Experience the flavours of Elgin and St.Thomas
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the best maple syrup experiences Elgin has to offer!
From wagon rides and special events, to mouthwatering breakfasts served with fresh maple syrup and melt-in-your-mouth fudge, these shops are sure to delight your senses and taste buds.
springwater maple syrup festival
Come out and tap into nature! Tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty and experience the sweet tradition of maple syrup production at the Springwater Forest. Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast at the pancake house, where local community groups serve up fluffy pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup. Special attractions and wagon rides happen each weekend in March and throughout March break.
palmer's maple syrup
In March, at Palmer's Maple Syrup, you can explore the art of maple syrup production and enjoy a delicious breakfast that features their syrup in all its glory. At various locations and markets throughout the season, take home a bottle of Palmer's maple syrup, which has been crafted with the same care and tradition for over six decades.8059 Springwater Road, Aylmer, N5H 2R4 519-773-9037 Sweet Maple Syrup Stops
rodgers maple syrup
Rodgers Maple Syrup is a family-owned and operated business that prides itself on producing the highest quality maple products using traditional methods right on their property. In addition to their delicious syrup, they also offer a variety of maple-infused treats, including creamy fudge and smooth maple butter. Their on-farm shop is open year-round just outside Port Stanley, and their products are sold at select stores throughout the area.
aldred maple products
Aldred Maple Products produces pure maple syrup sourced from their family maple bush near West Lorne. Look for their sweet products in local stores, at events, or contact them directly to try it for yourself.
our sugar bush
Our Sugar Bush is a family-operated maple sugar operation that has been producing high-quality maple syrup and products for over 40 years near Straffordville. During the maple season, bring the family out to the farm to sample their delicious syrup and enjoy pancakes hot off the griddle.
36500 Lake Line, Port Stanley, N5L 1J1
15677 Dunborough Road, West Lorne, N0L 2P0 519-287-5012
8759 Toll Gate Road, Straffordville, N0J 1Y0 519-866-3629
fish & chips
Seafood lovers, rejoice!
Featuring crispy batter, golden chips, and stunning sunsets, these establishments are some of Elgin’s finest when it comes to traditional fish & chips. The only catch here is the fresh fish!
shors pub & eatery
Shors Pub & Eatery, situated directly across from the main beach in Port Bruce, offers a full menu, large licensed patio, and weekly specials that are popular with locals and tourists alike. The restaurant is well-known for its pizza, homemade burgers, locally caught fish, and freshly cut fries. Guests can relish in a delectable meal and a cold beverage while taking in the stunning view of Lake Erie.
This family restaurant in Port Burwell is the perfect spot for seafood lovers, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Located just minutes from the beach and offering a patio lookout view, it's the ideal spot to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends.
golem fish market
Golem Fish Market is a family-owned commercial fishery that operates on Lake Erie from the Port Stanley region. As a leading supplier in the area, their retail store offers a range of fresh and frozen perch and pickerel, which are caught using their own tug, the Carol Ann. Don't miss the chance to experience the taste of Lake Erie with the expertly caught and prepared products at Golem Fish Market.
steelhead food co. fish market
The Steelhead Food Co. Fish Market is a family-owned and operated fresh fish and seafood market, open year-round, dedicated to providing their customers with exceptional service. Find local Lake Erie favourites such as perch and pickerel alongside some of the freshest saltwater seafood in the province. Shop other local goods that pair perfectly in their retail shop, from handcrafted hot sauces to local honey.
your fish and chips
Your Fish & Chips is a traditional fish and chips joint, having perfected their recipes over decades in business. People travel from all over the country for a bite of these delicious fish and chips that feature local potatoes and light & flakey fresh fish. Family-owned for generations, stop by and enjoy the traditional atmosphere, delicious food, and family vibes.
Feel-good products at feel-good prices!
Shop fresh, local, and artisan baked-goods, produce, meats and much more at our community-owned and operated markets.
fire hall market
218 Joseph Street, Port Stanley, N5L 1C4 519-521-8438
horton farmers' market
10 Manitoba Street, St.Thomas, N5P3A2 519-868-5551
This rustic market, nestled within the historic old tobacco plant in Aylmer, offers a unique and charming shopping experience. The market boasts an impressive collection of artisanal products, ranging from handcrafted jewelry and pottery to locally sourced produce and freshly baked goods. Open on Saturdays year-round!
