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FAX 519-631-4549 EMAIL tourism@elgin.ca WEB elgintourist.com TOURISM KIOSKS Open mid-May to the end of August Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807 Port Stanley Visitor Centre 199 Carlow Road, Port Stanley Mobile Tourism Kiosk At events in Elgin and surrounding area.

The 2019 Elgin County Official Visitors Guide was designed and printed by the Aylmer Express Ltd. Reproduction of any material without the written permission of the Aylmer Express Ltd. is strictly prohibited.

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On behalf of my colleagues on Council, I would like to welcome you to Elgin County! Elgin County residents are fortunate to call such a beautiful part of southwestern Ontario home and it is my pleasure to be able to share this beauty with you. Located along Lake Erie’s north shore, Elgin has a wide variety of activities for all ages and interests, making it the perfect place for your next escape. From vibrant downtowns to fields of succulent sweet corn, Elgin offers visitors the perfect blend of urban and rural life. Hike through sun-dappled Carolinian forest trails, cycle along windswept coastal paths, pitch a tent under clear skies filled with stars or play a round at one of Elgin’s many golf courses.

ELGIN COUNTY MAYORS Mayor of the Municipality of West Elgin

Duncan McPhail

Mayor of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich

Robert Purcell

Mayor of the Township of Southwold

Grant Jones

Dip your toes in the waters along 120 kilometres of scenic shoreline, relax on some of the finest sandy beaches that Ontario has to offer, or spend an afternoon charting a course on Lake Erie’s tranquil waters. The friendly people in Elgin’s charming towns and villages will make you feel at home as you shop in trendy boutiques, enjoy live performances, participate in vibrant local festivals, and celebrate Elgin’s rich culture at one of the area’s art galleries or museums. Cap off your visit to Elgin with a scrumptious meal made from local ingredients grown in Elgin’s fertile soil and transformed into culinary works of art. Your meal won’t be complete without a glass of wine crafted from grapes grown in Elgin’s sprawling vineyards. To learn more about all that Elgin County has to offer please visit www.elgintourist. com, call 1-877-GO-ELGIN or visit us in person at 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas Ontario. Enjoy your visit!

Duncan McPhail 2019 Warden of Elgin County

Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Sally Martyn

Mayor of the Township of Malahide

Dave Mennill

Mayor of the Town of Aylmer

Mary French

Mayor of the Municipality of Bayham

Ed Ketchabaw

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SAFETY FIRST

Follow these simple tips to stay safe while riding along Lake Erie’s north shore.

1. Always wear a helmet. 2. Wear reflective gear,

especially when riding at night.

3. Ride in the same direction as traffic flow. 4. Obey all traffic signs and signals, including stop lights and stop signs.

5. Know and use hand signals.

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FROM PEDAL TO PADDLE THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Hike, cross-country ski, boat, paddle, bird-watch, ride a horse, cruise (via bike, motorcycle or car), fish or swim all right here in Elgin! Let the Elgin County Cycling & Hiking Map guide you along the way. Visit activeelgin.ca to be inspired to get out and about, there are recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities. For those seeking a little more adventure or looking to try something new, try stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking or even jet skiing at any of our local watersport rental businesses along Elgin’s 120 kilometres of shoreline.

Elgin County is proud to be a part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a signed route that connects 114 communities over 2,100 kilometres. It follows the St. Lawrence River to all of Ontario’s Great Lakes and other national and international trails. 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. Navigate this natural trail along St. Thomas paths and parks. Wander up to Sunset Drive, where the path meets Port Stanley Terminal Rail, guiding you to a vibrant beachfront town.

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 #SAVOURELGIN Restaurants, tea rooms, and cafés dot the Elgin County countryside and line the main streets of its quaint towns and villages serving everything from hearty country fare to fine dining options. Spend a leisurely morning browsing one of several local farmers’ markets where you can find everything from fruits and vegetables to organic meats, eggs, herbs, and honey – all produced in Elgin County. Learn about the source of your food at one of the area’s bustling agritourism operations. Sit down to a hearty meal, expertly crafted with local ingredients, or spend an afternoon tasting wines produced with fruit grown right here in Elgin County. 10

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The Savour Elgin Culinary Trail is a route through Elgin County that visits the best culinary attractions focusing on food and drink that is local and unique to the Elgin County area. Look for Savour Elgin member signs on display across the County. The farmers and producers of Elgin County grow a bounty of amazing tastes to be savoured throughout every season of the year. Let Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Elgin County be your guide to the freshest in-season produce.


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On hot sunny days, there is nothing better than escaping city life for the beach! Feel the breeze in your hair, put your toes in the sand, and take a refreshing dip in the beautiful waters of Elgin County’s lakeshore. Beach enthusiasts of all ages will discover their perfect sun-filled day of fun right here in Elgin County. Elgin is home to four Ports and nine sandy beaches that dot the north shore of Lake Erie. With numerous amenities and special events, Elgin’s portside villages will be “shore” to demonstrate why life is better at the lake. 12

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EVERYONE DESERVES A BEACH DAY: Check out Port Stanley’s Main Beach and Port Bruce Beach for their accessibility mats. Port Stanley even offers specialty beach wheelchairs. ARE YOU HOOKED ON FISHING? Lake Erie offers anglers of all ages and abilities an exciting challenge. Whether fishing for Bass, Perch, Pike or Pickerel (otherwise known as Walleye south of the Lake), Elgin’s numerous access points to the fresh waters of Lake Erie have an abundance of fish species to reel


you back time and time again. Fish off of one of our popular piers or launch your boat at any of our many marinas and create your own fish tale. YOU DON’T NEED TO TRAVEL FAR to find beaches that are world-renowned. Elgin County is home to THREE blue flag beaches, Port Burwell Beach, Port Glasgow Beach, and Port Stanley Beach. What does it mean to have a Blue Flag? With only 28 Blue Flag beaches in all of Canada, it means that Elgin County truly is Progressive by Nature. Beaches that earn the designation must meet the strict commitment to water quality, safety, educational, and environmental criteria. So, sit back, relax, and listen to the waves as they hit the shore on one of Elgin’s pristine beaches! Our beaches will be shore to please you!

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RICH HERITAGE Museums and cultural attractions provide an important link to our region’s rich heritage and keep the stories of our past alive. From pre-18th century Attawandaron villages to the enigmatic Colonel Thomas Talbot, the railway boom of the 1850s, and the agricultural roots of our community, our museums highlight the development of Elgin County through collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs. Explore the Elgin County Heritage Centre to learn about the art of engraving and the local RCAF bases that trained airmen during WWII. Hit the trails and explore our heritage through three different Barn Quilt Trails, which link sites with colourful mounted quilt blocks, each with its own story to tell. Marine history enthusiasts will be delighted to visit the Historic Lighthouse and Marine Museum, located within steps of one another in Port Burwell. 16

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INNER ARTIST Let the Elgin Arts Trail take you on a journey of creativity to art galleries, studios, and live theatre performances across Elgin County. Enjoy original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, hand crafted items, and more. Experience our vibrant artistic culture, find a unique souvenir for that special someone or create your own work of art as part of an interactive class or workshop.

