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elgincounty OFFICIAL VISITOR’S GUIDE

2016 ELGINTOURIST.COM


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St. Thomas, ON

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WELCOME

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WELCOME MAPS & INFORMATION EXPERIENCE

• Arts & Entertainment

ELGIN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM OFFICE Open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas LOCAL PHONE 519-631-1460 x 168 TOLL FREE 1-877-GO ELGIN (463-5446) x168 FAX 519-631-4549 EMAIL tourism@elgin.ca

• Attractions & Museums

Port Stanley Theatre Building 302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley Mobile Tourism Kiosk At events in Elgin and surrounding area. ELGINTOURIST.COM

The 2016 Elgin County Official Visitors Guide was designed and printed by the Aylmer Express Ltd. Reproduction of any material is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the Aylmer Express Ltd.

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TOURISM KIOSKS Open mid-May to the end of August Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse 17 Robinson Street, Port Burwell 519-874-4807

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Come Play & Bee Happy!

Zip Line • Giant Jumping Pillow • Friendly Farm Animals • Mazes • Pumpkin Festival Honey Festival • Zipster Pedal Carts • Play Structures • Wild Bee Ride • Much More!

OPEN DAILY JUNE TO OCTOBER WITH TRACTOR RIDES (CLOSED SUNDAYS) Guided Beekeeper Talks Daily in July & August

Un-BEE-lievable Family FUN!

www.clovermead.com

11302 Imperial Rd N, Aylmer (Just south of London) 519-773-5503


WELCOME

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

MESSAGE FROM THE WARDEN OF ELGIN COUNTY On behalf of my colleagues on Council I would like to welcome you to Elgin County! Elgin County is bursting with rural charm. Over 120 kilometres of scenic shoreline, some of the best sandy beaches on Lake Erie’s north shore, lush Carolinian forest hiking trails, and friendly towns and villages await you in the heart of southwestern Ontario.

GRANT JONES

MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN

DAVID MARR

MAYOR OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MALAHIDE

DAVE MENNILL

MAYOR OF THE TOWN OF AYLMER

GREG CURRIE

MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM

PAUL ENS

Our rich cultural heritage is kept alive through our vibrant arts community, passionate local historians, live theatre performances, and lively local festivals. The connection to the land is strong in Elgin County with an abundance of fresh produce and wines from local orchards and vineyards being offered up at our restaurants and agritourism operations. A diverse selection of recreational activities including but not limited to fishing, swimming, canoeing, golfing, cycling, and shopping are sure to keep everyone in the family entertained! 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 time in Elgin. Please come back again soon. Bernie Wiehle Warden of Elgin County

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MINERVA ART GALLERY, AYLMER

EXPERIENCE A unique mix of artists, entertainers, historians, and farmers, inspired by our area’s natural beauty, come together in one geographic location to provide a rich cultural experience to remember.

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EXPERIENCE • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT VILLAGE CRIER GALLERY, DUTTON

Artistic inspiration is bountiful in Elgin County. Take in original works of art, be entertained, or develop your own creative talents!

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS

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

ART EMPORIUM PORT STANLEY

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

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AYLMER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL

Want to take in a live performance? We’ve had Grammy and Juno award winners on our Restored Old Town Hall Stage! Seven shows a year. $25/ticket. Check the website!

JULIA HANSFORD’S SPARTA STUDIO

Not your typical art studio! Unique, original artwork ranging from children’s paintings to a strange and macabre style and everything in between.

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

38 John Street S, Aylmer N5H 2C2 Ph: 519-765-3039 | www.artsinaylmer.com

46341 Sparta Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 E: juliahansford.art@gmail.com | www.juliahansford.com

MINERVA ART GALLERY

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

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan NEW NEW AGE, THE 286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 Gallery E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com

PORT BURWELL PERISCOPE PLAYHOUSE INC.

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

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

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

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

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PORTSIDE GALLERY

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

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RUBYEYES KRAFTWERKS

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.

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

187 1/2 Main St Unit A, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 519-782-7066 | E: portside@cuttingpromotions.com www.portside.cuttingpromotions.com 235 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1B9 Ph: 519-782-7443 | E: ruby@rubyeyes.com www.rubyeyes.com 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1B5 Ph: 519-631-4040 | E: info@stepac.ca www.stepac.ca

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 Ad on p9 collection.

VILLAGE COLLECTIVE, THE

46342 Sparta Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2856 | E: art@shelleymcvittie.com www.theVillageCollective.com

The VILLAGE COLLECTIVE: a gathering place for local artist and artisans to showcase and sell their quality art and crafts located in historic Sparta Village. Ad on p9

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.

Art Emporium Port Stanley is an artist run gallery with 40 regional/local artists displaying a diverse range of fine art in the Boathouse Gallery. In addition, the Gift Boutique is treasure trove of artisan-made goods. Member of the Elgin Arts Trail.

Featuring Regional Artists and Artisans

20+ Artists & Crafters Artist Shelley McVittie , Plus Heritage Line Herbs

OPEN YEAR ROUND 177 Main St - Port Stanley - 226-658-1888

In HISTORIC VILLAGE OF

SPARTA 519•775•2856

theVillageCollective.com

www.stepac.ca 301 Talbot St. St. Thomas 519.631.4040

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EXPERIENCE • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

LIVE & LIVELY

ELGIN ARTS TRAIL

Elgin County is home to a vibrant and thriving arts community. Artists and performers of all types have been inspired by the area’s considerable natural beauty. Live entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the year in the form of musical and theatrical performances at a variety of quaint, intimate venues.

Let the Elgin Arts Trail take you on a journey of creativity to art galleries, studios, and live theatre performances across Elgin County. Enjoy original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, hand crafted items, and more. Come discover the delightful treasures that await you on the Elgin Arts Trail, experience our vibrant artistic culture, find a unique souvenir for that special someone, or create your own work of art as part of an interactive class or workshop. Pick up a copy of the Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide or visit the website for a map, event listings, and more.

Spend a summer evening taking in a professional theatre performance at The Port Stanley Festival Theatre located in the heart of the picturesque lakeside village. Community players bring their considerable talents to the stages of the Aylmer Community Theatre, the West Elgin Dramatics Society, and the Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse. The Aylmer Performing Arts Council presents a series of live musical performances by Canadian musicians at the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, a venue celebrated for its historic beauty.

PortStanley FestivalTheatre

2016 SEASON Generously supported by

WWW.ELGINARTSTRAIL.CA

Aaron Solomon starring in

“Wichita Lineman:

The Music of Glen Campbell” Guest starring Leisa Way and Featuring the Wayward Wind Band

May 24th to June 4th

“The Ladies Foursome” By Norm Foster June 8th to July 2nd

A World Premiere of

“This One” By Denise Mader July 27th to August 13th A Brand New Comedy

“The Birds and the Bees” * By Mark Crawford August 17th to September 3rd *Adult Situations

A World Premiere of

“Birds of a Feather” By Simon Joynes July 6th to July 23rd

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY AT OUR BOX OFFICE: 519.782.4353 OR VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.PORTSTANLEYTHEATRE.CA 10 ELGINTOURIST.COM


EXPERIENCE • ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE, PORT BURWELL

ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS Museums and cultural attractions provide an important link to our region’s rich heritage and keep the stories of our past alive. From pre – 18th century Attawandaron villages to the enigmatic Colonel Thomas Talbot, the railway boom of the 1850s, and the agricultural roots of our community, these museums highlight the development of Elgin County through collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs.