516 John Street, Unit 6D, Aylmer, N5H 2B8 406-823-0098
LEARN MORE LEARN MORE LEARN MORELocated in the heart of the village in a beautifully restored fire hall, the Port Stanley Fire Hall Market offers local artisan products. Featuring a butcher, baker, florist, produce, cheese, salads, soups & sandwiches, barbecue brisket, and /GF foods to go, there is always something unique.
debackere farm market
Debackere Farm Market is an ideal stop when travelling to or from Port Stanley beach, offering a variety of locally sourced and freshly harvested produce. The market is stocked with other treasures such as fresh flowers, preserves, granola, maple syrup, and much more!
5680 Sunset Road, Union, N0L 2L0
howe farm market & country bakery
Located between London & St. Thomas, you can find Howe Farm Market & Country Bakery. Howe's is packed with fresh local produce, jams, preserves, local meat, cheese, bread, and eggs! They have some fantastic take-home meals, (like mac & cheese and quiche), incredible soups and must-try homemade baked goods. If it's in season and grown in Ontario, they will have it!
wildflowers farmers market
Every Friday night, Wildflowers Market 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 and brews, listen to live music (and watch the chickens roam free!), or stroll through the gardens, you are left with a sense of calm and connection to nature and community.
11143 Highbury Avenue South, St.Thomas, N5P 3T3
42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas, N5P 3S9
raise a glass or Two
Sip in style with the best local wines and brews available!
Sprawling wineries and vineyards provide Instagram-worthy backdrops for a glass of your new favourite wine, and our breweries are where craft beer lovers go to enjoy locally brewed ales and stouts.
port stanley brewing company
Coming soon to the Port Stanley harbourfront!
Discover the perfect pairing of hand-crafted beer and exceptional cuisine in Port Stanley's newest hotspot. The Dominion of Canada building will soon house a craft brewery and restaurant, boasting a stunning view of the harbour and lift bridge. With a rotating selection of seasonal beers and seltzers, plus a full menu featuring delectable dishes, this is one landmark you won't want to miss.
quai du vin estate winery
Looking for a unique and memorable wine-tasting experience? Look no further than Quai du Vin, situated in the stunning countryside of Central Elgin. With its prime location nestled among lush vineyards and rolling hills, Quai du Vin offers an idyllic setting for sipping lovely wines from this new emerging region. Quai du Vin is more than just a winery— it's an experience. Take in the breathtaking scenery as you sip on a glass of your favourite wine, or explore the vineyards. With friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to guide you through your tasting, you're sure to leave Quai du Vin with a newfound passion for this hidden gem.
natterjack brewing company ltd.
Natterjack is where craft beer lovers come to enjoy unique flavoured beer with a hint of locally grown produce in every sip. Meander to the village of Eagle to check out what’s on tap, enjoy a pint where the brew magic happens, or sip on some suds on their spacious patio. Enjoy Natterjack’s brews in the comfort of your own home with brews-to-go from their retail store. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram page for a plethora of events and activities held throughout the year. CHEERS!
rush creek wines
Rush Creek Wines is located just north from the shores of Lake Erie and is proudly one of the finest fruit-based and international award-winning wineries in Ontario carrying on the tradition of handcrafted wines. They also have a large inventory of collectibles, including Matchbox and Hot Wheels originals, sports memorabilia, trading cards, and much more. Complimentary tours and tastings are always available.
railway city brewing
Railway City Brewing’s story began in 2008, with a small location in downtown St.Thomas. Back then, they set out to start a local brewery entrenched in the history and folklore from years past. The idea was to create a brewery that honoured the history and heritage of our small industrial town. Over the years as the craft brewing industry expanded, so did Railway City. In 2013, the brewery expanded locations to its current home at 130 Edward Street. Here you can visit their taproom for brews and pizza, enjoy a patio in the summer, come for live music events and comedy nights, as well as tours, tastings, and so much more.
caps off brewing from the vines
Caps Off Brewing is a small brewery located in the heart of downtown St. Thomas. They pride themselves in using high-quality, local ingredients in creative brews. The taproom and winter patio are cozy and full of life, often featuring live music and community events. Each visit you’ll be surprised by a new local artist! Sit and stay awhile with a flight and a soft pretzel, or take a growler and cans to go.
