2021 Elgin County Tour Guide

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THE WISH GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH: Map out your Elgin Expedition

LOCAL PHONE 519-631-1460 x168

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TOLL FREE 1-(877)-GO ELGIN (463-5446) x168

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ENDLESS DESSERTS: Dutton & Wallacetown

FAX 519-631-4549 EMAIL tourism@elgin.ca WEB elgintourist.com TOURISM KIOSKS Open Victoria Day – Labour Day Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807 Port Stanley Visitors Centre 199 Carlow Road, Port Stanley Mobile Tourism Kiosk At events in Elgin and surrounding area. The 2021 Elgin County Official Visitors Guide was designed by Tracy Haskett Design. Reproduction of any material without the written permission of Elgin County is strictly prohibited.

SETTING RECORDS: Rodney, Port Glasgow, West Lorne & Eagle

SAVOUR THE FLAVOURS: Shedden, Fingal & Talbotville

21. COME FOR THE SHORE, STAY TO EXPLORE: Port Stanley & Area 29. THIS IS SPARTA: Sparta & Area 33. THE RAILWAY CITY: St. Thomas & Area 41. BUZZING WITH EXCITMENT: Aylmer & Area 45. GET BACK TO NATURE: Port Bruce & Area 49. NO FOALING AROUND HERE: Springfield, Belmont & Area 53. AN ODE TO EDISON: Straffordville, Vienna & Eden 57. CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS: Port Burwell 63. 66.



There is more Elgin County than we can fit into these pages, but we have done our best to share Elgin County through your eyes. So please don’t stop sharing your photos with us, tagging @ElginCounty, and Instagramming (or ‘grammin’ as the millennials call it) your photos with #ElginCounty. Who knows, you might just see your Elgin County photo in next year’s guide!

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As Warden of Elgin County, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of my colleagues on County Council, to beautiful Elgin County! The Ontario government has declared 2021 the Year of the Ontario Staycation and I want to encourage you to spend your Staycation in Elgin County. The Elgin County Visitor’s Guide is an excellent resource to plan your next adventure exploring some of Elgin’s hidden gems. COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives – travel included. It looks like COVID-19 will be around a bit longer so it is important to adjust how we spend our leisure time to ensure we can enjoy ourselves in ways that are both fun and safe. Elgin County has lots of COVID-19 friendly activities to keep you and your family safe and entertained right in your own backyard! Located in sunny southwestern Ontario, Elgin County is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Sandy beaches and scenic shoreline views can be found around every corner; hiking and cycling trails are abundant winding their way through idyllic landscapes; and, serene waterways are waiting to be explored by canoers and kayakers of all ages. Practice your swing at one of Elgin’s many well manicured golf courses, shop the trendy boutiques and art galleries in Elgin’s quaint towns and villages or enjoy a mouth-watering meal or a glass of local wine on one of Elgin County’s great outdoor patios. To learn more about Elgin County and get the latest information about COVID-19 restrictions in our area, please visit elgintourist.com, call 1-877-G0-ELGIN, or visit us in person at 450 Sunset Drive St. Thomas, Ontario. Discover for yourself why “Life is Beautiful in Elgin County!” Tom Marks 2021 Warden of Elgin County

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Tom Marks

2021 Warden of Elgin County

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

Tick & mosquito safety tips Pool, hot tub and splashpad reports

Beach water reports

Restaurant inspections

Southwestern Public Health’s website provides up-to-date inspection results and tips on staying safe while visiting our communities in Elgin County. Continue to monitor provincial and local public health guidelines related to COVID-19. Visit swpublichealth.ca/COVID19 for updates in our community.

Welcome to Elgin County where traffic jams will soon become a mere memory of your past. The only reason that you’ll need to make an interrupted stop is at our stop signs, of course, but also to take in the beauty that can be found around every awe-inspiring corner in Elgin.


Here you can discover seven Townships and Municipalities, with more than 30 towns, hamlets, villages, and blink-and-you’ve-missedits. Let the 27k people that have ‘grammed’ #ElginCounty show you why you don’t want to blink, but re-think your view on small towns. (Or at least ours, they’re pretty great!)

GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH Your photos have inspired us to create 11 destinations that uncover some of the best-kept secrets in #ElginCounty! The only decision that you’ll need to make is “where to venture to next.”




Rodney Aldborough Agricultural Fair (September) Western Elgin Recreation Centre 135 Queens Street Rodney, ON Kids Fishing Derby (July) Port Glasgow Marina 8635 Havens Lake Road Port Glasgow, ON

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Rodney, Port Glasgow, West Lorne & Eagle It’s time to set the record straight. Rodney is in-fact home to the smallest jail in North America, measuring in at 4.5m by 5.4m. Record your visit to the Ye Olde Jail and share your photo with us by ‘gramming’ #ElginCounty! Head south to Port Glasgow to relax on its Blue Flag Beach, which is 1 of only 27 in Canada. Beaches are designated Blue Flag for having high environmental and quality standards. So dust off your giant flamingo floatie and flock to Port Glasgow to see what the hype is about! Travel due east down Talbot Line, or Talbot as locals call it, but don’t blink or you might miss the hamlet of Eagle. Don’t be fooled by its size, nestled here is Elgin’s first brewery, Natterjack Brewering Company Ltd., that is known for its bald, oops, we mean bold flavours! (See what we did there?)

