm events. Family Flowers Inc. 44329 Talbot Ln RR #3 St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-6004 www.familyflowers.ca annette@familyflowers.ca Visit our unique garden centre, mini farm and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home and garden. Fore Golfers Only Ltd. 43765 Talbot Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-8617 www.foregolfersonly.on.ca fgo@rogers.com Fore Golfers Only has the largest selection of golf equipment, both new and used in the country. A must see for any golfer.


Green Street Landscaping & Garden Center 19794 McMillan Ln Rodney N0L 2C6 519-785-2138 www.greenstreetlandscaping.ca greenstreetlandscaping@yahoo.ca A complete landscaping service company that has been in business for 32 years. A member of Landscape Ontario for 25 years.


From the Meadow 3881 Avon Dr Belmont N0L 1B0 519-269-3961 www.fromthemeadow.com info@fromthemeadow.com Pure and Fresh Organic Skincare products. Locally grown, harvested, and created especially for you in Southwestern Ontario. Creams, soaps, scrubs, mineral make-up and much more. Boutique open Mon-Fri.

Gathered 6137 Hiram Smith Ln Sparta N0L 2H0 289-244-7024 spartagathered.ca jsawicki7@gmail.com Gathered is home to a group of award winning artists in a unique and beautiful heritage building, situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Sparta

Lady Savannah Fashion Boutique, Port Stanley

Harvest Table Rustic Designs, St. Thomas


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Moore Water Gardens 4683 Sunset Dr Port Stanley N5L 1J4 519- 782-4052 www.moorewatergardens.com info@moorewatergardens.com 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. Picard’s Original 10683 Sunset Dr Talbotville N0L 2K0 519-637-8704 www.picardsoriginal.ca info@picardsoriginal.ca Excellence in every bite from Ontario’s original choice for freshly roasted peanuts. Delicious and unique snacks and swiss style chocolate confectionery specialties.

Pinecroft Pottery 8122 Rogers Rd S Aylmer N5H 2R4 519-773-3435 www.pinecroft.ca pinecroft@amtelecom.net Shop for quality Canadian Stoneware Pottery made onsite since 1948 and unique gift items including home decor. Enjoy the view from our windowed dining room in the woods while you dine on soups, salads, crepes, desserts and entrees featuring our own homemade bread and rolls.

Decorating Diva, Rodney

Art Emporium, Port Stanley

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Silverthorn Landscape Supplies RR #3, 46400 Talbot Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-765-2379 www.silverthornlandscape.com info@silverthornlandscape.com 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.

KATNAP 8979 Iona Rd Iona N0L 1P0 (519) 764-2384 Laurence.grant@start.ca An antiques and collectibles shop located in the restored Lumley & Co. general store built in 1888: hardware, china, furniture, games, toys, textiles, clothing.

Mennonite Furniture Gallery 10 Talbot St W Aylmer N5H 1J7 519-765-4386 www.mfgi.ca sales@mfgi.ca Showcasing a wide variety of solid wood furniture hand-crafted by Amish and Mennonite artisans. Custom design also available. You dream it, we build it!


Joshua + Company 194 Main Street, Unit 8 Port Stanley N5L 1H6 (519) 782-5108 joshuaandcompany.com info@joshuaandcompany.com Joshua and Company is a destination place for home décor and gift ware. Located on Main Street in Port Stanley. Open year round.

Gathered, Sparta


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The Harvest Table Rustic Designs 44892 Talbot Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-633-4087 theharvesttable@outlook.com Large variety of handmade crafts and décor. Wreaths, wood products, signs, and more with new stock arriving weekly. Follow us on Facebook!

The Storehouse 211 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 thestorehouse@rogers.com The Storehouse is Port Stanley’s Health Food Store and more.


The Decorating Diva 23490 Pioneer Ln Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-2312 www.thedecoratingdiva.ca thedecorating.diva@live.ca Discover a quaint home decor store in rural West Elgin. A hidden gem featuring collections of current home decor styles and unique gifts.

Downtown Aylmer

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Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina



Backus-Page House Museum

Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site



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King George VI Lift Bridge


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Port Burwell Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse






FIDO FRIENDLY FINDS We have sniffed out the best places for your dog to run, roam, swim, fetch or frolic in Elgin County. Why not soak up the sun with your dog at Port Burwell Provincial Park? Your dog will thank you as soon as they step foot on the beautiful sandy beach and cool off in the refreshing water of Lake Erie. Don’t forget your leash at home, as dogs are required to be kept on a leash in certain areas of the park. Many trails in Elgin are also Fido friendly. From the Kettle Creek Dog Park to the trails in our abundant conservation areas and Provincial Parks, there’s a spot for all tail-waggers and of course their best friends to roam. Before adventuring to our terrific trails and beaches, check out our website for more details about off-leash and on leash requirements. Don’t forget to share your favourite Fido photos taken in Elgin County with the hashtag #DogsOfElgin

DISCOVER… natural treasures & attractions. ENJOY… Blue Flag beach, historic sites, unique

festivals, bird & butterfly migrations, boating, Marine Museum, Historic 1840 Lighthouse, fishing, golfing and the Port Burwell Provincial Park. VISIT… tasty restaurants & unique shops, the Erie Shores Wind Farm.