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Spend a summer evening taking in a professional theatre performance at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre located in the heart of the picturesque lakeside village. Community players bring their considerable talents to the stages of the Aylmer Community Theatre, the West Elgin Dramatics Society, and the Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse. Pick up a copy of the Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide or visit www.elginartstrail.ca for a map, event listings, and more. ELGINTOURIST.COM

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Looking for a wagging good time for your four-legged best friend? Elgin County is your answer to beaches and trails that are Fido friendly. We have sniffed out the best places for your dog to run, roam, swim, fetch or frolic.

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 onleash requirements.

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.

Don’t forget to share your favourite Fido photos taken in Elgin County with the hashtag #dogsofelgin.

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,

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NO TRIP TO ELGIN COUNTY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A FEW MUST HAVE ITEMS… •

STYLISH ARTICLE OF CLOTHING • ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME DECOR • LOCAL HONEY • ARTISAN CANDLES • HANDMADE JEWELLERY • FRESH BAKED PIES • A UNIQUE PIECE OF POTTERY

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

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

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#TapIntoElgin this maple syrup season, and experience a quintessential Canadian activity that heralds the beginning of spring in our country. Experience Elgin County’s Maple Trail to learn about the different historical methods of producing maple syrup at a maple syrup festival, ride on a horse drawn wagon or purchase maple products. Visit elgintourist.com/mapletrail for more information.

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With 9 unique and picturesque golf courses to choose from, there’s always a tee time ready for you in Elgin County. Whether you’re an expert or new to golf, you can choose from 9 to 18 or even 12 holes of golf. Don’t worry if you don’t have any clubs, Fore Golfers Only has a large selection of new and used golf clubs, bags, and other golf essentials. ELGINTOURIST.COM

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Elgin County is home to a vibrant and thriving arts community. Artists and performers of all mediums have been inspired by the area’s considerable natural beauty. A ART EMPORIUM PORT STANLEY 177 Main St, Port Stanley www.artEmporium.ca

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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.

AYLMER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL 38 John St S, Aylmer www.artsinaylmer.com 519-765-3039

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.

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A MINERVA ART GALLERY 11078 Springwater Rd N, Aylmer www.minerva-art.com

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

PORT BURWELL PERISCOPE PLAYHOUSE INC. 42 Wellington St, Port Burwell www.periscopeplayhouse.ca 226-271-3815

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


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A PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.psft.ca

519-782-4353 (Box Office)

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.

A PORTSIDE GALLERY 187 1/2 Main St Unit A, Port Stanley portside.cuttingpromotions.com

519-782-7066

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

A RUBYEYES KRAFTWERKS 235 Colborne St, Port Stanley www.rubyeyes.com

A ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.stepac.ca

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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 www.weds.ca 519-768-3306

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.

519-782-7443

On-site commissions of fantastic glass and metal art works. Studio offers customised classes, repairs, and supplies. The Giftshop has amazing local artist’s works. ELGINTOURIST.COM

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

AYLMER-MALAHIDE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES 14 East St, Aylmer www.amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum/

ELGIN COUNTY ARCHIVES 450 Sunset Drive, St.Thomas www.elgincounty.ca/archives

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.

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

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BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

ELGIN COUNTY HERITAGE CENTRE 460 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.elgincounty.ca

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This restored Georgian style 1850s house is a museum located amidst the beauty of John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Contact us to book your picnic, reunion or wedding.

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.

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Visit Edison & Bayham Historical Society displays 6am-3pm at Bayham’s Family Table in Vienna. New members, volunteer support, and donations welcome.

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ERIE SHORES WIND FARM 55094 Glen Erie Ln, Vienna www.capstoneinfrastructure.com 519-874-1461

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 www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca 519-773-2955

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 www.projectojibwa.ca 519-633-7641

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 www.bingo-country.ca 519-633-1984

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! 26

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LONGWOODS ROAD CONSERVATION AREA 8348 Longwoods Rd, Middlesex Rd 2, Mount Brydges www.ltvca.ca 519-264-2420

155 acre park features Ska-Nah-Doht, a recreated longhouse village of 1,000 years ago. Education programs in Native Studies and the environment. 7 km of trails.

NEW GLASGOW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9313 Furnival Rd, Rodney 519-785-0266

Founded by the pioneers of Aldborough in 1828, the Church is currently being restored in its original style. Available for celebrations and special events. Doors always open!

NORTH AMERICA RAILWAY HALL OF FAME 750 Talbot St, St.Thomas www.casostation.ca 519-633-2535

Our Mission is “to preserve and honour railway heritage in North America and ensure the future sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station”.


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PORT BURWELL MUSEUM & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE 20 Pitt St and 17 Robinson St, Port Burwell www.bayham.on.ca

Mid-May-Labour Day 519-874-4807, off-season 519-866-5521

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 www.pstr.on.ca 519-782-3730

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.

SPARTA AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY PO Box 34, Sparta www.villageofsparta.com 519-775-2292

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 www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org 519-762-2617

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.

SOUTHWOLD EARTHWORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 7930 Iona Road, Fingal www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/southwold

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! ELGINTOURIST.COM

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The businesses of Port Stanley welcome you to our picturesque village of unique shops, diverse eateries, cozy B&B’s, relaxing inns, world class beaches and so much more. Come discover Southwestern Ontario’s hidden gem.

COME FOR THE SHORE, STAY TO EXPLORE! Visit us at portstanley.net for upcoming events and specials.

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SHOP The main streets of Elgin County’s towns and villages are the perfect places to pick up items that are truly one-of-a-kind. 21 WELLINGTON ARTIST CO-OP & EMPORIUM 21 Wellington St. (Box 326), Port Burwell ruralbuzz.com 519-983-0039

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.

ANTIQUES + ICE CREAM 193 Currie Road, Dutton welchlisa38@yahoo.ca 226-268-3691

Come in and browse the lovely antiques while enjoying some Shaw’s Ice Cream, NSA available. Sparta Country Candles are also available in the shop!

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CANDLES 46361 Sparta Ln, Sparta www.spartacandles.com

519-775-0054 1-800-463-1447

Family run business that has recently celebrated 25 years. We manufacture our own brand of candles and sell them at excellent prices. We also offer a unique selection of gifts and garden décor.

AYLMER SALES ARENA 51 Murray St, Aylmer www.aylmersalesarena.ca 519-765-2211

Farmer’s and flea market. Open Tuesdays, May - October. Restaurant, automatic & self-serve carwash, laundry mat & dog wash open 7 days.

BEAR FRIEND FACTORY HOME OF THE WHISTLE STOP PEDDLERS 46349 Sparta Line, Sparta www.bearfriendfactory.com 519-775-2779

We have combined the largest collection of plush animals and clothing line in the region with 35+ local talented crafters, artists, and vendors to create a very unique place to shop and discover.

BRIWOOD FARM MARKET 1030 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.briwoodfarmmarket.com 519-633-9691

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

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CANADALE NURSERIES LTD. 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.canadale.com

THE DENTED CAN 213 Furnival Road, Rodney billtrombley@hotmail.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.

Repurposed and painted furniture, home and cottage décor, vintage treasures, antiques, and more!

519-631-7264

CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer www.clovermead.com 519-773-5503

Clovermead is a Country Store filled with all things honey, plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. Check out our website for the latest buzz.

