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St. Thomas, ON

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WELCOME

contents ELGIN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM OFFICE Open Monday to Friday 8:30am–4:30pm 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas LOCAL PHONE 519-631-1460 x168 TOLL FREE 1-877-GO ELGIN x168 FAX 519-631-4549 EMAIL tourism@elgin-county.on.ca TOURISM KIOSKS Open mid-May to the end of August Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807 Port Stanley Theatre Building Units #3 and #4, 302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 Mobile Tourism Kiosk At events in Elgin and surrounding areas

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Discover Bayham

www.bayham.on.ca • 519-866-5521

Gateway to Erie’s Shore Discover ... natural treasures & attractions. Enjoy ... clean, sandy beaches, Port Burwell

Provincial Park, historic sites, special events, bird & butterfly migrations, museums and historic lighthouse.

Visit ... the Erie Shores Wind Farm and view the

magnificent, energy producing wind turbines, located east and west of Port Burwell, along Lake Erie. Marriage officiant services offered email rogers1651@amtelecom.net for details.

MAY is Museum Month!

Museums Open Daily Mid-May to Labour Day

Wind Interpretive Centre Information Kiosk 5361 Brown Road (at Nova Scotia Line)

Edison Museum of Vienna 14 Snow Street • 519-874-4999

Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse 20 Pitt Street & 17 Robinson Street • 519-874-4807

HMCS Ojibwa Submarine, Port Burwell www.projectojibwa.ca

Trans Canada Trail & Cycling/Hiking Routes

Brochure guides available at the Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse Travel Information Centre.

Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse

Tub Daze, Port Burwell

2014 EVENTS THROUGHOUT BAYHAM

Aug 23: Talbot Trail of Yard Sales

VIENNA

June 7: Edison Fest Nov 15: Edison Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser

PORT BURWELL

July 1: Canada Day Celebrations with Parade at 11:30am Aug 1-3: Tub Daze - Fireworks at dark on Sunday Nov 9: Remembrance Day Parade Dec 6: Santa Claus Parade at 6:30pm

STRAFFORDVILLE

Aug 23: Watermelon Fest Parade at 10am; Family Fun Day Dec 13: Santa Claus Parade at 10:30am Visit www.bayham.on.ca for more information on Bayham events.

Edison Museum, Vienna


WELCOME

FROM THE WARDEN OF ELGIN COUNTY A warm welcome to Elgin County! We are located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario where you will find the best combination of rural and urban attractions: we have just the right balance of country and city.

Fall Colours in Elgin

Photos by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

From sandy beaches abutting the warm waters of Lake Erie, to five-star dining, entertainment, golf, art, theatre, shopping, locally grown quality fresh food and more: you have come to the right place. To learn more about all that Elgin County has to offer, please visit www.elgintourist.com, call 1-877-GO-ELGIN or visit Elgin County Tourism at 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, weekdays. Enjoy your visit. Please come back again soon. DAVID MARR Warden of Elgin County

Elgin COUNTY MAYORS MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF WEST ELGIN Bernie Wiehle MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUTTON DUNWICH Cameron McWilliam MAYOR OF THE TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHWOLD Jim McIntyre MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN Bill Walters MAYOR OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MALAHIDE Dave Mennill MAYOR OF THE TOWN OF AYLMER Jack Couckuyt

Springwater Conservation Area

MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM Paul Ens WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

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ELGIN COUNTY’S MUNICIPALITIES

WEST ELGIN WEST LORNE • RODNEY PORT GLASGOW

The Heart of the Talbot Settlement

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.

JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH MEMORIAL

BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE

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.

WALLACETOWN FAIR

WALLACETOWN FAIR

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. RELIVE THE TALBOT SETTLEMENT AT BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE

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

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The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich welcomes you to hike, bike, explore, camp, golf, pick up some produce fresh from the farmgate, come for one of the many unique events held at the historic Backus-Page House Museum, and stop for a bite at one of our friendly diners. Be sure to visit in October for old favourites and new attractions at the Wallacetown Fair.

519-762-2204

www.duttondunwich.on.ca


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ELGIN COUNTY’S MUNICIPALITIES

WELCOME TO ELGIN! Elgin County offers visitors a delightful mix of urban and rural experiences within its seven municipalities. It boasts kilometres of stunning shoreline with four “Ports of Elgin”. Dining is served up on beach or patio, in pine forest or Quaker settlement, and often features fresh local produce, wines or catch of the day. Art and entertainment is presented on an intimate scale with captivating impact. Intriguing vestiges of marine and railway boom-times are to be found in our place names, museums, architecture and stories. Picturesque landscapes from serene to breathtaking form the backdrop for golf, hiking, bird-watching, cycling and boating. From chic clothiers to award-winning garden centres, a variety of shops are tucked away in often surprising places. Local sites attract birds and birders by the thousands—just one of a myriad of reasons for visitors to flock to Elgin County.

some unique annual events, including ‘Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys’ and the Rodney-Aldborough Agricultural Fair (celebrating 160 years in 2014). Port Glasgow Marina, with 80 slips, full-service washrooms and paved pier, is one of Ontario’s prime pickerel and perch fishing spots. Adjacent to the marina, you will find miles of largely undiscovered beach. Back-roads and trails beckon trekkers, hikers, bikers and bird-watchers—they will be rewarded with vistas of rural beauty and several farm gate markets offering the best in local produce, including three pick-your own/ready-picked blueberry farms. There’s more to discover in West Elgin’s towns, including a remarkable bank turned cultural hub in West Lorne, friendly country restaurants, shops, retreats, and even a tiny historic jail in Rodney.

THE MUNICIPALITY OF WEST ELGIN

Including Dutton & Wallacetown Stop in at the Backus-Page House Museum or visit one of their many events to experience the living history of Colonel Talbot’s original community and find out why Dutton Dunwich is called ‘the heart of the Talbot Settlement’. Modern-day sights and sounds also

Including Rodney, Port Glasgow & West Lorne A minute from the 401, West Elgin is an easily accessible destination for relaxation, recreation and

THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUTTON DUNWICH

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ELGIN COUNTY’S MUNICIPALITIES

Welcome to Enjoy all the Keystone Township has to offer, including... SHEDDEN’S ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

Each year during the second weekend in June, thousands of people celebrate rhubarb with fun, community spirit and fundraising.

offer the visitor much to enjoy—a spectacular view from bluffs high above Lake Erie, farm gate markets brimming with colourful produce, or sunset behind the lone inukshuk monument on the homestead of famed economist, scholar and statesman John Kenneth Galbraith. Join in the fun of the Backus-Page House’s ‘Relive the Talbot Settlement’ in May, Heritage Farm Show in September or Wallacetown’s quintessential fall fair.

THE TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHWOLD

SOUTHWOLD EARTHWORKS

This National Historical Site contains the archaeological remains of a village occupied by a group of Attiwandaronk Indians in the early 16th century.

519-769-2010

www.southwold.ca

Including Shedden, Fingal & Talbotville A predominantly rural community with a strong agricultural base, Southwold’s small hamlets and beautiful countryside make it a great locale for an excursion. Both a dude ranch and a retreat centre have helped make memories here for more than fifty years. Local flavours are available for purchase at area fruit orchards, maple syrup bushes and other on-farm markets. Rhubarb fans return each year to the Rosy Rhubarb Festival, a celebration of everything rhubarb. Later in June the Shedden Tractor Pull ‘pulls’

Central Elgin The Municipality of

Discover Central Elgin and enjoy hospitality at its best. Discover the enjoyment of a rural getaway that will take you to unique shops, relaxing accommodations, highly recommended restaurants, country wineries, matinée and evening theatre, art galleries, picturesque parks and clean sandy beaches.

King George VI Lift Bridge, Port Stanley

Main Street, Sparta

Belmont Lions Community Park

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ELGIN COUNTY’S MUNICIPALITIES in thousands for displays of power and competitive spirit. The Shedden Fair is an end-of-summer tradition in late August. Southwold Prehistoric Earthworks is the only archaeological site of its kind in Canada. Its double mounds of earth are the remains of a Neutral village inhabited around 1500 AD. Enjoy the many species of birds as you stroll on the ‘War to Roses’ walking trail at the Fingal Wildlife Management Area, symbolically named in reference to the site’s past as a World War II training facility. The site is especially popular with amateur astronomers, who find that its isolation from light pollution provides the perfect dark sky.

THE MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN

Including Port Stanley, Union, Sparta & Belmont Ingredients for the quintessential charming country getaway are found in abundance in this growing municipality. The area is a cultural delight, featuring several small galleries and the popular Port Stanley Festival Theatre. Enjoy golfing, bird-watching, or charter a boat for an afternoon cruise. The fishing village of Port Stanley boasts one of the finest stretches of sandy beach on Erie’s north shore. It is also popular for its trendy shops, inns and dining from beachside to casual upscale. It’s an authentic fishing village, perfect for walking. Take in a memorable sunrise or sunset, watch the boats coming and going under the 1939 King George VI Lift Bridge or take a ride on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail, Elgin County’s longest running tourist attraction. The historic village of Sparta traces its roots to the Quakers in 1813—many of the local buildings, the 1827 clay and straw Forge and Anvil Museum and a traditional tearoom reflect that era. The village includes the studio of a world renowned artist, unique shops, candle maker, and a nearby lavender farm and winery.

THE TOWNSHIP OF MALAHIDE

Including Springfield & Port Bruce Escape the pace of the everyday within Malahide by enjoying the Muskoka like woodlands, Carolinian forests planted centuries ago and rich agricultural lands. Come and discover a community rooted in rich heritage where both Old Order Amish settlements and modern day communities co-exist. You will see horse drawn buggies along country roads, members tending their crops and raising livestock, furniture

makers and harness shops, naming just a few of the attractions. While exploring Malahide, pick up some fresh local produce at a roadside stand, take a minute at the migratory bird viewing area for the opportunity to see a rare sight, or spend an afternoon at an apiary and bee adventure farm guaranteeing family fun. Discover local artists by stopping at an art gallery or rural pottery shop and tearoom. If you are seeking a long, lazy afternoon of sand and sun or trying your luck at fishing off the pier, the shores of Lake Erie on the tranquil beach of Port Bruce await you. Whatever your path is for the day, Malahide offers a bountiful array of charm and services.

THE TOWN OF AYLMER

On a stroll around Aylmer, you will find a busy downtown lined with specialty shops and services, Aylmer Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, beautifully restored Old Town Hall Theatre, active area museum and modern community complex. Linger awhile in the extensive park system including Rotary Park, only the second in Canada to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Take the heritage walk or visit the murals that illustrate the town’s history, then stop for a home-style meal to complete your touring, walking or shopping experience. Are you visiting from a distance? Aylmer has a beautiful bed and breakfast in a heritage home, and an inn with country charm.

THE MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM

Including Straffordville, Vienna, Port Burwell & Eden The HMCS Ojibwa, Canada’s first Oberon Class submarine, put down roots in Bayham in 2013, offering tours May to November. Elgin County’s furthest east location is also home to the Edison Museum of Vienna, Port Burwell Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse and Port Burwell Provincial Park. Popular events like Edison Fest, Port Burwell Tub Daze and the Straffordville Watermelon Fest offer tons of family fun. The Erie Shores Wind Farm, spread along Bayham’s lakefront, provides sustainable energy and an attraction for sightseers and photographers. A fall tour through Bayham, with its picturesque valleys, stately windmills and lake scenery, rivals the best Ontario has to offer. Come experience the long sandy beaches, delectable Lake Erie perch served at several local restaurants, and herb farm with open air tearoom. WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

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CULTURE THRIVES ON ONTARIO’S SOUTH SHORE

Explore the Township of

MALAHIDE

Escape the pace of the everyday and immerse yourself in the bountiful harvest of Malahide Township. Venture through Malahide’s rolling farmlands and discover the various sites blossoming amid beautiful agricultural landscapes. Whether you long for delicious locally grown food served at tranquil restaurants or are searching for an outdoor camping and fishing adventure, Malahide boasts diverse attractions for all visitors. Allow the beautiful walking trails, winding bike paths, natural parks, gorgeous waterways, and sunny beaches to transform you. Savour the fruity bouquets of award winning wines served at the local winery and dine on fresh fare served beachside. Nourish your soul by visiting a unique art gallery, rural pottery shop and tearoom, and discover the talents of many local artists. Find yourself surrounded by nature; enjoy the Muskoka woodlands and Carolinian forests planted centuries ago and enjoy the new crops just beginning to sprout. Gather family and friends and explore the Ontario Police College, migratory bird viewing area, Port Bruce beach and pier, or enjoy a day program at one of our Community Centres. Come discover a community rooted in rich heritage where horse and buggies line country side roads, farmers live and harvest crops without the use of modern conveniences, and farm-gate shopping is welcome. Visit and find Old Order Amish community members tending their crops and raising livestock or come and explore a fully operational apiary and bee education centre. From picturesque horizons on the waterfront of Port Bruce’s beach to the colourful fields of rolling farmland, Malahide offers a bountiful array of sincere small town charm and service, creating memories that last a lifetime.

www.malahide.ca 519-773-5344


Aylmer WMA photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY SELECT ATTRACTIONS BY MUNICIPALITY West Elgin

• Port Glasgow Beach & Marina • Rodney Historic Jail • The Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne 402

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MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY HMCS Ojibwa Submarine

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Dalewood & Dan Patterson Conservation Areas Elgin County Museum Hawk Cliff, east of Port Stanley Historic Village of Sparta Main & Little Beaches, Port Stanley Port Stanley Festival Theatre Port Stanley Terminal Rail Quai du Vin Estate Winery, north of Sparta WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

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JuMbo thE ElEPhant MonuMEnt 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. 2 old st. thoMas ChuRCh 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. downtown Shop over 300 unique restaurants and shops in a downtown which boasts 3 kilometres of historic Victorian buildings, beautifully painted murals, lush parkettes and, new in 2013 compliments of the DDB, historic plaques and banners which bring the past to life.