Port Glasgow Pier @msdeeminaj

Your records Natterjack Brewing Company Ltd. @drunkpolkaroo

Churchville Outfitters @lumberjack_bill

The Dented Can @citygirlfarmlife

Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm @nourishingheartsaai

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WEST ELGIN: Rodney, Port Glasgow, West Lorne & Eagle




Bluegroves Farms 25503 Talbot Ln Eagle N0L 2P0 519-768-3276 bluegrovesfarms.com spencervictoria@yahoo.ca 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.

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.

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

ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS New Glasgow Prebyterian Church 9313 Furnival Rd Rodney N0L 2C0 Founded by the pioneers of Aldborough in 1828, the Church is currently being restored in its original style. Available for celebrations and special events. Doors always open!

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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.

RECREATION 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, Ontario. We specialize in Rainbow Trout & Walleye and operate 7 days a week.

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. EM Warwick Conservation Area 26135 Warwick Line West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-354-7310 lowerthames-conservation.on.ca info@ltvca.ca This 14 hectare property was acquired in 1974 by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. It was named after the owner who donated the site to the Rotary Club in 1956.

SHOP The Decorating Diva 23490 Pioneer Line Rodney N0L 2C0 519-785-2312 decoratingdiva.ca thedecorating.diva@live.ca Discover a quaint home décor store in rural West Elgin. A hidden gem featuring an amazing collection of home décor, jewelry, and lovely fashion accessories.

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

The Dented Can 213 Furnival Road Rodney N0L 2C0 (647) 231-9838 billtrombley@hotmail.com Repurposed and painted furniture, home and cottage décor, vintage treasures, antiques, and more!

TASTE 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.

Take A Bite Social Eatery 22354 Talbot Line New Glasgow N0L 2C0 take-a-bite.ca ashfordjeffery@gmail.com Traditional Lebanese cuisine. Smoked BBQ. We offer quality food and service. We are a licensed restaurant, serving local craft beers and wines. Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery 180 Main St West Lorne N0L 2P0 519-768-0044 tastysweetscafe.com cemery-tastysweets@hotmail.com We offer a café style menu of homemade entrees, salads, soups, breads, cakes and desserts. Let us cater your special event. 11

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Road to Culloden (May) Backus Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Line Wallacetown, ON

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Wallacetown Fair (September) Wallacetown Fairgrounds 24 Argyle Street Wallacetown, ON

ENDLESS DESSERTS Dutton & Wallacetown

Good thing we spell checked this guide ten times over, because how awkward would it be if we said endless deserts. An easy way to remember the difference is that dessert is spelled with two ‘S’s because you should always savour at least two sweets.

Tall Tales Café @ectoronto

You’re in luck, because Tall Tales Café in Wallacetown is your one-stop-shop, with a post office, variety store, gas station, and restaurant all-in-one place. Chef John Marleitner bakes some of the best pies around with a crust that is out of this world! Head north to the town of Dutton for another sweet spot, Two Old Crows Studio Café, to savour that second dessert. We know that sharing desserts is a big no-no, but we promise to share your photo if you share it with us!


Celtic Ridge Farms @love.me.knots

Two Old Crows Studio Café @raymakeup_photography

Too Sweet not to Share John E. Pearce Provincial Park @pavanvarma369 Backus-Page House Museum @carls.thompson #ElginCounty elgintourist.com

DUTTON & DUNWICH: Dutton & Wallacetown

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 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.



Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Ln Wallacetown N0L 2M0 519-762-3072 backuspagehouse.ca info@backuspagehouse.ca This restored Georgian style 1850s house is a museum located amidst the beauty of John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Contact us to book your tea, tour or wedding. 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. 11 am Sunday services year round.

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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.

STAY Pearce Williams Christian Centre - Summer Camp & Retreat Facility 8009 Iona Rd, RR#1 Fingal N0L 1K0 519-764-2317 pearcewilliams.org info@pearcewilliams.org 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. Lumley & Co. B&B 8979 Iona Road Iona N0L 1P0 519-764-2384 laurence.grant@start.ca Two period bedrooms in heritage designated 1888 former general store residence. The interior has been restored circa 1920. Architectural Conservancy of Ont. Award Winner.


Celtic Ridge Farms 27401 Celtic Line Dutton N0L 1J0 519-282-7620 celticridgefarms.com info@celticridgefarms.com On farm market store specializing in farm raised beef, lamb & chicken as well as showcasing local Elgin County artisans & farm events. KATNAP 8979 Iona Road Iona N0L 1P0 519-764-2384 laurence.grant@start.ca An antiques & collectables shop located in the restored Lumbley & Co. general store built in 1888, hardware, china, furniture, games, toys, textiles & clothing


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 and operates 7 days a week.