THE DECORATING DIVA 23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney www.decoratingdiva.ca 519-785-2312

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.

647-231-9838

FAMILY FLOWERS INC. 44329 Talbot Line RR #3, St. Thomas www.familyflowers.ca 519-631-6004

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.

FROM THE MEADOW 3881 Avon Dr, Belmont www.fromthemeadow.com 519-269-3961

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.

A GATHERED 6137 Hiram Smith Line, Sparta spartagathered.ca

289-244-7024

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THE HARVEST TABLE RUSTIC DESIGNS 44892 Talbot Line, St. Thomas theharvesttable@outlook.com

PICARD’S ORIGINAL 10683 Sunset Dr, Talbotville www.picardspeanuts.com

Large variety or handmade crafts and décor. Wreaths, wood products, signs, and more with new stock arriving weekly. Follow us on Facebook!

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

519-633-4087

JOSHUA + COMPANY 194 Main Street, Unit 8, Port Stanley joshuaandcompany.com 519-782-5108

Joshua and Company is a destination place for home décor and gift ware. Located on Main Street in Port Stanley. Open year round.

MENNONITE FURNITURE GALLERY 10 Talbot St W, Aylmer www.mfgi.ca www.premiumkitchencabinets.ca 519-765-4386

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.

MOORE WATER GARDENS 4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley www.moorewatergardens.com 519- 782-4052

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.

519-637-8704

S A PINECROFT POTTERY 8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer www.pinecroft.ca

519-773-3435

Our log cabin gift shop is celebrating 70 years in 2018. Shop for quality Canadian Stoneware Pottery made onsite since 1948 and unique gift items, including home decor.

S QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas www.QuaiduVin.com 519-775-2216

Nestled amongst the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin, 3 kms north of Sparta, there you will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events.

S RUSH CREEK WINES 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer www.rushcreekwines.com

519-773-5432

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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SHOP RUSSELL HOUSE APPAREL 1-211 Main St, Port Stanley www.russellhouseapparel.com

THE STOREHOUSE 211 Main St, Port Stanley barbsbrickle.com

Experience our casual beach-chic atmosphere. A destination for mens/womens unique fashions. Featuring Canadian-made brands and souvenirs. Enjoy your shopping experience with personal and friendly service.

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.

519-782-7781

SILVERTHORN LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES RR #3, 46400 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas www.silverthornlandscape.com 519-765-2379

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.

226-658-0122

A THE VILLAGE COLLECTIVE 46329 Sparta Line, Sparta theVillageCollective.com

226-773-0264

A gathering place to showcase the quality and one-of-a-kind wares of local Artists and Artisans.

S STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta www.steedandcompany.com

519-494-5525

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.

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JUMBO THE ELEPHANT MONUMENT

1 Imagine circus crowds marvelling at the elephant purported to be the “largest ever held in captivity”. In 1985, the 100th anniversary of Jumbo’s tragic death after being struck by a locomotive, St. Thomas dedicated this 38-ton life-sized statue. ST. THOMAS CHURCH 2 OLD Stroll the pioneer cemetery where most of St. Thomas’s early settlers were buried and during summer months tour the church which was built in 1824. THOMAS ELEVATED PARK 3 ST. An iconic railway bridge converted into Canada’s first Elevated Park. Visit the park for stunning views of the lush Kettle Creek valley. ELGIN COUNTY RAILWAY MUSEUM

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

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

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

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

9 Find farm fresh produce and meats, homemade preserves and baking, handmade crafts and artwork at this Saturday morning community meeting place, Mother’s Day to November. RAILWAY CITY BREWING COMPANY

10 Tour the micro-brewery whose branding pays playful tribute to Jumbo; then sample some of their award-winning brews in the tasting room, or take in one of their special events.

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DISCOVER BAYHAM GATEWAY TO ERIE’S SHORE

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

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

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

2019 BAYHAM EVENTS

June 1 ...... 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

Aug 2-4 .... Bayham Beachfest Port Burwell, Family fun weekend; fireworks Sunday at dark

Aug 17...... Talbot Trail of Yard Sales (Elgin) Bayham find treasures & bargains (rain date Aug. 18)

Aug 24...... Straffordville WatermelonFest, Parade 10am, Family Fun Day, Movie at dark

Nov 10 ...... Vienna Remembrance Service 11am Nov 10 ...... Port Burwell Remembrance Parade 1:30pm Dec 7 ........ Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6pm Dec 14 ...... Straffordville Santa Claus Parade 10:30am For more Bayham events, visit our website calendar

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BLUEBIRD HIDEAWAY 5761 Union Rd, Port Stanley www.bluebirdhideaway.com 519-782-4959

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

INN ON THE HARBOUR & LITTLE INN 202 Main St, Port Stanley innontheharbour.net 519-782-7623

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!

S KETTLE CREEK INN 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley www.kettlecreekinn.com

CONNY’S B & B ON THE FARM 46075 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas www.bbcanada.com/10617.html

519-782-3388

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

NATURE’S OASIS RETREAT 36116 Second Line, Southwold www.naturesoasis.ca

519-775-0149

GREY GABLES BED AND BREAKFAST 22 Erieus St, Port Burwell www.bbcanada.com/3912.html 519-874-4644

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.”

Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food, plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining!

519-808-1121

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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A S PINECROFT POTTERY 8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer www.pinecroft.ca

CARDINAL COURT MOTEL 10401 Sunset Rd, RR #7, St. Thomas www.cardinalcourt.ca

519-773-3435

519-633-0740

Our Muskoka-like scenery gives our log cabin B&B the feel of a cottage retreat. Your stay will be highlighted with a serene forest location and tantalizing breakfasts.

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.

SWEET MAGNOLIA HOUSE B&B 236 Talbot St E, Aylmer www.sweetmagnoliahouse.com

COMFORT INN 100 Centennial Ave., St. Thomas www.comfortinnstthomas.ca

519-765-3038

519-633-4082

Our heritage home is located on the Talbot Trail. It boasts 3 warm and inviting guest rooms and is close to beaches, shopping and live theatre.

100% non-smoking, newly renovated. Free hot breakfast, wifi & parking. King or 2 Queen bed rooms with refrigerator, microwave & Keurig brewer. Meeting & fitness room.

S THE WINDJAMMER INN 324 Smith St, Port Stanley www.thewindjammerinn.com

NEW ELGIN MOTEL 9701 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.newelginmotel.ca

519-782-4173

519-633-0580

Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award winning restaurant and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly.

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

VIENNA CHURCH 11 Elm St., Vienna thechurchinvienna.com

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Newly renovated 3 room rental, offering Jacuzzi tubs and showers. Large yard with old century Black Walnuts for shade, close to Port Burwell beach, just 5 mins away.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS STONERIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE 6675 Burtwistle Lane, London www.stoneridgeinn.com 519-652-6022

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PEARCE WILLIAMS CHRISTIAN CENTRE SUMMER CAMP & RETREAT FACILITY 8009 Iona Rd, RR#1, Fingal www.pearcewilliams.org 519-764-2317

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

PORT BURWELL PROVINCIAL PARK 9 Wilson Lane, Port Burwell www.ontarioparks.com/park/portburwell 519-874-4691

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.


STAY PORT GLASGOW TRAILER PARK 8650 Furnival Road, Rodney 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.