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

Port Burwell Municipal Blue Flag Beach 1 Robinson Street - Enjoy free parking

Wind Energy Outdoor Kiosk 5361 Brown Rd, Port Burwell

Trans Canada Trail & Cycling/Hiking Routes

Brochure guides available at the Lighthouse Travel Info Centre

Events are subject to change and to health guidelines.


June 4... Vienna EdisonFest, Family Fun Day,

Music, Vendors, Kid’s Games, Contests Canada Day Port Burwell, 11:30 am parade, cake, music, kid’s activities, flag raising

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Jul 30-31... Bayham Beachfest Port Burwell, Family fun weekend; fireworks Sunday at dark

Aug 20 ... Talbot Trail of Yard Sales (Elgin) Bayham find treasures & bargains

Aug 27 .... Straffordville WatermelonFest, Parade 10am, Family Fun Day, Movie at dark

Nov 6 ... Nov 6 .... Dec 3 .... Dec 10 ...

Vienna Remembrance Service 11 am Port Burwell Remembrance Parade 1:30 pm Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6 pm Straffordville Santa Claus Parade10:30 am

For more Bayham events, visit our website calendar


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From luxurious to rustic, quaint to modern, there’s a spot for you. B and B’s | Historic Inns | Hotels and Motels | Camping

Kettle Creek Inn Port Stanley



STAY BEST WESTERN PLUS Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre 6675 Burtwistle Lane London N6L 1H5 519-652-6022 www.stoneridgeinn.com guestrelations@stoneridgeinn.com Renovated in 2019, 72 modern guest rooms, 7 conference rooms, historic chapel, Pasto’s Grill, fitness room, business centre, and guest laundry. Convenient highway location. Cardinal Court Motel 10401 Sunset Rd, RR #7 St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-633-0740 www.cardinalcourt.ca theaulakhs@execulink.com Our quiet and clean country setting offers 15 rooms. Free continental breakfast. We hope that your stay with us is a happy and pleasant one. Comfort Inn 100 Centennial Ave St. Thomas N5R 5B2 519-633-4082 www.comfortinnstthomas.ca sales@comfortinnstthomas.ca 100% non-smoking, newly renovated. Free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi & parking. King or 2 Queen bed rooms with refrigerator, microwave & Keurig brewer. Meeting & fitness room.

Conny’s B & B on the Farm 46075 Fruit Ridge Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S9 519-775-0149 www.bbcanada.com/10617.html connysbandb@gmail.com Bed and breakfast on the farm. Four rooms available, open year round. Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast 22 Erieus St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-4644 www.bbcanada.com/3912.html greygabl@amtelecom.net Located minutes by foot from the beach, Grey Gables is a meticulously restored heritage home. Enjoy the village atmosphere and make Grey Gables “your home at the Lake.”

Cardinal Court Motel, St. Thomas

The Windjammer Inn, Port Stanley

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Inn On the Harbour & Little Inn 202 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1H6 519-782-7623 innontheharbour.net/ bookings@innontheharbour.net 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! Kettle Creek Inn 216 Joseph St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-782-3388 www.kettlecreekinn.com information@kettlecreekinn.com Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining! Lumley & Co. B&B 8979 Iona Rd Iona N0L 1P0 519-764-2384 AirBnB-Lumley & Co Laurence. grant@start.ca Two period bedrooms in a heritage designated 1888 former general store residence. The interior has been restored to circa 1920. Architectural Conservancy of Ontario award winner.


Pearce Williams Summer Camp & Retreat Facility 8009 Iona Rd, RR#1 Fingal N0L 1K0 519-764-2317 www.campisbetter.com info@campisbetter.com 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.


Nature’s Oasis Retreat 36116 Second Ln Southwold N0L 2G0 519-808-1121 www.naturesoasis.ca info@naturesoasis.ca Luxurious Bed + Breakfast & wedding venue. 15 minutes west of London. 2 minutes north of the 401. Indoor pool, hot tub, ponds, bridges, nature trails, and ensuite rooms available.r

New Elgin Motel 202 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1H6 519-782-7623 innontheharbour.net/ bookings@innontheharbour.net 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!

Alma Villa, Port Stanley


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Port Stanley Cottages 290 Colborne St Port Stanley 1-866-PSC-PORT www.PortStanleyCottages.com info@PortStanleyCottages.com Port Stanley Cottages offers Premier Beach Cottages, boat docks and water sport rentals for tourists to play and stay in beautiful Port Stanley, ON. The Windjammer Inn 324 Smith St Port Stanley N5L 1C6 519-782-4173 www.thewindjammerinn.com grrlmet@sympatico.ca Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award winning restaurant and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Serving Modern Farmhouse Cuisine.

Grey Gables B&B, Port Burwell

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Inn On The Harbour, Port Stanley

Nature’s Oasis Retreat, Southwold


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Dalewood Conservation Area 10518 Dalewood Rd St. Thomas N5P 3T3 519-631-1009 www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca info@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Enjoy nature close to home! Seasonal and weekend camping, hiking trails, swimming pool, and watercraft rentals available. Port Glasgow Trailer Park 8650 Furnival Rd Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-0560 Overlooking beautiful Lake Erie from 75 feet, we have everything to make a brief visit, picnic, family reunion, overnight, weekend holiday or seasonal camping stay very enjoyable.