Rhubarb Festival


Rosy Rhubarb (June) Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line Shedden, ON

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Shedden Fair (August) Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line Shedden, ON

SAVOUR THE FLAVOURS Shedden, Fingal & Talbotville The flavours are bold in Southwold! Shedden is the Rhubarb Capital of Ontario, after all. Join the thousands of yardsalers and rhubarb fanatics that flock to Shedden every June for the annual Rosy Rhubarb Festival, proof that not all of those that wander are lost. Tantalize your taste buds at Picards Peanuts in Talbotville. Their fresh roasted peanuts and specialty confectionery products make for the perfect spot to stop on your way to and from Elgin. Just when we thought Southwold couldn’t get any sweeter… a stone’s throw away from Fingal, you will find not one but two Maple Syrup Shacks-Palmer’s Maple Syrup and Rodgers Maple Syrup. Tap into Elgin and experience a quintessential Canadian activity that heralds the beginning of spring in Southwold!

Nature’s Oasis @travelingmitch Talbotville Berry Farm Market @prariehillamanchas

Seek to See More Southwold Palmer’s Maple Syrup @andreaverouden

The Bluffs Golf Course @gregrob8

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SOUTHWOLD: Shedden, Fingal & Talbotville

AGRITOURISM 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. 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 yearround, produce available seasonally. Specializing in green and white asparagus.

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Talbotville Berry Farm Market Talbotville Berry Farm Market 11054 Sunset Road St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-615-1164 talbotvilleberryfarm.com talbotvilleberryfarm@gmail.com 100+ acre urban farm and market. Locally grown produce, meat, cheese, and preserves. Book your private event, business meeting or corporate event with us.


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!


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.

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.


Picard’s Original 10683 Sunset Dr Talbotville N0L 2K0 519-637-8704 picardsoriginal.ca info@picardsoriginal.ca Excellence in every bite from Ontario’s original choice for freshly roasted peanuts. Delicious and unique snacks and swiss style chocolate confectionery specialties.


Palmers Maple Syrup 34308 Lake Line Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-769-0007 palmersmaplesyrup.com blpalmer@xplornet.com Proudly family owned and operated. Celebrating 66 years of Premium Ontario Maple Syrup Production. Visit us in March for our annual maple syrup shanty events and breakfasts.

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.

Wayside Dining and Bar 10680 Sunset Dr Talbotville N0L 2K0 519-633-0360 waysidedining.ca contactus@waysidedining.ca One of the oldest restaurants in South-Western ON, our food reflects contemporary tastes. Our restaurant exudes an ambience that you are sure to enjoy!


The Bluffs Golf Club 35593 Lake Ln Port Stanley N5L 1J1 519-782-7447 .thebluffsgolfclub.com info@thebluffsgolfclub.com Beautiful 12 hole, 3,700 yard golf course overlooking Lake Erie, complete with a driving range and practice green, along with a licensed clubhouse and patio.

I SOUTHWOLD For a complete list of events visit www.southwold.ca “Township of Southwold” “Southwold History Committee” “Southwold Communities in Bloom”

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See you there! Winterfest FEBRUARY, Shedden Rosy Rhubarb Festival JUNE, Shedden rosyrhubarbfestival.com Tractor Pull JUNE, Shedden


Canada Day Celebrations JUNE, Fingal Southwold by Tractor JULY, All over the township Shedden Fair AUGUST, Shedden Firefighter’s Pork and Beef BBQ FALL, Shedden southwoldfiredept.ca Remembrance Day Service NOVEMBER, Shedden

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Optimist Christmas Parade DECEMBER, Fingal

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Port Stanley Artists’ Guild Show & Sale (June) Royal Canadian Legion 310 George Street Port Stanley, ON

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Dicken’s Day Weekend & Parade (November) Downtown Port Stanley


There are more than just long stretches of pristine sandy beach to explore in Port Stanley and area. Although, who wouldn’t love to spend a day of fun in the sun at the Port Stanley Main Beach, the first Blue Flag Beach in Elgin County (and may we add, 2020 will be the 11th year of being Blue Flag status). For the adventure seekers, there are stand-up paddleboards for rent at Bridgeview Marnia, or bicycles for only $1/hour throughout the village as a part of the RIDE ELGIN: Bike Share. For the fashionistas, here you can shop until you drop, or until you become side-tracked by the sweet aroma of waffle cones wafting about in the downtown from Broderick’s Ice Cream. While we are on the topic of food, Port Stanley is a foodie’s paradise. You could spend a weekend patio or coffee shop hopping, living your best life. We wouldn’t want you to leave “hangry,” (angry as a result of being hungry) now would we?!

GT’s on the Beach @carlconde Kettle Creek Inn @mynortherneye

‘Water’ they saying? Inn on the Harbour @wanderingdana

DeBackere Farm Market @ivydoodle16

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AGRITOURISM 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.


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. Wildflowers Farm 42338 Fruit Ridge Line St. Thomas N5P 3S9 226-926-6432 wildflowers.farm info@wildflowers.farm Whether you come to shop, sip tea, stroll through the gardens or attend a workshop or wedding; Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community, and connection to nature.