RED OAK TRAVEL PARK 54428 Talbot Ln, Eden www.redoaktravelpark.com

SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE 45388 Dexter Line, Sparta www.solitudenaturereserve.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.

Providing a wilderness camping experience and opportunity to reconnect with nature. Free campsites available July - September. Trails open year round for hiking.

519-866-3504

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SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca

THE LAKEWOOD RR #3 22499 Gray Ln, Rodney thelakewood@gmail.com

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

519 773-9037

519-785-2020

DISCOVER OUR GOOD NATURE! Experience some of Southwestern Ontario’s most beautiful natural features and best outdoor recreation opportunities.

• SEASONAL & OVERNIGHT CAMPING • PLAYGROUND • HIKING • PICNIC AREAS • • CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS • FISHING • SPECIAL EVENTS • SWIMMING • • VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAMMING • THE SPRINGWATER FOREST •

CATFISH CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 8079 Springwater Rd., RR#5 Aylmer, ON N5H 2R4 South of Hwy #3 at Orwell between St. Thomas & Aylmer

519-773-9037

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TASTE Enjoy the elegance of an afternoon tea, try the local catch of the day or cool down with a sweet ice cream cone on a hot summer day.

BARNACLES BEERHOUSE AND EATERY 170 William St, Port Stanley patriciasaks@hotmail.com

GTS ON THE BEACH 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley www.gtsportstanley.ca

A locally owned pub and eatery open all year round. A great spot to enjoy locally caught perch & pickerel along with a diverse menu.

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.

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BRODERICK’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR 290 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com 519-782-4492

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S KETTLE CREEK INN 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley www.kettlecreekinn.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.

519-782-3388

THE FAMILY CENTRAL RESTAURANT 62 Talbot St, Aylmer www.familycentral.ca

LE CAFÉ SIAM 392 Talbot St, St. Thomas

519-765-2444

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

Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food, plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining!

519-637-2287

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Thai family run business features a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Closed Sunday + Monday.

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MACKIES 124 William St, Port Stanley mackies1911@rogers.com 519-782-4390

Family owned and operated on the beach in Port Stanley since 1911. Famous for our fresh cut fries, homemade sauce, and orangeade. Celebrating 107 years in Port Stanley!

MENNOMEX 49919 Talbot Ln, Aylmer www.mennomex.com 519-773-2002

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

NATTERJACK BREWING COMPANY LTD. 25292 Talbot Line, West Lorne www.natterjackbrewing.ca 519-495-4960

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

NEW SARUM DINER RR#3, 46230 New Sarum Ln, St. Thomas www.newsarum.com 519-773-3101

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

PALMERS MAPLE SYRUP 34308 Lake Line, Port Stanley www.palmersmaplesyrup.com 519-769-0007

Proudly family owned and operated. Celebrating 66 years of Premium Ontario Maple Syrup Production. Visit us in March for our annual maple syrup shanty events and breakfasts.

PEPPER TREE SPICE CO. 223 Colborne St, Port Stanley www.peppertreespice.com 519-782-7800

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.

A S PINECROFT POTTERY 8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer www.pinecroft.ca

519-773-3435

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.

S QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas www.QuaiduVin.com

519-775-2216

Nestled amongst the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin, 3 kms north of Sparta, there you will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events.

RODGERS MAPLE SYRUP 36500 Lake Line, Port Stanley rodgersmaplesyrup@gmail.com 519-782-4662

Located 3 kms west of Port Stanley. Produces high quality maple syrup, fudge, and maple butter.

S RUBY’S COOKHOUSE 583 John St, Aylmer www.rubyscookhouse.com

519-773-8786

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

S RUSH CREEK WINES 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer www.rushcreekwines.com

519-773-5432

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.

S SHAW’S ICE CREAM RR #4, 6598 Sunset Rd, St. Thomas www.shawsicecream.com

519- 631-2510

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!

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TASTE S SIMPLY SCOOPS 38 Robinson St, Port Burwell icecream@simplyscoops.com

S TALBOTVILLE BERRY FARM 11054 Sunset Road, St. Thomas www.talbotvilleberryfarm.com

519-874-1390

519-615-1164

S SOLO ON MAIN 187 Main Street, Port Stanley www.soloportstanley.com

S TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY 180 Main St, West Lorne www.tastysweetscafe.com

We are a family friendly ice cream shop and eatery located in the heart of Port Burwell. Enjoy 48 flavours of ice cream, a tasty burger or delicious fresh cut fries, all sourced locally.

100+ acre urban farm and market. Locally grown produce, meat, cheese, and preserves. Book your private event, business meeting or corporate event with us.

226-658-0999

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SPARTA HOUSE TEAROOM 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta www.spartahouse.com

THAT BREAKFAST PLACE 305 Bridge Street, Port Stanley info@thatbreakfastplace.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.

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

The cuisine that Chef Lauren vanDixhoorn and her team prepares is creative, fresh, and visually beautiful, with flavours that amaze!

519-775-2313

SUSHI PUNK 174 William Street, Port Stanley www.sushipunksushi.com 519-709-4148

Sushi Punk is the happening spot for Sushi & Noodle Boxes while the Green Room Coffee House next door is the it spot for music, coffee, bubble teas, and smoothies.

S TAKE A BITE SOCIAL EATERY

22354 Talbot Line, New Glasgow www.take-a-bite.ca

Traditional Lebanese cuisine. Smoked BBQ. We offer quality food and service. We are a licensed restaurant, serving local craft beers and Ontario wines.

S TALL TALES CAFÉ 29634 Talbot Ln, Wallacetown johnmairleitner@gmail.com

519-762-2605

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.

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We offer a café style menu of homemade entrees, salads, soups, breads, cakes, and desserts. Let us cater your special event.

519-782-4784

VILLAGE SQUARE COFFEE HOUSE 284 Bride St, Port Stanley www.villagesquarecoffeehouse.com 519-782-7260

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!

WAYSIDE DINING LOUNGE 10680 Sunset Dr, Talbotville www.waysidedining.com 519- 633-0360

The Wayside has been tantalizing taste buds since 1936. Our restaurant is one of the oldest in Southwestern Ontario, the décor and food reflect contemporary tastes. Come for the food, enjoy the ambiance.

S THE WINDJAMMER INN 324 Smith St, Port Stanley www.thewindjammerinn.com

519-782-4173

Serving Modern Farmhouse Cuisine celebrating the wealth of local farm products in a charming restored Heritage Home. Truly a food destination!


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Malahide lies in the heart of Southwestern Ontario and is most noted for its vibrant rural communities and deeply rooted agricultural history. Slow down, unplug and explore. Choose your mode of discovery-by foot, car, bike or boat and explore the many parks,walking trails, bike paths and beaches. Travel our backroads and wander through our charming villages to find quaint shops, tranquil restaurants, agri-tourism destinations, bakeries, art galleries, roadside store fronts –all offering unique and niche items. Malahide is a community rooted in rich heritage and diversity– experience its culture, beauty and endless possibilities no matter the time of year. 519-773-5344 malahide.ca 

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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AGRITOURISM

AGRITOURISM The farmers and producers of Elgin County grow a bounty of amazing tastes to be savoured throughout every season of the year.

BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM 48937 Glencolin Ln, Aylmer www.berryhillfruitfarm.ca

CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer www.clovermead.com

“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!

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!

519-765-1752

BLUEGROVES FARMS 25503 Talbot Ln, Eagle www.bluegrovesfarms.com 519-768-3276

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.

519-773-5503

S DEBACKERE FARM MARKET 5680 Sunset Rd, Union www.debackerefarmmarket.ca

519-661-7519

Stop in on your way to and from the beach for locally grown fresh produce. We offer sweet corn, new potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, in season fruit, and more. Picked fresh daily! ELGINTOURIST.COM

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AGRITOURISM S GREAT LAKES FARMS 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley www.greatlakesfarms.ca

519-782-3433

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.

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S HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET 48956 John Wise Ln, Aylmer www.howefamilyfarms.ca

519-773-3779

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!

LAKE ERIE SALMON AND TROUT CLUB RR #2 4255 Thomas Rd, Port Stanley 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.

ST. THOMAS HORTON FARMERS MARKET Manitoba St, St. Thomas www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca 519-317-3398

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.

S STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta www.steedandcompany.com

519-494-5525

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.

Meet Our Farmers

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

Explore Our Trails

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

Taste Our Bounty

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

Central to everything Second to none.

WILDFLOWERS FARM 42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas www.wildflowers.farm.com 226-926-6432

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.

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

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GOLF & RECREATION With four unique port-side villages, over 100 kms of trails, conservation areas, horse ranches, golf courses and more, there’s always something to explore.

BELMONT GOLF CLUB 45809 Ferguson Ln, Belmont www.belmontgolfclub.com

ST. THOMAS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 42325 Sparta Line, Union www.stthomasgolf.com

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

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

519-644-1370

THE BLUFFS GOLF CLUB 35593 Lake Ln, Port Stanley www.thebluffsgolfclub.com 519-782-7447

Unique and picturesque twelve-hole golf course and driving range overlooking Lake Erie. Licensed clubhouse, patio, season and play passes, practice putting green, and event planning.

519-631-4800

BRIDGEVIEW MARINA 301 Carlow Road, Port Stanley bridgeview-marina.com 519-782-7878

Bridgeview Marina offers boat and jetski dockage, $10 boat launch, campsites, live bait, canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board rentals.

FORE GOLFERS ONLY LTD. 43765 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas www.foregolfersonly.on.ca

EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX 531 Talbot St W, Aylmer www.eecc.ca

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

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.

519-631-8617

KETTLE CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley www.golfkettlecreek.com 519-782-7500

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

519-773-5631

FULL CIRCLE RANCH 44632 Mapleton Ln, Central Elgin www.fullcircleranch.ca 519-280-0959

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. ELGINTOURIST.COM

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HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal www.duderanchontario.com 519-762-5402

For over 50 years, we have been offering a unique Horse Camp experience and trail riding. Enjoy family and children’s camps, trail riding, birthday packages, lessons, and horse clubs.

JABEZ THERAPY RANCH 52765 Ron McNeil Line, Springfield www.jabeztherapyranch.ca 519-773-3354

We are a therapeutic equestrian ranch for individuals with physical, social, emotional, and mental health needs. We also offer riding lessons. We have Certified Coaches and are an EAGALA certified equine specialist ranch.

KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca 519-631-1270

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation areas showcase a number of waterrelated activities, bird watching, disc golfing, hiking, and camping opportunities.

KETTLE CREEK MARINA LTD. 220 Colonel Bostwick St, Port Stanley www.kettlecreekmarina.com 519-782-3261

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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LOWER THAMES VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 8449 Irish Drive, Mount Brydges www.ltvca.ca 519-264-2420

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

OFF-ROAD ADDICTION 45025 Talbot Line, St.Thomas www.4wdaddiction.com www.offroad-addiction.com 519-451-6076

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

OTTER BE HERE 54004 Calton Line, Aylmer www.otterbehere.com 226-448-9179

Otter Be Here is Elgin’s full service canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rental business that offers drop-off and pick-up 25+ kms along the Big Otter Creek. Call to reserve or for more information.

PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA 8536 Havens’s Lake Rd RR#3, Rodney www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca 519-785-0189

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


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SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE 45388 Dexter Line, Sparta www.solitudenaturereserve.com

ST. THOMAS RACEWAY PARK 45633 Sparta Line, RR#4, Sparta www.stthomasracewaypark.com

Providing a wilderness camping experience and opportunity to reconnect with nature. Free campsites available July - September. Trails open year round for hiking.

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

519-671-0199

SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca 519-773-9037

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.

519-775-0001

ZIMMER AIR SERVICES 44989 Talbot Line, St. Thomas Municipal Airport, St. Thomas www.zimmerair.com 519-637-0711

Elgin County’s own Helicopter Adventure and Charter company. Experience Elgin County from a whole new perspective and visit our treasures along the way.

Stay connected when you visit Elgin County! Wi-Fi & Computer Access Tourism Information Drop-in Programs Reference Services eBooks & Magazines www.elgincounty.ca/library /ElginCountyLibrary @LibrElginCounty

TEN BRANCHES Aylmer - Belmont - Dutton - Port Burwell - Port Stanley Rodney - Shedden - Springfield - Straffordville - West Lorne

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Heritage Centre 4 6 0 S U N S E T D R I V E , S T. T H O M A S MAY 14 TO AUGUST 31, 2019

The Aerodrome of Democracy:

SEPTEMBER 14 TO JANUARY 11, 2020

Voices from the Engraver

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

The skies over Elgin County were filled with aircraft during WWII. Schools for bombing and gunnery, basic flying and mechanics were in operation here throughout most of the war. This exhibit marks the 80th anniversary of the plan that built bases in Fingal, Aylmer and south of St. Thomas. See aircraft models, images, uniforms and equipment.

Experience the creative process, the technical skill and the sheer artistry that underlies every series of Canadian stamps and bank notes from concept to final product. Original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, rare stamps, and money—lots of money—are waiting for you in this fun, informative and enriching look into the beauty and intricacy of Canadian stamps and bank notes. Circulated by the Bank of Canada Museum

Make your visit to the New Heritage Centre the start of a tour of other Elgin County Museums and historic sites.

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BLU HARBOUR BEAUTY BAR 206 Main St, Suite 6, Port Stanley 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 www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com 519-775-2606

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.

AYLMER & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 51 Talbot St E, Aylmer www.aylmerchamber.on.ca The Aylmer Chamber’s mission is to promote networking and community involvement and to attract residents and visitors to the Aylmer area.

THE TOWN OF AYLMER 46 Talbot St W, Aylmer www.aylmer.ca 519-773-3164

Located in the heart of a fast growing agri-tourism region with a charming historic downtown full of vibrant shops and local offerings. Visit Aylmer today!

MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM 56169 Heritage Line, Box 160, Straffordville www.bayham.on.ca 519-866-5521

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. ELGINTOURIST.COM

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SERVICES CATFISH CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca 519 773-9037

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.

MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.centralelgin.org 519-631-4860

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 www.duttondunwich.on.ca 519-762-2204

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

DAYTRIPPING IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO 2684 Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove www.daytripping.ca 1-800-667-0337

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

ELGIN BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTRE 300 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas www.elgincfdc.ca 519-633-7597 x326

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 www.elgincounty.ca/library 519-631-1460 x148

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.