Celebrate rural culture at the Arts & Cookery Bank with a cooking class or photography lesson. Hit the trails and explore our heritage through three Barn Quilt Trails, which link sites with colourful mounted quilt blocks, each with its own story. Marine history enthusiasts will be delighted to visit the Historic Lighthouse, Marine Museum, and Ojibwa Submarine – all located within steps of one another in Port Burwell. ELGINTOURIST.COM 11


EXPERIENCE • ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM

ARTS & COOKERY BANK

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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.

ARTS & COOKERY BANK, THE

242 Graham Rd, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-9986 | E: info@theartsandcookerybank.com www.theartsandcookerybank.com

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, November Tour of Homes, Coach guide. March-June (Mon-Fri 9-5) July-Aug (Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat 11-4) Sept- Nov (Mon-Fri 9-5)

This restored Georgian style 1850s house is a museum BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM located amidst the beauty of John E. Pearce Provincial Park. 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Adults $5.50, Students/Children $2.00. Contact us to book Ph: 519-762-3072 | E: info@backuspagehouse.ca www.backuspagehouse.ca Ad on p46 your own tea, picnic, reunion, or wedding.

EDISON MUSEUM OF VIENNA

The Edison Museum of Vienna features many authentic Edison artifacts, inventions and family mementos. The Edison Museum is currently closed to the public.

ELGIN COUNTY ARCHIVES

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

ELGIN COUNTY MUSEUM

The museum annually mounts a series of exhibitions and programs based on a permanent collection of artifacts which illustrate the history of Elgin County.

14 Snow St, Vienna N0J 1Y0 Ph: 519-866-5521 | E: mbaker@elgin.ca www.bayham.on.ca 450 Sunset Drive, St.Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-1460 x154 | E: archives@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca/archives 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-1460 x159 | E: mbaker@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca

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EXPERIENCE • ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS BUSINESS

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ERIE SHORES WIND FARM

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.

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

Owned and operated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., GAY LEA DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM the museum offers a wide variety of dairy and agricultural RR #2, 48075 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 artifacts for people of all ages. Open May- September Ph: 519-773-2955 | E: museum@gayleafoods.ca www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca Ad on p44

HMCS OJIBWA

3 Pitt St, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 1-519-633-7641 | 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.

An immersive gaming entertainment experience in St. JACKPOT CITY GAMING ENTERTAINMENT Thomas. With 4 sessions of BINGO daily-tens of thousands 140 Edward St, St.Thomas N5P 1Z3 in prizes. Featuring play-on demand gaming machines in an Ph: 519-633-1984 | E: hilary.jackpotcity@gmail.com www.bingo-country.ca Ad on p6 exciting new environment. Great diner food & HDTV sports!

NORTH AMERICA RAILWAY HALL OF FAME

750 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1E2 Ph: 519-633-2535 | E: info@narhf.org www.narhf.org

The mission of the Hall of Fame is “to preserve and honour railway heritage in North America and ensure the future sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station”.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 10-4 Except from May 24 to Sep. 3: Tues. to Sat., 10-4 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas. Call 519.631.1460 ext. 160 for information or visit

WWW.ELGINCOUNTY.CA

Elgin County Museum presents a series of changing exhibitions on loan as well as drawn from its permanent collection. Lectures, demonstrations and special events occur throughout the year. The museum also features a small gift shop.

This year the museum marks the

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWI with exhibitions on the Home Front, the Elgin Regiment & General Sir Arthur Currie.

1st Battalion volunteers, St. Thomas, 1914 - Elgin County Archives

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PORT BURWELL MUSEUM & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE

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.

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

PORT STANLEY TERMINAL RAIL

309 Bridge St, Port Stanley N51 1C5 Ph: 519-782-3730 | E: info@pstr.on.ca www.pstr.on.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). Ad on p54 Special Event Trains also available.

63 hectare (155 acre) park features Ska-Nah-Doht, a recreated SKA-NAH-DOHT VILLAGE & MUSEUM 8348 Longwoods Rd, Middlesex Rd 2, Mount Brydges N0L 1W0 longhouse village of 1 000 years ago. Education programs in Ph: 519-264-2420 | E: info@ltvca.ca | www.ltvca.ca Ad on p62 Native Studies and the environment. 7km of trails.

SPARTA AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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 reenactment dinner the second Saturday in November and a high tea and historical fashion show in July. Museums open every day May till August and weekends till Thanksgiving.

ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH

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.

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

29596 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Ph: 519-631-5515 www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO BARN QUILT TRAILS

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SHOP THE VILLAGE COLLECTIVE, SPARTA

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The main streets of Elgin County’s towns and villages are the perfect places to pick up items that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Natural skin care products, hand-made pottery, homemade fudge and baked goods, stylish fashions, artisan candles, locally grown flowers, and antiques are just a few of the unique hidden gems to be found on the quiet backroads of Elgin County. ELGINTOURIST.COM 15


SHOP DINE S TAY The business 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 us at portstanley.net for upcoming events and specials

SMALL VILLAGE, FRIENDLY SERVICE

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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.

ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES

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

AYLMER SALES ARENA

51 Murray St, Aylmer N5H 2A6 Ph: 519-765-2211 | E: e_lensink@yahoo.ca www.aylmersalesarena.ca

CANADALE NURSERIES LTD.

269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 3C4 Ph: 519-631-7264 | E: info@canadale.com www.canadale.com

Large farmer’s and flea market. Open year round Tuesdays 8am - 4pm. Also on site: restaurant & ATM. Automatic & selfserve carwash, laundry mat & dog wash open 7 days. Ad on p25 We are an award winning Garden Centre and Nursery specializing in unique, rare and unusual plants. Great weekly sales. Come see what’s new at Ontario’s favourite Garden Centre.

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Clovermead is a Country Store filled with all things honey, CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 Check the website for the latest buzz. Ph: 519-773-5503 | E: info@clovermead.com www.clovermead.com Ad on p4 Discover a quaint home décor store in rural West Elgin. A DECORATING DIVA, THE hidden gem featuring an amazing collection of home décor, 23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney N0L 2C0 jewelry and lovely fashion accessories. Ph: 519-785-2312 | E: thedecorating.diva@live.ca www.decoratingdiva.ca Ad on p20 Unique garden centre open year round. Visit the mini farm FAMILY FLOWERS INC. and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide 44329 Talbot Line RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home Ph: 519-631-6004 | E: annette@familyflowers.ca www.familyflowers.ca Ad on p24 and garden as well.