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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 Boutique is artist-run and offers a wide selection of regional art appealing to all tastes and budgets. Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St Port Stanley N5L 1C3 519-782-4353 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.


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. 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.

GOLF 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 proshop. Able to support all levels of tournaments. Also 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@stthomasgolfcom St. Thomas Golf & Country Club is a private golf club dedicated to providing high quality golf and social activities to its members and guests.

STAY 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). Great pub food plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining! 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.

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



Bridgeview Marina 301 Carlow Road Port Stanley N5L 1B7 519-782-7878 bridgeview-marina.com info@bridgeview-marina.com Bridgeview Marina offers boat and jetski dockage, $10 boat launch, campsites, live bait, canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals.

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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.


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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. The Storehouse 211 Main St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 2 226-658-0122 barbsbrickle.com 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.

Canadale Nurseries Ltd. 269 Sunset Dr. St. Thomas N5R 3C4 519-631-7264 canadale.com info@canadale.com We are an award winning Garden Centre and Nursery specializing in unique, rare and unusual plants. Great weekly sales. Come see what’s new at Ontario’s favourite Garden Centre.


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.

TASTE 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 Broderick’s, a world famous and favourite destination in Port Stanley since 1984! We offer a total ice cream experience in a unique 50’s style store design.

GTs On The Beach 350 Edith Cavell Blvd Port Stanley N5L 1E2 519-782-4555 gtsportstanley.ca management@gtsportstanley.ca Southwestern Ontario’s largest beach patio! We boast 8 beach volleyball courts, full menu, weekday food specials and live entertainment on weekends. Open May-Sept. 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 109 years in Port Stanley! Pepper Tree Spice Co. 223 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-782-7800 peppertreespice.com peppertreespice@outlook.com Your premiere spice destination. Over 300 of the finest spices, herbs, seasonings & artisanal blends available. All organic, natural, and gluten-free. Taste a world of pure possibilities.

SoLo on Main 187 Main Street Port Stanley N5L 1H6 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! 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! Village Square Coffee House 284 Bride St Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519-782-7260 villagesquarecoffeehouse.com vscoffeehouse@gmail.com Centrally located with a focus on local traffic and tourists. Serving direct trade coffee, house baked treats, sandwiches, made with love soups, chili, and more. Open every day!


Shaw’s Ice Cream RR #4, 6598 Sunset Rd St. Thomas N5P 3S8 519- 631-2510 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! #ElginCounty elgintourist.com

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


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

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Dogtoberfest (October) 45388 Dexter Line Sparta, ON

Lavender Bloom (June) Steed & Co Lavender 47589 Sparta Line Sparta, ON

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THIS IS SPARTA: Sparta & Area

The Village of Sparta and its surrounding area may be home to more than 300 people, but unfortunately, Gerard Butler isn’t one of them. All kidding aside, this actually is a real town here in Elgin County. Don’t believe us? Come see the quaint village for yourself, where the main streets are lined with unique shops and art galleries galore. With artisan candles, handmade pottery, one-of-a-kind jewellery, and handcrafted home décor, you’ll quickly discover why the village is called sp‘ART’a after all! Journey just 3km east of the village and you’ll step foot into Europe. Well, not really, but you’ll feel like you’re in the south of France when you see the purple-hued paradise in the fields at Steed and Company Lavender. Breathe in the tranquillity that can only come from their lush lavender.

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THIS IS SPARTA: Sparta & Area


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



Sparta and District Historical Society PO Box 34 Sparta N0L 2H0 519-775-2292 villageofsparta.com tcg@execulink.com Operates the Forge and Anvil Museum and the Sparta Church Museum as well as hosts a re-enactment dinner and a high tea and historical fashion show.

STAY 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.

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RECREATION 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, RR#4 Sparta N5P 3S8 519-775-0001 stthomasdragway.ca pspriet@sprietinvestments.com Canada’s first purpose built drag strip, St. Thomas Raceway Park is Southwestern Ontario’s premier motorsports venue, hosting many racing and non-racing events. Street Drag Racing every weekend Apr-Oct.


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 get a free taste of our 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. Gathered 6137 Hiram Smith Line Sparta N0L 2H0 289-244-7024 spartagathered.ca joe.kcp@gmail.com Gathered is home to a collective of local artists in a unique and beautiful heritage designated building, located in the heart of picturesque and historic Sparta. The Village Collective 46329 Sparta Line Sparta N0L 2H0 226-773-0264 theVillageCollective.com thevillagecollective69@gmail.com A gathering place to showcase the quality and one-of-a-kind wares of local Artists and Artisans.



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.

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.

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.


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Parade of Poinsettias Open House (November) Family Flowers 44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas, ON

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Horton Farmers’ Market Grand Opening (May) Manitoba Street St. Thomas, ON

THE RAILWAY CITY: St. Thomas & Area

Once known as the Railway Capital of Canada, St. Thomas and its surrounding area is home to many gems. From May to November, the Horton Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings, sorry kids no Saturday morning cartoons for you! With fresh local food and the workings of many local artisans, get there early to pick out a mouth-watering watermelon, or the most succulent sweetcorn around. Gander a few blocks down, and you’ll be mesmerized by the art exhibits on display at the St. Thomas – Elgin Public Art Centre. Here you can gaze at four galleries, each with their own flare and media. See Elgin County from a whole new perspective with Zimmer Air Services. Tour in a private helicopter to see the area’s true beauty from a birds-eye view.