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Old St. Thomas Church

Open Mid-May to Labour Day (Tour Guides on Duty)

Lotus Thai Restaurant

Available for Weddings 55 Walnut Street (2 blocks South of Jumbo Monument)

For information call 519-633-2610

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Mon-Thurs 11:30-9, Fri 11:30-9:30 & Sat 2-9:30

295 Talbot St., St. Thomas • 519-633-9966 A Licensed Establishment

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Elgin County Railway MusEuM 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 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. Canada southERn Railway station Travel back to a time when this 1873 Italianate style building was the hub of the Railway City. Tours are available. l&Ps Railway tERMinal & CoRRidoR The L&PS Railway Terminal, a replica of the original which was torn down in the 1960s, 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. & watERwoRks PaRks 8 PinafoRE Pursue tranquil or active leisure in either of St. Thomas’s spacious historic parks. Both have popular splash pads for kids. 9 hoRton faRMERs’ MaRkEt 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 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.

www.railwaycitytourism.com Experience Southwestern Ontario’s

Largest Yarn Shop

Little Mitten

IT’S FRESH. IT’S LOCAL. FEATURING

Dead Elephant IPA Iron Spike Blonde, Copper & Amber Ales Honey Elixir Canada Southern Draft Specialty Seasonals

“a woolly inspiring place” Mon-Wed & Sat 10am-5pm, Th & Fri 10am-8pm

86 Talbot Street, St. Thomas • 519-207-2880

www.littleredmitten.ca

because you deserve it...

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AREA LCBO STORES EXTENDED HOURS

Mon-Wed 10am-8pm Thurs & Fri 10am-10pm Sat 10am-8pm Sun 11am-6pm

Spa Services for Men & Women Gift Certificates & Gift Baskets Spa Parties & Bridal Parties Guinot, Jane Iredale & More

TOURS • TASTINGS • RETAIL STORE

519-631-7629

www.railwaycitybrewing.com

www.cedarhurstsalonandspa.com

130 Edward St, St. Thomas • 519-631-1881

76 Talbot Street, St. Thomas (Across from Jumbo) Open Mon 9am-5pm, Tues-Fri 8:30am-7pm & Sat 8am-4pm

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The largest train station in Southwestern Ontario • Call for your tour today Weddings • Fundraisers Visit the North America Corporate Events Railway Hall of Fame NOW BOOKING INTO 2015

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Visit us at the St. Thomas Home & Garden Show, March 28th to 30th for your chance to win $250 in St. Thomas Downtown Dollars each day of the show. The Railway City Arts Crawl will take place February 28th to March 1st. Discover local artists at work around the city and join us for a train ride celebration at the L&PS Station.

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EXPERIENCE

Theatre photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

Inspired by the natural beauty of present-day and the drama of its past, Elgin County is bursting with artists, entertainers and historians. You’ll find them in venues large and intimate, busy and serene. They are passionate about bringing you a cultural experience to remember— get ready to be entranced, moved, entertained, intrigued…

Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre

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EXPERIENCE • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Portside Gallery photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

Portside Gallery

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Opportunities to take in art, be entertained, or develop your own creative talents are to be found throughout the county all year long. BUSINESS

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ART EMPORIUM PORT STANLEY 177 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 226-658-1888 | E: info@ArtEmporium.ca www.ArtEmporium.ca 

Art Emporium Port Stanley, Gift Boutique & Boathouse Gallery, is a treasure trove of regional art and artisan made goods. You'll be wowed!

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Aylmer Performing Arts Council 38 John St S, Aylmer Ph: 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com

Located in the beautiful restored Old Town Hall Theatre, APAC presents its 2013-2014 playbill of seven live musical performances.

Minerva Art Gallery 11078 Springwater Rd N, Aylmer N5H 2R6 Ph: 519-765-1616 | E: minerva@lweb.net www.minerva-art.com

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

Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse Inc. 13 Victoria St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 226-271-3815 | E: notmanconsulting@eastlink.ca www.periscopeplayhouse.ca

Periscope Playhouse is a not for profit corporation enhancing cultural and economic life in the area by bringing live performances to Port Burwell.

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-4353 (Box Office) E: box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Located in the scenic lakeside village of Port Stanley, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre presents professional live theatre from May–Sept, and musical performances from Oct–April each year.

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Portside Gallery 187 1/2 Main St, Unit A, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 519-782-7066 | E: portside@cuttingpromotions.com http://portside.cuttingpromotions.com

Portside Gallery is an artist run gallery with 16 local artists offering art work in a broad range of styles, mediums and techniques. Open daily 11am–5pm.

Rubyeyes Kraftwerks 235 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1B9 Ph: 519-782-7443 | E: ruby@rubyeyes.com www.rubyeyes.com

Rubyeyes Kraftwerks specializes in one-of-a-kind glass artworks. The studio's most popular works are dragons, pet portraits, personalized dishware, 3-D items, and Celtic designs. Commissions, repairs, supplies and classes all done on site.

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B5 Ph: 519-631-4040 | E: info@stepac.ca www.stepac.ca Ad p19

It is 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 Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 Ph: 519-768-3306 E: weds.ca@gmail.com www.weds.ca

The West Elgin Dramatics Society (WEDS) has been staging live theatre performances at Dutton Town Hall since 1971. Our productions have always been organized and presented by volunteers, primarily from Elgin County.

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EXPERIENCE • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Elgin Arts Trail highlights studios, galleries and artisans exhibiting diverse collections of artwork. The program gives you the resources (a printed guide plus a website with all the latest news and happenings) to help you plan a trip of discovery. Your journey will take you through sprawling countryside, a historic city, charming towns and villages which are home to the creators of original paintings from charming to bold, pottery with a 66-year story, unique glass art, enticingly scented candles and more.

Artistic inspiration is all around—local artists have formed several active art guilds and associations; galleries and studios dot the county. The St. ThomasElgin Public Art Centre is an inviting and exciting art hub for the region.

Portside Gallery

Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide www.elginartstrail.ca

Village Crier Gallery

Minerva Art Gallery & Custom Framing

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Arts Trail photos by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

live & lively Live entertainment draws crowds to a variety of intimate local venues. The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is an 140-seat professional summer theatre—for 2014 you can laugh, romp and be surprised starting with the high energy ride of Country Jukebox: The Best of Country Duets right through to the final show Stag & Doe, a brand new comedy from Mark Crawford. Community players bring their considerable talents to the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, Dutton Town Hall Theatre and Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse. Aylmer Performing Arts Council presents a series of live musical performances by Canadian musicians.

Concreations

Rubyeyes Kraftwerks


Arts & Cookery Bank photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

EXPERIENCE • ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS The Arts & Cookery Bank

ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS Our attractions and museums offer a true cultural smorgasbord, from the Arts & Cookery Bank’s focus on rural culture to the submarine Ojibwa, and museums where our stories are kept alive through the efforts of curators, historians and many volunteers. The Attawandaron or Neutral nation established villages in this area until the mid-17th century. In 1803, the enigmatic Colonel Thomas Talbot arrived on the fertile shores of Elgin County, overseeing the settlement of an area from Woodstock to Windsor. Let the Elgin County Heritage Guide be your starting point as you discover a hero, admire a visionary or relive an adventure. You can also hit the trails to explore our heritage through three Barn Quilt Trails, which link sites with colourful mounted “quilt blocks”, each with its own story.

Our newest attraction is the Oberon Class submarine, HMCS Ojibwa in Port Burwell. Ojibwa participated in many clandestine actions during her 34 years in service, her astonishing capacity for stealth making her a key player during the Cold War. Visitors can explore the submarine’s nooks and crannies, learn about her inner workings and hear the extraordinary stories from the submariners who lived them. Settlement Stories Quilt Trail Brochure settlementstoriesquilttrail.org The Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trail Booklet www.barnquilttrails.ca Dutton Dunwich Barn Quilt Trail www.elgintourist.com Elgin County Heritage Guide www.elgintourist.com WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

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GAY LEA

DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM

Create a Memorable Experience

Host a family, community or business celebration. Our restored 1914 heritage bank brings your celebration to life. 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne • 519-768-9986

www.theartsandcookerybank.com

The Arts & Cookery Bank

CookeryBank

You’ll find artifacts and life-size displays to fascinate children & adults alike. Surrounded by beautiful Carolinian forest, it’s the perfect place for a family day. OPEN MAY 1ST TO AUGUST 31ST Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-5pm • Closed Mondays Adults $5 • Children 12 and under $3

www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca 48075 Jamestown Line, Copenhagen (South of Aylmer)

1-888-773-2955

CHANGING EXHIBITS • LECTURES • GIFT SHOP Elgin County Administration Building, 4th Floor, 450 Sunset Drive (Hwy 4), St. Thomas, Ontario Open year round - Call for seasonal hours 519.631.1460 ext. 160

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Arts & Cookery Bank, The 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-9986 | E: info@theartsandcookerybank.com www.theartsandcookerybank.com Ad p22/29/37/61

A regional destination, The Bank offers a snapshot of our rural culture through hands-on, interactive culinary and photography sessions and outrageously rural experiences. Come for the experience. Leave inspired.

Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives 14 East St, Aylmer N5H 1W2 Ph: 519-773-9723 | E: aylmermuseum@amtelecom.net www.amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum/

Community museum with changing exhibits, archives/appointment, March Tundra Swan Line 519-773-7926, Nov Tour of Homes, Coach guide. Mar–Jun: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Jul–Aug: Tues–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat 11am–4pm. Sept–Nov: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm.

Backus-Page House Museum This restored Georgian style 1850s house is a museum located 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 amidst the beauty of John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Ph: 519-762-3072 | E: info@backuspagehouse.ca www.backuspagehouse.ca Ad p24 Edison Museum of Vienna 14 Snow St, Vienna N0J 1Y0 | Ph: 519-866-5521 E: bayham@bayham.on.ca | www.bayham.on.ca

The Edison Museum of Vienna features many authentic Edison artifacts, inventions and family mementos. Museum open mid May-Labour Day. Off season by arrangement.

Elgin County Museum The museum mounts a series of exhibitions and programs 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 based on a permanent collection of artifacts which illustrate Ph: 519-631-1460 x159 | E: mbaker@elgin-county.on.ca the history and heritage of Elgin County. www.elgincounty.ca Ad p22 Elgin County Railway Museum 225 Wellington St , St. Thomas N5R 2S6 Ph: 519-637-6284 | E: dawnm@ecrm5700.org www.ecrm5700.org

Re-live the great rail adventure! Discover why St. Thomas is known as the Railway Capital in the "St. Thomas—The Railway City" exhibit. Explore a railway artifact display, historical photos, locomotives, cabooses, rolling stock, the History in Motion model railway. Open Victoria Day–Labour Day, Tues to Sun 10am–4pm. Call or visit the website for off-season hours.

Erie Shores Wind Farm 55094 Glen Erie Ln, Vienna N0J 1Z0 Ph: 519-874-1461 | E: eswfinfo@capstoneinfra.com www.capstoneinfrastructure.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 near Port Burwell.

Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum Owned and operated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., the 48075 Jamestown Ln, RR #2, Aylmer N5H 2R2 museum offers a wide variety of dairy and agricultural artifacts Ph: 519-773-2955 | E: museum@gayleafoods.ca for people of all ages. Open May–Sept. www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca Ad p22 HMCS Ojibwa 3 Pitt St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 | Ph: 519-633-7641 E: info@projectojibwa.ca | www.projectojibwa.ca

HMCS Ojibwa. Canada's secret, silent submarine exposed. The region's most unusual adventure. Tours 7 days a week, large groups by appointment. Museum of Naval History.

Jackpot City Gaming Entertainment 140 Edward St, St. Thomas N5P 1Z3 Ph: 519-633-1984 | E: hilary.jackpotcity@gmail.com www.bingo-country.ca

An immersive gaming entertainment experience in St. Thomas. With 4 sessions of BINGO daily and tens of thousands in prizes. Featuring play-on-demand gaming machines in an exciting new environment. Great diner food & HDTV sports!