PORT BURWELL

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SHOP QUAI DU VIN WINERY, SPARTA

MOORE WATER GARDENS, PORT STANLEY

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FROM THE MEADOW

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 defined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of natural healing spa services and holistic body products.

MENNONITE FURNITURE GALLERY

Mennonite Furniture Gallery, showcases a wide variety of solid wood furniture hand-crafted by Amish and Mennonite artisans. Showroom open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. A second location ‘Premium Kitchen Cabinets’ located at 53930 Eden Line, Aylmer.

4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 Ph: 519- 782-4052 | E: info@moorewatergardens.com www.moorewatergardens.com

MOORE WATER GARDENS

For over 80 years, Moore Water Gardens has specialized in the growing of water lilies and aquatic plants. With more than an acre of outdoor ponds devoted to hardy lilies and ever expanding greenhouse facilities, customers can be assured of strong, healthy plants.

NEW NEW AGE, THE

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan Gallery

3881 Avon Dr, Belmont N0L 1B0 Ph: 519-269-3961 | E: info@fromthemeadow.com www.fromthemeadow.com 46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2606 | E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com 10 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-765-4386 | E: sales@mfgi.ca www.mfgi.ca | www.premiumkitchencabinets.ca

286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com EXPERIENCE SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO’S

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Located in a charming 1842 home in the historic district of St. Thomas, across from the famous Jumbo monument, Little Red Mitten is a complete yarn shop with knowledgeable, helpful staff. We also offer spinning and weaving supplies, groups and classes.

86 Talbot Street, St. Thomas • 519-207-2880 Open Mon-Wed & Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs & Fri 10am-8pm • Closed Sundays & Holidays

WWW.LITTLEREDMITTEN.CA

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SHOP CANADALE, ST. THOMAS

THE NEW NEW AGE, PORT STANLEY PHOTO © KATIE HOTCHKISS

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PICARD’S PEANUTS

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

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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.

10683 Sunset Dr (Hwy #4 at Hwy #3), Talbotville N0L 2K0 Ph: 519-637-8704 www.picardspeanuts.com

PINECROFT POTTERY

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca

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Quai du Vin (pronounce Kay due van) is nestled amongst QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central Elgin. 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Located 3 km north of Sparta, Ontario, there you will sample Ph: 519-775-2216 | E: info@QuaiduVin.com www.QuaiduVin.com Ad on p29 fine wines and experience spectacular events.

RUSH CREEK WINES

48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 Ph: 519-773-5432 www.rushcreekwines.com

A unique fruit winery under new ownership that will maintain this community icon and introduce new fruit and grape wines. An expanded retail store is being introduced that will bring you coffee/tea brands, as well as other local product. Come enjoy the baked treats, and pecan pie!

Victorian Elegance FEATURING SAVANNA’S TEA ROOM, with Fresh Lake Erie Perch

GLAMOROUS LADIES’ FASHIONS Jewellery & Accessories Home Décor VICTORIANELEGANCE.CA 109 TALBOT ST W, AYLMER • 519-765-3634 STORE HOURS: MON- SAT- 10AM-5PM | TEA ROOM: TUES- SAT 11AM-3PM

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A unique men & women’s casual clothing boutique. RUSSELL HOUSE APPAREL Featuring Woolrich, Tilley, Viyella, Lois, Point Zero, plus 1-211 Main St, Port Stanley several Canadian made brands. A great selection of Ph: 519-782-7781 | E: info@russellhouseapparel.com www.russellhouseapparel.com Ad on p19 accessories, and souvenir apparel and gift items.

SHADES OF GREEN

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

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.

SPARE MOMENTS CRAFT SUPPLIES

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.

48855 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-7279 | E: info@shadesofgreenhostas.ca www.shadesofgreenhostas.ca RR #3, 46400 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-765-2379 | E: info@silverthornlandscape.com www.silverthornlandscape.com 530 Talbot St. E, Aylmer N5H 2W2 Ph: 519-765-3550 | E: spareme@amtelecom.net www.sparemoments.ca

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STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER

47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com www.steedandcompany.com Ad on p36

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.

IT's FRESH. IT's LOCAL Available at our Brewery Store and select brands in LCBO & Beer Stores

A hidden gem in West Elgin featuring unique home décor, jewellery, gifts and more.

Featuring:

Dead Elephant Ale, Iron Spike Blonde, Copper & Amber Ales, Honey Elixir, Black Coal Stout, Witty Traveller, Specialty Seasonals

TOURS • TASTINGS • TAP ROOM • RETAIL STORE 130 Edward St., St. Thomas • 519-631-1881

www.railwaycitybrewing.com  Railwaycity  Railwaycity Open 7 days a week

Check our website for hours

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DECORATINGDIVA.CA

23490 Pioneer Line, Rodney ON | 519.785.2312 Fri 9:30am-5pm | Sat 9:30am-4pm | Sun 10am-3pm


STAY

Whether you have a night or a week to spend, Elgin County has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs and make your stay a relaxing one. Choose from cozy bed and breakfasts, fully furnished cottages, motels, inns or cabins. From luxurious to rustic, quaint to modern, there’s a spot for you.

INN ON THE HARBOUR, PORT STANLEY


STAY

SWEET MAGNOLIA HOUSE, AYLMER

GREY GABLES B & B, PORT BURWELL

B&BS & INNS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

GREY GABLES BED AND BREAKFAST

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 accommodation in Port Stanley. King beds, double jacuzzi, fireplaces and water views that will take your breath away. Imagine!

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

202 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1H6 Ph: 519-782-7623 | E: innkeeper@innontheharbour.ca www.innontheharbour.ca

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KETTLE CREEK INN Ad on p25 Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury suites 216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 | Ph: 519-782-3388 (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus fine E: information@kettlecreekinn.com | www.kettlecreekinn.com dining. Gazebo and patio dining! 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 Ad on p23 Heritage Inn, Bed & Breakfast where history meets hospitality. New ensuite bathrooms in spacious historical 205 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 guest suites. Fabulous breakfast included in room rates. Ph: 519-782-3006 | E: welcome@telegraphhouse.com www.telegraphhouse.com

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WINDJAMMER INN, THE

Beautifully restored heritage house is home to award 324 Smith St, Port Stanley N5L 1C6 | Ph: 519-782-4173 winning restaurant and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Luxury jacuzzi suites in carriage house. Pet friendly. E: grrlmet@sympatico.ca | www.thewindjammerinn.com

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STAY HOTELS/MOTELS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

Renovated in 2012, this full-service hotel and conference BEST WESTERN PLUS STONERIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE Ad on p23 centre features 70 guest rooms; 8,700 square feet of

6675 Burtwistle Lane, London N6L 1H5 | Ph: 519-652-6022 E: hotelinfo@stoneridgeinn.com | www.stoneridgeinn.com

conference space; on-site chapel; on-site restaurant; Pasto’s Grill, fitness and business centres.