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Trace their Tracks The Harvest Table Rustic Designs @citygirlfarmlife

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THE RAILWAY CITY: St. Thomas & Area


St. Thomas Horton Farmers Market Manitoba St St. Thomas N5P 3A2 519-317-3398 hortonfarmersmarket.ca manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca Every Saturday morning, residents and visitors meet at “The Market” to catch up, exchange recipes and buy the best in local produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, art and more.



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. North America Railway Hall of Fame 750 Talbot St St.Thomas N5P 4H4 519-633-2535 casostation.ca info@casostation.ca Our Mission is “to preserve and honour railway heritage in North America and ensure the future sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station.” elgintourist.com #ElginCounty


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!


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. 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, wifi & parking. King or 2 Queen bed rooms with refrigerator, microwave & Keurig brewer. Meeting & fitness room.

New Elgin Motel 9701 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5P 3T2 519-633-0580 newelginmotel.ca 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.


Zimmer Air Services 44989 Talbot Line, St.Thomas Municipal Airport St.Thomas N5P 3S7 519-637-0711 zimmerair.com info@zimmerair.com Elgin County’s own Helicopter Adventure and Charter company. Experience Elgin County from a whole new perspective and visit our treasures along the way. Off Road Addiction 45025 Talbot Line St.Thomas N5P 3S7 519-451-6076 4wdaddiction.com 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.


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

Fore Golfers Only Ltd. 43765 Talbot Ln St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-8617 foregolfersonly.on.ca fgo@rogers.com Fore Golfers Only has the largest selection of golf equipment, both new and used in the county. A must see for any golfer. Family Flowers Inc. 44329 Talbot Line RR #3 St. Thomas N5P 3S7 519-631-6004 familyflowers.ca annette@familyflowers.ca Visit our unique garden centre, mini farm and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home and garden.


Le Café Siam 392 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1B8 519-637-2287 sri-siam@hotmail.com Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Thai family run business features a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Closed Sun. + Mon.


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Be entertained at the Old Town Hall Theatre

Come & play at the Aylmer Fair

Observe the beauty of the Tundra Swans

Cool off at the

Splash Pad & Pool

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Maple Syrup Festival (March) Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Road Aylmer, ON

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Aylmer Fair (August) 139 Pine Street E. Aylmer, ON


Aylmer and area is the bee’s knees, or at least we like to think so! From the queen’s flag to the queen bee, it’s all here for you to discover! Aylmer’s Old Town Hall is located in the heart of the Town of Aylmer and is one of the most breathtaking buildings at that. Once you step inside the Aylmer Performing Art Centre’s space, you’ll be in awe when you look up to the ceiling to see the giant Union Jack painted on the ceiling. This flag is otherwise known as the Royal Union Flag here in Ontario, and is flown as an allegiance to the crown. As for the queen bee, this can be found in another type of colony, a honey bee colony at Clovermead Adventure Farm. We like to think that this is the most magical place for kids and kids at heart, to learn what the buzz is about when it comes to bees. Jump on their giant jumping pillow, zip line your troubles away, or if you’ve ‘bean’ here before, you know about their enormous soybean box, like a sandbox but without the sand. Clovermead @elgincounty

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Berry Hill Fruit Farm 48937 Glencolin Ln Aylmer N5H 2R6 519-765-1752 berryhillfruitfarm.ca dsaarloos@amtelecom.net “Make Our Garden, Your Garden” Visit our on-farm stand for your fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, apples, and more!



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.

Clovermead Adventure Farm 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73) Aylmer N5H 2R3 519-773-5503 clovermead.com info@clovermead.com Clovermead is 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.

Minerva Art Gallery 11078 Springwater Rd N Aylmer N5H 2R6 519-765-1616 minerva-art.com Minerva@amtelecom.net A full service Art Gallery carrying local, national, and international artists. Fully equipped custom framing on site, offering conservation framing & lamination for home and business.

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!

Rubyeyes Kraftwerks 103 York Street Aylmer N5H 2X7 519-933-7443 rubyeyes.com ruby@rubyeyes.com On-site commissions of fantastic glass and metal art works. Studio offers customised classes, repairs, and supplies. Call for appointment.

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Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives 14 East St Aylmer N5H 1W2 519-773-9723 amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum/ aylmermuseum@amtelecom.net A community museum with changing exhibits and archives by appointment. Tundra Swans in March (519-773-7926) and a Tour of Homes in November. Visit our website for hours of operation.


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.


