2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide

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COME &Explore ELGIN COUNTY 2023 @elgincounty elgintourist.com VISITOR'S GUIDE
OPEN: Jun. - Oct. (Mon-Sat) 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays. Canada Day Civic Holiday Labour Day Thanksgiving Monday FUN FAMILY EVE R Y D A Y EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY ON THE FARM 11302 Imperial Rd N, Aylmer • 519-773-5503 ADVENTURE FARM | May 23 - Oct. 31 HONEY SHOP | Jan. 10.- Dec 24 Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm. Closed Sundays www.clovermead.com ADVENTURE FARM

Elgin County Economic Development & Tourism Office

Open Mon. to Fri. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas 519-631-1460 x168 1-(877)-GO ELGIN (463-5446) x168 tourism@elgin.ca elgintourist.com

Tourism Kiosks Open Victoria Day through Labour Day Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807

Port Stanley Visitors Centre 199 Carlow Road, Port Stanley 519-631-1460 x321

Mobile Tourism Kiosk at events in Elgin and surrounding area.

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Welcome Message 4 Arts & Entertainment 7 Attractions & Museums 11 Shop 15 St. Thomas The Railway City 19 Stay 23 Taste 27 Map & Information 32 Agritourism 37 Markets 39 Golf 43 Adventure 45 Services 51 Signature Events 55
COME &Explore ELGIN COUNTY

WARDEN'S

Welcome

On behalf of County Council, I am delighted to welcome you to Elgin County, a place where peace and tranquility are found in abundance. Whether you’re visiting for the day or planning a weekend getaway, I hope you experience some of Elgin’s hidden gems and let this year’s Visitor’s Guide show you the way.

Nestled along 100 km of pristine Lake Erie shoreline, Elgin County is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. For those who seek adventure, Elgin is home to excellent cycling pathways that meander through Carolinian forests and along scenic coastal shorelines. Our serene waterways are perfect for a quick dip or an afternoon paddle. For golf enthusiasts, don’t forget our award-winning links that await your next swing.

Awaken your senses with a mouth-watering dish crafted from locally sourced ingredients at one of Elgin’s many cafes and restaurants that dot the countryside; your taste buds will thank you! Your meal won’t be complete without a glass of wine or a crisp beer crafted from locally grown fruit, grapes and hops.

The main streets of Elgin’s idyllic towns and villages are the perfect places to explore trendy boutiques, take in a live theatrical performance, or celebrate Elgin’s rich history and culture by visiting a museum or art gallery. With the perfect blend of rural and urban lifestyles and a wide variety of activities for all ages, Elgin is the ideal place for your next escape.

Come, explore, and discover for yourself why “Life is Beautiful in Elgin,” where we are “Progressive by Nature.”

Enjoy your visit,

@elgincounty elgintourist.com
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Ed Ketchabaw Elgin County Warden 2023

MAYOR'S WELCOME

Welcome to St. Thomas, or as we like to call it, "The Railway City"! We are so pleased you have chosen to visit us.

St. Thomas is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario in beautiful Elgin County with a population that is friendly, proud, and creative. We are a growing community committed to providing quality services for our residents and their families. Our City provides opportunities for recreation and wellness, tourism, and business.

With a diverse landscape, you are sure to find something to enjoy. Our City boasts over 30km of trails for hiking and cycling that will lead you through our numerous parks, including Waterworks and Pinafore Park, as well as St. Thomas Elevated Park, the first elevated park in Canada.

Looking for arts and culture? As you explore, you are sure to come across many of our murals that cover all corners of the City. While you're at it, 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!

If all of this activity has you hungry, stop for a bite to eat and enjoy our wide variety of local dining opportunities – from family fun restaurants and local craft beer to international cuisine. Grab a coffee and baked good from one of our unique cafes and head to The Horton Farmers' Market; one of the province's leading Farmers' Markets since 1878 and open on Saturday mornings from May to October.

Whether it’s a drive down Talbot Street to admire our heritage and support our small businesses, a stroll through the trail network, or a day at one of our community festivals and events, we hope your experience will be memorable and will encourage you to come back and visit us again soon!

To learn more about St. Thomas visit www.railwaycitytourism.ca.

www.stthomas.ca @st.thomastherailwaycity
Mayor Joe Preston City of St. Thomas
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2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 7 OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE IN ART AND BE ENTERTAINED THROUGH LIVE PERFORMANCES OR CONCERTS CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IN ELGIN COUNTY.
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ART EMPORIUM PORT STANLEY

177 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 226-658-1888 artEmporium.ca info@ArtEmporium.ca

The Art Emporium Boathouse Gallery and Gift Shop is artist-run offering a wide range of regional art for all tastes and budgets. Art classes available, email for more information.

AYLMER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL

38 John St S, Aylmer N5H 2C2 519-765-3039 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! Seven shows a year.

PORT BURWELL PERISCOPE

PLAYHOUSE INC.

42 Wellington St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-1185 periscopeplayhouse.com periscopeplayhouse@outlook.com

The Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse is pleased to offer live theatre performances and music events throughout the year. The hidden gem of the North Shore!

PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE

6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4353 psft.ca box.office@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!

RAILWAY 1856 INDOOR MINI GOLF

Elgin Centre, 417 Wellington St St. Thomas N5R 5J5 519-633-5634 railway1856minigolf.ca info@railway1856minigolf.ca

Railway themed 18-hole indoor mini golf, offering temperature-controlled family entertainment. Wheelchair accessible.

ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC

ART CENTRE

301 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B5 519-631-4040 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.

WEDS THEATRE

199 Upper, Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 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.

YELLOW BRICK POTTERY 6781 Union Rd, Union N5L 1J2 519-870-5112 yellowbrickpottery.ca info@yellowbrickpottery.ca

Yellow Brick Pottery is located in the picturesque country side of Port Stanley. This pottery studio offers pottery wheel lessons and creates uniquely glazed functional pottery.