COMFORT INN Ad on p23 100% non-smoking, newer rooms. Free hot breakfast, wifi, 100 Centennial Ave., St. Thomas N5R 5B2 | Ph: 519-633-4082 and parking. King rooms with refrigerator and microwave. E: barb.rideout@sunraygroup.ca | www.choicehotels.ca/cn005 Jacuzzi suite available. Meeting and fitness room. HOWARD JOHNSON - TILLSONBURG Ad on p25 The Howard Johnson - Tillsonburg, boasts 59 well appointed rooms with attention to detail. Scotty’s, our own on site 92 Simcoe St, Tillsonburg N4G 2J1 | Ph: 519-842-7366 restaurant opens at 6am. Ojibwa is 15minutes away. E: info@hojotillsonburg.ca | www.hojotillsonburg.ca NEW ELGIN MOTEL

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

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

KETTLE CREEK INN, PORT STANLEY

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!

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

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

205 Main Street, Port Stanley

519-782-3006

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

www.telegraphhouse.com

“You’ll feel at home” • Free Hot Breakfast • Free WiFi • Smoke Free

ST. THOMAS

100 CENTENNIAL AVE. ST. THOMAS, ON N5R 5B2

• Free Parking • Pet Friendly • Meeting Room

www.choicehotels.ca/cn005

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STAY

SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA

COTTAGES BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

ALMA VILLA

Beautifully restored century old lakeside home in Port Stanley! 7 bedrooms with upper and lower decks offering the most unforgettable views of Lake Erie.

BLUEBIRD HIDEAWAY

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

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)

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

201 Lakeview St, Port Stanley N5L 1A1 Ph: 519-782-3881 | E: almavilla@sympatico.ca www.cottagesincanada.com/almavilla 5761 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 Ph: 519-782-4959 | E: michaelagrouven@hotmail.com www.bluebirdhideaway.com RR1, 53688 McQuiggan Line, Port Burwell N0J 1T0 Ph: 519-874-4038 | E: otterriverfarms@gmail.com www.otterriverfarms.ca

142 Dundas St, London N6A 1G1 | Ph: 1-877-231-6421 E: info@shorelinegetaways.com | www.shorelinegetaways.com

Retail + Mini Farm OPEN YEAR ROUND Monday - Saturday Orchids  Tropicals  Pottery  Giftware Winter Walking Club  Mini Farm Animals 519.631.6004 FAMILYFLOWERS.CA 44329 TALBOT LINE ST. THOMAS

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Mark Weesjes, Ed + Annette Weesjes, Jacklyn Versnick


STAY

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

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

go happy. go hojo.™

One thing savvy travelers 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.

216 Joseph St., Port Stanley N5L 1C4 519.782.3388 • 1.866.414.0417 information@kettlecreekinn.com www.kettlecreekinn.com

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

MEMBER OF ONTARIO’S FINEST HOTELS, INNS & SPAS

WE PROUDLY WELCOME WYNDHAM REWARDS MEMBERS.

All roads lead to...

www.hojotillsonburg.ca

AYLMER SALES ARENA

Farmers’ Market & Flea Market

EVERY

TUESDAY

8 A.M. to 4 P.M.! ATM & Restaurant on site

www.aylmersalesarena.ca ty & Serving Elgin Coun ars! Ye 50 er Area for Ov & e iqu un r Shop in ou ! re he sp mo friendly at

Fresh Produce, Meat, Cheese, Eggs, Baked Goods, Crafts, Gifts, Tools, Fabrics, Home Decor, Clothing, Books, Rawleigh and Watkins Products, Collectables & Jewellery, New & Used Furniture and much, much more!

51 MURRAY ST., (just off John St. N/Hwy #73N) AYLMER 519-765-2211 • Vendor Inquiries Welcome!

Central Elgin THE MUNICIPALITY OF

Clean sandy beaches, unique shops, relaxing accommodations, theater and art galleries, and picturesque parks – come discover Central Elgin, there is something for everyone!

www.centralelgin.org | 519-631-4860 | 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1

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STAY

PORT BURWELL PROVINCIAL PARK

CAMPING BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY areas showcase a number of water-related activities, bird 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-631-1270 | E: luiza@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca watching, disc golfing, hiking and camping opportunities. www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Ad on p41 Visit the website for more information.

LAKEWOOD TRAILER ESTATES

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

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

RED OAK TRAVEL PARK

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

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

8009 Iona Rd, RR#1, Fingal | Ph: 519-764-2317 E: info@pearcewilliams.org | www.pearcewilliams.org 54428 Talbot Ln, Eden N0J 1H0 | Ph: 519-866-3504 E: camp@redoaktravelpark.com | www.redoaktravelpark.com

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA family to enjoy- camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 special events, and hiking. Discover Our Good Nature Ph: 519-773-9037 | E: springwater@catfishcreek.ca www.catfishcreek.ca Ad on p54 at Springwater.

SOLITUDE NATURE RESERVE

45388 Dexter Line, East of Port Stanley NOL 2H0 Ph: 519-671-0199 | E: mcnameephil@gmail.com www.solitudenaturereserve.com

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Providing a wilderness camping experience and opportunity to reconnect with nature. Free campsites available on weekends during July- September. Trails open year round for hiking. More information available at www.solitudenaturereserve.com


TASTE

Restaurants, tea rooms, and cafĂŠs dot the Elgin County countryside and line the main streets of its quaint towns and villages serving everything from hearty country fare to fine dining options. Enjoy the elegance of an afternoon tea, try the local catch of the day on a lakeside terrace or indulge in a sweet and creamy ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Local wineries nestled along winding country roads are the perfect place to stop for a break after a long day of backroad trekking.

BRODERICK’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR, PT STANLEY


TASTE

The Savour Elgin Culinary Trail is a route through Elgin County that visits the best culinary attractions focusing on food and drink that is local and unique to the Elgin County area. Spend a leisurely morning browsing one of several local farmers’ markets where you can find everything from fruits and vegetables to organic meats, eggs, herbs, and honey – all produced in Elgin County. Learn about the source of your food at one of the area’s bustling agritourism operations. Sit down to a hearty meal, expertly crafted with local ingredients, or spend an afternoon tasting wines produced with fruit grown right here in Elgin County. Look for Savour Elgin member signs on display across the County. Member listings in the Taste and Agritourism sections of this guide are indicated with an s symbol. SAVOURELGIN.CA

BUSINESS

PINECROFT, AYLMER

DESCRIPTION

Broderick’s, a world famous and favourite destination BRODERICK’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR 290 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-4492 in Port Stanley since 1984! We offer a total ice cream experience in a unique 50’s style store design. E: fred.heintz@rogers.com Ad on p30 www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com

FAMILY CENTRAL RESTAURANT, THE

62 Talbot St, Aylmer N5H 1H4 | Ph: 519-765-2444 E: peter@familycentral.ca | www.familycentral.ca

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

Southwestern Ontario’s largest beach patio! We boast 8 GT’S ON THE BEACH beach volleyball courts, full menu, weekday food specials 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley N5L 1E2 Ph: 519-782-4555 | E: management@gtsportstanley.ca and live entertainment on weekends. Open May-Sept. www.gtsportstanley.ca

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KETTLE CREEK INN

Historical 1849 inn with 10 guest rooms and 5 luxury

216 Joseph St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 | Ph: 519-782-3388 suites (whirlpools & gas fireplaces). Great pub food plus E: information@kettlecreekinn.com | www.kettlecreekinn.com fine dining. Gazebo and patio dining!