From the Vines is a premiere wine-tasting bar. It is a cozy place for those looking for a relaxing, upscale experience without the high price tag. They serve a range of wine products, including exclusive and unique VQA wines. Stop by for a wine tasting, charcuterie, or one of their evening events. Explore something new with each and every visit as wines come and go, and the menu changes seasonally.
pick your own Passions
Choose the best of the bunch with our pick-your-own experiences!
These local fruit farms are filled with fresh, juicy berries, crisp apples, and seasonal specialties that will have you coming back year after year.
great lakes farms
Great Lakes Farms offers a variety of activities, from weddings to group dinners, farm tours, and pick-your-own fruits including apples, strawberries, pears, and pumpkins. During the fall season, visitors can enjoy wagon rides, corn mazes, children's play areas, and orchard visits for fresh apple and pumpkin picking. After a long day of exploring the farm, guests can unwind in the café and enjoy homemade apple treats.
Bluegroves Farms is the largest organic blueberry farm in southwestern Ontario, offering six different blueberry varieties from late July to the end of August. Visitors can handpick their own blueberries and indulge in a range of delicious blueberry-based products from the farm's bakery, which runs until Christmas time. From pies to ice cream, juices, syrups, and jams, there is something for everyone to savour.
Enjoy the tastes of the season at Ferguson's Produce! Bring the entire family to the farm to pick your own produce, from plump strawberries in June and July to sweet corn in August and luscious fall raspberries. In October, the farm transforms into a fall wonderland, complete with a corn maze and pumpkin patch. And when it's time to head home, don't forget to pick up some of the farm's delicious preserves made with only the freshest ingredients.
ferguson's produce belkerke market
Visit the pick-your-own apple orchard along Hwy #3 east of Aylmer for a fun family experience. Choose from a range of delicious apple varieties, including Honeycrisp and Macintosh, while enjoying the fresh country air. Don’t forget to grab their freshly pressed Apple Cider, perfect for enjoying at home.
beary blue acres
Beary Blue Acres is a small Ontario farm just outside of Rodney, that specializes in pick-your-own blueberries. Visitors can enjoy strolling through the fields and hand-picking the ripest and juiciest berries to take home.
11026 Wellington Road, St.Thomas, N0L 1A0
beaten path off the
Step off the beaten path and explore our favourite local gems across Elgin!
These savvy spots offer a wide range of local-made goods and products, like natural lavender tea, artisan wood-fired pizza, and homemade chocolates.
sparta lavender farm
streamliners espresso bar
Streamliners Espresso Bar is located in downtown St. Thomas, a city with a strong railway history. Its name comes from locomotives called streamliners that travelled through the CASO Station here in the 1920s & 30s. Streamliners Espresso Bar’s mission is to create a unique place where coffee is celebrated. Here, railway and coffee traditions intersect at this community hub where people enjoy the best coffee from locally roasted beans. It is a true specialty coffee shop experience with music playing, quality brews, and baristas who connect with customers, creating a very social, human experience. On special Saturdays enjoy authentic Nicaraguan breakfasts as well.
767 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, N5P 1E3 519-631-0999
Visit Elgin Harvest, a charming pizzeria, which is the home of Neapolitan-style sourdough wood-fired pizzas that come topped with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that change seasonally. Indulge in a slice of authenticity with every bite at this one-of-a-kind pizza joint.
400 Sunset Drive, St.Thomas, N5R 1A4 226-577-2660
the wild goat café & metal art studio
Nestled on the outskirts of Rodney, the Wild Goat Café beckons travellers and locals alike with its delightful homemade menu items, exquisite coffee and chocolate, and one-of-a-kind custom metalwork. It's the perfect pit stop for your next road trip adventure.
Seed Confections is a small batch, hand-crafted, artisan chocolate and confection company. When science, art, and flavour are in perfect balance it can create amazing and innovative chocolates and confections. Specializing in custom items, they love turning wild ideas into edible masterpieces. No concepts are too extreme to attempt.