Port Burwell Provincial Park 9 Wilson Ln Port Burwell N0J 1K0 519-874-4691 www.ontarioparks.com/ park/portburwell Port Burwell Provincial Park boasts a long beautiful stretch of beach and includes a designated dog beach. An exceptional family friendly campgournd with large, well-treed, level sites.

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

Red Oak Travel Park 54428 Talbot Ln Eden N0J 1H0 519-866-3504 www.redoaktravelpark.com camp@redoaktravelpark.com 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.

The Lakewood RR #3 22499 Gray Ln Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-2020 thelakewood@gmail.com The Lakewood is a family operated, summer vacation and recreation destination providing well maintained grounds and facilities with a family based, quiet, secure atmosphere.

Solitude Nature Reserve, Sparta

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Restaurants, tea rooms, and cafes dot the Elgin County countryside and line the main streets of its quaint towns and villages serving everything from hearty country fares to fine dining options. Restaurants | Wineries | Brewery 37

GT’s On The Beach, Port Stanley



Barnacles Beerhouse and Eatery 170 William St Port Stanley N5L 1E4 403-604-5718 patriciasaks@hotmail.com A locally owned pub and eatery open all year round. A great spot to enjoy locally caught perch & pickerel along with a diverse menu. Beach Patties 34 Robinson St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-550-6206 www.beachpatties.com beachpatties@gmail.com A homestyle, authentic, fusion of tastes from all over the Caribbean. Serving foods that are vegan, gluten free, plant-based oils, roti, rice, curried-stewed-and-jerked meats. Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour 290 Bridge St Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4492 http://brodericksicecreamparlour.com brodericksicecream@gmail.com A world famous and favourite destination in Port Stanley since 1984! We offer a total ice cream experience in a unique 50’s style store design.

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Corner View Café 3159 Colin St Port Bruce N5H 2R2 519-773-5556 cornerviewcafe@eastlink.ca Famous for our house made burgers, perch dinners, and weekly specials. Offering locally sourced foods by the lake Spring to Fall. It’s fresh food with a view! Fire Hall Market 218 Joseph St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-521-8438 firehallmarket.ca angela.homewood@hotmail.com Offers local artisan products, including fresh fish, meats, produce, cheeses, eggs, preserves, as well as handcrafted food & art. Fixins Ice Cream & Food Emporium 5048 Imperial Rd Copenhagen N5H 2R2 Facebook: FixinsIceCream This hidden gem offers delicious locally made ice cream with all the fixins as well as scrumptious hot and cold fare for sit down or takeaway. Grandma’s Oven Bakery and Cakes Inc. 157 John St. N. Aylmer N5H 2B1 519-765-2711 grandmasoven.ca abe@grandmasoven.ca Grandma’s Oven has been around for over a decade, specializing in wedding cakes, custom birthday/ event cakes, custom sugar cookies, and homemade Mennonite baking. 38

GTs On The Beach 350 Edith Cavell Blvd Port Stanley N5L 1E2 519-782-4555 www.gtsportstanley.ca management@gtsportstanley.ca Southwestern Ontario’s largest beach patio! We boast 8 beach volleyball courts, full menu, weekday food specials and live entertainment on weekends. Open May-Sept. Harbour Cheesecake 204 Main St, Unit B12 Port Stanley N5L 1C4 226-378-1984 harbourcheesecake@gmail.com Indulge your tastebuds with chocolate dipped cheesecake complimented with decadent toppings. Johnny’s Restaurant 39 Talbot St Aylmer N5H 1H3 519-765-1724 www.johnnysaylmer.com helen@johnnysaylmer.com The little place with the great big taste. Provides family friendly & fast service. Well known for the best breakfast around! Newly renovated, more seating. Kettle Creek Inn 216 Joseph St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-782-3388 www.kettlecreekinn.com information@kettlecreekinn.com Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining!


Mackies 124 William St Port Stanley N5L 1E1 519-782-4390 mackies1911@rogers.com Family owned and operated on the beach in Port Stanley since 1911. Famous for our fresh cut fries, homemade sauce and orangeade. Celebrating 111 years in Port Stanley! Mennomex 49919 Talbot Ln Aylmer N5H 2R1 519-773-2002 www.mennomex.com info@mennomex.com Authentic Mexican foods and products, specially imported for you. Experience the real Mexican flavour in your own home. Natterjack Brewing Company Ltd. 25292 Talbot Ln West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-495-4960 www.natterjackbrewing.ca dsoos@natterjackbrewing.ca Family owned & operated Micro Brewery along the North Shores of Lake Erie in West Elgin, Ontario. 39

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Licks Ice Cream & Milkshake Bar 204 Carlow Rd Port Stanley N5L 1C5 519-782-7977 www.licksicecream.ca licksicecream782@gmail.com A fun little ice cream store that offers 50 different flavours of ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes with desserts on top.


TASTE Out To Lunch Café 224 Graham Rd West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-619-5443 Offering high quality coffee, sandwiches, soups, wraps, chili, pizza, wings, panzerotti’s and so much more!Friendly atmosphere with an outdoor patio. Papa Joe’s Pizzeria/ PJ’s Epic Eats 174 Main St and 115 William St Port Stanley 226-678-Papa (7272) papajoespizzeria.ca pjsepiceats.com Always the freshest, quality ingredients in our pizza, deli, fish and chips, burgers and poutines. Homemade, flavourful food. 8am-9pm.