North America Railway Hall of Fame The mission of the Hall of Fame is “to preserve and honour 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1E1 | Ph: 519-633-2535 railway heritage in North America and ensure the future E: info@narhf.org | www.narhf.org Ad p16 sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station”. Old St. Thomas Church, The Provincially designated historical Anglican Church and Church55 Walnut St, St. Thomas N5R 2Y7 yard built in 1822, open Mon to Sat 9am–5pm mid-May to Ph: 519-633-2610 | E: oldstthomaschurch@hotmail.com Labour Day for guided tours. www.oldstthomaschurch.com Ad p14

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Port Burwell Museum & Historic Lighthouse 20 Pitt St and 17 Robinson St, Port Burwell Ph: 519-874-4807 May–Labour Day, 519-866-5521 off season E: bayham@bayham.on.ca | www.bayham.on.ca

The Port Burwell Marine Museum and Lighthouse depict the rich marine heritage and local history. Climb the 1840 wooden structure for a panoramic view of this Lake Erie community. Open mid May–Labour Day. Off season by arrangement.

Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C5 Ph: 519-782-3730 | E: info@pstr.on.ca www.pstr.on.ca Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum 8348 Longwoods Rd, Middlesex Rd 2, Mount Brydges N0L 1W0 | Ph: 519-264-2420 E: info@ltvca.ca | www.ltvca.ca

Experience the fun of a train ride through the scenic Kettle Creek Valley. Diesel powered trains travel over a 7 km portion of the former London & Port Stanley Railway (est. 1856). Special Ad p24 Event Trains also available.

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

Sparta and District Historical Society PO Box 34, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2292 | E: tcg@execulink.com www.villageofsparta.com

Own and operate the Forge and Anvil Museum (46316 Sparta Line) and the Sparta Church Museum and Cultural Centre in Sparta (6073 Quaker Rd) as well as host a re-enactment dinner the second Saturday in November and co-ordinate Doors Open in Sparta in conjunction with Port Stanley. Museums open every day May till August and weekends till Thanksgiving.

St. Peter's Anglican Church 29596 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Ph: 519-631-5515 www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

Built in 1827, we are the oldest, active Anglican Church in the county, holding 11am Sunday services year round. Nestled in the heart of the Talbot Settlement, our little rural church offers a unique setting for weddings and other special events.

Port Burwell Museum

TOY GIFT SHOP • SCENIC RIDES & SPECIAL EVENTS GROUP CHARTERS • LITTLE RED CABOOSE BIRTHDAY PARTIES

COME RIDE THE TRAIN!

29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, Ontario

www.pstr.on.ca • 519-782-3730

“In the Heart of the Talbot Settlement”

From The Lake Side Village of Port Stanley

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519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca

Port Burwell Museum photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

ELGIN COUNTY’S LONGEST RUNNING TOURIST ATTRACTION


Anything Used photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

SHOP

SHOP

Whether you are in the mood for an afternoon of browsing in a quaint village, or for being part of the main street bustle, you will find it at one of the spots below. Or head out to discover a unique find at one of the many hidden shopping gems on the quiet back roads of Elgin County. Much of the charm of the Village of Sparta lies in its Quaker heritage—many of the homes and businesses reside in original buildings representing period architecture dating back to 1825. In Sparta, or nearby, you will find interesting shops, a tearoom, art galleries, a lavender farm, a winery, and the Forge & Anvil museum. Stroll Downtown Aylmer for small-town friendliness and shopping at an un-hurried pace. Stop in at quaint

Anything Used & Sparta County Candles

fashion boutiques, fragrant bakeries, unique gift and souvenir stores and shops offering antiques, flowers, furniture and more. Savour a tasty home-style meal or grab a bakeshop or deli treat and head to the park along the creek, just north of Talbot. Port Stanley has some intriguing history which adds to its unique charm. Today, it has become a mecca for “girls’ day out”, or a getaway with a little shopping thrown in. The village is small, but the shop owners have a knack for finding the best treasures for their customers, from fashions to home décor and gifts. Port is also home to two multi-artist galleries which are well worth a look. Elgin County offers exciting variety and friendly help for the green-thumbed shopper. There are award-winning nurseries, water gardens and sources of hard-to-find plants for specialty landscaping and gardening. WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

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Anything Used & Sparta Country Candles 46361 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-0054 | E: info@spartacandles.com www.spartacandles.com

Founded by Pat and Mary Muscat in 1992, Anything Used is located in the historic Village of Sparta in a general store built in 1838. Our store features two floors of rooms full of unique home décor items, candle accessories, seasonal items and Sparta Country Candles.

Aylmer Sales Arena Large farmers’ and flea market. Open year round Tues 8am– 51 Murray St, Aylmer N5H 2A6 | Ph: 519-765-2211 4pm. Also on site: restaurant and ATM. Automatic & self-serve E: e_lensink@yahoo.ca | www.aylmersalesarena.caAd p27 carwash, laundromat and dog wash open 7 days. Berry-Hill Limited A unique store filled with products for home & garden, gift75 Burwell Rd, St. Thomas N5P 3R5 | Ph: 519-631-0480 ware and hobby farm equipment, kitchen equipment, candles E: info@BerryHill.ca | www.BerryHill.ca Ad p26 and much more. Canadale Nurseries Ltd. We are an award winning garden centre and nursery special269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 3C4 | Ph: 519-631-7264 izing in unique, rare and unusual plants. Great weekly sales. E: info@canadale.com | www.canadale.com Ad p26 Come see what's new at ‘Ontario's Favourite Garden Centre’. Cedarhurst Salon & Spa 76 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1A5 Ph: 519-631-7629 E: cedarhurstsalonandspa@rogers.com www.cedarhurstsalonandspa.com

Our team of professionals look forward to providing you with services that will relax and pamper you. Call us today… you deserve it! Like us on Facebook. Ad p15

Connections Featuring fair trade gifts from around the world. Owned by 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-7247 the YWCA, staffed with volunteers, funds raised go back to E: ywca@bellnet.ca | www.ywcaconnections.com Ad p28 support local projects. Open year round.

Your Source for Home, Garden, Gift-Giving & Country Living

Fragrance

Beauty

Joy

Colour

Flowers

HERE

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 269 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON 519-631-7264

www.canadale.com Find us on Facebook

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TWO LOCATIONS, OR SHOP ONLINE!

75 Burwell Rd, St. Thomas 519-631-0480 • Open 7 Days

220 Joseph St, Port Stanley

519-852-6317 • Open Seasonal SEE WEBSITE FOR HOURS

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Family Flowers Inc. 44329 Talbot Line, RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-631-6004 E: annette@familyflowers.ca www.familyflowers.ca

Unique garden center open year round. Visit the mini farm and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home and garden as well.

From the Meadow 3881 Avon Dr, Belmont N0L 1B0 Ph: 519-269-3961 E: info@fromthemeadow.com www.fromthemeadow.com

Organic skin care products for real! Locally grown, harvested, and created especially for you in Southwestern Ontario. Creams, soaps, scrubs, mineral make-up and much more. Boutique open Mon–Fri.

Holistic Awakenings Day Spa A holistic day spa devoted to providing a spa experience de46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 fined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of natural Ph: 519-775-2606 | E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca healing spa services and holistic body products. www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com Ad p54 Little Red Mitten 86 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1A5 Ph: 519-207-2880 | E: info@littleredmitten.ca www.littleredmitten.ca

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Mennonite Furniture Gallery 10 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-765-4386 E: mennofurniture@amtelecom.net www.mennonitefurnituregallery.com

A unique shop featuring quality knitting and spinning supplies, a wide range of colours and fibres, books and patterns, and the best selection of knitting tools around. Mennonite Furniture Gallery showcases a wide variety of solid wood furniture hand-crafted by the Amish and Mennonite of Southwestern Ontario. Showroom open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm.

EVERY

TUESDAY All roads lead to the ...

8AM-4PM

AYLMER SALES ARENA Farmers’ Market & Flea Market

Shop and browse in our unique and friendly atmosphere. Fresh Produce, Meat, Cheese, Eggs, Baked Goods, Crafts, Gifts, Tools, Fabrics, Home Décor, Clothing, Books, Health Products, CDs, DVDs, Jewellery, New & Used Furniture and much, much more! ATM & RESTAURANT ON SITE

Over 80 Years of Quality and Service

Serving Elgin County & Area for Over 50 Years!

4683 Sunset Road, Port Stanley 51 Murray St. (just off John St. N/Hwy #73N), AYLMER

519-765-2211 • Vendor Inquiries Welcome

www.aylmersalesarena.ca

519-782-4052

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Mobelhaus Furniture Direct 11938 Imperial Rd, Aylmer N5H 2R3 | Ph: 519-859-3113 E: info@mobelhaus.ca | www.mobelhaus.ca

Mennonite and Amish style furniture factory outlet. Solid wood handcrafted furniture built on-site custom to order. We also offer kitchen cabinetry.

Moore Water Gardens Ad p27 Growers of the finest water lilies and aquatic plants. Great se4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 | Ph: 519-782-4052 lection of goldfish, pond liners, pumps and filters. Everything E: moorewg@execulink.com | moorewatergardens.com for the water garden enthusiast. Picard's Peanuts 10683 Sunset Dr (Hwy #4 at Hwy #3), Talbotville N0L 2K0 Ph: 519-637-8704 | www.picardspeanuts.ca

Home of the Canadian Peanut! Outlet for peanuts and a good variety of other nuts. Chip nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, fudge, ice cream in the summer months. Make your own peanut butter.

Pinecroft Pottery & The Green Frog Tearoom 8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca  Ad p39

A pottery studio and Elgin County tradition for over 60 years. Rest, relax, shop or eat in a truly serene setting amongst towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Dine in the tearoom, visit the pottery studio, enjoy live music, or extend your stay with an overnight retreat in a log cabin B&B. For a truly memorable experience, visit Pinecroft today.

Shades Of Green 48855 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-7279 | E: info@shadesofgreenhostas.ca www.shadesofgreenhostas.ca

Family owned nursery specializing in hostas, daylilies, and select perennials. Stroll through the display gardens for inspiration to create your own garden paradise. Shop from hundreds of hosta and daylily varieties.

Silverthorn Landscape Supplies 46400 Talbot Ln, RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-765-2379 | E: silverthorn@amtelecom.net www.silverthornlandscape.com Ad p29

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.

In the pursuit of global equity & equality we are all connected. Featuring unique gifts that support fair trade & global initiatives including...

scarves, handbags, jewelry, arts & crafts, toys, journals, Owned, operated and in support pottery & more! of the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin OPEN ALL YEAR

302 Bridge St., Port Stanley (theatre building)

519-782-7247

www.ywcaconnections.com

QUAI DUVIN RETAIL STORE OpEn yEar rOunD

QUAI DU VIN REDS & WHITES Specialty WineS • Fruit WineS Wine JellieS • Sparkling cocktailS gourmet goodS • giFtWare

519-775-2216 • www.QuaiduVin.com 2km north of Sparta, Ontario

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Spare Moments Craft Supplies 530 Talbot St E, Aylmer N5H 2W2 Ph: 519-765-3550 | E: spareme@amtelecom.net www.sparemoments.ca

Craft supplies and everything you need for your craft project. Ribbons galore, craft paints, brushes, felt and google eyes. Also carrying wedding supplies and rentals, floral supplies, flowers and greenery.

Stan Portley's—Timeless & Unique 288 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-3805 | E: info@stanportleys.com www.stanportleys.com

Van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection, Furniture Makeup, Painted Furniture Boutique. Home décor and design from urban chic to cottage style and Paris apartment.

Steed and Company Lavender 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com www.steedandcompany.com  Ad p45

Discover Steed & Co Lavender Farm, the most stunning lavender setting in Ontario's South Coast region. Indulge in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products created at our farm. Escape for a stroll amongst the lavender flowers and take in the magnificent views.

Connections

Moore Water Gardens

A WORLD OF

LANDSCAPE TREASURES Visit our website for information on

upcoming seminars and events BEAUTIFUL NATURAL STONE • OUTDOOR LIVING DISPLAYS GIFTS • PONDS • WATERFALLS • BUBBLING ROCKS SOILS • MULCHES • DECORATIVE GRAVELS • SEMINARS

Just 10 min. east of St. Thomas on Hwy #3 • 519-765-2379

www.silverthornlandscape.com

Outrageously Rural: Online

A distinctive collection of signature products, showcasing Southwestern Ontario’s local foods, growers and farmers. 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne • 519-768-9986

www.theartsandcookerybank.com

The Arts & Cookery Bank

CookeryBank

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Kettle Creek Inn photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

No matter how long you have to visit, Ontario’s South Coast has what it takes to make your stay fun and relaxing. Select from bed and breakfasts, fully furnished cottages, motels, inns or cabins. From luxurious to rustic, quaint to modern, there’s a spot for you.

Kettle Creek Inn, Port Stanley

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Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast 22 Erieus St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519-874-4644 | E: greygabl@amtelecom.net www.bbcanada.com/3912.html

Located minutes by foot from the beach, Grey Gables is a meticulously restored heritage home. Enjoy the village atmosphere, visit the historic lighthouse and museum or dine at one of Port Burwell’s fine restaurants. Make Grey Gables “your home at the Lake.”