AINSLEE TRACEY, BROKER + JIM HARRIS, BROKER M.V.A .ROYAL LEPAGE TRILAND REALTY-BROKERAGE 808 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.isellstthomas.com 519-636-5717 | 519-857-5429

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.

ERIE FUN TOURS 221 Colborne St, Port Stanley www.ErieFunTours.com 519-943-ERIE (3743)

Specializing in Day Tours, including wine, craft brewery, museum & shopping tours. We can customize for your group! Like us on Facebook to see updates & new tours.

HAIR ON THE HARBOUR 284 Bridge St, Port Stanley Laurenelfman@hotmail.com 519-671-8149

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 www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca 519-631-1270

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation areas showcase a number of waterrelated activities, bird watching, disc golfing, hiking, and camping opportunities.

LOWER THAMES VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY 8449 Irish Drive, Mount Brydges www.ltvca.ca 519-264-2420

Flood Forecasting/Warning, Flood Control, Plan Input/Review, Regulations, Tree Planting, Grants for Landowners, Habitat Creation/Restoration, Conservation Areas, Education – Conservation/SkaNah-Doht Village Native Studies.

MAINSTREET AYLMER 51 Talbot St E, Aylmer commerce@amtelecom.net 519-773-5655

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TOWNSHIP OF MALAHIDE 87 John St, Aylmer www.malahide.ca 519-773-5344

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.

MALAHIDE COMMUNITY PLACE 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springwater www.malahide.ca 519-773-5344 x280

Looking for a place for your next event? We’re your place for large or small weddings, business meetings, or baseball tournaments!

NORFOLK COUNTY TOURISM: PORT DOVER TO LONG POINT 87 John St, Simcoe www.norfolktourism.ca 519-426-9497

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

PORT STANLEY BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.portstanley.net 519-631-4860

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 www.railwaycitytourism.com 519-631-1680

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.

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ST. THOMAS & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 115-300 South Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas www.stthomaschamber.on.ca 519-631-1981

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.

TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHWOLD 35663 Fingal Ln, Fingal www.southwold.ca 519-769-2010

The Township of Southwold is located in the heart of Elgin County. A nice place to visit, and a great place to live and do business in.

ST. THOMAS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT BOARD 545 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.downtownstthomas.com 519-633-5248

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!

TRAVEL AGENTS IN ACTION Beth Ann Connors www.taia.ca 1-866-909-7556 x149

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”

MUNICIPALITY OF WEST ELGIN 22413 Hoskins Ln, Rodney www.westelgin.net 519-785-0560

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.


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EVENTS Elgin County is home to numerous lively events and vibrant cultural festivals throughout the entire year.

All event details are subject to change. Please visit our website elgintourist.com for the most up to date information.

MARCH PORTSIDE GALLERIES MINIATURE SHOW & SALE Month of March Opening Reception (March 3rd) PORTSIDE GALLERY Miniature artwork produced by 25 guest artists. Images can be no larger than 16 square inches. Opening reception March 3rd 1pm - 4pm. Everyone welcome. w. portside.cuttingpromotions. com

PALMER’S MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL Weekends in March PALMER’S MAPLE SYRUP Palmer’s Maple Syrup is a great place for the family to enjoy a shanty tour, self-guided woods excursion, pioneer storyteller, log-sawing, and maple leaf branding. w. palmersmaplesyrup.com

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL Weekends in March & March Break SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA 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. w. catfishcreek.ca

APRIL EASTER BUNNY IN SPARTA April 20 SPARTA HOUSE TEA ROOM Come to Sparta and have your free picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Robson’s Studio will mount your picture for free. Enjoy the draws, Easter

Egg Hunt at Sparta Candles, and specials at all of the participating venues in Sparta. Donations to Caring Cupboard greatly appreciated. w. spartacandles.com

CANADALE SPRING GARDEN SHOW April 5 - 7 CANADALE NURSERIES LTD Help us welcome spring with local vendors, free seminars and demonstrations, landscape displays, workshops, kid’s club activities, special guests, charity lunch, and festive spring fun! w. canadale.com

9TH ANNUAL VIMY LECTURE April 9 ELGIN COUNTY HERITAGE CENTRE Lecture in honour of Wallacetown native and Victoria Cross recipient Lance-Sgt. Ellis Sifton, whose vc is displayed. w. elgincounty.ca/museum ELGINTOURIST.COM

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MAY AYLMER SALES ARENA FARMER’S MARKET & FLEAMARKET May 1 AYLMER SALES ARENA Opening for the season! Come check out our specials! w. aylmersalesarena.ca

AYLMER SPRING MARKET May 3 & 4 AYLMER FAIR GROUNDS Come check out all of the local artisians and crafters in the area! w. aylmerfair.ca

BEER-LESQUE & CARNIVALE May 11 ELGIN COUNTY RAILWAY MUSEUM 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! w. beerlesque.ca

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Welcome all bargain hunters! Come visit Sparta and see who is having a garage sale. Enjoy bargains & treasures! w. spartacandles.com

WEST LORNE OPTIMIST ROAD RACE May 12 WEST LORNE ARENA Sponsored by the West Lorne Optimist Club. w. westelgin.net

VICTORIA DAY GARDENING EXTRAVAGANZA May 16 - 21 CANADALE NURSERIES LTD Make planting your garden a family affair! Bring the kids in for free gardening crafts and then head into the garden with them! w. canadale.com

COMMUNITY WIDE YARD & SIDEWALK SALE May 18 PORT STANLEY Celebrate the start of summer by joining Port Stanley Villagers and Merchants for our annual Community Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale. Follow us at Port Stanley, Ontario on Facebook. w. portstanley.net

SCOTLAND FOREVER THE ROAD TO CULLODEN May 18 & 19 BACKUS PAGE HOUSE 1745 Scottish history which would lead to widespread emigration, including into the Talbot Settlement. A battle reenactment each day. w. backuspagehouse.ca

HIGH TEA & HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW May 25 SPARTA CHURCH MUSEUM Enjoy a special high tea while you watch a historical fashion show featuring men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing from the 1700s to the later 1900s. w. villageofsparta.com

JUNE VIENNA EDISONFEST June 1 VIENNA MEMORIAL PARK EdisonFest - BBQ/Food options, vendors, lotteries, silent auction & free draws. Kid games, air bouncers, contests, music & much more! w. bayham.on.ca


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PORT STANLEY ARTISTS’ GUILD - 29TH ANNUAL SHOW & SALE June 7 - 9 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION The Port Stanley Artists’ Guild presents their 29th Annual Show and Sale of fine arts in a variety of mediums. Admission and parking is free. Please enter at side door of Legion. w. portstanleyartguild.com

ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL June 7 - 9 SHEDDEN KEYSTONE COMPLEX Come out and enjoy entertainment, yard sales, rhubarb pie, actions, local baked goods, as well as the famous ice cream with rhubarb sauce. w. rosyrhubarbfestival.com

VAN FEST June 7 - 9 SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA Come see Canada’s Premiere Truck Show, including custom vans, pick-ups, and 4x4’s. Show and Shine is Saturday 10am - 4pm. w. catfishcreek.ca