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New Sarum Diner RR#3, 46230 New Sarum Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-773-3101 www.newsarum.com Casual family dining in a relaxing country atmosphere. Local memorabilia. Established in 1943. Banquet facilities. AGCO, full menu. Open 7 days a week 8am-9pm. Palmers Maple Syrup 34308 Lake Ln Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-769-0007 www.palmersmaplesyrup.com blpalmer@xplornet.com Proudly family owned and operated. Celebrating 66 years of Premium Ontario Maple Syrup Production. Visit us in March for our annual maple syrup shanty events and breakfasts.


Pepper Tree Spice Co. 223 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-7800 http://peppertreespice.com deb@peppertreespice.com Over 300 fine spices, seasonings and artisan blends made daily on-site. All organic, natural, gluten and dairy free. Huge selection of specialty gourmet foods, fine cookware and cooking classes. Open 7 days a week year round.

Ruby’s Cookhouse, Aylmer

Pinecroft 8122 Rogers Rd S Aylmer N5H 2R4 519-773-3435 www.pinecroft.ca pinecroft@amtelecom.net Shop for quality Canadian Stoneware Pottery made onsite since 1948 and unique gift items including home decor. Enjoy the view from our windowed dining room in the woods while you dine on soups, salads, crepes, desserts and entrees featuring our own homemade bread and rolls.

Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S9 519-775-2216 www.QuaiduVin.com info@QuaiduVin.com Nestled amongst the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin, 3 km north of Sparta, there you will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events. Rodgers Maple Syrup 36500 Lake Ln Port Stanley N5L1J1 519-782-4662 rodgersmaplesyrup@gmail.com Located 3 km west of Port Stanley. Produces high quality maple syrup, fudge, and maple butter. Open year round.


Ruby’s Cookhouse 583 John St Aylmer N5H 2B6 519-773-8786 www.rubyscookhouse.com rubyscookhouse@amtelecom.net Where family and friends come together to share good times and great food. Rush Creek Wines 48995 Jamestown Ln Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-5432 www.rushcreekwines.com info@rushcreekwines.com A unique “International Award Winning” winery under new management featuring 23 different fruit wine varieties. Complimentary tastings, tours and expanded retail store with unique collectibles

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TASTE Shors Pub & Eatery 3360 Imperial Rd Port Bruce N5H 2R2 519-933-4422 www.shors.ca admin@shors.ca Port Bruce’s newest restaurant across from the beach. Fresh full menu and weekly specials. Dine-in, takeout or enjoy the sunset from our fully licensed patio. Shaw’s Ice Cream RR #4, 6598 Sunset Rd St. Thomas N5P 3S8 519- 631-2510 www.shawsicecream.com We take time in sourcing the purest flavourings, fruits, and dairy ingredients to bring to you what we consider the world’s best ice cream!

Simply Scoops 38 Robinson St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-1390 icecream@simplyscoops.com Simply Scoops is a family friendly ice cream shoppe & eatery located in the heart of Port Burwell. Enjoy 48 flavours of ice cream, a wide variety of specialty ice cream treats, a tasty burger or delicious fresh cut fries, all sourced locally. SoLo on Main 187 Main Street Port Stanley N5L 1H6 226-658-0999 www.soloportstanley.com soloportstanley@gmail.com The cuisine that Chef Lauren vanDixhoorn and her team prepares is creative, fresh, and visually beautiful, with flavours that amaze!

Sparta House Tearoom 46342 Sparta Ln Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2313 www.spartahouse.com spartahousetearoom@rogers.com Historic, haunted, very unique experience. Traditional English food, high teas, and the largest collection of tea pots in Elgin County. Take A Bite Social Eatery 22354 Talbot Ln New Glasgow N0L 2C0 www.take-a-bite.ca ashfordjeffery@gmail.com Traditional Lebanese cuisine. Smoked BBQ. We offer quality food and service. We are a licensed restaurant, serving local craft beers and wines. Propane exchange.

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That Breakfast Place 305 Bridge Street Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Tall Tales Café 519-782-4784 29634 Talbot Ln info@thatbreakfastplace.com Wallacetown N0L 2M0 A homestyle restaurant that 519-762-2605 is locally owned, with fresh johnmairleitner@gmail.com food, breakfast all day with an Family run restaurant since amazing view of the harbour. 1982. Fresh homemade pies. Where the locals gather! Daily specials. Tall Tales offers dry cleaning, variety The Art & Soul Café store, and self serve gas 291 Bridge Street station. Open 7 days a week. Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-9987 https://artandsoulcafe.net/ artandsoulcafe.portstanley@gmail.com A small café offering a casual dining experience with local art, from-scratch baked goods, and in-house made savoury meals.

The In Home Chef 26779 Talbot Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-200-6332 www.theinhomechef.com theinhomechef@gmail.com Catering, a pantry/grocery store, cooking classes, and pop-up restaurant ‘Shirley’s’ The Edible Journey 205 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-614-3266 www.theincrediblediblejourney.ca ellensediblejourney@gmail.com A unique space offering vibrant healthy take-out food and patio seating with vegan and allergy friendly options, along with a line of organic skincare.