LE CAFÉ SIAM

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-9pm, Sun: Closed. Closes every 3rd Mon of the month.

MACKIE’S

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 105 years on the beach in Port Stanley!

MENNOMEX

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

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

124 William St, Port Stanley N5L 1E1 Ph: 519-782-4390 | E: mackies1911@rogers.com

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

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TASTE BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

Farm-to-Table Organic Eatery, Elixir Bar, & Artisan NEW NEW AGE, THE 286 Bridge St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 | Ph: 519-782-3636 Gallery E: info@thenewnewage.com | www.thenewnewage.com

NEW SARUM DINER

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

PEPPER TREE SPICE CO.

Pepper Tree Spice Co. is your premiere spice destination. Over 300 of the finest spices, herbs, seasonings & artisanal blends available. All organic, natural, and gluten-free. Taste a world of pure possibilities.

RR#3, 46230 New Sarum Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-773-3101 | E: jim@newsarum.com www.newsarum.com 223 Colborne St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-7800 | E: info@peppertreespice.com www.peppertreespice.com

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PINECROFT POTTERY

8122 Rogers Rd S, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3435 | E: pinecroft@amtelecom.net www.pinecroft.ca

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.

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Quai du Vin (pronounce Kay due van) is nestled amongst QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY the vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Central 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 Elgin. Located 3 km north of Sparta, Ontario, there you Ph: 519-775-2216 | E: info@QuaiduVin.com Ad on p29 will sample fine wines and experience spectacular events. www.QuaiduVin.com

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The place with the warmest welcome, the coldest RUBY’S COOKHOUSE 583 John St, Aylmer N5H 2B6 | Ph: 519-773-8786 drinks, and the best ‘undo the top button of your E: info@rubyscookhouse.com | www.rubyscookhouse.com pants’ food.

RUSH CREEK WINES

A unique fruit winery under new ownership that will maintain this community icon and introduce new fruit and grape wines. An expanded retail store is being introduced that will bring you coffee/tea brands, as well as other local product. Come enjoy the baked treats, and pecan pie!

SHAW’S ICE CREAM

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 worlds best ice cream!

48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R2 Ph: 519-773-5432 www.rushcreekwines.com

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

QUAI DU VIN . E S T A T E

W I N E R Y

Come to your senses RETAIL STORE - OPEN YEAR ROUND

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

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DESCRIPTION

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 that sources local. Enjoy 48 flavours of ice cream, (including top quality Shaw’s Ice cream) 32 flavours of soft ice cream, and a variety of frozen treats. Enjoy a tasty burger (Springwater Packers) and delicious fries made fresh using Mooseburger potatoes.

Historic, haunted, very unique experience. Get out of SPARTA HOUSE TEAROOM the rat race and relax! Traditional English food, High 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2313 | E: spartahousetearoom@rogers.com Teas, and events throughout the year. Largest collection of tea pots in Elgin County. Family run business in the www.spartahouse.com quaint historic village of Sparta setting.

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 self serve gas station. Open 7 days a week.

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We offer a café style menu of homemade entrees, TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY salads, soups, breads, cakes and desserts. Book your 180 Main St, West Lorne N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-768-0044 | E: cemery-tastysweets@hotmail.com special event. We can accommodate up to 100 guests. www.tastysweetscafe.com

VILLAGE SQUARE COFFEE HOUSE

Centrally located with a focus on local traffic and tourists. Serving direct trade coffee, house baked treats, sandwiches, made with love soups, chili, and more. Open every day!

WAYSIDE DINING LOUNGE

Serving Generations of area families, The Wayside has been tantalizing taste buds since 1936. While the restaurant is one of the oldest in South-Western Ontario, the decor and food reflect contemporary tastes. Come for the food enjoy the ambiance.

284 Bride St, Port Stanley N5L 1C4 Ph: 519-782-7260 | E: vscoffeehouse@gmail.com www.villagesquarecoffeehouse.com 10680 Sunset Dr, Talbotville N0L 2K0 Ph: 519- 633-0360 | E: info@waysidedining.com www.waysidedining.com

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WINDJAMMER INN, THE

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.

Serving more than 30 Flavours of

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

SINCE 1984

519-782-4492

290 Bridge Street, Port Stanley

www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com

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“OUR OWN”

FUDGE FREE SAMPLES Chocolates • Confections Local Honey & Maple Syrup

Open 11am-5pm • 519-782-3006 205 Main Street, Port Stanley, Ontario www.telegraphhouse.com


EXPLORE Elgin County is a year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all types! Whether it’s on two feet or two wheels you’ll find ample places for adventure and recreation on land (golf courses, trails, conservation areas, and farms) and on the water (on lazy creeks or the big waters of Lake Erie). GREAT LAKES FARMS


MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY SELECT ATTRACTIONS BY MUNICIPALITY

COUNTY POPULATION APPROX. 50 954 WEST ELGIN POPULATION APPROX. 5 215 • Port Glasgow Beach & Marina • Rodney Historic Jail • The Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne

DUTTON/DUNWICH POPULATION APPROX. 3 997

Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne

• Backus-Page House Museum • John E. Pearce Provincial Park • WEDS Theatre, Dutton

John E. Pearce Pr ovincial Park

Port Stanley SOUTHWOLD POPULATION APPROX. 4 521

Fingal Wildli fe

Managemen

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• Fingal Wildlife Management Area • Horseshoe J Dude Ranch • Southwold Prehistoric Earthworks

Historic Village of Sparta


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MAP OF ELGIN COUNTY AYLMER POPULATION APPROX. 7 366 • Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre • Aylmer Sales Arena • Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives • East Elgin Community Complex

Aylmer Old To w

n Hall

CENTRAL ELGIN POPULATION APPROX. 13 075 • 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 • Steed and Co. Lavender Farm • Solitude Nature Reserve

Port Burwell

MALAHIDE POPULATION APPROX. 9 507 • Aylmer Wildlife Management Area • Clovermead Bees & Honey Adventure Farm • Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum • Pinecroft Pottery & Green Frog Tearoom • Port Bruce Beach • Rush Creek Wines • Springwater Conservation Area

BAYHAM POPULATION APPROX. 7 273 • Edison Museum of Vienna • HMCS Ojibwa Submarine, Port Burwell • Port Burwell Beach • Port Burwell Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse • Port Burwell Provincial Park • Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse ELGINTOURIST.COM 33


EXPLORE • AGRITOURISM BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM, AYLMER

AGRITOURISM

Buy produce from a road-side stand or pick it yourself directly from the field; navigate a corn maze; visit an adventure farm complete with a petting zoo, pedal Go-Carts and a zip-line; breathe in the sweet fragrance of a lavender field or learn the secrets of viniculture during a tour and tasting at one of Elgin County’s wineries. 34 ELGINTOURIST.COM

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. Let Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Elgin County be your guide to the freshest in-season produce. BUYLOCALBUYFRESH.CA


EXPLORE • AGRITOURISM BUSINESS BEARY BLUE ACRES

DESCRIPTION

23301 Queens Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 | Ph: 519-785-0450 E: admin@bearyblueacres.com | www.bearyblueacres.com

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BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM

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

Offering picked and pick-your-own blueberries mid-July through August. Dried, frozen, juice grade and jams available year round. Check out our twig wreathes! “Make Our Garden, Your Garden” Visit our on-farm stand for your fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, apples and more!