Aylmer Sales Arena 51 Murray St Aylmer N5H 2A6 519-765-2211 aylmersalesarena.ca e_lensink@yahoo.ca Farmer’s and Flea market. Open Tuesdays May October 8am -4pm. Automatic & Self -Serve Carwash, Laundry mat & Dog wash open 7 days

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. A second location ‘Premium Kitchen Cabinets’ located at 53930 Eden Line, Aylmer. 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.

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


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. 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 Casual family dining in a relaxing country atmosphere. Local memorabilia. Established in 1943. Banquet facilities. AGCO, full menu. Open 7 days a week 8am-9pm.

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. Johnny’s Restaurant 39 Talbot St Aylmer N5H 1H3 518-765-1724 johnnysaylmer.com helen@johnnysaylmer.com The little place with the great big taste. Provides family, friendly & fast service. Well known for the best breakfast around!


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.


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Co-opalooza (June) Gay Lea Dairy Museum 48075 Jamestown Line Aylmer, ON

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GET BACK TO NATURE Port Bruce & Area

Escape the hectic city life and get back to nature in Port Bruce; less than 3 hours from the 6, GTA, 416, Toronto, whatever the cool kids are calling it these days. With more than 200 metres of natural beach, enjoy a day of fun in the sun on what will feel like your own private oasis, at the Port Bruce Provincial Park. For those looking to tackle a ‘reel’ sport, the Port Bruce Pier is the perfect spot to become hooked on fishing. Whether fishing for Bass, Perch, Pike, or Pickerel (otherwise known as Walleye on the south side of Lake Erie), there are copious amounts of fish to reel you back time and time again. Mere minutes from the beach, you can sip and savour some sweet and succulent fruit wines from an award-winning winery, Rush Creek Wines.

Rush Creek Wines @elaineskalozub Gay Lea Dairy Museum @blaisehutchison


Your “Neature” Port Bruce Provincial Park @jlsilcox

Corner View Café @the_flicker_project

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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!

Gay Lea Dairy Museum RR #2, 48075 Jamestown Ln Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-2955 46 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.

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.

Rush Creek Wines 48995 Jamestown Ln Aylmer N5H 2R2 519-773-5432 rushcreekwines.com A unique “International Award Winning” winery under new management featuring 23 different fruit wine varieties. Complimentary tastings, tours and expanded retail store with unique collectibles

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


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Christmas Open House (December) From the Meadow 3881 Avon Dr. Harrietsville, ON

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NO FOALING AROUND HERE Springfield, Belmont & Area

We couldn’t possibly call ourselves a rural community if we didn’t pay tribute to the many mammals that also call Elgin County home. Here in Belmont, Springfield, and area, there are probably just as many farm animals as there are people. Full Circle Ranch invites you to giddy-up and experience a rancher’s lifestyle. With riding lessons and trail riding, you’ll be saying yee-haw and howdy-partner in no time. You may even get lucky and see a foal (a young horse) on the farm. If you’re searching for more of a relaxing experience, here you can also try goat yoga, which is a goatly-awesome experience. While we are on the topic of relaxation, no trip to this area is complete without a stop at From the Meadow. They specialize in natural healing products like soaps, creams, and essential oils, all made with herbs that are grown and handpicked right from their farm. Jabez Therapy Ranch @nesser_072


Full Circle Ranch @flow.with.clo

Foal Proof Evidence From the Meadow @bluepeppervintage

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NO FOALING AROUND HERE: Springfield, Belmont & Area


Belmont Golf Club 45809 Ferguson Ln Belmont N0L 1B0 519-644-1370 belmontgolfclub.com janet@belmontgolfclub.com A friendly place to play golf, and easy to walk. Everyone is welcome.


Jabez Therapy Ranch 52765 Ron McNeil Line Springfield N0L 2J0 519-773-3354 jabeztherapyranch.ca eaglewings@jabeztherapyranch.ca We are a therapeutic equestrian ranch for individuals with physical, social, emotional and mental health 50 needs. We also offer riding lessons. We have Certified Coaches and are an EAGALA certified equine specialist ranch. Malahide Community Place 12105 Whittaker Rd Springfield N0L 2J0 519-773-5344 x 280 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!

Full Circle Ranch 44632 Mapleton Ln Central Elgin N5P 3T3 519-280-0959 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


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

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6598 Sunset Rd., St. Thomas, Ontario 519-631-2510 shawsicecream.com #ElginCounty elgintourist.com


Straffordville Watermelon Fest (August) Straffordville Community Centre 56169 Heritage Line Straffordville, ON


Vienna Edisonfest (June) Vienna Memorial Park 6226 Plank Rd Vienna, ON

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AN ODE TO EDISON Staffordville, Vienna & Eden If not for Thomas Edison, How dark it would be. For that, we owe him a ton. We’re sure you’d agree! You may wonder why the poem about Edison and why in Vienna, Ontario of all places…Well, Thomas Edison himself spent many years here visiting his grandfather, Samuel Edison. Samuel was a loyalist from New Jersey, who settled in Vienna in 1811. There is still a plaque of the Edison Homestead where the house once stood. If you’re into cemeteries and history, there are also many of Edison’s relatives buried in the Pioneer Edison Cemetry.