Inn On the Harbour & Little Inn Experience the relaxation of casual waterfront accommo202 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 dation in Port Stanley. King beds, double jacuzzi, fireplaces Ph: 519-782-7623 | E: innkeeper@innontheharbour.ca and water views that will take your breath away. Imagine! www.innontheharbour.ca Ad p33 Kettle Creek Inn Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 (whirlpools and gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine Ph: 519-782-3388 | E: information@kettlecreekinn.com dining. Gazebo and patio dining! www.kettlecreekinn.com Ad p33 Mulberry Lane B&B 6324 Stone Church Rd, Union N0L 2L0 Ph: 519-637-4499 | E: mulberrylanebb@rogers.com www.bbcanada.com/mulberrylane

Enjoy our welcoming spacious home in a captivating retreat setting. Our B&B is situated just minutes from Port Stanley, wineries, Hawk Cliff and more.

Sweet Magnolia House B&B 236 Talbot St E, Aylmer N5H 1H7 Ph: 519-765-3038 | E: info@sweetmagnoliahouse.com www.sweetmagnoliahouse.com

Sweet Magnolia House is a heritage home in Aylmer, Ont. on the Talbot Trail. It boasts 3 warm and inviting guest rooms, 2 with ensuites, 1 with private 3 piece bathroom. Close to beaches, shopping and live theatre.

Telegraph House Heritage inn, bed & breakfast where history meets hospi205 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 tality. New ensuite bathrooms in spacious historical guest Ph: 519-782-3006 | E: welcome@telegraphhouse.com suites. Fabulous breakfast included in room rates. www.telegraphhouse.com Ad p34 The Windjammer Inn Bed, Breakfast & Bistro 324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 Ph: 519-782-4173 | E: grrlmet@sympatico.ca www.thewindjammerinn.com

Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award winning restaurant and cozy bed & breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly. Ad p40

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Lakewood Trailer Estates 22499 Gray Ln, RR #3, Rodney N0L 2C0 Ph: 519-785-2020 | E: info@lakewoodte.com www.lakewoodte.com

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

Pearce Williams Christian Centre—Summer Camp & Retreat Facility 8009 Iona Rd, RR#1 , Fingal Ph: 519-764-2317 | E: info@pearcewilliams.org www.pearcewilliams.org

Elgin County's only full service summer camp and rental facility. Hiking trails open to public year round. Discover & explore Elgin's natural spaces. All welcome.

Red Oak Travel Park 54428 Talbot Ln, Eden N0J 1H0 Ph: 1-866-964-6936 | E: camp@redoaktravelpark.com www.redoaktravelpark.com

Beautiful, family campground. Large sites, large pool, family activities, close to golf course, historical sites, fishing, and lakes. Offering reasonable rates and group discounts.

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Alma Villa 201 Lakeview St, Port Stanley N5L 1A1 Ph: 519-782-3881 E: almavilla@sympatico.ca www.cottagesincanada.com/almavilla

Beautifully restored century old lakeside home in Port Stanley! 6 bedrooms with upper and lower decks offering the most unforgettable views of Lake Erie.

Bluebird Hideaway 5761 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 Ph: 519-782-4959 E: michaelagrouven@hotmail.com www.bluebirdhideaway.com

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.

Otter River Farms 53688 McQuiggan Line, RR #1, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519-874-4038 E: otterriverfarms@gmail.com www.otterriverfarms.ca

Come visit Otter River Farms—guest house, rustic cabins, wilderness sites, hiking, birding, fishing, equestrian and nature retreat. Located 3 miles north of Lake Erie on the Otter River Valley.

Shoreline Property Management Inc. (Shoreline Getaways) 720-195 Dufferin Ave, London N6A 1K7 Ph: 1-877-231-6421 E: info@shorelinegetaways.com www.shorelinegetaways.com

Shoreline maintains and rents 6 cottages located in the heart of Port Stanley. Our cottages are clean, cozy, affordable and available during all seasons.

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

Main Street, Port Stanley (519)782-3388 information@kettlecreekinn.com www.kettlecreekinn.com

MEMBER OF ONTARIO’S FINEST HOTELS, INNS & SPAS

Indulge yourself and stay the night in Port Stanley with waterfront views that will take your breath away 202 Main St., Port Stanley www.innontheharbour.ca

519-782-7623

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre 6675 Burtwistle Lane, London N6L 1H5 Ph: 519-652-6022 | E: hotelinfo@stoneridgeinn.com www.stoneridgeinn.com Ad p34

Renovated in 2012, this full-service hotel and conference centre features 70 guest rooms; 8,700 square feet of conference space; on-site chapel; on-site restaurant, Pasto's Grill; fitness and business centres.

Cardinal Court Motel 10401 Sunset Rd, RR #7, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 Ph: 519-633-0740 | E: theaulakhs@execulink.com www.cardinalcourt.ca

Located in St. Thomas, just off the highway, we offer quiet, clean, cozy comfort in a country setting. Our 15 rooms are spacious and immaculate. Free continental breakfast, internet, hair dryers and coffee makers in the rooms. We hope that your stay with us is a happy and pleasant one.

Comfort Inn 100 Centennial Ave, St. Thomas N5R 5B2 Ph: 519-633-4082 | E: comfortinnstthomas@rogers.com www.choicehotels.ca

Located on the corner of Hwy #3 & Centennial Ave. We have 78 rooms and offer complimentary continental breakfast and high speed Internet.

Howard Johnson—Tillsonburg 92 Simcoe St, Tillsonburg N4G 2J1 Ph: 519-842-7366 | E: info@hojotillsonburg.ca www.hojotillsonburg.ca

The Howard Johnson—Tillsonburg, boasts 59 well appointed rooms with attention to detail. Scotty's, our own on site restaurant opens at 6am. The HMCS Ojibwa Ad p34 submarine is 15 minutes away.

New Elgin Motel 9701 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5P 3T2 Ph: 519-633-0580 | E: newelginmotel@hotmail.com www.newelginmotel.ca

Where history meets hospitality. “One of the Lake Erie shore’s most exceptional bed and breakfasts ... a tour de force of tempting choices.”

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

spend little. rest easy. family vacations make you happy.

go happy. go hojo.

SM

— Jeanette Higgins, The Best Places to B&B in Ontario

205 Main Street, Port Stanley

519-782-3006

www.telegraphhouse.com

PLUS

Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre

Convenient Highway location, comfortably appointed guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, on-site dining at Pasto’s Grill, free high speed internet access, conference rooms, catering and so much more... merely minutes away!

6675 Burtwistle Lane, Hwy 401 & Hwy 4, London 519-652-6022 or 1-888-471-2378 www.stoneridgeinn.com

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One thing savvy travellers can rely on is comfort and convenience at Howard Johnson. Today’s HoJo: Always what you need. Always thoughtfully priced. So, are you ready to go HoJo?

go happy. go hojo. go tillsonburg.

SM

Howard Johnson Tillsonburg 92 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg | 519-842-7366

www.hojotillsonburg.ca

WE PROUDLY WELCOME WYNDHAM REWARDS MEMBERS.


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Broderick’s Ice Cream photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

Elgin County eateries offer tastes ranging from a frosty treat on a hot summer day, to the local catch in a casual beachside café, or a memorable creation from one of our local chefs. Some specialize in local cuisine and carry selections from area producers. You’ll also find several country diners and quaint tearooms—great places to take a break on a day of trekking the back roads.

Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour, Port Stanley

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Bayham’s Family Table 6209 Plank Rd, Vienna  N0J 1Z0 Ph: 519-874-4085 E: breyer@eastlink.ca

Restaurant with Canadian and Italian cuisine, just minutes from the Ojibwa Submarine. Open 6am daily. Winter hours 6am–3pm. Thurs–Sun 6am–8pm. Call for summer hours.

Broderick's Ice Cream Parlour 290 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-4492 | E: fred.heintz@rogers.com www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com

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

GT’s Beach Bar & Grill 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley N5L 1E2 Ph: 519-782-4555 E: management@gtsportstanley.ca www.gtsportstanley.ca Heritage Line Herbs & The Silver Birch Tearoom 53443 Heritage Ln, RR #1, Aylmer N5H 2R1 Ph: 519-866-5577 E: heritagelineherbs@amtelecom.net www.heritagelineherbs.com Kettle Creek Inn 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 Ph: 519-782-3388 E: information@kettlecreekinn.com www.kettlecreekinn.com

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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. Ad p37 Delightful rural destination. Shop in our quaint country store, stroll through our gardens and dine in our open air tearoom. Special events & tours year round. Ad p45 Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites (whirlpools and gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining! Ad p33

Le Café Siam 392 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B8 Ph: 519-637-2287

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Thai family run business features a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Hours: Mon–Fri 11am–2pm & 5pm– 9pm; Sat 5pm–10pm; Sun Closed.

A proudly family owned and operated authentic Thai restauLotus Thai Restaurant rant. Conveniently located with ample free parking. Dining, 295 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B5 take out and catering; LCBO licensed; see website for menu. Ph: 519-633-9966 | E: contact@lotusthairestaurant.ca www.lotusthairestaurant.ca Ad p14 Mackies 124 William St, Port Stanley N5L 1E1 Ph: 519-782-4390 | E: mackies1911@rogers.com

Family owned and operated, located on the beach in Port Stanley since 1911. Famous for our fresh cut fries, homemade sauce, relishes and orangeade. Celebrating 103 years on the beach in Port Stanley!

ME & Suzie's 295 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-3663 | E: info@meandsuzies.com www.meandsuzies.com

Me & Suzie's Restaurant is focused on fresh food concepts, luxurious atmosphere and customer service excellence. Nestled in the most charming port town in the province, Me & Suzie's Restaurant is a classic mix of rustic sophistication and gastro pub.

Mennomex 49919 Talbot Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R1 | Ph: 519-773-2002 E: info@mennomex.com | www.mennomex.com

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

Casual family dining in a relaxing country atmosphere. Local New Sarum Diner memorabilia. Established in 1943. Banquet facilities. AGCO, 46230 New Sarum Ln, RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-773-3101 | E: jim@newsarum.com full menu. Open 7 days a week 8am–9pm. www.newsarum.com Ad p38

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Pepper Tree Spice Co. 223 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-7800 | E: peppertreespice@bell.net www.peppertreespice.com

Your premier spice destination with over 300 organic, natural and gluten-free spices, herbs and seasonings blended daily on-site. Gourmet oils, balsamics, and a wide selection of flavourful gifts.

Pinecroft Pottery & The Green Frog Tearoom 8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca  Ad p39

A pottery studio and Elgin County tradition for over 60 years. Rest, relax, shop or eat in a truly serene setting amongst towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Dine in the tearoom, visit the pottery studio, enjoy live music, or extend your stay with an overnight retreat in a log cabin B&B. For a truly memorable experience, visit Pinecroft today.

Pizzaworx On The Beach 115 William St, Port Stanley N5L 1E1 Ph: 519-782-4500 | E: info@pizzaworx.net www.pizzaworx.com

Experience the best pizza on Lake Erie! Open seasonally from May to Sept for slices, snacks, ice cream, drinks and full pizzeria menu. Also open in St. Thomas!

Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Ph: 519-775-2216 | E: info@QuaiduVin.com www.QuaiduVin.com Ad p28/39/44/59

Quai du Vin (pronounced “Kay due van”) is nestled amongst the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin. Located 3 km north of Sparta, Ontario, there you will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events.

Railway City Brewing Company 130 Edward St, St. Thomas N5P 1Z1 Ph: 519-631-1881 E: info@railwaycitybrewing.com www.railwaycitybrewing.com 

A small craft brewery, using only the finest ingredients. Onsite tours and samples available every day. Retail store on-site. Brands include Iron Spike, Dead Elephant Ale and different seasonals.

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Fruit Blended Frozen Yogurt Sherbets Dairy Free Ice Cream Sugar Free Ice Cream Sinful Sundaes Shakes & More

Open May to September 519-782-4555 live music weekends weekday food specials beach volleyball

www.gtsportstanley.ca

Ignite a Passion for Cooking

Sign up for a hands-on cookery class. Our 1883 timber frame barn has been retrofitted with a chef ’s dream kitchen. 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne • 519-768-9986

www.theartsandcookerybank.com

The Arts & Cookery Bank

CookeryBank

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Ruby's Cookhouse 583 John St, Aylmer N5H 2B6 Ph: 519-773-8786 E: rubyscookhouse@amtelecom.net www.rubyscookhouse.com

The place with the warmest welcome, the coldest drinks, and the best 'undo the top button of your pants' food.

Shaw's Ice Cream 6598 Sunset Rd, RR #4, St. Thomas N5P 3S8 Ph: 519-631-2510 www.shawsicecream.com

Shaw's Ice Cream uses only the best ingredients and of course real Canadian cream! We take time in sourcing the purest flavourings, fruits, and dairy ingredients to bring to you what we consider the world’s best ice cream!

Simply Scoops 38 Robinson St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519- 874 -1390 | E: dvan@amtelecom.net

Simply Scoops is a family friendly ice cream shop located in Port Burwell. Enjoy top quality Shaw’s ice cream, 32 flavours of soft serve and a wide variety of frozen treats. You can also enjoy a tasty burger (Springwater Packers) and delicious fries made fresh using Mooseberger potatoes.