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2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 9 519-785-0560 | westelgin.net Meet Our Farmers | Explore Our Trails | Taste the Bounty Love Local Love Local

Cycling: An Unsp ken History

Velocipedes, high wheels and safety’s from the earliest years of the cycling craze in the 1860s right through to the 1920s. Includes the only known example of the Lamson, one of the world’s earliest motorcycles. Also featuring trophies and medals, period posters and advertising novelties, and many accessories such as oil lamps, horns, and costume. Tools and equipment from the period can be found in a recreated “repair shop.”

from the Rick Wolfe Collection Also opening in January of 2023: Along the Talbot Road: Selections from the Permanent Collection CALL OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR HOURS OF OPENING. 519.631.1460 EXT. 193 elgincounty.ca/museum ELGIN COUNTY Heritage Centre 460 SUNSET DRIVE, ST. THOMAS
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1902 Lamson Motor Bicycle
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AYLMER-MALAHIDE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

14 East St, Aylmer N5H 1W2 519-773-9723 aylmermuseum.ca aylmermuseum@amtelecom.net

A community museum with changing exhibits and archives by appointment. Tundra Swans in March (519-773-7926). Visit our website for hours of operation and events.

BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM

29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-762-3072

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.

ELGIN COUNTY ARCHIVES

450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x154 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.

ELGIN COUNTY HERITAGE CENTRE

460 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x193 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.

ERIE SHORES WIND FARM

55094 Glen Erie Ln, Vienna N0J 1Z0 519-874-1461 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.

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GAY LEA DAIRY MUSEUM

RR #2, 48075 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-2955 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.

HMCS OJIBWA

3 Pitt St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-633-0594 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.

JACKPOT CITY GAMING ENTERTAINMENT

140 Edward St, St. Thomas N5P 1Z3 519-633-1984 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!

PORT BURWELL MUSEUM & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE

20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St, Port Burwell 519-874-4807 (off-season 519-866-5521)

Open: Mid-May-Labour Day 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.

PORT STANLEY TERMINAL RAIL

309 Bridge St, Port Stanley N51 1C5 519-782-3730 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 Road, Fingal N0I 1K0 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 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 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. Year-round 11 am Sunday services.

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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

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ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES

46361 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-0054 1-800-463-1447 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 Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2779 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.

CANADALE NURSERIES LTD.

269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 3C4 519-631-7264 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.

CELTIC RIDGE FARMS

27401 Celtic Line, Dutton N0L 1J0 519-282-7602 celticridgefarms.com info@celticridgefarms.com

On farm market store specializing in farm raised beef, lamb and chicken, as well as showcasing local Elgin County artisans and farm events.

FAMILY FLOWERS

44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas ON N5P 3S7 519.631.6004 shop.familyflowers.ca Open all year round, a visit to Family Flowers will leave you feeling peace filled, excited and amazed at the wonderful world of plants! Since 1994, this family owned and operated garden centre has been making people happy. A unique store with friendly and helpful staff. Open all year round, Monday to Saturday.

FORE GOLFERS ONLY LTD.

43765 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-8617 foregolfersonly.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.

FROM THE MEADOW 3881 Avon Dr, Belmont N0L 1B0 519-269-3961 fromthemeadow.com info@fromthemeadow.com

We are a local family owned and operated business. Our skincare product is handcrafted at our Farmacy and is 100% toxin-free. We offer seasonal herb walks and spa days at the farm. Shop open Mon-Fri 10-4. Visit us at the Western Fair Market every Sat & Sun.

GATHERED

6137 Hiram Smith Line, 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.

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GREEN STREET LANDSCAPING & GARDEN CENTER

19794 McMillan Line, Rodney N0L 2C6 519-785-2138 greenstreetlandscaping.com greenstreetlandscaping@yahoo.ca

A complete landscaping service company that has been in business for 32 years. A member of Landscape Ontario for 25 years.

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 giftware. Located on Main Street in Port Stanley. Open year-round.

KATNAP

8979 Iona Road, 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. Open weekends 1-4 pm.

MENNONITE FURNITURE GALLERY

10 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 519-765-4386 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!

MOORE WATER GARDENS

4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 519-782-4052 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

picardsontariogrownpeanuts.com 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 pinecroft.ca pinecroft@amtelecom.net

Enjoy lunch under the towering pines on the patio or in the dining room. Also check out the gift shop for handmade pottery and unique gift items.

SILVERTHORN LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

RR #3, 46400 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-765-2379 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.

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THE CANDY GRAM

162 William St, Port Stanley N5L 1E4 Facebook: thecandygram.portstanley thecandygram.ps@gmail.com A candy shop that specializes in cotton candy and snow cones. The store is filled with a variety of retro candy, freeze dried candy, chocolate, and refreshing drinks. Hire us to make your next party super sweet by setting up candy tables and serving cotton candy and snow cones!

THE DECORATING DIVA 23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-2312 thedecoratingdiva.ca thedecorating.diva@live.ca

THE HARVEST TABLE RUSTIC DESIGNS 44892 Talbot Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-633-4087 theharvesttable@outlook.com Large variety or 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 226-658-0122 thestorehouse@rogers.com

The Storehouse is Port Stanley’s Health Food Store and more. We are also the home of Barb’s Brickle, Port’s own roasted trail mix.