There’s more than just history here to see, why not join in on the Watermelon fun in Straffordville, at the Straffordville Watermelon Fest. This event is known for its watermelon seed spitting contest, where contestants try and spit their seed the furthest. Think we are kidding...come see for yourself.

Shedding Light

Otter Be Here @dejagravel

Straffordville @ontariosignguys

Red Oak Travel Park @phantasie_gamer

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AN ODE TO EDISON: Vienna & Straffordville


Bayham Historical Society 519-773-8798 bayhamhistoricalsociety@ hotmail.com Find us on Facebook “Bayham Historical Society” or e-mail us for exciting events & updates. New members, volunteers & donations welcome.


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.

Straffordville @ontariosignguys

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Red Oak Travel Park 54428 Talbot Ln Eden N0J 1H0 519-866-3504 redoaktravelpark.com camp@redoaktravelpark.com Beautiful, family friendly campground. Large sites, large pool, family activities, close to golf course, historical sites, fishing, and lakes. Offering reasonable rates and group discounts.


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.



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Port Burwell is home to the oldest wooden lighthouse this side of Lake Erie. Be a part of history and climb to the top of the 56 step Port Burwell Historical Lighthouse, for a panoramic view of the most eastern portion of Elgin County. With the 3rd Blue Flag Beach in Elgin County, relax on the tranquil Port Burwell Beach, where you can ‘gram’ your photos using the public WiFi; just don’t forget to use #ElginCounty! Don’t leave your four-legged best friend behind… they too can have a day of fun in the sun at the Port Burwell Provincial Parks’ Dog Beach.

Simply Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe @farmfoodcare Port Burwell Periscope Lighthouse @mooreavejosh


We know you’ll be ‘shore’ to work up an appetite, but don’t worry, there are plenty of places to fill up your belly. Save room for ice cream, because the Simply Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe has more than 48 flavours to choose from. Port Burwell Lighthouse @giffy3

Your Port Burwell HIGH-lights Port Burwell Provincial Park @lhoman68

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CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS: Port Burwell & Bayham


Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse Inc. 42 Wellington St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 226-271-1185 periscopeplayhouse.ca pbppoc@gmail.com Lap it up with laughter, come and see live theatre in Port Burwell. Come for the beach, stay for the show.


HMCS Ojibwa 3 Pitt St Port Burwell N0J 1T0 1-519-633-7641 projectojibwa.ca info@projectojibwa.ca 58 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. Port Burwell Museum & Historic Lighthouse “20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St” Port Burwell Mid-May-Labour Day 519-874-4807, off-season 519-866-5521 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. elgintourist.com #ElginCounty


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.” 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.


21 Wellington Artist Co-op & Emporium 21 Wellington St. (Box 326) Port Burwell N0J 1T0 519-983-0039 ruralbuzz.com cdthomson1@hotmail.com Located in beautiful Port Burwell,you will find local artistry, handmade gifts, home décor, original art, prints, books, tobacco slat art, quilts, jewelry and more.


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.


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

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

festivals, bird & butterfly migrations, boating, Marine Museum, Historic 1840 Lighthouse, fishing, golfing and the Port Burwell Provincial Park. VISIT… tasty restaurants & unique shops, the Erie Shores Wind Farm Tours - contact 519-874-1461.


Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse

20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St. 519-874-4807 May-Sep

Wind Energy Outdoor Kiosk 5361 Brown Rd, Port Burwell

Trans Canada Trail & Cycling/Hiking Routes

Brochure guides available at the Lighthouse Travel Info Centre


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


Events subject to Southwestern Public Health guidelines Jun 5 - Vienna EdisonFest Jul 1 - Canada Day Jul 31 - Aug 1 Bayham Beachfest Aug 21 - Talbot Trail of Yard Sales Aug 28 - Straffordville WatermelonFest Nov 7 - Vienna Remembrance Service Nov 7 - Port Burwell Remembrance Parade Dec 4 - Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade Dec 11 - Straffordville Santa Claus Parade

For more Bayham events, visit our website calendar


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Smoke&Gamble | Frisky Beaver

SERVICES Ainslee Tracey, Broker + Jim Harris, Broker M.V.A . Royal LePage Triland Realty-Brokerage 808 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1E2 519-636-5717 | 519-857-5429 isellstthomas.com Ainslee@isellstthomas.com jim@isellstthomas.com You need an experienced professional when buying or selling real estate, count on us for excellent knowledge of Elgin, great negotiation skills and selling strategies. 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 Education, Grants for Landowners in Stewardship and Tree Planting, Flood Forecasting & Warning, Flood Control, Regulations & Planning Services.

Elgin Business Resource Centre 300 S Edgew are 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.