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Two Forks 295 Bridge St Port Stanley N5L 1J5 226-658-4887 twoforks295@gmail.com Classy casual dining with small plate fare and hand crafted cocktails, local ingredients and local beer. Walker Dairy Bar 564 St. E Aylmer N5H 2W1 519-765-1230 www.walkerfarms.ca dayna@walkerfarms.ca Walker Dairy Bar is your onestop-shop for locally made A2 Walker Farms Milk, ice cream, shakes, coffee, baked goods, and essential groceries from local suppliers.

Wayside Dining & Bar 10680 Sunset Dr Talbotville N0L 2K0 519- 633-0360 www.waysidedining.com contactus@waysidedining.ca At Wayside Dining & Bar - Talbotville you’ll experience delicious Indian and Canadian cuisine. Try our mouth-watering dishes, carefully prepared with fresh ingredients! Sparta House Tearoom, Sparta

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Discover our delicious locally made ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, signature ice cream tarts, and our famous Sundaes. Hungry? We also offer scrumptious fresh made subs and hot grilled panini wraps. Enjoy our outdoor picnic table seating or take it to go. Free puppy cups when you bring your pooch!

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Buy produce from a farmers’ market or pick it yourself directly from the field; navigate a corn maze; visit an adventure farm; breathe in the sweet fragrance of a lavender field. All these experiences and more are waiting for you in rural Elgin.

Clovermead Adventure Farm, Aylmer



AGRITOURISM Aylmer Sales Arena & Farmers Market 51 Murray St Aylmer N5H 2A6 519-765-2211 www.aylmersalesarena.com info@aylmersalesarena.com Proudly the oldest farmers’ market in Southwestern Ontario. Bluegroves Farm 25503 Talbot Ln Eagle N0L 2P0 519-768-3276 www.bluegrovesfarms.com thefarmers@bluegrovesfarms.com Certified Organic Blueberry Farm with fresh blueberries for pick-your-own, already picked or frozen. We now have ice cream, baked goods, jams, blueberry syrup, and juice. Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73) Aylmer N5H 2R3 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com info@clovermead.com A Country Store filled with all things honey, plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. Check the website for the latest buzz. Conquer Farms 5731 Imperial Rd, RR #2 Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-765-1269 www.conquerfarms.com conquerfarms@gmail.com A great variety of fresh, flavourful & nutrient dense vegetables grown on our family farm. Enjoy picking your own veggies or savour them ready picked! elgintourist.com #ElginCounty

DeBackere Farm Market 5680 Sunset Rd Union N0L 2L0 519-631-1370 www.debackerefarmmarket.ca debackerefarmmarket@gmail.com Stop in on your way to and from the beach for locally grown, fresh produce. We offer sweet corn, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, in season fruit, and more! Picked fresh daily. Great Lakes Farms 5111 Union Rd Port Stanley N5L 1J2 519-782-3433 www.greatlakesfarms.ca maryanne@greatlakesfarms.ca 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. Gully Ridge Farms 35035 Lake Ln Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-636-9424 or 226-448-0095 www.gullyridgefarms.com garlic@gullyridgefarms.com A family business that works with passion and dedication to supply locally fresh, delicious, and healthy garlic. Horton Farmers’ Market 10 Manitoba St St. Thomas N5P3A2 519-868-5551 www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca vasher@stthomas.ca Farmers’ Market in the heart of downtown St. Thomas. Open Saturdays 8am-noon, Mothers’ Day weekend to November.

Howe Family Farm Market 48956 John Wise Ln Aylmer N5H 2R4 519-773-3779 www.howefamilyfarms.ca kevin@howefamilyfarms.ca Come and enjoy farm fresh food just for you. Strawberries, garden vegetables, sweet corn, cantaloupe, melons, pumpkins, squash, jams, jellies, preserves and so much more! Howe Farm Market and Country Bakery 11143 Highbury Ave S St. Thomas N5P 3T3 www.howefamilyfarms.ca Howe’s Family Farm Market & Country Bakery offers fresh local produce, baked goods, preserves, meats, and cheeses. If it’s in season and grown in Ontario, we have it! Lake Erie Salmon and Trout Club RR #2 4255 Thomas Rd Port Stanley N5L 1J2 519-633-2979 kitbrown43@gmail.com 8+ acres of natural beauty, native trees and shrubs, wildflowers, birds, stream, 2 fish passages, rainbow trout hatchery, 6 ponds. Open to the public year round.

Great Lake Farms, Port Stanley


Mazak Farms 40075 Longhurst Ln St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-633-4634 www.mazakfarms.ca info@mazakfarms.ca A multi-generational certified organic family farm. Products available yearround, produce available seasonally. Specializing in green and white asparagus.

Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm 2107 Queens Ln Rodney N0L 2C0 519-859-1574 www.norishinghearts.ca julie.ac.casey@gmail.com A small therapeutic farm that provides counselling services, animal & nature assisted therapies, wellness events, farm memberships, corporate wellness, and glamping farm stays.