Tall Tales Café 29634 Talbot Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Ph: 519-762-2605

Family run restaurant since 1982. Fresh homemade pies. Daily specials. Tall Tales offers dry cleaning, variety store, and full serve gas station. Open 7 days a week.

Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery 180 Main St, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-0044 E: cemery-tastysweets@hotmail.com

We offer a café style menu of homemade entrées, salads, soups, breads, cakes and desserts. Book your special event. We can accommodate up to 100 guests.

The Windjammer Inn Bed, Breakfast & Bistro 324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 Ph: 519-782-4173 E: grrlmet@sympatico.ca www.thewindjammerinn.com

Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award winning restaurant and cozy bed & breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly. Ad p40

Tim Hortons Eight St. Thomas Locations www.timhortons.com

Serving St. Thomas at eight locations including 400 Highbury Ave, 1204 Talbot St, 995 Talbot St, 546 Talbot St, 191 Talbot St, Ad p14 60 Elm St, 280 Elm St and 145 South Edgeware Rd.

Village Square Coffee House 284 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 Ph: 519-782-7777 E: info@villagesquarecoffeehouse.com www.villagesquarecoffeehouse.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!

Hwy #3 at Hwy #74 (In New Sarum) • 519-773-3101

www.newsarum.com

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Simply Scoops

Simply Scoops photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

ELGIN COUNTY’S OLDEST DINER

From foot long hot dogs and a milk shake to full course dinners. Come out to visit us, sit down and enjoy ... like the old days. We can accommodate up to 100 people in our private dining room. Dinner Meetings . Special Occasions . Bus Tours


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On a road less travelled...

you’ll find Pinecroft

A hint of Muskoka in Southern Ontario, with towering pines, log cabins, a walking trail, waterfall and expansive pond, Pinecroft is a must see. Experience the peaceful serene atmosphere and enjoy a country lunch in the tearoom, browse the gift shop, stay at the B&B or visit the pottery studio. During special events or by chance catch an afternoon of live music with the Jammin’ Cabin Gang. For Tearoon and Bed & Breakfast Reservations phone

519-773-3435 You can enjoy our hospitality 7 days a week, all year. Victoria Day - Thanksgiving Day: Open 9am-5pm daily; Tearoom serves 11am-4pm Thanksgiving Day - Victoria Day: Please call or check our website for hours.

8122 Rogers Road, RR 5, Aylmer, ON

(Pinecroft is 1 mile West of Aylmer, 1 1/2 miles South of Hwy #3 on Rogers Road S.)

Visit us online at www.pinecroft.ca and on the Pinecroft Facebook Page

Pinecroft Centre for the Arts

For information on 2014 Workshops or the Special Firings Program, visit

www.pinecroftcentreforthearts.ca

QUAI DUVIN RETAIL STORE OpEn yEar rOunD

QUAI DU VIN REDS & WHITES Specialty WineS • Fruit WineS Wine JellieS • Sparkling cocktailS gourmet goodS • giFtWare

519-775-2216 • www.QuaiduVin.com 2km north of Sparta, Ontario

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Savour Elgin celebrates local food, wine and agritourism in partnership with quality restaurants. Members of Savour Elgin must either grow or produce their own products and in the case of restaurants have 25% of their food purchased locally (within 100km). Savour Elgin provides opportunities for tourists to engage all five senses in savouring the bounty of Elgin. The Trail takes you on a tour of some of the best restaurants, cafés, farms and other taste-tantalizing culinary attractions.

Clovermead Bees & Honey

The program also connects producers and chefs. Our restaurants are proud to say they utilize member markets and agritourism locations in preparing their signature dishes—look for their Savour Elgin member signs on display. Member listings in the “Taste” and “Agritourism” sections of this guide are indicated with an S-symbol. Savour Elgin Culinary Guide www.savourelgin.ca

Steed & Co. Lavender

Quai du Vin Estate Winery

DINE STAY TAKE AWAY RECOMMENDED IN ‘WHERE TO EAT IN CANADA’

Windjammer The

Howe Family Farm Market

LOCAL BOUNTY & REGIONAL SPECIALTIES • NEW LIBRARY CAFÉ & BAR

DINING ROOM OPEN FOR LUNCH, DINNER & WEEKEND BRUNCH INN & PANTRY PORT STANLEY 324 Smith St, Port Stanley • 519-782-4173 • www.thewindjammerinn.com 40 WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM


EXPLORE There’s a world of outdoor opportunity ready for you to explore in Elgin County, every season of the year.

Skiing photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

You’ll find places for adventure and recreation on land (at golf courses, trails, conservation areas and farms), water (on lazy creeks or the big water of Lake Erie) and in the air (at the busy St. Thomas Municipal Airport). Get out there and enjoy!

Cross-Country Skiing in Springwater Conservation Area

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EXPLORE • AGRITOURISM Great Lakes Farms photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

AGRITOURISM Our countryside is dotted with great places to make part of your own custom agri-adventure tour, from orchards to apiaries. Taste, learn and pick up some special ingredients to turn into a delicious feast back at home. Check out www.elgintourist.com for special events and tours. 42

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Great Lakes Farms

Buy Local! Buy Fresh!

The farmers and producers of Elgin County grow a bounty of amazing tastes to be savoured throughout every season of the year. In order that you don’t miss any of the taste parade, let Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Elgin County be your guide.

Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Elgin County Map


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Beary Blue Acres 23301 Queens Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 Ph: 519-785-0450 E: sandenacres@yahoo.ca www.bearyblueacres.com

Offering picked and pick-your-own blueberries mid-July through August. Dried, frozen, juice grade and jams available year round. Check out our twig wreaths!

Berry Hill Fruit Farm 48937 Glencolin Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R6 Ph: 519-765-1752 E: farmerdick@berryhillfruitfarm.ca www.berryhillfruitfarm.ca

"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 and more!

Bluegroves Farms 25503 Talbot Ln, Eagle N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-3276 E: gpierinelli@xplornet.ca www.bluegroves.com

Family owned and operated for 34 years. Our farm offers fresh blueberries for pick-your-own, already picked or frozen. Enjoy our all natural environment and our renovated facilities.

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Briwood Farm Market 1030 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1G3 Ph: 519-633-9691

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

Clovermead Bees & Honey Clovermead is a country store filled with all things honey, 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlePh: 519-773-5503 ment. Check the website for the latest buzz. E: info@clovermead.com www.clovermead.com Ad p43

July & August is Blueberry Season!

Bring your family for

bushels of fun!

U-PICK READY PICKED FROZEN 519-768-FARM HWY #3, EAGLE

www.bluegroves.com

Zip Line • Giant Jumping Pillow Friendly Farm Animals • Zipster Pedal Carts Play Structures • Wild Bee Ride • Much More! DAILY IN JULY & AUGUST: Farm Shows & Guided Beekeeper Talks

Discover the buzz at

www.clovermead.com 519-773-5503

FRESH, HOME-GROWN SEASONAL PRODUCE HANGING BASKETS & BEDDING PLANTS U-PICK • FALL DECORATIONS & PUMPKINS EVERYTHING TO MAKE SALSA!

27983 Talbot Line, Wallacetown

519-762-3504

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Empire Valley Farm Market 27983 Talbot Ln, Wallacetown Ph: 519-762-3504 E: empire@amtelecom.net www.empirevalleyfarms.com

Empire Valley Farm Market is a family owned business providing fresh home-grown vegetables seasonally. Beautiful hanging baskets, perennials, tomatoes, cucumbers. Fresh fruits & vegetables available thru to October.

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Farmtown Canada 46703 Mapleton Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R6 Ph: 519-773-2292 | E: info@farmtowncanada.ca www.farmtowncanada.ca

South of the 401, enjoy a rustic rural adventure on the “Funny Farm Tour”. Start at the 1850 log cabin with ‘Trinkets & Trash’ antiques and souvenirs to purchase or admire. All ages can learn about farming and help with animals. Wagon rides, hand lead horse rides and picnic spots.

Great Lakes Farms 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 Ph: 519-782-3433 | E: contact@greatlakesfarms.ca www.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.

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Heritage Line Herbs & Delightful rural destination. Shop in our quaint country The Silver Birch Tearoom store, stroll through our gardens & dine in our open air 53443 Heritage Ln, RR #1, Aylmer N5H 2R1 tearoom. Special events and tours year round. Ph: 519-866-5577 | E: heritagelineherbs@amtelecom.net www.heritagelineherbs.com Ad p45 Howe Family Farm Market 48556 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-808-1171 | E: ryanz71@hotmail.com 

Come and enjoy farm fresh food just for you. Strawberries, garden vegetables, sweet corn, cantaloupe, melons, pumpkins, squash, jams, jellies, preserves and so much Ad p45 more!

Lake Erie Salmon and Trout Club 4255 Thomas Rd, RR #2, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 E: kitbrown43@hotmail.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 Ph: 519-317-3398 | E: manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca Ad p16

Every Saturday from 8am–12pm, residents and visitors meet at "The Market" to catch up, exchange recipes and buy the best in local produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, art and much more.

Steed and Company Lavender 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com www.steedandcompany.com  Ad p45

Discover Steed & Co Lavender Farm, the most stunning lavender setting in Ontario's South Coast region. Indulge in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products created at our farm. Escape for a stroll amongst the lavender flowers and take in the magnificent views.

QUAI DUVIN WINERY TOURS

Tour our vineyards, processing area, fermentation and barrel rooms, then enjoy a tasting, all in the good company of one of our resident winemakers. aVaIlaBlE yEar rOunD On DEmanD

519-775-2216 • www.QuaiduVin.com 2km north of Sparta, Ontario

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EXPLORE • AGRITOURISM

HERITAGE LINE

HERBS

Country Store & Tea Room

Apples • Pears • Strawberries • Peaches • Pumpkins

Come for lunch or High Tea, stroll through the gardens and browse our charming store

Cider • Apple Treats • Tractor Rides • Family Activities

Peach Season is in August!

Featuring over 180 varieties of potted herbs and heirloom vegetable plants

Plus, visit us in the fall for

Open Tuesday to Sunday • 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Line • RR#1 Aylmer

www.heritagelineherbs.com

Applefest & Pumpkinfest

5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley • 519-782-3433

www.greatlakesfarms.ca

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Imperial Road

Imperial Road

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Rogers Road Rogers Road

Springwater Road

Springwater Road

Talbot Line/Hwy 3 Strawberries, Talbot Line/Hwy  To 3 St. Thomas watermelon, canteloupe, squash,To St. Thomas Southdale Line pumpkins, garden vegetables Southdale Line John Wise Line and much more!

Open Early June to November Mon-Sat John Wise Line 9-6pm & Sun 11-5pm

48556 John Wise Line, Aylmer

519-773-3779

www.howefamilyfarms.ca

DISCOVER • INDULGE • ESCAPE

Our gift boutique offers unique handcrafted gifts & gourmet foods created from our harvested lavender.

growers & creators of fine lavender products Open Wed-Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4 Mother’s Day until Christmas

2014 EVENTS AT STEED & CO LAVENDER

May 11 - Mother’s Day Season Opening June 21-30 - Lavender In Bloom Celebration August 9 - Lavender Fairy Festival November 22 & 23 - A Lavender Christmas

buds@steedandcompany.com

47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta

519-494-5525

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EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION Port Stanley photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

GOLF & RECREATION With four unique ports, a myriad of trails, Conservation Areas, horse ranches, golf courses, and more, you can chose a different playground every day of your stay, or every day of the year. Hike, run, cross-country ski, boat or paddle, bird-watch, golf, ride a horse, cruise (via bike, motorcycle or car), fish or swim‌ How will you play today?

Port Stanley

Active Elgin

The 2014 Active Elgin Guide contains sports, leisure and recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities, located across St. Thomas and Elgin County. The guide is produced by the Active Elgin Coalition, made up of organizations committed to building healthy communities and making sports, leisure and recreational information easier to find. Copies are available at ElginSt. Thomas Public Health and local public libraries. 2014 Active Elgin Guide www.activeelgin.ca

GOLF BUSINESS

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Belmont Golf Club Ad p47 Challenging 18 holes; easy walking or carts available; no 45809 Ferguson Ln, Belmont N0L 1B0 | Ph: 519-644-1370 tee times required; fun, friendly atmosphere. Bluffs Golf Club, The 35593 Lake Ln, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 Ph: 519-782-7447 | E: info@thebluffsgolfclub.com www.thebluffsgolfclub.com

Unique and picturesque nine-hole golf course and driving range overlooking Lake Erie 5km west of Port Stanley. Licensed clubhouse, patio, season and play passes, practice Ad p47 putting green and event planning.

Fore Golfers Only Ltd. 43765 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 | Ph: 519-631-8617 E: fgo@rogers.com | www.foregolfersonly.on.ca Hancox Homestead Driving Range 31897 Silver Clay Ln, Iona Station N0L 1P0 Ph: 519-762-6048 | E: hancoxhomestead@aol.com 

Golf Driving Range on scenic 11 acres. Family friendly, catering to both avid and novice golfers. Picnic areas, toilets, shop on site with golf supplies, Hancox Homestead Bath & Ad p47 Beauty and Helsia Jewellery. Memberships, lessons.