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a quaint home decor store in rural West Elgin. A hidden gem featuring collections of current home decor styles and unique gifts.
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8122 Rogers Road 1 mile West of Aylmer, 1.5 miles South of Hwy #3 (Talbot) Reservations: 519-773-3435 · www.pinecroft.ca Pinecroft Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily | Tearoom: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Enjoy our hospitality 7 days a week · March to Christmas Tearoom | Gift Shop | Gallery Gallery & Gift Shop Outdoor Dining On a road less travelled... Visit Pinecroft today! Indoor Dining Handmade Pottery since 1948 Homemade Fresh Food SeasonalSpecials Local Beer Wine·Spirits A little Muskoka serenity

In St Thomas, we are a small city between big places We are authentic Our heritage laces everything we do Our industrious spirit moves us forward We are colourful, our stories are real, but most of all we are friendly as heck. Stay awhile and journey through the farmland & forests of Ontario's Southwest to the historic & vibrant Railway City.

discover the railway city

1 - st. thomas elevated park

An iconic railway bridge converted into Canada's first elevated park Visit the park for stunning views of the Kettle Creek Valley.

2 Centre St | elevatedpark.ca

2 - CASO Station

Travel back in time to the year 1873 when the largest station of its type was the hub of the Railway City.

750 Talbot St | casostation.ca

3 - jumbo the elephANT monument

Imagine circus crowds marveling 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 statue.

76 Talbot St | railwaycitytourism.com/jumbo

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4 - elgin county railway museum

See some epic trains, an impressive collection of artifacts and the inner workings of a 1913 railway shop, the oldest of its kind in North America.

225 Wellington St | ecrm.ca

5 - murals

Discover murals on everything from boxcars to buildings! Explore the ways street art showcases the rich tapestry of St Thomas today Everything is on display from evolving industries that shaped our past to experiences with the people and places we call home Various Locations | railwaycitytourism.com/murals

6 - st. thomaselgin public art centre

Be inspired by this inviting art hub for the region. View rotating exhibits, take part in a class, or attend a special event!

301 Talbot St | stepac.ca

7 - historic parks

Pursue tranquil or active leisure in either of St. Thomas' historic parks, Pinafore & Waterworks. Both have splash pads and lots of multi-use trails

95 Elm St & 2 S. Edgeware | railwaycitytourism.co/parks

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8 - horton farmers' market Find farm fresh produce and meats, homemade preserves and baking, crafts and artwork at this Saturday morning meeting place Open Mother's Day to November 10 Manitoba St | hortonfarmersmarket.ca
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explore st. thomas events St. Thomas welcomes many unique events annually celebrating everything from trains to music & the arts Follow the code to find what's currently on!
Follow the code to our Trail Guide including maps from St Thomas & area

top 3 ways to explore year round

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The Whistlestop Trail

Ride, run or roam the Whistlestop Trail. Located in the heart of St Thomas it connects all the way down to Port Stanley Visit the sights along the way, or simply take it all in. railwaycitytourism.com/ whistlestop-trail

2 Downtown Discoveries

Victorian heritage & modern culture sum up downtown St. Thomas. Discover our industrious grit in everything from unique boutiques to parks, murals, local dining, and an array of art studios railwaycitytourism.com/ downtown-st-thomas

3 Eating Local

We live in one of the most agriculturally rich areas in the entire country. As a result, there are many places to shop & dine featuring local Discover everything from craft beer to local produce, or visit an old fashioned family restaurant that has been here for decades

railwaycitytourism.com/ culinary-experiences

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BEST WESTERN PLUS STONERIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

6675 Burtwistle Lane, London N6L 1H5 519-652-6022 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 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 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.

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 kettlecreekinn.com information@kettlecreekinn.com

Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Charming gazebo and patio for relaxing!

NEW ELGIN MOTEL

9701 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-633-0580 newelginmotel@hotmail.com

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

PORT STANLEY COTTAGES 290 Colborne St, Port Stanley 1-866-PSC-PORT

PortStanleyCottages.com info@PortStanleyCottages.com

Port Stanley Cottages offers Premier Beach Cottages and boat docks for tourists to play and stay in beautiful Port Stanley, ON.

THE WINDJAMMER INN 324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 519-782-4173 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.

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CONNY’S B & B ON THE FARM

46075 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 519-775-0149 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 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.”

LUMLEY & CO. B&B 8979 Iona Road, 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.

NATURE’S OASIS RETREAT

36116 Second Line, Southwold N0L 2G0 519-808-1121 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.

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DALEWOOD CONSERVATION AREA 10518 Dalewood Rd, St Thomas N5P 3T3 519-631-1009

kettlecreekconservation.on.ca/dalewoodca/ info@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Enjoy nature close to home! Seasonal and weekend camping, hiking trails, swimming pool, and watercraft rentals available.

PEARCE WILLIAMS SUMMER CAMP & RETREAT FACILITY

8009 Iona Rd, RR#1, Fingal N0L 1K0 519-764-2317 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.

PORT GLASGOW TRAILER PARK 8650 Furnival Road, 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 Lane, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-874-4691

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 campground with large, well-treed, level sites.

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RED OAK TRAVEL PARK

54428 Talbot Ln, Eden N0J 1H0 519-866-3504 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.

SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE 45388 Dexter Line, Sparta NOL 2H0 519-671-0199 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.

SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA

8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 519 773-9037 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.

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.

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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.

BRODERICK’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR

290 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4492 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 50s style store design.

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!

ELGIN HARVEST

400 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas N5R 1A4 226-577-2660 elginharvest.ca pizza@elginharvest.ca

Artisan wood-fired pizzeria featuring locally sourced & seasonally topped pizzas.

FIXINS ICE CREAM & FOOD EMPORIUM

5048 Imperial Road, 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.

GTS ON THE BEACH

350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley N5L 1E2 519-782-4555 gtsonthebeach.com management@gtsportstanley.ca

Southwestern Ontario’s largest waterfront patio. Featuring icy cold margaritas, Lake Erie perch, kids menu and dessert nachos! Open MaySeptember. Reservations recommended.

HARBOUR CHEESECAKE

204 Main St, Unit B12, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 226-378-1984

harbourcheesecake.ca harbourcheesecake@gmail.com Harbour Cheesecake - Indulge your tastebuds with chocolate dipped cheesecake complimented with decadent toppings.