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Steed & Co. Lavender Farm, Sparta




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AGRITOURISM Steed and Company Lavender 47589 Sparta Ln Sparta N5H 2R4 519-494-5525 www.steedandcompany.com buds@steedandcompany.com Discover the most stunning lavender setting in Ontario’s Southwest. Indulge in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products. Stroll amongst millions of lavender flowers and take in the magnificent views.

Wildflowers Farm 42338 Fruit Ridge Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S9 226-926-6432 wildflowers.farm info@wildflowers.farm Whether you come to shop at our farm store or seasonal Friday night Farmers’ market, sip botanicals, stroll through the gardens or attend a wedding; Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community, and connection to nature.

Clovermead, Aylmer

See you there! Winterfest FEBRUARY, Shedden Rosy Rhubarb Festival JUNE, Shedden rosyrhubarbfestival.com Tractor Pull JUNE, Shedden Canada Day Celebrations JUNE, Fingal Southwold by Tractor JULY, All over the township Shedden Fair AUGUST, Shedden

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Firefighter’s Pork and Beef BBQ FALL, Shedden southwoldfiredept.ca Remembrance Day Service NOVEMBER, Shedden Optimist Christmas Parade DECEMBER, Fingal

With 9 unique and picturesque golf courses to choose from, there’s always a tee time ready for you in Elgin County. Whether you’re an expert or new to golf, you can choose from 9 to 18 or even 12 holes of golf.

St. Thomas Golf and Country Club, Union




Belmont Golf Club 45809 Ferguson Ln Belmont N0L 1B0 519-644-1370 www.belmontgolfclub.com janet@belmontgolfclub.com A friendly place to play golf and easy to walk. Everyone is welcome. Kettle Creek Golf + Country Club 320 Carlow Rd Port Stanley N5L 1B6 519-782-7500 www.golfkettlecreek.com kettlecreekgolf@gmail.com 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.

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St. Thomas Golf and Country Club 42325 Sparta Ln Union N0L 2L0 519-631-4800 www.stthomasgolf.com rob@stthomasgolf.com St. Thomas Golf & Country Club is a private golf club dedicated to providing high quality golf and social activities to its members and guests. Fore Golfers Only 43765 Talbot Ln St Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-8617 www.foregolfersonly.ca We stock an extensive selection of New and Used Golf Clubs, Golf Bags & Carts, Clothing and Accessories.


The Bluffs Golf Club The Bluffs Golf Club 35593 Lake Ln Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-782-7447 www.thebluffsgolfclub.com info@thebluffsgolfclub.com Beautiful 12 hole, 3700 yard golf course overlooking Lake Erie, complete with a driving range and practice green, along with a licensed clubhouse and patio.

With four unique port-side villages, over 100km of trails, conservation areas, horse ranches, golf courses and more, there’s always something new and exciting to explore. For those seeking more adventure, try stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, or kayaking at one of our local watersport rental businesses along Elgin’s 120 kilometers of shoreline. Cycling | Boating | Marina’s |

Pier, Port Bruce



RECREATION Autumn Olive Game Preserve 30830 Celtic Ln Dutton N0L 1J0 519-851-7996 www.autumnolivegamepreserve.com autumnolivegamepreserve@gmail.com Autumn Olive offers hunters a premium upland, deer or turkey hunting experience, situated across 1500 acres. Enjoy a day hunt, or stay at one of our two on-site cabin rentals. Bridgeview Marina 301 Carlow Rd Port Stanley N5L 1B7 519-782-7878 bridgeview-marina.com info@bridgeview-marina.com Bridgeview Marina offers boat and jet ski dockage, $10 boat launch, campsites, live bait, canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals. Churchville Outfitters 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd Port Glasgow N0L 2C0 519-860-0308 (Ben) or 519-619-6918 (Mick) www.churchvilleoutfitters.com churchvilleoutfitters@gmail.com Churchville Outfitters is a family-run operation providing guided fishing expeditions out of Port Glasgow, Ontario. We specialize in Rainbow Trout & Walleye and operate 7 days a week.

East Elgin Community Complex 531 Talbot St W Aylmer N5H 2T9 519-773-5631 www.eecc.ca dbroer@eecc.ca Operated by the Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide, we offer recreational programs and host a Canada Day Celebration and Family New Year’s Eve Party.

John E. Pearce Provincial Park 29424 Lakeview Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-874-4691 www.ontarioparks.com/park/johnepearce Wander through this 68 hectare park under the shaded forest canopy on trails that lead to a stunning view of Lake Erie from 33m up on a cliff.

EM Warwick Conservation Area 26135 Warwick Ln West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-354-7310 www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca info@ltvca.ca Nearby family getaway; hall sleeps 40 people with dining area, kitchen, washroom, shower; 4 outdoor cabins. Beautiful view of Lake Erie. Year round reservations 519-354-7310 x223.

Kettle Creek Marina Ltd. 220 Colonel Bostwick St Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-3261 www.kettlecreekmarina.ca kettlecreekmarina@gmail.com 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!