Kettle Creek Golf Club 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1B6 | Ph: 519-782-7500 E: kettlecreekgolf@gmail.com | www.golfkettlecreek.com

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

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Beautiful 18 hole golf course with bar, lounge, and fully stocked proshop. We can also host all of your banquet, meeting, and wedding needs.


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East Elgin Community Complex Owned and operated by the Town of Aylmer and Township of 531 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 2T9 | Ph: 519-773-5631 Malahide, we offer recreational programs all year and host a Canada E: tklachan@eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca Day Celebration and Family New Year’s Eve Party. www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca Ad p48 Full Circle Ranch 44632 Mapleton Ln, Central Elgin N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-280-0959 | E: fullcircleranch@outlook.com www.fullcircleranch.ca

Full Circle Ranch was founded with the vision of creating a safe, natural environment that promotes self-discovery, healing and transformation through the use of horses. Counselling, personal growth, and educational services are provided.

Horseshoe J Dude Ranch 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 Ph: 519-762-5402 | E: duderanch@xplornet.ca www.duderanchontario.com

For over 50 years, Horseshoe J Dude Ranch has been offering a unique Horse Camp experience and trail riding. Enjoy family camps, children's camps, hourly public trail riding, birthday packages, lessons, horse clubs and group outings.

Jabez Therapy Ranch 52765 Ron McNeil Ln, Springfield N0L 2J0 Ph: 519-773-3354 | E: nrow@amtelecom.net www.jabeztherapyranch.ca

Jabez Therapy Ranch is a therapeutic equestrian ranch for individuals with physical, social, emotional and mental health needs. We also offer regular riding lessons to children and adults. We have Certified Coaches and are an EAGALA certified equine specialist ranch.

Jibson's Paintball Park 46097 Dexter Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2489 | E: jibby27@hotmail.com www.jibsonspaintball.com Ad p49

A friendly, local park designed for an exciting day of outdoor fun. Everyone welcome, young, old, first time, occasional or pro. Capture the flag/fort, speed and hyper ball. Walk-ons, parties, companies and groups welcome.

Pools & Splash Pads

Come out and enjoy our family friendly range, with picnic area, play set, beautiful woodland scenery & wildlife! SEASONAL MEMBERSHIPS & GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE

31897 Silver Clay Ln, Iona Stn • 519-762-6048 Open 7 Days/Week, 10am-7:30pm (weather permitting)

www.facebook.com/HancoxHomesteadFan Come see our Farmer's Star Barn Quilt ALSO FEATURING HELSIA JEWELLERY AND HANCOX HOMESTEAD BATH & BEAUTY

Facilities are generally open early or mid-June to the end of August—call for details. • Aylmer Pool & Splash Pad, Balmoral Park 17 Myrtle St, Aylmer, 519-773-3164 • Belmont Splash Pad, Don Yeck Park 14020 Belmont Rd, Belmont, 519-631-4860 • Dutton Dunwich Community Pool 198 Queen St, Dutton, 519-762-2772 • West Elgin Community Pool 259 Ridout St, Rodney, 519-785-0750 • Miller Park Splash Pad, West Lorne, 519-785-0560 The Bluffs Golf Club is 5 km west of Port Stanley on the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie, with breathtaking views that will make your golfing experience a day to remember.

A friendly place to golf. Owned & Operated by Jan & George Loughlean, C.P.G.A. PRO

45809 Ferguson Line

519-644-1370

9-hole Challenging Golf Course Driving Range & Teaching Academy Practice Putting Green Licensed Clubhouse Patio & Course Corporate Outings Welcome

35593 Lake Line • 519-782-7447

Book online at www.thebluffsgolfclub.com

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Kettle Creek Conservation Authority 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-631-1270 E: luiza@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Ad p49

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation areas showcase a number of water-related activities, bird watching, disc golfing, hiking and camping opportunities. Visit the website for more information.

Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Ph: 519-354-7310 | E: info@ltvca.ca www.ltvca.ca

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

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Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 8536 Havens's Lake Rd, RR#3, Rodney N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-785-0189 E: portglasgowyachtclub@gmail.com www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca

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

Sport In Port—Adventure Outfitters 204 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L1C5 Ph: 226-658-PORT | E: ericsalin@sportinport.ca www.sportinport.ca

Simply the hub of sporty and natural fun in Port Stanley. We provide seasonal rentals, activities and retail products. We offer packages and information on local trails, waterways and land. Whether you need a kayak, snowshoe or a bike, give us a call.

Springwater Conservation Area We offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole family to 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 enjoy—camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, special events and Ph: 519-773-9037 hiking. Discover Our Good Nature at Springwater. E: springwater@catfishcreek.ca www.catfishcreek.ca Ad p49

CANADA DAY CELEBRATION - JULY 1 ST (RAIN DATE JULY 2ND)

On behalf of the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide, the East Elgin Community Complex hosts the Canada Day Celebration in partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer. Festivities include: inflatables, face painting, carnival games, crafts, BBQ, live entertainment, free public skating, official ceremony and fireworks Admission: Donation to the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION - DECEMBER 31 ST, 6-9PM Ring in the New Year with family and friends. Don’t miss the fun and festivities! Festivities include: face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, Val the Snake Lady and public skating with rental skates available for only $2 a pair Admission: $10 per family

RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

Public Skating • Tiny Tots • Adult Skate • Family Skate • Figure Skating Shinny • Mini Shinny • 25+ Shinny • In Be“Tween” Shinny • Speed Skating Shuffleboard • Indoor Walking • Horseshoes • Day Camp • Seniors’ Day Out

For more information, contact the East Elgin Community Complex

531 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, Ontario N5H 2T9 Phone: 519-773-5631 Fax: 519-773-5755 tklachan@eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca

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EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION MOTORCYCLE TOURISM

Elgin’s temperate climate lets you ride just a little bit longer. 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, with vibrant heritage built on the spirit of early settlers. Cruise the Coast Map www.cruisethecoast.ca

Biking & Cycling TrailS

Jibson’s Paintball Park Home of Erie Shore Paintball 46097 Dexter Line, Sparta

519-775-2489

Supplies • Gun Repairs & Maintenance

Explore our beautiful trails and parks by biking, walking, hiking, jogging or cross-country skiing throughout Elgin. This comprehensive map helps guide you along the way. Cycling & Hiking Trail Map www.elgintourist.com

BIRD WATCHING

A couple of sites attract flocks of people and birds each year. Aylmer Wildlife Management Area (north of Aylmer, near Ontario Police College) is the place to see migrating Tundra Swans in March. Hundreds visit Hawk Cliff (on Lake Erie, east of Port Stanley) in the fall for the raptor migration. Live bird demonstrations are featured during two Hawkwatch weekends in September.

No worries, no gimmicks, just paintball!

www.jibsonspaintball.com

Enjoy a refreshing day or weekend with all that Mother Nature has to offer.

People in Harmony with Nature

DISCOVER OUR GOOD NATURE! Experience some of Ontario’s most beautiful natural features and best outdoor recreation opportunities. • SEASONAL & OVERNIGHT CAMPING • • PLAYGROUND • HIKING • PICNIC AREAS • • CANOE & PEDAL BOAT RENTALS • FISHING • • SPECIAL EVENTS • MUCH MORE • 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 www.catfishcreek.ca

seasonal and overnight camping beach • fishing • picnic areas bird watching • playground swimming pools hiking trails disc golf canoe rental kids’ activities DALEWOOD CONSERVATION AREA

519-631-1009

LAKE WHITTAKER CONSERVATION AREA

519-269-3592

RESERVE ONLINE AT

www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca /KettleCreekCA

@KettleCreekCA

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Port Glasgow Marina

HMCS Ojibwa Submarine, Port Burwell

Over one hundred kilometres of breathtaking Lake Erie shoreline await you in Elgin County. Whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy portside village or a more tranquil atmosphere, Elgin’s four Ports have something for everyone! The wild beauty of undeveloped lakeshore makes Port Glasgow a recreationist’s dream, whether bird-watching, tramping through the trails of local Carolinian forests, or relaxing on its beautiful beaches. The local marina, small private airstrip and four nearby trailer resorts cater to both pickerel fishers and laid back vacationers. With one of the finest stretches of sandy beach on the North Shore of Lake Erie, Port Stanley offers visitors a unique mix of attractions—theatre, Port Stanley Terminal Rail, Sport in Port equipment rentals, great

Port Bruce, a quaint former fishing village is home to a waterfront Provincial Park where visitors can swim, picnic, and enjoy some of the best Lake Erie yellow perch and walleye fishing off the pier. Port Burwell is known as the “Jewel of Erie’s North Shore”. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate Port Burwell Provincial Park’s hiking trails, campgrounds, day use beach and other amenities. It is also one of the best sites for witnessing spring migrations of birds and butterflies. History buffs will be intrigued by the Historic Lighthouse and Marine Museum’s fine collection of lighthouse lenses and other Lake Erie marine artifacts. They will also be impressed in a BIG way by the HMCS Ojibwa, a Cold War era submarine and first artifact of the future Museum of Naval History. Visit www.projectojibwa.ca for tour information and tickets. The Ports of Elgin County www.elgintourist.com/ports

Ska-Nah-Doht

Village & Museum

Spend time at the park... Step into the Past! ... in a recreated village of 1,000 years ago at Longwoods Road Conservation Area

SKA-NAH-DOHT Village and Museum

8348 Longwoods Road (Middlesex Rd. 2) 6.5 km west of Delaware 1/2 hr west of London

Call: 519-264-2420

Email: info@ltvca.ca

Website: www.ltvca.ca

Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority - Over 50 Years of Conservation

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shops, renowned restaurants, three golf courses, and a thriving arts community.


Photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

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Aylmer & Area Chamber of Commerce 44 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 | Ph: 519-773-5655 E: commerce@amtelecom.net | 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.

Aylmer, Town Of Aylmer is at the centre of a fast growing agri-tourism area 46 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 | Ph: 519-773-3164 and supports business in our very own industrial park, E: jreynaert@town.aylmer.on.ca | www.aylmer.ca Ad p10 vibrant downtown and community offerings. Bayham, Municipality of 9344 Plank Rd, Straffordville N0J 1Y0 Ph: 519-866-5521 | E: bayham@bayham.on.ca www.bayham.on.ca

Visit the Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse, Marine & Edison (Vienna) Museums & Wind Interpretive Centre kiosk—open daily mid-May to Labour Day. Off season by arrangement. Ad p4 Special events, beach, boating, fishing, food and family fun.

Cedarhurst Salon & Spa Our team of professionals look forward to providing you with 76 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1A5 services that will relax & pamper you. Call us today… you Ph: 519-631-7629 | E: cedarhurstsalonandspa@rogers.com deserve it! Like us on Facebook. www.cedarhurstsalonandspa.com Ad p15 Central Elgin, Municipality of 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: dwilson@centralelgin.org www.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 Ad p8 square kms in area and has a population of 13,000 citizens.

Daytripping in Southern Ontario 2684 Lakeshore Road, Brights Grove N0N 1C0 Ph: 519-908-9389 / 1-800-667-0337 | E: info@daytripping.ca www.daytripping.ca

"The Daytripper" is a magazine promoting the most unique shops, stops, towns and events. Available free at tourist booths, in shops and online.

Dutton Dunwich Chamber of Commerce PO Box 547, Dutton www.ddchamber.ca

The Dutton Dunwich Chamber of Commerce is a group of committed people from the business community intent on promoting and building business for the common good.

Dutton Dunwich, Municipality of 199 Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 Ph: 519-762-2204 | E: tfarrell@duttondunwich.on.ca www.duttondunwich.on.ca Ad p6

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.

Elgin Business Resource Centre 300 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-633-7597 | E: dwebster@elgincfdc.ca www.elgincfdc.ca

EBRC assists Elgin/St. Thomas entrepreneurs with all aspects of business development including new business planning, growth, access to capital, networking, and business incubation services.

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Elgin County Library 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 | Ph: 519-631-1460 x148 E: crobson@elgin-county.on.ca www.elgincounty.ca/library Ad p52

With ten branches located throughout Elgin County, the Elgin County Library serves all your informational needs, including books, electronic resources, Internet services and children's programs.

Hayhoe Homes Ad p2 Build your next home with an award winning home builder, 1 Barrie Blvd, St. Thomas N5P 4B9 | Ph: 519-633-2050 Hayhoe Homes! See pictures and floor plans online or drop by E: joe.hayhoe@hayhoehomes.com | www.hayhoehomes.com for a visit at one of our fully furnished presentation centres. Helping Unite Belmont (the HUB) 14090 Belmont Road, PO Box 309 , Belmont N0L 1B0 Ph: 519-644-1552 | E: belmont_hub@hotmail.com www.belmonthub.ca

The HUB is dedicated to bringing together the residents of Belmont, Ontario through a common meeting place, programs and opportunities for people of all ages. Events and programs held year round.