GRANDPARENTS DAY June 8 CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM Granddad, Grandma, Oma, Opa,

Papa, Nana… it doesn’t matter what the grandchildren call you, if you are a grandparent, you get in FREE! Bee the Hero and bring the kids to Clovermead for the day to Jump, Play and Bee Happy! w. clovermead.com

SHEDDEN TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL Father’s Day Weekend SHEDDEN KEYSTONE COMPLEX It’s fun, it’s loud, and it’s exciting! Come for the pull, stay for the party! Visit info@ sheddentruckandtractorpull. com for more details. w. sheddentruckandtractorpull. com

LAVENDER BLOOM CELEBRATION June 15 - July 14 STEED & CO LAVENDER Discover the beauty of lavender. Indulge yourself and escape to Steed & Co Lavender during peak bloom. Adults: $6 Children: Free w. steedandcompany.com

HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP June 15 & 16, 22 & 23 HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH Bring the family and enjoy some outdoor adventures. Horseback

riding, hayride, hiking, campfire, swimming, and much more. Pre-registration required. w. duderanchontario.com

LANDING OF THE SETTLERS - LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND June 22 & 23 BACKUS PAGE HOUSE 200th anniversary of the Scottish arriving in Aldborough and 210th anniversary of the Irish arriving in Dunwich. Military drills, displays, vendors, food, and much more from many historical time periods with this year’s focus being 1809 - 1819. w. backuspagehouse.ca

AYLMER FAIR TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL June 28 & 29 AYLMER FAIR GROUNDS It’s gonna get loud & It’s gonna get awesome. Don’t miss the Aylmer Fair Truck & Tractor Pull. Enjoy Live Music, Good food, and Beer Garden! w. aylmerfair.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & FIREWORKS June 30 FINGAL BALL PARK Enjoy music, games, face painting, cake, and fireworks! w. southwold.ca ELGINTOURIST.COM

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JULY CANADA DAY CELEBRATION & KIDS COUNTRY CARNIVAL July 1 MILLER PARK, WEST LORNE The day starts with a kid’s Country Carnival, a fish fry at 5pm followed by opening ceremonies. Fireworks begin at dusk. w. westelgin.net

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & PARADE IN PORT BURWELL July 1 PORT BURWELL Parade followed by Flag raising, dignitary greetings, music, food & refreshments. Children’s activities at the Museum & Lighthouse. Free parking at the beach. w. bayham.on.ca

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KIDS, COPS & CANADIAN TIRE FISHING DERBY July 6 SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW & BREAKFAST July 7 MILLER PARK, WEST LORNE

Kids love fishing, and police personnel know the benefits of kids enjoying healthy outdoor activities. This inspired the Police Assocation of Ontario to team up with Bob Izumi, Canadian Tire Corporation, and Fishing Forever to create a grassroots program that encourages youngsters to go fishing. w. catfishcreek.ca

Delicious breakfast served until 11:30am. Over 100 cars anticipated in our shaded park. Vendors on site. A great family event you won’t want to miss! w. westelgin.net

WANNA BEE DAY July 6 CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM Any children, 12 and under, dressed as a bee can enjoy the farm for free with their families! w. clovermead.com

KIDS FISHING DERBY July 7 PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA An exciting time for children to get together and learn the tricks of fishing. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rodney. w. portglasgowyachtcluband marina.ca

OFF THE WALL ART SHOW July 14 MASONIC CENTRE Join us for our 5th Annual OTW Art Show. Over 50 local & regional Artists displaying their original art for sale at our new location. Savoury food, cash bar, indoor/outdoor displays, free admission & parking, An event not to be missed! w. offthewallartshow.com


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CANADIAN CONNECTIONS TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR July 27 & 28 BACKUS PAGE HOUSE

ANNUAL FISH FRY & FIREWORKS Aug 4 PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA

The war between the US states is at its peak. Step back to the 1860s with Union and Confederate military reenactments, vendors, food, exhibits, and hands on activities. w. backuspagehouse.ca

Come out for a family fish fry put on by West Elgin volunteer groups. Enjoy a live band throughout the day and fireworks at dusk. w. portglasgowyachtclub andmarina.ca

AUGUST BAYHAM BEACHFEST Aug 2 - 4 PORT BURWELL MAIN BEACH Holiday weekend of family fun activities, competitions, volleyball tournament, vendors, great food & live music. Free parking. Enjoy the fireworks on Sunday! w. bayhambeachfest.com

ELGIN HISTORICAL SHOW Aug 9 - 11 DAN PATTESON CONSERVATION AREA 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. w. kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

AYLMER FAIR Aug 9 - 11 AYLMER FAIR GROUNDS Come out and celebrate the 173rd Aylmer Fair! The fair includes farm animals, a petting zoo, demolition derbies, horse shows, agricultural exhibits, food vendors, and midway rides. w. aylmerfair.ca

LAVENDER FAIRY FESTIVAL Aug 10 STEED & CO LAVENDER Escape to Lavender Fairy Land and indulge in an afternoon of fairy fun. Learn about the busy Lavender Fairy! Children: $5 Adults & Grandparents: Free w. steedandcompany.com

THE IRON HORSE FESTIVAL Aug 15 - 18 DOWNTOWN ST. THOMAS The greatest street festival in Elgin County! Something different every day! w. ironhorsefestival.com

FRED EAGLESMITH CHARITY MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug 16 - 18 SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA Come out and see this popular entertainer for the day or the weekend. Fred’s line-up includes Americana, Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and just Great Song Writing. Enjoy great Canadian music at its best. w. catfishcreek.ca ELGINTOURIST.COM

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

ANNUAL EVENTS Feb. 22-23 May 11

Railway City Arts Crawl

Beer-lesque & Carniv-ale

July 1 Canada Day in Pinafore Park July 6

Nostalgia Nights

July 12-14

Day out with Thomas

Aug 15-18

Iron Horse Festival

Sept 14 Oct 5

Conductor's Choice Culinary Tour Doors Open

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The Wildest Town in Canada: Donnelly Songs & Stories Like Father, Like Son? Sorry. by Jeff Culbert May 21 to May 25

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by Dan Needles July 24 to August 10

by Norm Foster June 5 to June 29

It’s Your Funeral

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AYLMER SWEET CORNFEST Aug 17 DOWNTOWN AYLMER The Aylmer Merchants would like to say thank you for shopping locally this year! Join us for a free celebration of fun, food and laughter in the park! There will be wagon rides, jump & bounce activities, BBQ food, games, snow cones & more! w. aylmer.ca

3 PORT TOUR BICYCLE RIDE Aug 17 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. w. threeporttour.com

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELON FEST Aug 24 STRAFFORDVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE Fire Hall breakfast, silent auction, food & craft vendors, face painting, free kids activities, petting zoo, music, midway rides & MORE! Family movie at dark. w. bayham.on.ca

HERITAGE FARM SHOW Aug 31 - Sept 1 BACKUS PAGE HOUSE Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music. w. backuspagehouse.ca

HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP Aug 31 - Sept 1 HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH Bring the family and enjoy some

outdoor adventures. Horseback riding, hayride, hiking, campfire, swimming, and much more. Pre-registration required. w. duderanchontario.com