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 County Library 63 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-1460 x148 elgincounty.ca/library crobson@elgin.ca Elgin County Library offers a variety of activities for all ages. Visit a branch to: use a computer, access free WiFi, borrow materials, or visit us online. Erie Fun Tours 221 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1C2 519-943-ERIE (3743) ErieFunTours.com eriefuntours@gmail.com Tours to wineries, craft breweries, theatres, boat cruises, and more. Check out our website for public day tours or contact us to arrange a private tour for your group. Like us on Facebook to see new tours! #ElginCounty elgintourist.com #ElginCounty elgintourist.com

Hair on the Harbour 235 Colborne St Port Stanley N5L 1B9 519-671-8149 Laurenelfman@hotmail.com Hair on the Harbour is an intimate boutique salon that caters to both Men and Women’s hair services. Appointments are recommended but walk ins are welcome. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority 44015 Ferguson Ln St. Thomas N5P 3T3 519-631-1270 kettlecreekconservation.on.ca marianne@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation areas showcase a number 64 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. 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 & a Blue Flag Beach. Municipality of Central Elgin 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 centralelgin.org ssteffler@centralelgin.org The Municipality of Central Elgin is a progressive, dynamic urban and rural municipality located on the shores of Lake Erie in the heart of Southwestern Ontario connected by 370 kms of municipal roads. Central Elgin encompasses 325 square kms in area and has a population of 12,700 citizens.

Municipality of Dutton/ Dunwich 199 Currie Rd Dutton N0L 1J0 519-762-2204 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. Norfolk County Tourism: Port Dover to Long Point 185 Robinson St., Suite 200 Simcoe N3Y 5L6 1-800-699-9038 norfolktourism.ca tourism@norfolkcounty.ca Your official source for tourist information in Norfolk, Ontario’s Garden. We offer excellent trails and beaches, wineries and breweries, and quaint small towns and villages.

“Port Stanley Business Improvement Area” 450 Sunset Dr St. Thomas N5R 5V1 519-631-4860 portstanley.net dwilson@centralelgin.org Port Stanley BIA is the strong voice for over 85 businesses in the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, tourism and economic development. Railway City Tourism 605 Talbot St St. Thomas N5P 1C6 519-631-1680 railwaycitytourism.com tourism@stthomas.ca Railway City Tourism is located inside the L & PS Station downtown St. Thomas. Here you can get up-to-date information on local events, maps, tours and local attractions. 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.com ddb@stthomas.ca Working to improve and beautify our downtown, and make your shopping experience fun - we hope you will continue to visit the great shops and restaurants in historic Downtown St. Thomas. The Town of Aylmer 46 Talbot St W Aylmer N5H 1J7 519-773-3164 aylmer.ca kbrown@town.aylmer.on.ca Aylmer combines the best of rural relaxation with urban amenities for a charming historic downtown full of vibrant shops & local offerings.

Township of Southwold 35663 Fingal Ln Fingal N0L 1K0 519-769-2010 southwold.ca southwold@southwold.ca The Township of Southwold is located in the heart of Elgin County. A nice place to visit, a great place to live and do business in. Travel Agents in Action Beth Ann Connors 1-866-909-7556 ext. 149 taia.ca bethann@tourportstanley.ca Your local and international travel professionals. We are six generations in Port Stanley. Let us help you plan your vacations in our beautiful lakeshore village and abroad. “Carribean Summer, Community Winter” 65

Township of Malahide 87 John St Aylmer N5H 2C3 519-773-5344 malahide.ca aadams@malahide.ca Venture through Malahide’s beautiful agricultural landscapes where rural charm and service awaits you. From trails, parks and sunny beaches, to quaint shops and restaurants, there is plenty to explore.

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We can’t think of a better way to experience Elgin County than attending a local event. With heaps of festivals and events held throughout the year, we couldn’t possibly list them all! Instead, we have used this thing called the World Wide Web to lighten your load. Visit our website elgintourist.com/events to find events to experience Elgin County in every season. Although we cannot take credit if all 4 seasons happen in one day, we are known for having warm temperatures one minute and snow the next. Thank you Mother Nature! No matter the weather, we invite you to explore Elgin County and to discover why life is beautiful here!


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We wanted you to have a say on the image that will entice people to visit Elgin County in 2020 and beyond. Thank you to the 42 individuals that submitted photos and those 6,500 voters in our “We’ve Got You Covered” Photo Contest. With just over 800 votes, Ashley Weaver of Weaver Photography’s image was chosen to grace this year’s cover. Who would have guessed that Ashley started her business only six months before winning this contest? As a mom of three, Ashley can always be found with a camera in hand to capture those important moments in her children’s lives. It’s this passion that has allowed Ashley to specialize in family and children photography. She now travels throughout Elgin County to capture other family’s special moments. Ashley notes that the beaches in Port Stanley and Springwater Conservation Area are a few of her favourite backdrops. When Ashley learned about our contest, she sifted through her portfolio, and it was one of her own photos that stood out, a photograph of 11-year-old Lily Vanderydt at Erie Rest Beach in Port Stanley. For Ashley, this photo showcases how important it is for youth to get out into nature and become inspired by the beauty that is Elgin County. Ashley is proud to be surrounded by so many other small businesses and entrepreneurs, and she can only hope that her children and the children she photographs can continue this legacy. Ashley wants everyone to know that Elgin County is a great place to dream, hope, and simply wish. Congratulations, Ashley Weaver and all the best in your photography career in Elgin!