Family owned and operated for 35 years. Our farm offers BLUEGROVES FARMS fresh blueberries for pick-your-own, already picked or 25503 Talbot Ln, Eagle N0L 2P0 frozen. Enjoy our all natural environment and our Ph: 519-768-3790 | E: info@bluegrovesfarms.com www.bluegrovesfarms.com Ad on p41 renovated facilities. Fresh produce, dairy, meat, bulk foods, pet foods and garden BRIWOOD FARM MARKET centre. Open year round, 7 days/wk. Shop Briwood and 1030 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1G3 support your local farmers. Ph: 519-633-9691 | www.briwoodfarmmarket.com Clovermead is a Country Store filled with all things honey, CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY plus a whole world to explore in the Clovermead settlement. 11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer N5H 2R3 Check the website for the latest buzz. Ph: 519-773-5503 | E: info@clovermead.com www.clovermead.com Ad on p4 Come and see us on your way to and from the beach for all DEBACKERE FARM MARKET your locally grown fresh produce. We offer sweet corn, new 5680 Sunset Rd, Union N0L 2L0 Ph: 519-661-7519 | E: debackerefarmmarket@hotmail.com potatoes, peppers, beans, tomatoes, in season fruit and much more. Picked fresh daily. Interact accepted. www.debackerefarmmarket.ca Empire Valley Farm Market is a family owned business EMPIRE VALLEY FARM MARKET providing fresh home-grown vegetables seasonally. 27983 Talbot Ln, Wallacetown N0L 2M0 Beautiful hanging baskets, perennials, tomatoes, cucumbers. Ph: 519-762-3504 | E: empirevalleyfarms@gmail.com Fresh fruits & vegetables available thru to October. www.empirevalleyfarms.com

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Unique garden centre open year round. Visit the mini farm FAMILY FLOWERS INC. and see the elaborate seasonal displays. Featuring a wide 44329 Talbot Line RR #3, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 selection of plants and flowers grown on site, gifts for home Ph: 519-631-6004 | E: annette@familyflowers.ca www.familyflowers.ca Ad on p24 and garden as well. South of the 401 enjoy a rustic rural adventure on the “Funny FARMTOWN CANADA Farm Tour”. Start at the 1850 Log Cabin with Trinkets & Trash 46703 Mapleton Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R6 antiques and souvenirs to purchase or admire. All ages can Ph: 519-773-2292 | E: info@farmtowncanada.ca learn about farming and help with animals. Wagon Rides, www.farmtowncanada.ca hand lead horse rides and picnic spots. Great Lakes hosts a wide variety of activities including GREAT LAKES FARMS 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 | Ph: 519-782-3433 pick-your-own strawberries, apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. In the fall the apple barn is open daily. E: contact@greatlakesfarms.ca | www.greatlakesfarms.ca

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Talbot Line/Hwy 3 To St. Thomas

Imperial Road

John Wise Line

Rogers Road

Southdale Line

AYLMER Springwater Road

Strawberries, watermelon, canteloupe, squash, pumpkins, garden vegetables and much more!

Open Early June to November Mon-Sat 9-6pm & Sun 11-5pm 48556 John Wise Line, Aylmer

519-773-3779

www.howefamilyfarms.ca

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EXPLORE • AGRITOURISM WILDFLOWERS FARM

BUSINESS HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET

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48956 John Wise Ln, Aylmer N5H 2R4 Ph: 519-773-3779 | E: kevin@howefamilyfarms.ca www.howefamilyfarms.ca Ad on p35

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

LAKE ERIE SALMON AND TROUT CLUB

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. For over 80 years, Moore Water Gardens has specialized in MOORE WATER GARDENS the growing of water lilies and aquatic plants. With more 4683 Sunset Dr, Port Stanley N5L 1J4 than an acre of outdoor ponds devoted to hardy lilies and Ph: 519- 782-4052 | E: info@moorewatergardens.com ever expanding greenhouse facilities, customers can be www.moorewatergardens.com assured of strong, healthy plants. Every Saturday from 8am -12pm, residents and visitors meet ST. THOMAS HORTON FARMERS’ MARKET at “The Market” to catch up, exchange recipes and buy the 10 Manitoba St, St. Thomas best in local produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, art and Ph: 519-317-3398 | E: manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca much more. www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca Discover Steed & Co Lavender Farm, the most stunning STEED AND COMPANY LAVENDER lavender setting in Ontario’s South Coast region. Indulge 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta N5H 2R4 in our unique range of exquisitely handcrafted products Ph: 519-494-5525 | E: buds@steedandcompany.com created at our farm. Escape for a stroll amongst the lavender www.steedandcompany.com Ad on p36 flowers and take in the magnificent views. Along a tree lined drive, nestled in amongst the flowers and WILDFLOWERS FARM apiary sits our farm store, home of Wildflowers Tea and Honey. 42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas N5P 3S9 We offer a variety of handcrafted herbal teas and herbal Ph: 226-926-6432 | E: info@wildflowerstea.com products, cut flowers and our own unpasteurized honey and www.wildflowerstea.com beeswax products. Whether you come to shop and sip tea, stroll through our gardens or attend one of our many workshops, yoga and meditation classes or seasonal festivals; wildflowers farm will leave you with a sense of calm and community. Store Hours: Saturdays 10am-2pm or by appointment RR #2 4255 Thomas Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1J2 E: kitbrown43@gmail.com

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growers & creators of fine lavender products

Our gift boutique offers unique handcrafted gifts & gourmet foods created from our harvested lavender. Open Wed-Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4 • Mother’s Day until Christmas

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EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION ST THOMAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

GOLF & RECREATION With four unique port-side villages, over 100 kilometres of trails, Conservation Areas, horse ranches, golf courses, and more, you can choose a different playground every day of your stay! Hike, cross-country ski, boat, paddle, bird-watch, golf, ride a horse, cruise (via bike, motorcycle or car), fish or swim all right here in Elgin!