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SEPTEMBER APSA 3RD ANNUAL SHOW & SALE Sept 7 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, PORT STANLEY Select group of village artists present one day art show & sale. Fine art in a variety of mediums. One-of-a-kind original works. See website for more details. w. portstanleyartists.com

RODNEY FAIR Sept 13 - 15 RODNEY RECREATION CENTRE The Fair includes a tractor pull, parade, sheep show, miniature horse & cattle show, demo derby & lots of entertainment. w. rodneyfair.ca

CONDUCTOR’S CHOICE CULINARY TOUR Sept 14 VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN ELGIN COUNTY & ST. THOMAS

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Sept 14, 21 & 28 CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM Pick your own pumpkin (extra charge) from our field, pumpkin bowling, fire walnuts from a cannon, and much more. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon Show! w. clovermead.com

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS Sept 21 & 22, 28 & 29 4799 HAWK CLIFF ROAD, UNION

Tour St. Thomas and Elgin County, and taste what’s fresh and local! Experience the full day with a trip on the train to various Elgin County destinations. w. railwaycitytourism.com

Explore Hawk Cliff with a guided tour! Please join TTLT staff and volunteers for expertly guided tours of the 230-acre property. See diverse habitats of songbirds, plants, butterflies, and the hawk migration. w. ttlt.ca

FALL FESTIVAL AT FAMILY FLOWERS Sept 19 - 21 FAMILY FLOWERS

WALLACETOWN FAIR Sept 27 - 29 WALLACETOWN FAIRGROUNDS

Kick off the Fall season at Family Flowers’ annual Fall Festival! It’s a weekend to inspire your fall creative side, full of free fun, family activities, and lots of flower and plant sales. w. familyflowers.ca

Bring the whole family out for great entertainment, agriculture, rides, tractor pull, and much more! w. wallacetownfair.com

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OCTOBER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Oct 5, 12, 14, 19 & 26 CLOVERMEAD ADVENTURE FARM Pick your own pumpkin (extra charge) from our field, pumpkin bowling, fire walnuts from a cannon, and much more. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon Show! w. clovermead.com

AYLMER HAUNTED HOUSE Oct 18 & 19, 25 & 26 AYLMER FAIR GROUNDS The Aylmer Haunted House will scare the pants off of you! Visit alymerfair.ca for more details. w. aylmerfair.ca

NOVEMBER CANADALE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Weekends in November CANADALE NURSERIES LTD Celebrate the season with free family photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their live reindeer. Exciting decorating demos and festive workshops. Live 64

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entertainment. Free kids crafts! w. canadale.com

ST. THOMAS ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE’S ANNUAL ART AUCTION Nov 1 ST. THOMAS ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE w. stepac.ca EDISON DINNER + SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER Nov 9 VIENNA LIONS COMMUNITY CENTRE Edison Dinner Fundraiser opens at 5pm, cash bar, dinner at 6, live music, dance, prizes & silent auction. Proceeds support new Museum building fund + activities. e. lmillard@eastlink.ca

PARADE OF POINSETTIAS Nov 14 - 16 FAMILY FLOWERS It is a beautiful sight to see over 13,000 poinsettias bursting into colour! Sip on a complimentary coffee or hot cocoa by the 12 foot poinsettia tree, then snack on your favourite Spicer’s donut and be inspired by the holiday themed trees! w. familyflowers.ca

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT Nov 15 - Nov 30 RODNEY, WEST LORNE, DUTTON & WALLACETOWN Visit each participating business location for draw tickets to win in-store draw prizes. w. westelgin.net

SANTA IN SPARTA Nov 16 - 17 SPARTA HOUSE TEA ROOM Have your picture taken with Santa. Robson’s Studio mount it for free and enjoy the draws & specials at all the participating businesses. Donations to St. Thomas Food Bank appreciated. w. spartacandles.com

A LAVENDER CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Nov 16 - 17 STEED & CO LAVENDER Enjoy some Christmas cheer! Fill out a ballot for a lavender gift collection. w. steedandcompany.com


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ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Nov 28, 29 & 30, Dec 1 ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES Visit us for our Christmas Open House with many draws, specials, and giveaways. w. spartacandles.com

DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DINNER IN THE MUSEUM Nov 30 - Dec 1 BACKUS PAGE HOUSE A multi-course meal. Historic time period to be announced. Ticket price: $100 per person includes a $50 donation receipt. Servers are in costume and the museum is decorated to complete your historic dining experience. w. backuspagehouse.ca

SANTA CLAUS PARADES DUTTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE November 16

BELMONT SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 1

AYLMER SANTA CLAUS PARADE November 23

SPRINGFIELD SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 7

DICKENS DAY PARADE November 29 PORT STANLEY

RODNEY SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 7

WEST LORNE SANTA CLAUS PARADE November 29

PORT BURWELL SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 7

FINGAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 1

STRAFFORDVILLE SANTA CLAUS PARADE December 14

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WALK Dec 1 SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA Stroll along a candle lit path through the Springwater Forest and join local performers as they celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Sip on a hot beverage and see who awaits you at the end of the trail! w. catfishcreek.ca ELGINTOURIST.COM

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PERFORMING ARTS SPREADING IT AROUND May 3 - 12 OLD TOWN HALL THEATRE A well-to-do widow living in Florida grows tired of handing out money to her neglectful and unappreciative children and sets up a foundation to give her money to people truly in need. When her greedy son and his shopaholic wife find out what she’s up to, they attempt to have her declared financially incompetent. However, Mom learns of their scheme and turns tables on them - showing just how competent she really is. w. aylmertheatre.ca

THE WILDEST TOWN IN CANADA: DONELLY SONGS AND STORIES May 21 - June 1 PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE Songs and stories paint vivid pictures of the famed Lucan Donnellys and their infamous part in regional legend … a fascinating blend of fact & fancy. w. psft.ca

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explores the fears, worries, surprises of being a new father, and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one. w. psft.ca

LUNENBURG June 5 - 29 PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE A touch of mystery, amid new beginnings, compelling characters, and plenty of heart. A masterful new Canadian comedy by Canada’s favourite playwright. w. psft.ca

WORLD PREMERE: GIVING UP THE GHOST July 3 - 20 PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE Sometimes you just have to move forward! A comedy about freedom, fresh starts, and things that go bump in the night. w. psft.ca

ED’S GARAGE July 24 - August 10 PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE Ed used to be a farmer, now he’s an entrepreneur … or is he a therapist? This quirky comedy is sure to delight. w. psft.ca

IT’S YOUR FUNERAL August 14 - September 7 PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE Shifting coffins, secret passageways, and mysterious millions! This sparkling new farce is a classic blend of high stake, fast paced surprises. w. psft.ca

HOT FLASHES May 24 - June 9 PERISCOPE PLAYHOUSE A comedy about the adventures, anxieties, and occastional absurdities of meopause and ageing. w. periscopeplayhouse.ca

OPENING NIGHT November 22 - December 8 PERISCOPE PLAYHOUSE The antics begin as Jack and Ruth Tisdale celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an evening at the theatre. It’s a dream come true for Ruth and an imposition for Jack who would rather be at home watching the World Series. However, after the events both on and off stage that fateful night, their lives and those of all involved are irreparably altered. w. periscopeplayhouse.ca


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