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JOHNNY’S RESTAURANT

39 Talbot St, Aylmer N5H 1H3 519-765-1724 johnnysaylmer.com helen@johnnysaylmer.com

The little place with the great big taste. Provides family friendly and fast service. Well known for the best breakfast around! Newly renovated, more seating.

LICKS ICE CREAM & MILKSHAKE BAR

204 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1C5 519-782-7977 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.

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 mennomex.com info@mennomex.com

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

NEW SARUM DINER

RR#3, 46230 New Sarum Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-773-3101 newsarum.com jim@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 8 am - 9 pm.

PALMERS MAPLE SYRUP

34308 Lake Line, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-769-0007

Facebook: PalmersMapleSyrup 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.

PAPA JOE’S PIZZERIA/ PJ’S EPIC EATS

5441 Ron McNeil Line, Springfield N0L 2J0 519-773-2265 papajoespizzeria.ca spartavillagemarket@gmail.com

Always the freshest, quality ingredients in our pizza, deli, fish and chips, burgers and poutines. Homemade, flavourful food.

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.

PINECROFT POTTERY

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 519-773-3435 pinecroft.ca pinecroft@amtelecom.net

Enjoy lunch under the towering pines on the patio or in the dining room. Also check out the gift shop for handmade pottery and unique gift items.

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RODGERS MAPLE SYRUP

36500 Lake Line, 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 rubyscookhouse.com rubyscookhouse@amtelecom.net Where family and friends come together to share good times and great food.

SHAW’S ICE CREAM

RR #4, 6598 Sunset Rd, St. Thomas N5P 3S8 519- 631-2510 shawsicecream.com info@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!

SHORS PUB & EATERY

3360 Imperial Road, Port Bruce N5H 2R2 519-933-4422 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.

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 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 Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2313 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. Family run business in the quaint historic village of Sparta.

TALL TALES CAFÉ

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

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.

THAT BREAKFAST PLACE

305 Bridge Street, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-4784

info@thatbreakfastplace.com

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

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THE ART & SOUL CAFÉ

291 Bridge Street, 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 EDIBLE JOURNEY

205 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-614-3266

theincrediblediblejourney.ca ellensediblejourney@gmail.com

A unique space offering vibrant healthy takeout food and patio seating with vegan and allergy friendly options, along with a line of organic skincare.

THE IN HOME CHEF

26779 Talbot Line, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-200-6332 theinhomechef.ca theinhomechef@gmail.com

Catering, a pantry/grocery store, cooking classes, and pop-up restaurant ‘Shirley’s’

THE WILD GOAT CAFÉ AND METAL ART STUDIO

22360 Pioneer Line, Rodney N0L2C0 519-785-3033

Facebook: TheWildGoatCafe info@wildgoatfarm.com

We are a cafe & metal art retail store. Specializing in homemade food, coffee, chocolate & custom metal work.

THE WINDJAMMER INN

324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 519-782-4173 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.

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 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.

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NATTERJACK BREWING COMPANY LTD.

25292 Talbot Line, West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-495-4960 natterjackbrewing.ca dsoos@natterjackbrewing.ca

Family owned & operated Micro Brewery along the North Shores of Lake Erie in West Elgin, Ontario.

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TASTE 34 com | #ElginCounty Wineries QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 519-775-2216 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. RUSH CREEK WINES 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-5432 rushcreekwines.com info@rushcreekwines.com A unique “International Award Winning” winery featuring 23 different fruit wine varieties. Complimentary tastings, tours and expanded retail store and sports card shop with unique collectibles
PortStanley FestivalTheatre 2023 Season Subscriptions & Single Tickets TRUE CONFESSIONS FROM THE NINTH CONCESSION JUNE 6 - JUNE 10 BY DAN NEEDLES WHERE YOU ARE AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 9 BY KRISTEN DA SILVA ON THE AIR JULY 12 - JULY 29 BY EPHRAIM ELLIS EARLY MORNING RAIN: MAY 23 - JUNE 3 LEISA WAY STARRING IN WRONG FOR EACH OTHER JUNE 14 - JULY 8 BY NORM FOSTER THE BEAVER CLUB AUGUST 2 - AUGUST 19 WORLD PREMIERE BY BARB SCHEFFLER The Legend of Gordon Lightfoot Also starring THE WAYWARD WIND BAND 20 23 S U M M E R T H E A T R E 6-302 Bridge Street Port Stanley (519) 782-4353 www.psft.ca
36 elgintourist.com | #ElginCounty portstanley.net our Quaint Village and Blue Flag Beach! Port Stanley BIA invites you to visit Fine Dining · Pubs, Cafes & Takeaways · Men's & Lady's Apparel · Art Galleries & Home Decor · Fitness, Health & Beauty Facilities · Golf Courses · Train & Boat Rides · Specialty, Food & Fish Markets · Summer & Winter Festivals The Decorating Diva opened its doors near Rodney in May 2015 and has been selling the most unique and beautiful home decor pieces ever since! Owner Pam Wardell is passionate about sourcing trendy decor, jewelery, gifts and seasonal pieces. Pam loves to create custom wreaths, tombstone saddles, signs and more. She also offers interior decorating services and staging. thedecoratingdiva.ca Open Wednesday – Saturday or by appointment | Please check for seasonal/holiday hours 23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney, ON | 519-785-2312 | thedecorating.diva@live.ca
2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 37 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. agritourism QUAI DU VIN WINERY

CLOVERMEAD

ADVENTURE FARM

11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 519-773-5503 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.

GREAT LAKES FARMS

5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 519-782-3433 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 Line, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-636-9424 or 226-448-0095 gullyridgefarms.com garlic@gullyridgefarms.com

A family business that works with passion and dedication to supply locally fresh, delicious, and healthy garlic.

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.