Full Circle Ranch 44632 Mapleton Ln Central Elgin N5P 3T3 519-280-0959 www.fullcircleranch.ca mreillya@gmail.com Founded with the vision of creating a safe, natural environment that promotes self-discovery, healing and transformation through the use of horses. Counselling, life skills and horsemanship lessons are provided. Port Stanley

Horseshoe J Dude Ranch, Fingal

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Port Bruce Provincial Park Beach


Legends Of Lake Erie Pontoon Boat Cruises Main St Port Stanley 519-615-4221 www.legendsoflakeerieboattour.com Info@PortStanleyOntario.com Pontoon Boat Sunset Cruises & Gourmet Picnics. Celebrate “Local” with Gourmet Picnics on Lake Erie. Discover the shores of Kettle Creek & Port Stanley beaches fresh daily.

Beaches can be an accessibility challenge for visitors and residents using walkers or wheelchairs. Due to the soft sand, wheels and legs of walkers can sink in, making them tough to maneuver. As part of our commitment to making our beaches as accessible as possible, we continue to research beach accessibility measures to help visitors and residents explore our shorelines.

Malahide Community Place 12105 Whittaker Rd Springfield N0L 2J0 519-773-5344 x280 www.malahide.ca chriscox@malahide.ca Looking for a place for your next event? We’re your place for large or small weddings, business meetings or baseball tournaments!

PORT STANLEY MAIN BEACH: Hippocampe Chairs Smooth Cement Walkways Mobile Mats PORT BRUCE PROVINCIAL PARK BEACH: Mobile Mats Accessible Parking at Entrance

Off Road Addiction 45025 Talbot Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-451-6076 www.4wdaddiction.com www.offroad-addiction.com info@offroad-addiction.com Fully licensed shop specializing in 4x4, truck and Jeep installation & general repair, lift kits, wheels & tires, exhausts, and more. Large accessory showroom.


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RECREATION Otter Be Here 54004 Calton Ln Aylmer N5H 2R5 226-448-9179 www.otterbehere.com otterbehereinfo@gmail.com Otter Be Here is Elgin’s full service canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rental business that offers drop-off and pickup 25+ km along the Big Otter Creek. Call to reserve or for more information.

Port Bruce Provincial Park 3360 Imperial Rd Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-874-3691 www.ontarioparks.com/park/portbruce A Picturesque 200m sandy beach located in the hamlet of Port Bruce. With ample parking and washroom facilities, relax and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.

Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 8536 Havens’s Lake Rd RR#3 Rodney N0L 2P0 519-785-0189 www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca portglasgowyachtclub@gmail.com Operation of full service Marina on Lake Erie, between Port Stanley and Erieau. 3 launch ramps, food booth, washrooms, public hiking, and picnic shelters.

Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area, Sparta

Rich Heritage | Culture | Agriculture History | Backroads | Beaches | Trails | Charming Villages

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Port Stanley Cottages 290 Colborne St Port Stanley 1-866-PSC-PORT www.PortStanleyCottages.com info@PortStanleyCottages.com Port Stanley Cottages offers Premier Beach Cottages, boat docks and water sport rentals for tourists to play and stay in beautiful Port Stanley.

Prim Peony Event Co 26779 Talbot Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-200-6332 www.primpeony.com primpeonyeventco@gmail.com Wedding venue and event centre

Solitude Nature Reserve 45388 Dexter Ln Sparta NOL 2H0 519-671-0199 www.solitudenaturereserve.com mcnameephil@gmail.com Providing a wilderness camping experience and opportunity to reconnect with nature. Free campsites available July- September. Trails open year round for hiking.



Otter Be Here Canoe Kayak Rentals, Alymer


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RECREATION St. Thomas Dragway 45633 Sparta Ln Sparta N5P 3S8 519-775-0001 www.stthomasdragway.ca Canada’s first purpose built drag strip, St. Thomas Dragway is Southwestern Ontario’s premier motorsports venue, hosting many drag racing and off - road events from April-October.

Port Burwell Beach

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Routes through Elgin County provide some of the best terrain for cycling in Ontario. Ride along Lake Erie, through rolling hills, lush forests and picturesque countryside.

Springwater Conservation Area



RIDE, RUN, ROAM your way through kilometres of lush landscape stretching all the way from the historic Railway City to the harbour of Port Stanley


Hike, cross-country ski, boat, paddle, bird watch, ride a horse, cruise (via bike, motorcycle or car), fish or swim all here right in Elgin! Let the Elgin County Cycling and Hiking map guide you along the way.

Elgin is proud to be a part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a signed route connecting 155 communities and First Nations along 3600km of the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region.

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Ride a piece of Elgin’s history along the Highwheel Way from Aylmer down to Port Bruce. Learn about Doolittle, an Elgin County native who was a famous Highwheel bicycle racer!


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SERVICES Ainslee Tracey, Broker + Jim Harris, Admin with Royal LePage Triland Realty, Brokerage 808 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1E2 519-636-5717 | 519-857-5429 www.isellelgin.com Ainslee@isellstthomas.com jim@isellstthomas.com Full time, full service Real Estate Broker serving Elgin County as a family since 1974. Contact us to make Elgin your home! Aylmer & Area Chamber of Commerce 51 Talbot St E Aylmer N5H 1H3 519-773-5655 aylmerchamber.wordpress.com aylmerchamber@eastlink.ca The Aylmer Chamber’s mission is to promote networking and community involvement and to attract residents and visitors to the Aylmer area. Catfish Creek Conservation Authority 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5 Aylmer N5H 2R4 519 773-9037 www.catfishcreek.ca springwater@catfishcreek.ca The CCCA specializes in Conservation Areas, Outdoor Recreation, Grants for Landowners in Stewardship and Tree Planting, Flood Forecasting & Warning, Flood Control, Regulations & Planning Services.