22360 Pioneer Line, Rodney, N0L 2C0 519-785-3033
159 Ross Street, St. Thomas, N5R 3X9 519-207-4060
flavours Far & Away
Travel the world with your taste buds!
Explore Mexico with sizzling chicken fajitas and savoury tacos, or visit The Land of Smiles with a mouthwatering bowl of pad thai and coconut rice. Come experience authentic tastes from around the world, right here in Elgin.
mr. and mrs. bao
Mr. & Mrs. Bao pairs ancient Chinese traditions with modern flavours incorporating other cultural favourites like Caribbean Jerk Chicken into Asian Fusion comfort food—on the go! The menu at this take-out spot offers some variety and walk-in specials. Fan favourites include the Big Bird and Jerk Chicken Bao and the Chairman Bao.
Plaze Boba is the go-to spot for local bubble tea and Korean BBQ. Starting off as the original Plaza Sushi location, Plaza Boba wanted to bring more types of goods that aren't common in St. Thomas, such as Korean meals, cupbops, and dumplings with Taiwanese cultural tea!
546 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, N5P 1C4
321 Elm Street, St. Thomas, N5R 5X6
The Gordita Shop in Aylmer is a Mexican/Mennonite restaurant known for their delicious homemade dishes. Their featured item, the Gordita, is a must-try for those looking for an authentic taste of Mexico. Dine-in customers can also enjoy sizzling Chicken Fajitas, and don’t forget about dessert—their Gordita Shop Style Churros are the perfect way to end your meal!
the gordita shop burrito brothers
Burrito Brothers Dutton uses fresh ingredients to create homemade dishes, showcasing traditional Mexican cuisine and international twists. Their standout items include crispy quesadillas, savoury tacos, and mouth-watering burritos. The attention to detail and quality of ingredients guarantee a delicious dining experience!
Experience authentic Mexican flavours at Greta's Taco Wagon, located just outside of Aylmer. Indulge in their classic ground beef tacos served on plain or crispy fried tortillas, or savour their mouth-watering burritos. Looking for an appetizer? Try their nacho supreme, a perfect combination of tortilla chips, seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese sauce, diced ripe tomatoes, and sour cream. Soft-serve ice cream is available
99 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, N5H 1H4
192 Currie Road, Dutton, N0L 1J0
550 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, N5H 2W2 226-236-0163
At Plaza Sushi, their mission is focused on fresh ingredients and sharing elevated takes on traditional sushi options. With the upscale dine-in restaurant now open, the menu has expanded to include soups, noodle entrees, bao, poke and more—all impeccably presented. Enjoy local craft beer or traditional sake alongside your meal. Take-out orders are also available.
wayside dining & bar
At Wayside Dining & Bar, they are proud to offer a variety of mouth-watering non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Their signature dish, butter chicken with tandoori naan bread, is renowned for its rich and creamy flavour. A must-try! Wayside is committed to providing top-notch quality food and exceptional service, using only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients to ensure that every dish is full of flavor and texture. Come visit and experience the best of Indian and Canadian cuisine!
877 Talbot St, St. Thomas, N5P 1E5 519-207-4496
10680 Sunset Drive, Talbotville, N0L 2K0 519-633-0360
taste of caribbean
Indulge in a taste of the Caribbean at this quaint Aylmer restaurant. Savour the authentic flavours of their Curry Goat, Oxtail, Curry Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Patties, and more, made with traditional Caribbean spices and recipes. Enjoy our flavourful dishes in a cozy dine-in setting or grab a quick and delicious meal to-go.
le café siam
Experience an exotic fine-dining atmosphere and excellent service! Le Cafe Siam is family owned and operated, and offers a variety of authentic Thai items served to you in a heritage building decorated with traditional royal Thai art. The menu is traditional Thai cuisine only, along with a quality selection of wines, or bring your own wine from a commercially licensed establishment to enjoy.
At The Bistro, you will taste the difference when enjoying fresh local food prepared daily from scratch. While enjoying delicious gourmet meals and fusion cuisine, sit back and enjoy The Bistro’s cozy atmosphere in their beautiful heritage building. Finish with one of the Bistro’s signature desserts!