MAZAK FARMS

40075 Longhurst Line, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-633-4634 mazakfarms.ca info@mazakfarms.ca

A multi-generational certified organic family farm. Products available year-round, produce available seasonally. Specializing in green and white asparagus.

MISTYGLEN CREAMERY

47008 Yorke Line, Belmont N0L 1B0 519-872-1371 mistyglencreamery.com info@mistyglencreamery.com Mistyglen Creamery is owned and operated by the Pettit Family. We are a small dairy farm located near Belmont offering our own milk products along with other local  artisanal goodies.

SPARTA LAVENDER FARM

47589 Sparta Line, Aylmer N5H 2R4 226-236-5530 spartalavender.ca info@spartalavender.ca

Visit the most stunning lavender gardens in Ontario’s South Coast region. Stroll amongst the lavender flowers and take in the magnificent views. In our gift shop, we offer natural, locally made lavender products.

WILDFLOWERS FARM

42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 226-926-6432 wildflowers.farm info@wildflowers.farm

Wildflowers Farm offers something for everyone. Whether you come to shop at our farm store or seasonal Friday night markets, sip botanicals at our garden bar, stroll through the gardens or attend a wedding; Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community and connection to nature.

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AYLMER SALES ARENA & FARMERS MARKET

51 Murray St, Aylmer N5H 2A6 519-765-2211 aylmersalesarena.com info@aylmersalesarena.com

Proudly the oldest farmers’ market in Southwestern Ontario

BLUEGROVES FARMS

25503 Talbot Ln, Eagle N0L 2P0 519-768-3276 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.

BRIWOOD FARM MARKET

1030 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1G3 519-633-9691 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.

CONQUER FARMS

5731 Imperial Rd, RR #2, Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-765-1269 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!

DEBACKERE FARM MARKET

5680 Sunset Rd, Union N0L 2L0 519-631-1370 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.

PORT STANLEY FIRE HALL MARKET

218 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-521-8438 firehallmarket.ca angela.homewood@hotmail.com Locally sourced butcher, baker, cheese shop, fresh produce & groceries, along with To-Go soups, sandwiches, smoked BBQ plus vegan and gluten-free culinary delights.

HORTON FARMERS’ MARKET

10 Manitoba St, St.Thomas N5P 3A2 519-868-5551 hortonfarmersmarket.ca dconnolly@stthomas.ca

Historical Farmers’ Market in the heart of St. Thomas. Saturdays 8am-noon, May-October. Shop local at our November Christmas Market and incredible new indoor Market, January-April.

HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET 48956 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 519-773-3779 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!

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HOWE FARM MARKET AND COUNTRY BAKERY

11143 Highbury Ave S, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 howefamilyfarms.ca kevin@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!

OLD IMPERIAL FARMERS MARKET

Unit 6D, 516 John St, Aylmer N5H 2B8 406-823-0098

oifm.ca info@oifm.ca

A rustic market located in the historical old tobacco plant in Aylmer. Featuring a wide variety of artisanal products!

WILDFLOWERS FARMERS MARKET

42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 226-926-6432 wildflowers.farm info@wildflowers.farm

Wildflowers Farmers Market is an initiative created to support our local small business community. Every Friday night, Wildflowers welcomes farmers, food producers, chefs, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to share their passions and talents with you. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the farm whether you come to shop, plant yourself in the garden patio sipping botanical cocktails + brews, listen to live music (and watch the chickens free range!) or stroll through the gardens, you are left with a sense of calm and connection to nature and community. Open

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2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 43 TOURISTS AND LOCALS LOVE TO TEE-OFF AT ELGIN COUNTY’S WORLD-CLASS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GOLF COURSES ACROSS THE REGION. THERE IS SOMETHING TO CHALLENGE PLAYERS OF EVERY SKILL LEVEL. golf GET INTO THE swing OF things! THE BLUFFS GOLF CLUB

BELMONT GOLF CLUB

45809 Ferguson Ln, Belmont N0L 1B0 519-644-1370 belmontgolfclub.com ebader@belmontgolfclub.com

BGC is a family-owned course that is easily walkable, challenging and fun. We are a friendly place to play where all are welcome.

KETTLE

CREEK GOLF + COUNTRY CLUB

320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1B6 519-782-7500 golfkettlecreek.com kettlecreekgolf@gmail.com

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

ST. THOMAS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

42325 Sparta Line, Union N0L 2L0 519-631-4800 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.

THE BLUFFS GOLF CLUB

35593 Lake Ln, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-782-7447

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.

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AUTUMN OLIVE GAME PRESERVE

30830 Celtic Line, Dutton N0L 1J0 519-851-7996 autumnolivegamepreserve.com autumnolivegamepreserve@gmail.com

Autumn Olive offers hunters a premium upland, deer or turkey hunting experience, situated across 1,500 acres. Enjoy a day hunt, or stay at one of our two on-site cabins.

BRIDGEVIEW MARINA

301 Carlow Road, 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) churchvilleoutfitters.com churchvilleoutfitters@gmail.com

Churchville Outfitters is a family-run operation providing guided fishing expeditions out of Port Glasgow. 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 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.

EM WARWICK CONSERVATION AREA

26135 Warwick Line, West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-354-7310

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.

FULL CIRCLE RANCH

44632 Mapleton Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 519-280-0959

Facebook: 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

JOHN E. PEARCE PROVINCIAL PARK

29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-874-4691

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.

KETTLE CREEK MARINA LTD.

220 Colonel Bostwick St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-3261

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!

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LEGENDS OF LAKE ERIE PONTOON BOAT CRUISES

Main St, Port Stanley 519-615-4221 legendsoflakeerieboattour.com Info@PortStanleyOntario.com

Pontoon boat sunset cruises and gourmet picnics. Celebrate local with gourmet picnics on Lake Erie. Discover the shores of Kettle Creek & Port Stanley beaches.