Daytripping in Southwestern Ontario 2684 Lakeshore Rd Brights Grove N0N 1C0 1-800-667-0337 www.daytripping.ca info@daytripping.ca 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.

Erie Fun Tours 221 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-943-ERIE (3743) www.ErieFunTours.com eriefuntours@gmail.com Tours to wineries, craft breweries, theatres, boat cruises, and more. Check out our website for public day tours or contact us to arrange a private tour for your group. Like us on Facebook to see new tours!

Elgin Business Resource Centre 300 S Edgeware Rd St. Thomas N5P 4L1 519-633-7597 x326 www.elgincfdc.ca kjackson@elgincfdc.ca 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.

Hair on the Harbour 235 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1B9 519-671-8149 Laurenelfman@hotmail.com Hair on the Harbour is an intimate boutique salon that caters to both Men’s and Women’s hair services. Appointments are recommended but walk ins are welcome.

Elgin County Library 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x148 www.elgincounty.ca/library crobson@elgin.ca Elgin County Library offers a variety of activities for all ages. Visit a branch to use a computer, access free Wi-Fi, borrow materials, or visit us online.

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

Elgin County Administration Building, St. Thomas

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Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority 8449 Irish Drive Mount Brydges N0L 1W0 519-264-2420 www.ltvca.ca info@ltvca.ca Flood Forecasting/Warning, Flood Control, Plan Input/ Review, Regulations, Tree Planting, Grants for Landowners, Habitat Creation/ Restoration, Conservation Areas, Education – Conservation/Ska-Nah-Doht Village Native Studies. Mainstreet Aylmer 51 Talbot St E Aylmer N5H 1H3 519-773-5655 aylmerbia@eastlink.ca MainStreet Aylmer has a unique, friendly, historical atmosphere with boutiques and shops. Municipality of Bayham 56169 Heritage Ln, Box 160 Straffordville N0J 1Y0 519-866-5521 www.bayham.on.ca munderhill@bayham.on.ca Discover the “Gateway to Erie’s North Shore” where “Opportunity is Yours”. There’s something for everyone - festivals, trails, unique shops, tasty restaurants, fishing, boating & a Blue Flag Beach.

Municipality of Central Elgin 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 www.centralelgin.org ssteffler@centralelgin.org 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. Municipality of Dutton/ Dunwich 199 Currie Rd Dutton N0L 1J0 519-762-2204 www.duttondunwich.on.ca Recreation@duttondunwich.on.ca Located along the north shore of Lake Erie and the heart of the Talbot Settlement, the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich offers visitors an adventurous and unique rural experience.

Municipality of West Elgin 22413 Hoskins Ln Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-0560 www.westelgin.net westelgin@westelgin.net A place where the past and the future live side by side. Nestled south of the 401, its your link to Lake Erie’s beautiful South Coast. Port Stanley Business Improvement Area 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 www.portstanley.net dwilson@centralelgin.org Port Stanley BIA is the strong voice for over 85 businesses in the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, tourism and economic development.

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SERVICES Railway City Tourism 605 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1C6 519-631-1680 www.railwaycitytourism.com tourism@stthomas.ca Railway City Tourism is located inside the London & Port Stanley Train Station downtown St. Thomas. Here, get up-to-date info on local happenings, maps, and attractions. St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce 115-300 South Edgeware Rd St. Thomas N5P 4L1 519-631-1981 www.stthomaschamber.on.ca mail@stthomaschamber.ca 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.

St. Thomas Downtown Development Board 545 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 3V7 519-633-5248 www.downtownstthomas.com ddb@stthomas.ca Working to improve and beautify our downtown, and make your shopping experience fun - we hope you will continue to visit the great shops and restaurants in historic Downtown St. Thomas. The Town of Aylmer 46 Talbot St W Aylmer N5H 1J7 519-773-3164 www.aylmer.ca jbrick@town.aylmer.on.ca Aylmer combines the best of rural relaxation with urban amenities for a charming historic downtown full of vibrant shops and local offerings. Visit Aylmer today!

SPA Blu Harbour Beauty Bar 206 Main St, Suite 6 Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4600 bluharbourbeautybar.com info@bluharbourbeautybar.com A full service esthetics spa with a variety of health and beauty treatments that will pamper and replenish both body and soul. Shoot the breeze while overlooking the harbour waters of Kettle Creek. elgintourist.com #ElginCounty


Township of Malahide 87 John St Aylmer N5H 2C3 519-773-5344 www.malahide.ca aadams@malahide.ca Venture through Malahide’s beautiful agricultural landscapes where rural charm and service awaits you. From trails, parks and sunny beaches, to quaint shops and restaurants, there is plenty to explore. Township of Southwold 35663 Fingal Ln Fingal N0L 1K0 519-769-2010 www.southwold.ca southwold@southwold.ca The Township of Southwold is located in the heart of Elgin County. A nice place to visit, a great place to live and do business in.

Holistic Awakenings Day Spa 46349 Sparta Ln Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2606 www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca 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.

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