Holistic Awakenings Day Spa A holistic day spa devoted to providing a spa experience 46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 | Ph: 519-775-2606 defined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca natural healing spa services and holistic body products. www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com Ad p54 Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London Ready and available to help you with your provincial 750 Talbot St, Suite 201, St. Thomas N5P 1E2 concerns. Ph: 519-631-0666 / 1-800-265-7638 E: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org | www.jeffyurekmpp.com Ad p54 Jim Harris, Broker M.V.A Royal LePage Triland Realty-Brokerage 491 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1C3 | Ph: 519-857-5429 E: jim@isellstthomas.com | www.isellstthomas.com

You need an experienced professional when buying or selling real estate. Count on me for excellent knowledge of Elgin, great negotiation skills and selling strategies.

Stay connected when you visit Elgin County!

Library ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WIRELESS INTERNET E-BOOKS & MAGAZINES GENEALOGY TOURIST INFORMATION TEN BRANCHES

Aylmer • Belmont Dutton • Port Burwell Port Stanley • Rodney Shedden • Springfield Straffordville • West Lorne

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Joe Preston, MP Elgin-Middlesex-London Ready and available to help you with your federal concerns: 2-24 First Ave, St. Thomas N5R 4M5 passports; Revenue Canada; Service Canada; Citizenship & Ph: 519-637-2255 Immigration; Employment Insurance. www.joepreston.ca Ad p54 Mainstreet Aylmer 44 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-773-5655 | E: commerce@amtelecom.net

MainStreet Aylmer has a unique, friendly, historical atmosphere with boutiques and shops.

Malahide, Township of 87 John St, Aylmer N5H 2C3 | Ph: 519-773-5344 E: aadams@malahide.ca | www.malahide.ca

Local government. Ad p11

Norfolk County Tourism: Port Dover to Long Point 30 Peel St, Simcoe N3Y 1R9 Ph: 519-426-9497 | E: tourism@norfolkcounty.ca www.norfolktourism.ca

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 Port Stanley BIA is the strong voice for over 85 businesses in 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: dwilson@centralelgin.org tourism and economic development. www.portstanley.net Ad p58 Railway City Tourism 545 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5R 5V7 Ph: 519-631-1680 www.st-thomasedc.on.ca

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To enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the City of St. Thomas primarily by attracting, retaining and growing industry and employment.

Relish Elgin Ph: 519-633-1992 | E: contact@relishelgin.ca www.relishelgin.ca

Lifestyles web and print magazine with a seasonal focus on Elgin County. Freelance graphic design services creating appealing designs and media built around your budget.

Richard Haddow & Helen Haddow, Remax Realty Ph: 519-495-0789 www.portstanleyhomes.ca www.stthomashomes.ca

With Remax Centre City Realty Inc, Richard and Helen welcome the opportunity to discuss your real estate requirements with you. Serving St.Thomas & Port Stanley.

Southwold, Township of 35663 Fingal Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 Ph: 519-769-2010 | E: southwold@southwold.ca www.southwold.ca

Ad p54 Local government. Ad p8

St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce 115-300 South Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-631-1981 | E: mail@stthomaschamber.on.ca www.stthomaschamber.on.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 and services to those who are considering an investment here.

St. Thomas Downtown Development Board 545 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 3V7 Ph: 519-633-5248 | E: info@downtownstthomas.com www.downtownstthomas.com Ad p16

The mission of the St. Thomas DDB is to promote downtown St. Thomas—3 km of beautifully painted murals, lush parkettes, historic Victorian buildings and over 300 unique shops and services.

Tourism London 267 Dundas St, London N6A 1H2 Ph: 519-661-5000 | E: tourism@city.london.on.ca www.londontourism.ca

Tourism London is the tourism promotional organization responsible for promoting and developing the tourism and hospitality industry in London and Southwestern Ontario.

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West Elgin Chamber of Commerce Rodney N0L 2C0 E: secretary@westelginchamber.ca www.westelginchamber.ca

At the West Elgin Chamber of Commerce we believe in a balanced approach to economic development. This includes the maintenance and expansion of area agricultural businesses, along with new industrial development, residential expansion and tourism opportunities.

West Elgin, Municipality of 22413 Hoskins Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 Ph: 519-785-0560 www.westelgin.net

The Municipality of West Elgin—a place where the past and the future live side by side. A minute from the 401, it's your link to Lake Erie's beautiful South Coast.

Ad p6

Relax &Rejuvenate

Fall Colours in Elgin

Massage Therapy Manicures & Pedicures Spa Treatments Hair Removal Retail Store

Gift Certificates Available

519-775-2606 Main Street, Sparta www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com

Elgin-Middlesex-London

Constituency Office: 750 Talbot Street, Suite 201 St. Thomas, ON, N5P 1E2

(inside the CASO Railway Station)

E: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org Tel: 519-631-0666 or 1-800-265-7638 www.jeffyurekmpp.com

RICHARD HADDOW & HELEN HADDOW Sales Representatives

Centre City Realty Inc. BROKERAGE

Independently Owned & Operated

Serving St. Thomas & Port Stanley www.portstanleyhomes.ca www.stthomashomes.ca Direct 519-495-0789

JOE PRESTON M.P. ELGIN - MIDDLESEX - LONDON

Ready and available to help with your Federal concerns. Constituency Office: 2-24 First Ave, St. Thomas, ON N5R 4M5 Tel: 519-637-2255 • Fax: 519-637-3358 Toll Free: 1-866-404-0406

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Fall colours photo by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

Jeff Yurek, MPP


EVENTS

Lavender Fairy Festival photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

There’s always something happening in Elgin County—here we feature the major events in Elgin this year. Visit www.elgintourist.com for a comprehensive list of events.

Steed & Co. Lavender Fairy Festival

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St. Thomas is host to many popular events throughout the year. Visit our website to find current and complete listings. July 1st Canada Day in Pinafore Park July 18-20 & 25-27 Day Out With Thomas August 21-24 Iron Horse Festival Labour Day Weekend St. Thomas Fire Muster Days October 18th Doors Open St. Thomas Month of December Fantasy of Lights in Pinafore Park

www.railwaycitytourism.com REAL BIG

August 21st-24th

REAL BIG

An amazing ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™! Plus tons of other activities.

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN MEMORIAL CENTRE 80 WILSON AVE, ST. THOMAS, ON Hosted by the Elgin County Railway Museum

www.ticketweb.ca/dowt or call 888-222-6608

Something different every day!

Day Out With Thomas™ Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry. © 2014 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Thomas & Friends and Day Out With Thomas are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited. © 2014 HIT Entertainment Limited. © 2014 MEGA Brands Inc. All rights reserved. MEGA BLOKS and the MEGA BLOKS logo are registered trademarks of Mega Brands Inc.

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www.ironhorsefestival.com

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Snowbirds and Shedden Tractor Pull photos by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

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Weekends in March and March Break

Springwater Maple Syrup Festival Enjoy wagon rides through 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.

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer 519-773-9037 www.catfishcreek.ca

Weekends in March

Palmer's Maple Syrup Festival 9am–3pm. Sat & Sun in March. 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.

Palmer’s Maple Syrup, 34308 Lake Ln, RR #1, Port Stanley 519-769-2245

April 4-6

7th Annual CANADALE SPRING GARDEN SHOW Explore landscape displays, enjoy seminars and demos, discover local artisans and get a sneak peek at new plant introductions. There will also be Kids Club Activities and a charity lunch.

Canadale Nurseries, 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 www.canadale.com

April 6-12

Active Elgin WEEK For one week only organizations across Elgin County will open their doors and offer residents and visitors of all ages and abilities a chance to try various sport, leisure and recreational activities for free or at a discounted rate!

Across Elgin-St.Thomas 519-631-9900 www.activeelgin.ca

April 9

Annual Vimy Lecture 2pm. Elgin County Museum honours the memory of Wallacetown native Lance-Sgt. Ellis W. Sifton, who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his actions on the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, by hosting a lecture on some aspects of the battle.

Elgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-1460 x159 www.elgincounty.ca

May TBA

St. Thomas-Elgin Studio Tour—Open Studio Various studios around Elgin-St. Thomas will be open to visitors.

www.stepac.ca

June 6–8

Rosy Rhubarb Festival 8am. The annual Rosy Rhubarb Festival celebrates rhubarb, fun and community spirit in the village of Shedden. The community welcomes visitors, tourists and vendors from near and far. Fun! Family! Lots to see and do at the Rhubarb Capital of Canada!

Shedden Keystone Complex and surrounding community 519-764-2600 rosyrhubarbfestival.com

June 7

Edison Fest 9am-6pm. Music in the Park, craft vendors, children’s activities, skateboarding, talent show, fire safety house, free draws, contests, food and tours of the Edison Museum at 14 Snow St.

Vienna Memorial Park, 6226 Plank Rd, Vienna 519-866-5521 www.bayham.on.ca

Snowbirds

Shedden Tractor Pull

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The Jewel of Lake Erie’s North Shore

SHOP • DINE • STAY The businesses of Port Stanley invite you to shop, dine, stay... all year round. Visit our unique shops, dine on our fresh and local cuisine, stay in our relaxing inns and B&Bs, and so much more! Frolic in the sand and surf at our ‘Blue Flag’ designated Main Beach, or enjoy a slower pace on Little Beach. Visit our website for upcoming events and specials

www.portstanley.net


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June 13–15

Van Fest—CANADA’S PREMIERE TRUCK SHOW Including custom vans, pick-ups, and 4x4s. Show and Shine is Sat from 11am– 4pm. Purchase tickets at the gate.

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca

June 20–22

Shedden Tractor Pull It's fun, it's loud and it's exciting. Come watch the competition!

Keystone Community Complex, Shedden

June 21

Belmont Summer Fun Day 10am–midnight. Summer festival offering activities for all ages. Info alley. Live bands throughout the day. BBQ lunch, evening beef dinner. Beer garden opening at noon.

Union Street Park, Belmont www.belmonthub.ca

July & Aug

Summer Sounds Delicious at Quai du Vin 2pm. The winery’s signature music series includes Ultimate Tributes July 13th; Jukebox Memories July 27th; Caribbean Fiesta Aug 10th; Reds, Whites & The Blues Aug 24th. Tickets available individually or as a Season’s Pass for only $70. Check the website for more information.

Quai du Vin Estate Winery, 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, 2km north of Sparta 519-775-2216 www.quaiduvin.com

July 1

Port Stanley Canfest Join our Canada Day celebration featuring fireworks, boat parade, pony rides, face painting, music at Glover Park, and much more!

Port Stanley info@portstanleycanfest.ca www.portstanleycanfest.ca

July 1

DuTTOn Canada Day CELEBRATIONS 12pm–dusk. Enjoy fun activities throughout the day! Free swim, volunteer awards, opening ceremonies, musical entertainment, kids activities, fireworks at dusk.

Sons of Scotland Park, Dutton 519-762-3209 www.duttondunwich.on.ca

July 1

Canada Day Celebrations in Port Burwell Parade at 11:30am followed by flag raising ceremony, music, entertainment, children’s activities, food, fun and cake cutting. Visit the Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse.

Port Burwell Legion to Cenotaph 519-874-1190 www.bayham.on.ca

July 1

Celebrate Canada—hosted by The Township of Malahide & The Town of Aylmer 5pm–9pm. Something for everyone: inflatables, carnival games, mini golf, photo booth, crafts and activities, BBQ and entertainment. All ages are guaranteed a great time. Free public skating. Fireworks at dusk.

East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot St, Aylmer, 519-773-5631 www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca

July 1

FINGAL Canada Day Celebrations Fireworks at dusk.

Fingal Ball Park Township of Southwold

July 1

WEST LORNE Canada Day Celebrations 1pm Kids Country Carnival & other activities; 5pm fish fry; 7pm opening ceremonies, baseball games, Snake Lady show; 9:30pm fireworks.

Miller Park, West Lorne 519-785-0650 www.westelgin.net

QUAI DUVIN 2014 EVENTS

apr 26 / may 31 / Jun 28 WINEMAKER’S DINNERS Jun 8 GRAPE ESCAPE VINEYARD RUN Jul 13 ULTIMATE TRIBUTES Jul 27 JUKEBOX MEMORIES aug 10 CARIBBEAN FIESTA aug 17 GRAPES OF WRATH aug 24 REDS, WHITES & THE BLUES

519-775-2216 • www.QuaiduVin.com 2km north of Sparta, Ontario

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July 12

Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys Western Festival 9am food & vendors, family events, petting zoo. Noon horse parade. Battle of the Bands. Cattle & horse breed displays, horse demos, wagon rides and trail rides (BYOH). Lots of fun for the whole family!

Rodney Fairgrounds, 135 Queens Ln 1-866-401-2965 cactuscattleandcowboys.ca

July 30–Aug 4

Port Stanley Harbourfest Fri noon–Sun 5pm. Nautical celebration of the Port Stanley harbour, vendors, entertainment, merchants’ specials. Come ‘SHOP, DINE, STAY’.

Port Stanley Harbour 519-782-3673 www.portstanley.net

Aug 1–3

Tub Daze in Port Burwell Fri evening, Sat all day, Sun Fireworks at dusk. Weekend family fun— beach volleyball, swimming, boating, fishing, great food & music. Visit the Marine Museum, Lighthouse & HMCS Ojibwa sub.