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PLACE

12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield N0L 2J0 519-773-5344 x280 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!

OFF ROAD ADDICTION

45025 Talbot Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-451-6076 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.

OTTER BE HERE

54004 Calton Line, Aylmer N5H 2R5 226-448-9179 otterbehere.com jjwouters1@yahoo.ca

Otter Be Here is Elgin’s full-service canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rental business that offers drop-off and pick-up 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

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

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.

PRIM PEONY EVENT CO 26779 Talbot Line, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-200-6332 primpeonyeventco.com primpeonyeventco@gmail.com Wedding venue and event centre. SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE 45388 Dexter Line, Sparta NOL 2H0 519-671-0199 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.

ST. THOMAS DRAGWAY 45633 Sparta Line, Sparta N5P 3S8 519-775-0001 stthomasdragway.ca jspriet@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.

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FOR FULL MAP go to: elgintourist.com > play > outdoor recreation > cycling

Two wheels and twice the fun! From the Waterfront Trail to off-road trails at Springwater Conservation Area, cycling through Elgin County’s beautiful countryside is sure to impress!

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.

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. 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.

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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2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 49 BAYHAM GATEWAY TO ERIE’S SHORE DISCOVER MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM 519.866.5521 • bayham@bayham.on.ca www.bayham.on.ca 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 Tours - contact 519-874-1461. MAJOR ATTRACTIONS 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 2023 BAYHAM EVENTS Events are subject to change and to health guidelines. June 3 Vienna EdisonFest, Family Fun Day, Music, Vendors, Kid’s Games, Contests Jul 1 .......... Canada Day Port Burwell, 11:30 parade, cake, music, kid’s activities, flag raising Jul 29-30 .Bayham Beachfest Port Burwell, Family fun weekend; fireworks Sunday at dark Aug 19 ..... Talbot Trail of Yard Sales (Elgin) Bayham find treasures & bargains (rain date Aug. 20) Aug 26 ...... Straffordville WatermelonFest, Parade 10am, Family Fun Day, Movie at dark Nov 5 ........ Vienna Remembrance Service 11am Nov 5 ........ Port Burwell Remembrance Parade 1:30pm Dec 2 Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6pm Dec 9 ........ Straffordville Santa Claus Parade 10:30am For more Bayham events, visit our website calendar Cylcing Routes
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AINSLEE TRACEY, BROKER + JIM HARRIS, ADMIN WITH ROYAL LEPAGE

TRILAND REALTY, BROKERAGE

808 Talbot St,St. Thomas N5P 1E2 519-636-5717 ISellElgin.com Ainslee@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 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 and planning services.

DAYTRIPPING IN SOUTHWESTERN

ONTARIO

2684 Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove N0N 1C0 1-800-667-0337 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.

ELGIN BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTRE

300 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 519-633-7597 x326 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.

ELGIN COUNTY LIBRARY

450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x148 elgincounty.ca/library

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 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.

LOWER THAMES VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

8449 Irish Drive, Mount Brydges N0L 1W0 519-264-2420 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.

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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.

PORT STANLEY BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA

450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 portstanley.net

Port Stanley BIA is the strong voice for over 85 businesses in the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, tourism and economic development.

RAILWAY CITY TOURISM

605 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1C6 519-631-1680 railwaycitytourism.com tourism@stthomas.ca

Your source for info on St. Thomas happenings, events and attractions. Visit our website for all the info or pop by the L&PS Station to pick up maps & guides.

ST. THOMAS & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

115-300 South Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 519-631-1981 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 downtownstthomas.ca 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.

Spas

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.

HOLISTIC AWAKENINGS DAY SPA

46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2606

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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MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM

56169 Heritage Line, Box 160, Straffordville N0J 1Y0 519-866-5521 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 and a Blue Flag Beach.

MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN

450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 centralelgin.org szylstra@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 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 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.

THE TOWN OF AYLMER

46 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 519-773-3164 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!

TOWNSHIP OF MALAHIDE

87 John St, Aylmer N5H 2C3 519-773-5344 malahide.ca abetteridge@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 southwold.ca service@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.

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2023 Elgin County Visitor's Guide 55 ELGIN COUNTY IS HOME TO MANY DYNAMIC EVENTS AND CULTURAL FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. FEATURED HERE ARE THE MAJOR EVENTS IN ELGIN FOR THIS YEAR. signatureevents VIEW FULL EVENT LIST elgintourist.com PAWSITIVELY ELGIN DOG FESTIVAL

FAMILY DAY AT THE MUSEUM

February 20 • 1 pm - 4 pm

Elgin County Heritage Centre 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas

Crafts and activities with a cycling theme for all ages; see “high wheels” and “safeties” in the new cycling exhibit. elgincounty.ca/museum

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

March 11 - 19

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer

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. catfishcreek.ca

11TH ANNUAL VIMY LECTURE

April 5 • 2 pm

Elgin County Heritage Centre 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas

Commemorates Wallacetown native Ellis Sifton, posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions at Vimy Ridge which is on display during the lecture elgincounty.ca/museum

ANNUAL PORT STANLEY SPRING FASHION SHOW

April 22 • 9 am

Kettle Creek Golf and Country Club, Port Stanley

Spring Fever is a one-day event created to showcase the village and the wonderful shopping boutiques. www.ywcaste.ca

SPARTA & AREA GARAGE SALE

May 27

Garage Sale for Sparta and Surrounding Community. 9 am - 2 pm rain or shine

ASSOCIATION OF PORT STANLEY ARTISTS - SHOW & SALE

May 13 • 10 am - 7 pm Royal Canadian Legion 310 George Street, Port Stanley

The Port Stanley Artists' Guild presents their Show and Sale of fine arts in a variety of mediums. Admission and parking is free. Please enter at side door of Legion. portstanleyartists.com