ACTIVE ELGIN The Active Elgin website contains sports, leisure and recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities, located across Elgin County and St. Thomas. The site was created by the Active Elgin Coalition, made up of organizations committed to building healthy communities and making sports, leisure and recreational information easier to find. Visit the website to search for activities in your area by age or sport. ACTIVEELGIN.CA

GOLF BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

BELMONT GOLF CLUB Ad on p39 A friendly place to play golf, and easy to walk. Everyone is welcome. 45809 Ferguson Ln, Belmont N0L 1B0 | Ph: 519-644-1370 E: info@belmontgolfclub.com | www.belmontgolfclub.com Unique and picturesque nine-hole golf course and driving BLUFFS GOLF CLUB, THE range overlooking Lake Erie 5km west of Port Stanley. 35593 Lake Ln, Port Stanley N5L 1J1 | Ph: 519-782-7447 E: info@thebluffsgolfclub.com | www.thebluffsgolfclub.com Licensed clubhouse, patio, season and play passes, practice Ad on p39 putting green and event planning.

FORE GOLFERS ONLY LTD.

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

KETTLE CREEK GOLF CLUB

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

43765 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3S7 | Ph: 519-631-8617 E: fgo@rogers.com | www.foregolfersonly.on.ca 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L 1B6 | Ph: 519-782-7500 E: kettlecreekgolf@gmail.com | www.golfkettlecreek.com

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EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX

Owned and operated by the Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide, we offer recreational programs all year and host a Canada Day Celebration and Family New Year’s Eve Party.

HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH

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

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

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.

531 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 2T9 Ph: 519-773-5631 | www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 Ph: 519-762-5402 | E: duderanch@xplornet.ca www.duderanchontario.com 52765 Ron McNeil Line, Springfield N0L 2J0 Ph: 519-773-3354 | E: eaglewings@jabeztherapyranch.ca www.jabeztherapyranch.ca

46097 Dexter Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2489 | E: jibby27@hotmail.com www.jibsonspaintball.com

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s six conservation KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY areas showcase a number of water-related activities, bird 44015 Ferguson Ln, St. Thomas N5P 3T3 Ph: 519-631-1270 | E: luiza@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca watching, disc golfing, hiking and camping opportunities. www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca Ad on p41 Visit the website for more information.

KETTLE CREEK MARINA LTD.

Guest dockage for power and sail boats to 50 ft. We’re the friendliest little marina on Lake Erie. John and Fiona look forward to seeing you!

LOWER THAMES VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

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

OFF-ROAD ADDICTION

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

220 Colonel Bostwick St, Port Stanley N5L 1C2 Ph: 519-782-3261 | E: info@kettlecreekmarina.com www.kettlecreekmarina.com

Ph: 519-354-7310 | E: info@ltvca.ca www.ltvca.ca

45025 Talbot Line, St.Thomas N5P 3S7 Ph: 519-451-6076 | E: info@offroad-addiction.com www.4wdaddiction.com www.offroad-addiction.com

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

The Bluffs Golf Club Port Stanley

35593 Lake Line • 519-782-7447 Book online at www.thebluffsgolfclub.com

BELMONT GOLF CLUB INC. A friendly place to golf. Owned & Operated by Jan & George Loughlean, C.P.G.A. PRO 45809 Ferguson Line

519-644-1370

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PORT GLASGOW YACHT CLUB & MARINA

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

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.

8536 Havens’s Lake Rd RR#3, Rodney N0L 2P0 Ph: 519-785-0189 | E: portglasgowyachtclub@gmail.com www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca 204 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley N5L1C5 Ph: 226-658-PORT | E: info@sportinport.ca www.sportinport.ca

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole SPRINGWATER CONSERVATION AREA family to enjoy- camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, special 8079 Springwater Rd, RR #5, Aylmer N5H 2R4 events, and hiking. Discover Our Good Nature at Springwater. Ph: 519 773-9037 | E: springwater@catfishcreek.ca www.catfishcreek.ca Ad on p54

ST. THOMAS RACEWAY PARK

45633 Sparta Line, RR#4, Sparta N5P 3S8 Ph: 519-775-0001 | E: jay@stthomasracewaypark.com www.stthomasracewaypark.com

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

Southwestern Ontario’s leading helicopter adventure tour, ZIMMER AIR SERVICES charter, flight training and aerial application company. 44989 Talbot Line, St. Thomas Municipal Airport, Experiences above and beyond! St.Thomas N5P 3S7 | Ph: 519-637-0711 E: info@centralhelicoptertraining.com | www.zimmerair.com

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PORT BRUCE

FISHING Whether you’re yearning for a perch catch-of-the-day from the Great Lakes, or prefer a quieter outing dockside, there are lots of prime fishing spots around Elgin. Charter a boat for a true Great Lakes experience, or relax at a Conservation area just you, a canoe, and a fishing pole.


EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION

WEST ELGIN

July & August is Blueberry Season!

WEST LORNE • RODNEY PORT GLASGOW

U-PICK

ALREADY PICKED

519-768-FARM

FROZEN

HWY #3, EAGLE

www.bluegrovesfarms.com

Dixie

Meet Our Farmers

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

Explore Our Trails

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

Tackle Shop

Fishing and Hunting Licences, Fishing Supplies & More 51 St. Catharine St., St. Thomas

519-631-1220

www.dixietackleshop.com

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.

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

People in Harmony with Nature 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 We’re just down the road and off the beaten path.

519-785-0560

www.westelgin.net

LAKE WHITTAKER CONSERVATION AREA

519-269-3592

RESERVE ONLINE AT

www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca  /KettleCreekCA

 @KettleCreekCA

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

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PORT BURWELL PROVINCIAL PARK

HIKING & CYCLING Explore our beautiful trails and parks by biking, walking, hiking, jogging or cross-country skiing. Let the Elgin County Cycling & Hiking Map guide you along the way.


EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, AYLMER PHOTO © DAVE HELSDON

SPLASH PAD, AYLMER PHOTO © AYLMER EXPRESS

BIRD WATCHING A couple of bird watching 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. Canada’s South Coast Birding Trail

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POOLS & SPLASH PADS Facilities are generally open early or mid-June to the end of August – call for details.

PHOTO © DAVE HELSDON

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EXPLORE • GOLF & RECREATION HAWK CLIFF

THE WATERFRONT TRAIL Elgin County is part of the Waterfront Trail, a signed route that connects 75 Ontario communities over 1,600 kilometres. It follows the St. Lawrence River to two of Ontario’s Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie) and other national and international trails.

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welcome to SOUTHWOLD

Enjoy all the Keystone Township has to offer, including...