Port Burwell East Beach dtravis@amtelecom.net www.bayham.on.ca

Aug 3

Annual PORT GLASGOW Fish Fry & Fireworks 4:30–10pm. The day starts with a family fish fry put on by West Elgin volunteer groups. Dinner $15; over 600 dinners served annually. Live band throughout the day and fireworks at dusk.

Port Glasgow Marina 519-785-1765

Aug 8–10

Aylmer and East Elgin Agricultural Fair 10am–10pm. Daily entertainment, demo derbies, agricultural exhibits, arts and craft competitions, food vendors and midway rides! Come join us for sun & fun at the Aylmer Fair.

Aylmer Fairgrounds, 139 Pine St E, Aylmer 519-773-3445 www.aylmerfair.ca

Aug 8–10

Elgin Historical Show (Kettle Valley Pioneers) 9am–5pm. Elgin Historical Show always the second full weekend in August. Antique show to demonstrate how farming was done in the pioneer days.

Dan Patterson Conservation Area, Highbury Ave, just north of St. Thomas

Aug 9

STEED & CO. Lavender Fairy Festival Noon-4pm. Indulge in an afternoon filled with fairy fun and lore. Discover the Lavender Fairy and learn about her important job. Guest entertainment. Bring your wings!

Steed & Company Lavender, 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta 519-494-5525 www.steedandcompany.com

Aug 10

Canadian Snowbirds Air Show "Smoke on the Water" Canadian Snowbirds precision flying team will put on an exciting 45-minute show over the water. Enjoy the show and ‘SHOP, DINE, STAY’.

Port Stanley Main Beach www.portstanley.net

Aug 15–17

Fred Eaglesmith Charity Music Festival Come see this popular entertainer for the day or the weekend. Fred’s line-up includes Americana, Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and just great songwriting. Enjoy great Canadian music at its best.

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca

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Bee Beard at Clovermead

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Aylmer Fair and Bee Beard photos by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

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Port Stanley Harbourfest photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

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Aug 16

3 Port Cycle Tour Ride the challenging routes of Southern Ontario's best cycling destination presented by the Aylmer Express Graphics Group. Choose from 160 km, 100 km and 50 km routes with lunch provided in Port Bruce.

Port Burwell, Port Bruce & Port Stanley brett@aylmerexpress.ca www.threeporttour.com

Aug 22–24

Shedden Agricultural Society Fall Fair Come out for the fun, the food, and the friendship. Something for everyone!

Keystone Community Complex, Shedden Township of Southwold

Aug 23

Talbot Trail of Yard Sales All day. 100 kms of yard sales, farm produce stands, unique shops, museums, wineries, art galleries, and so much more. Follow the Talbot Trail!

County-wide www.elgintourist.com

Aug 23

Watermelon Fest in Straffordville All day event. Parade at 10 am, school to park. Firefighter's pancake breakfast at fire hall, silent auction, food booths, craft vendors, car show (new), kids activities, free face painting, pony & midway rides & movie at dusk.

Straffordville Community Centre Park, 56169 Heritage Ln 519-866-5573 www.bayham.on.ca

Saturdays in Sept & Oct

Clovermead Annual Fall Festivals Honey Harvest Festival (Saturdays in Sept): Come watch honey harvested from the hive, dip a beeswax candle, safely see a live hive opened, honey tastings, wagon rides, and shows. Bee Beard demonstration at 2:30pm. Pumpkin Festival (Saturdays in October & Thanksgiving Monday): Celebrate the world of pumpkins, the great pumpkin drop, pumpkin seed spitting, apple sling shot, pumpkin cannon show, pumpkin catapult, pick your own pumpkin. Bushels of family fun.

Clovermead Bees & Honey Adventure Farm, 11302 Imperial Rd, Aylmer 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com

Tell a Story Worth a Thousand Words

Enroll in a digital photography course. Rekindle your creativity in our state-of-the-art digital Photo Stable. 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne • 519-768-9986

www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Port Stanley Harbourfest

The Arts & Cookery Bank

CookeryBank

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EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

Sept TBA

Elgin Farm Adventure Tour 10am–3pm. This tour allows you to visit several farms or agri-businesses in East Elgin. Tour maps are available the beginning of September.

East Elgin 519-633-0114

Sept 6–7

GREAT LAKES FARMS Applefest 10am–5pm Sat, 11am–5pm Sun. Help us kick off the apple season and sample some of our early apple varieties.

Great Lakes Farms, 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley www.greatlakesfarms.ca

Sep 12–14

Rodney Aldborough Agriculture Society Fair

Rodney Park, Queens St, Rodney 519-768-1858

Sept 13–14

BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE Heritage Farm Show 10am–4pm. Demonstrations planned over the weekend include threshing, a working steam engine, farm horses, a market, historic agricultural displays and musical entertainment.

Backus-Page House, 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca

Sept 20

Doors Open Port Stanley/Sparta 10am–4pm. This event presents a unique opportunity to visit many historical and cultural venues. Guides in historical costumes will share our heritage as you tour many sites not usually open to public.

Port Stanley, Sparta & surrounding area andrew@lebeacon.ca www.portstanley.net

Sept 26–28

Wallacetown Fair The whole family will enjoy the 153rd Annual Wallacetown Fair!

Wallacetown Fairgrounds www.wallacetownfair.com

Nov 8–Dec 7

CANADALE’S Christmas Open Houses Sat & Sun. Christmas at Canadale! Celebrate the season with decorating demos & workshops. Free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and see his live reindeer. Charity lunch.

Canadale Nurseries, 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 www.canadale.com

Nov 21–Dec 6

Home For Christmas Shopping Event Western Elgin Shop Local Event. Visit each business location for draw tickets to win in-store draw prizes. Draws to be held on Dec. 9. See business hours.

Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton and Wallacetown westelginfarmgirl@yahoo.ca

Dec 6

Christmas Spirit Walk 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! Purchase tickets at the gate.

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer www.catfishcreek.ca

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Rodney Fair

September 12, 13, & 14

Live entertainment, children’s shows, cattle show, miniature horses, tractor pull, lawn mower races, demo derby & sooo much more.

www.rodneyfair.ca 62

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Heritage Farm Show photo by Relish Elgin | Parade photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG

EVENTS SANTA CLAUS PARADES DATE

EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

Nov 8

Dutton Santa Claus Parade 1pm.

Dutton

Nov 28

West Lorne Santa Claus Parade 7pm. Santa's sleigh follows a parade of floats, horses and walkers adorned with brightly coloured lights and decorations. Santa will greet the children at the West Lorne arena. Free public skating until 9pm. Please join us for the activities.

West Lorne 519-768-2691

Nov 29

Aylmer Santa Claus Parade 2pm. The Kinsmen Club is host to this locally famous parade from the Aylmer Fairgrounds west along Talbot Street. Enjoy floats by local businesses and bands from across the province.

Aylmer

Dec 6

Springfield Santa Claus Parade 1pm.

Springfield

Dec 6

Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6:30pm. Parade from Port Burwell-Bayham Royal Canadian Legion west on Wellington St to Robinson, left to Pitt St. All floats and entries welcome. Goodies and hot drinks at Lighthouse.

Port Burwell Legion on Wellington St to Library dtravis@amtelecom.net www.bayham.on.ca

Dec 6

Rodney Parade & Christmas Celebrations 2pm free Library Program; 3:30pm Snake Lady Show; wagon rides plus other activities; 4:30pm hotdogs/hot chocolate sponsored by Lions Club and Fairles; 5:30pm evening parade downtown; Santa Claus at Rodney Legion after parade.

Rodney 519-785-0560 westelgin.net

Dec 7

Belmont Santa Claus Parade 6pm.

Belmont

Dec 7

Fingal Santa Claus Parade 2pm.

Fingal

Dec 13

Straffordville School to Straffordville Santa Claus Parade 10:30am. Santa Claus community parade. All floats and entries welcome. Community Centre 519-866-5521 Visit Santa. Goodies and hot drinks. www.bayham.on.ca

Backus-Page House Heritage Farm Show

Aylmer Santa Claus Parade

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EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

May 27–June 7

Port Stanley Festival Theatre: Country Jukebox Evening shows at 8pm, matinees at 2pm. Starring Leisa Way, Aaron Solomon and Randall Kempf, featuring the Wayward Wind Band. From traditional country harmonies to exciting crossover melodies, Country Jukebox bursts from the gate and takes you on a high energy ride through country’s finest duets.

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

May 29-Jun 7

Aylmer Community Theatre: Mrs. Parliament's Night Out Wed–Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. The final show of ACT's 2013/14 season is the first performance of Norm Foster's newest release to amateur theatre companies. Mrs. Parliament finds herself at a cross-road when her husband of 32 years forgets their anniversary. A myriad of characters support and teach Mrs. P on her journey. Directed by Ron Sawyer.

Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St S, Aylmer 519-773-3372 www.aylmertheatre.ca

June 11–July 5

Port Stanley Festival Theatre: The Melville Boys Evening shows at 8pm, matinees at 2pm. Owen and Lee Melville have got away from it all! Or have they? The family cottage with fish that won’t be caught, girls that can’t be wooed, and family secrets that just won’t go away. A true Canadian classic by Norm Foster.

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

July 9–July 26

Port Stanley Festival Theatre: Bingo Ladies Evening shows at 8pm, matinees at 2pm. A world premier musical, with book, music and lyrics by Grant Tilly. Lucky charms, big dreams, and a troll named Thor. It's Friday night at the bingo hall and the gloves are off! Irene never loses but Carol and Sandi are in a bit of a dry spell … 416 days without a win. Something’s got to give!

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

July 30–Aug 16

Port Stanley Festival Theatre: The Fixer-Upper Evening shows at 8pm, matinees at 2pm. A comedy by Lorne Elliot, in seven phone calls! The life of a landlord is not without its pitfalls … especially when the “land” is a derelict, mosquito infested, worn-out, “kind of inherited” shack. Still, it’s a wonder what determination, rose coloured glasses, and a lick of paint can achieve … until the tenants arrive!

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Aug 20–Sept 13 Port Stanley Festival Theatre: Stag and Doe Evening shows at 8pm, matinees at 2pm. A brand new comedy from exciting new playwright Mark Crawford. Bonnie and Brad are having a stag and doe, Mandy and Rob are having a wedding, Dee is still getting over being left at the alter, and Jay just found out his entire catering staff is in jail … all at the same time, in the same hall, in the same small town.

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Theatre photos by Philip J Bell of Shutter Studios

Port Stanley Festival Theatre

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Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre

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ELGIN QUICK REFERENCE PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CENTRES • • • • • • • •

Sarnia, ON/Port Huron, MI, USA – 117km/73mi Kitchener/Waterloo, ON – 128km/80mi Hamilton, ON – 144km/89mi Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI, USA – 185km/115mi Toronto, ON – 209km/130mi Niagara Falls, ON/NY, USA – 230km/143mi Fort Erie, ON/Buffalo, NY, USA – 252km/156mi Oshawa, ON – 256km/159mi

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Cleveland, OH, USA – 456km/283mi Kingston – 459km/285mi Pittsburgh, PA, USA – 610km/379mi Chicago, IL, USA – 642km/399mi Ottawa, ON – 648km/403mi New York, NY, USA – 889km/552mi Philadelphia, PA, USA – 903km/561mi Boston, MA, USA – 984km/611mi

AIRPORTS • St. Thomas Municipal Airport (YQS) • London International Airport (YXU)

• Tillsonburg Airport (YTB) • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Population (ESTIMATED) • • • •

Elgin County – 50 954 Municipality of Bayham – 7 273 Municipality of Central Elgin – 13 075 Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich – 3 997

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Municipality of West Elgin – 5 215 Town of Aylmer – 7 366 Township of Malahide – 9 507 Township of Southwold – 4 521

Weather • Elgin County enjoys one of Canada’s longest growing seasons and an above average number of sunny days, making it an ideal location for solar energy production and agri-business. • We are located within the unique 1% of Canada’s geographic area called the Carolinian Zone, which is home to more species of flora and fauna than anywhere else in Canada. • Average temperatures: 20°C in July, -6°C in Jan • Average precipitation: 77mm in July, 69mm in Jan

IMPORTANT Numbers POLICE – FIRE – AMBULANCE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE (EMERGENCY CALLS - TOLL-FREE IN ONTARIO)

911 1-888-310-1122

Poison Control Hotline (Toll-Free in Ontario)

1-800-268-9017

OPP General Inquiries (Non-Emergency) St. Thomas Office – 42696 John Wise Line Dutton Office – Currie Road North at Hwy 401

519-631-2920 519-762-2833

Aylmer Police Service (General Inquires) 20 Beech St E, Aylmer St. Thomas Police Service (General Inquires) 30 St. Catherine St, St. Thomas

519-773-3144 519-631-1224

HOSPITALS & WALK-IN CLINICS St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital – 189 Elm St, St. Thomas  Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital – 167 Rolph Street, Tillsonburg St. Thomas Walk-In Medical Clinic – 230 First Ave, Suite 105, St. Thomas  66

WWW.ELGINTOURIST.COM

519-631-2020 519-842-3611 519-633-9627


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