VIENNA EDISONFEST

June 3 • 9 am - 7 pm

Vienna Memorial Park 6226 Plank Road, Vienna

BBQ/Food options, vendors, lotteries, silent auction & free draws. Kid games, air bouncers, contests, music & much more! bayham.on.ca

PORT STANLEY ARTISTS' GUILD ANNUAL SHOW & SALE

June 8 - 10

Royal Canadian Legion 310 George Street, Port Stanley

The Port Stanley Artists' Guild presents their Annual Show and Sale of fine arts in a variety of mediums. Admission and parking is free. Please enter at side door of Legion. portstanleyartguild.com

VAN FEST

June 9 - 11 • 10 am - 4 pm

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer

Come see Canada's Premiere Truck Show, including custom vans, pick-ups, and 4x4's. Show and Shine is Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. catfishcreek.ca

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ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

June 10 & 11

Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden

Community yard sales Saturday, vendors, food trucks, groups and businesses display and sell at Complex grounds. Entertainment for all ages, classic car show Sunday. rosyrhubarbfestival.com

SHEDDEN TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

Father's Day Weekend

Shedden Keystone Complex

35921 Talbot Line, Shedden

It's fun, it's loud and it's exciting! Come for the pull, stay for the party! Contact info@ sheddentruckandtractorpull.com for more details or visit sheddentruckandtractorpull.com

SPRINGFIELD FAMILY FUN DAY

June 17

Malahide Community Place Springfield Family Fun Day provides a day of fun activities for the entire family.

KETTLE CREEK FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

June 17 • 11 am - 7 pm

Dan Patterson Conservation Area

The Kettle Creek Environmental Trust is serving up some real must-eats. Enjoy great food trucks, live music, lawn games & more! Admission is free.

kettlecreektrust.com

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RESERVE ONLINE AT www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca DALEWOOD 519-631-1009 | LAKE WHIT TAKER 519-269-3592 / K ett l eC r e ek C A @ K ett l e C r e e k C A / K e ttl e C r ee k C A A wilderness experience without the long drive! E N J OY N ATUR E C LOS E TO H O M E Swimming Pools and a Beach, Over 25 kilometers of hiking trails, Watercraft Rentals, Bird Watching and Fishing, Overnight Camping

DUTTON NIGHT MARKET

June 17 • 4 pm - 9 pm

1 Scotland Street, Dutton

Over 70 vendors, live music by Leave Those Kids Alone, Tasting Lounge and more Facebook: Dutton Night Market

MILITARY FROM THE TALBOT SETTLEMENT

June 17 & 18 • 10 am - 4 pm

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 200+ years of Canadian history all in one location. backuspagehouse.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & PARADE IN PORT BURWELL

July 1 • Parade at 11:30 am

Port Burwell

Parade followed by Flag raising, dignitary greetings, music, food & refreshments. Children's activities at the Museum & Lighthouse. Free parking at the beach. See website for more details. bayham.on.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATION & KIDS COUNTRY CARNIVAL

July 1

Miller Park, West Lorne

The day starts with a kid's Country Carnival, a fish fry followed by opening ceremonies. Fireworks begin at dusk. westelgin.net

BEER-LESQUE & CARNIVALE

July 8 • 11 am - 4 pm & 5 pm - 10 pm

Elgin County Railway Museum 225 Wellington St, St. Thomas

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & FIREWORKS

June 30 • Fireworks at Dusk

Fingal Ball Park

Enjoy music, games, face painting, cake, and fireworks! southwold.ca

AYLMER ANNUAL TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

June 30 & July 1

Aylmer Fair Grounds 139 Pine St E, Aylmer

Do you love noise? Join us for this annual event! Mini rods, superstock, super street, local dump trucks, and local pick-ups aylmerfair.ca

Sample libations from local Ontario brewers & distillers. Explore our artisan marketplace! The worlds of Steampunk & Sideshow blend together to create a tantalizing extravaganza of vendors, exhibitors & live entertainment! beerlesque.ca

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF RODNEY FISHING DERBY

July 8 • 10 am - 1 pm

Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 8536 Haven's Lake Rd, Rodney

A free event for families and children, with prizes for all and trophies for catching fish in various categories: Ages 3-6, 7-10, 11-14. Free lunch with registration.

Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Rodney

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NOSTALGIA NIGHTS CAR SHOW

July 8 • 3 pm - 9 pm

Downtown St.Thomas

Visit Downtown St.Thomas to view 1,000's of classic cars and take a free ride on the L&PS Train. Great music and food makes this a perfect family event.

nostalgianights.ca

BEE BEARD CHALLENGE

July 8, 15, & 22

Clovermead Adventure Farm

Each day, a courageous person will compete for the title of Bee Beard Champion of the year! Using live honeybees with real stingers, they adorn their faces with crawling bees to get the best bee beard. Limited tickets are available for this event, so bee sure to pre-purchase your tickets on our website. www.clovermead.com

CALIPSO FESTIVAL

August 4 - 7

Village of Port Stanley Events, exhibitors, art show, boat parade, and more! Explore all that Port Stanley has to offer.

COLOURS ON THE BEACH

August 5 • 12 pm - 5 pm Main Beach Port Stanley

Presenting Holi Festivals of colour- Colours On The Beach! A celebration of culture with music, dancing, and food.

BAYHAM BEACHFEST

August 5 & 6

Village of Port Burwell

PAWSITIVELY ELGIN DOG FESTIVAL

July 22 • 10 am - 5 pm

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer

Come out and see Ontario Dock Dogs in action, Agility Dogs running their courses, and even take the opportunity to give your dog the chance to try all the events that are coming. Food, Prizes, Draws, Entertainment, Family activities to last the day. pawsitivelyelgin.com

Bayham Beachfest, connecting people and community. Enjoy a fun filled Civic Holiday weekend in beautiful Port Burwell. Something for everyone including a fantastic fireworks display.

bayhambeachfest.com

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ELGIN COUNTY PRIDE 2023

August 7 - 13

Various locations in Elgin-St.Thomas Elgin County Pride is a week-long celebration for the LGBT2Q+ communities, their families and the Elgin County community. Equity is for all.

rainbowoptimistclub.com

TOONIE TUESDAY

August 8 • 5 pm - 8 pm Furnival Rd, Rodney

A fun-filled annual community gathering, with entertainment, $2 hot dogs, $2 pop and chips, $2 ice cream. Free books for all children.

Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Rodney

ELGIN HISTORICAL SHOW

August 11 - 13 Dan Patteson Conservation Area Highbury Ave

The Elgin Historical Show is always the second full weekend in August. An antique show to demonstrate how farming was done during the pioneer days.

kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

AYLMER FAIR

August 11 - 13

Aylmer Fair Grounds 139 Pine St E, Aylmer

Something for everyone! Cattle show, homecrafts, midway, food, demo derby, 4H exhibits, and lots of local vendors. aylmerfair.ca

3 PORT TOUR BICYCLE RIDE

August 19

Start/Finish at East Elgin Community Complex

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. threeporttour.com

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELON FEST

August 26

Straffordville Community Centre 56169 Heritage Line, Straffordville

Fire Hall breakfast, silent auction, food and craft vendors, face painting, free kids activities, petting zoo, music, midway rides & MORE!

SHEDDEN FAIR

August 26 & 27

Keystone Complex, Shedden

Fair food, tug of war, demolition derby, cattle and horse shows, poultry display, craft exhibits, baby show and much more! sheddenfair.com

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TOONIE TUESDAY

August 29 • 5 pm - 8 pm

Furnival Rd, Rodney

A fun-filled annual community gathering with entertainment, $2 hot dogs, $2 pop and chips, $2 ice cream. Free books for all children. Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Rodney

19TH ANNUAL HERITAGE FARM SHOW

September 2 & 3

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown

Antique and vintage tractors, farm equipment, agricultural displays and activities, music, food, and more. backuspagehouse.ca

DOG AGILITY SHOW AT CLOVERMEAD

September 9 • 3 Shows throughout the Day

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer

Flying Furballs will bee showing off their skills at Clovermead! Along with Dog Agility Shows, Clovermead also has over 50 attractions on the Adventure Farm, so you and your family can burn energy in a healthy and naturally interactive way! www.clovermead.com

SHE RISES

September 9 & 10 8059 Springwater Rd, Aylmer, ON N5H 2R4

A two-day festival for women on the rise. She Rises is the culmination of dedicated years of collaboration in the community all working within the healing arts. www.sherises.ca

RODNEY FAIR

September 15 - 17

Rodney Recreation Centre 135 Queens St, Rodney

The Fair includes a tractor pull, parade, sheep show, miniature horse & cattle show, demo derby & lots of entertainment. rodneyfair.ca

CLOVERMEAD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Saturdays in September & October (starting Sept 16) • 9 am - 5 pm Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer

Celebrate the wonderful world of pumpkins this fall! Enjoy a wagon ride, visit the farm animals, get lost in the corn maze, go pumpkin picking, and enjoy the fall decorations and family photo spots. Bee sure not to miss the Pumpkin Cannon Show and Candy Cannon Show! clovermead.com

WALLACETOWN FAIR

September 29 - October 1

Wallacetown Fairgrounds 24 Argyle Street, Wallacetown, ON N0L 2M0

Wallacetown Fair is a Family Affair. Our annual fall fair is steeped in agriculture, competitions, music, thrill shows, rides and a place to meet a new friend or old. Affordable for the whole family. Look for more information on our website at wallacetownfair.ca

DOORS OPEN DUTTON DUNWICH October 22 Various Locations

Natural heritage is on display at select parks, trails and conservation areas from 10 am - 4 pm

DOG AGILITY SHOW AT CLOVERMEAD October 28 • 3 Shows throughout the Day

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer

Flying Furballs will bee showing off their skills at Clovermead! Along with Dog Agility Shows, Clovermead also has over 50 attractions on the Adventure Farm, so you and your family can burn energy in a healthy and naturally interactive way!

www.clovermead.com

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CANADALE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Weekends in November

Saturday 9 am - 5 pm & Sunday 9 am - 4 pm

Canadale Nurseries Ltd 269 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas

Celebrate the Christmas season with photos with Santa, festive make & take workshops, kids crafts, local vendors, charity raffle and so much more! canadale.com

COUNTRY HOLIDAY TOUR

November 17 - 19

Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton & Wallacetown

Enjoy shopping at unique, small businesses in West Elgin County and Chatham-Kent. westelgin.net

RODNEY NIGHT MARKET

November 18 Downtown Rodney

The downtown will be transformed into a fun outdoor holiday shopping event for the whole family! Vendors, food trucks, storytime and more. facebook.com/kiwanisclubofrodney

DICKENS DAY WEEKEND

November 24 - 26

Celebrate Christmas in Port Stanley! Dickens Day Parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, warm ing stations, holiday vendor market, sales at local businesses, and more!

RURAL ROOTS CHRISTMAS MARKET

December 2 • 9 am - 2 pm Dutton Dunwich Community Centre

Indoor and Outdoor local vendors, Free Admission to public with donation of non perishable item. 50/50 draw, non-profit displays and more!

facebook: Rural Roots Public Market

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WALK

December 2 • 6 pm - 8 pm

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer

Stroll through the candlelit paths at Springwater Forest and let the sound of seasonal music under the stars put you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the story of the Grinch and Hoppy the Magician. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and meet Santa. catfishcreek.ca

CHRISTMAS DINNER IN THE MUSEUM

December 2 & 3

Backus Page House 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown

An historic multi course dinner served in the front rooms of the museum. backuspagehouse.ca

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