SHEDDEN’S ANNUAL ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM

Second weekend in June

SHEDDEN TRACTOR PULL

Third Friday in June

SHEDDEN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY FALL FAIR

Dairy Memorabilia • Tools & Collectibles Picnic Area - Walking Trails May 1 - Aug 31: Tues-Sun 9am-5pm | Sept: Sat Only

Fourth weekend in August

dairyheritagemuseum.ca

SOUTHWOLD EARTHWORKS

Located in Copenhagen, south of Aylmer 48075 Jamestown Line 519-773-2955

National Historical Site

1850

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PORTS OF ELGIN

On hot sunny days there is nothing better than escaping city life for the beach! Feel the breeze in your hair, put your toes in the sand and take a refreshing dip in the water. Elgin County is home to four ports along Lake Erie’s north shore with numerous amenities and special events that are sure to delight any beach enthusiast. 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, recreational equipment rentals, three golf courses, and a thriving arts community.

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.

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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. ELGINTOURIST.COM 45


SERVICES TOWN HALL, AYLMER

SERVICES Elgin County is a dynamic, full – service community with a growing economy.

Strategically located within a short two hour drive of both Toronto and Detroit, this diverse base of agricultural,

environmental, manufacturing, tourism and creative industries serves the surrounding population of 400,000 people. Elgin County is truly progressive by nature.

SPAS BUSINESS

DESCRIPTION

POSH IN THE PORT

Posh in the Port is a full service day spa with a beautiful lake view, offering nail services, facials, body treatments and RMT.

HOLISTIC AWAKENINGS DAY SPA

A holistic day spa devoted to providing a spa experience defined by excellence. Offering a unique combination of natural healing spa services and holistic body products.

208 Main St, Port Stanley N5L 1C3 Ph: 519-782-4600 | www.poshintheport.com 46349 Sparta Ln, Sparta N0L 2H0 Ph: 519-775-2606 | E: tammy_caughill@yahoo.ca www.holisticawakeningsdayspa.com

Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London

Constituency Office:

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

29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca “In the Heart of the Talbot Settlement” 46 ELGINTOURIST.COM

(inside the CASO Railway Station) E: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org Tel: 519-631-0666 or 1-800-265-7638 www.jeffyurekmpp.com


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DESCRIPTION

AYLMER & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Aylmer Chamber’s mission is to promote networking and community involvement and to attract residents and visitors to the Aylmer area.

30 Talbot St. E, Aylmer N5H 1H4 | Ph: 519-773-5655 E: aylmerchamber@eastlink.ca | www.aylmerchamber.on.ca

Aylmer is at the centre of a fast growing Agri-Tourism area AYLMER, TOWN OF and supports business in our very own industrial park, 46 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 | Ph: 519-773-3164 E: jreynaert@town.aylmer.on.ca | www.aylmer.ca Ad on p51 vibrant downtown and community offerings.

BAYHAM, MUNICIPALITY OF

9344 Plank Rd, Straffordville N0J 1Y0 Ph: 519-866-5521 | E: lmillard@bayham.on.ca www.bayham.on.ca

Visit the Port Burwell Historic Lighthouse, Marine & Edison (Vienna) museums - open daily mid-May to Labour Day. Off season by arrangement. Activities: swimming, beach, boating, fishing, food & family fun. Special events: June 6- Edison Fest in Vienna. July 1- Canada Day in Port Burwell. Ad on p54 July 11 “Doors Open East Elgin”

CENTRAL ELGIN, MUNICIPALITY OF

The Municipality of Central Elgin is a progressive, dynamic urban and rural municipality located on the shores of Lake Erie in the heart of Southwestern Ontario connected by 370 kms of municipal roads. Central Elgin encompasses 325 square kms in area and has a population of 12,700 citizens.

DAYTRIPPING IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

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

DUTTON/DUNWICH, MUNICIPALITY OF

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

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.

450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: cdougall@centralelgin.org www.centralelgin.org Ad on p25 2684 Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove N0N 1C0 Ph: 1-800-667-0337 | E: info@daytripping.ca www.daytripping.ca

199 Currie Rd, Dutton N0L 1J0 Ph: 519-762-2204 | E: Recreation@duttondunwich.on.ca www.duttondunwich.on.ca 300 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-633-7597 x 326 | E: jhenwood@elgincfdc.ca www.elgincfdc.ca

Elgin County Library provides free access to downloadable ELGIN COUNTY LIBRARY eBooks, magazines, music and streaming movies. Or visit 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 one of our 10 branches for wifi, books, DVDs and activities Ph: 519-631-1460 x148 | E: crobson@elgin-county.on.ca www.elgincounty.ca/library Ad on p59 for all ages.

Port Stanley

A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE & PLAY!

“I live here, you should too!”

Put my 28 years of experience to work for you Call me for all your real estate needs in the Port Stanley & St. Thomas area

www.haddowportstanley.ca Direct 519-495-0789 Centre City Realty Inc. Brokerage Independently Owned & Operated

Richard Haddow

REALTOR®

SALES REPRESENTATIVES

DOWNTOWNSTTHOMAS.COM

519-633-5248

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DESCRIPTION

JIM HARRIS, BROKER M.V.A & AINSLEE TRACEY SALES REPRESENTATIVE ROYAL LEPAGE TRILAND REALTY-BROKERAGE

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

MAINSTREET AYLMER

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

808 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1E2 Ph: 519-857-5429 or 519-636-5717 E: jim@isellstthomas.com or Ainslee@isellstthomas.com www.isellstthomas.com 44 Talbot St W, Aylmer N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-773-5655 | E: commerce@amtelecom.net

MALAHIDE, TOWNSHIP OF

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

Venture through Malahide’s beautiful agricultural landscapes where rural charm and service awaits you. From walking trails, natural parks, sunny beaches, to quaint shops and restaurants, there are plenty of adventures to explore in Ad on p61 Malahide this season.

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 the village. We continually strive to increase beautification, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas N5R 5V1 tourism and economic development. Ph: 519-631-4860 | E: dwilson@centralelgin.org www.portstanley.net Ad on p16 RAILWAY CITY TOURISM

605 Talbot St, St. Thomas N5P 1C6 Ph: 519-631-1680 | E: tourism@stthomas.ca www.railwaycitytourism.com

Railway City Tourism was established in the year 2013 and located in the rejuvenated L&PS Corridor. The office is found in the replica L&PS Station at 605 Talbot Street. Here, you can get up-to-date info on local events, maps, tours, and information on local attractions. Visit railwaycitytourism.com Ad on p52 & 56 for the latest information on events and local tourism news.

SOUTHWOLD, TOWNSHIP OF

Local government

35663 Fingal Ln, Fingal N0L 1K0 | Ph: 519-769-2010 E: southwold@southwold.ca | www.southwold.ca Ad on p44

ST. THOMAS & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce serves

115-300 South Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas N5P 4L1 Ph: 519-631-1981 | E: mail@stthomaschamber.on.ca www.stthomaschamber.on.ca

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 The St Thomas Downtown Development Board works to improve and beautify our downtown to make your shopping 545 Talbot St, St.Thomas N5P 3V7 experience fun - we hope you will continue to visit the great Ph: 519-633-5248 | E: info@downtownstthomas.com www.downtownstthomas.com Ad on p47 shops and restaurants in historic Downtown St Thomas. The Municipality of West Elgin - a place where the past and WEST ELGIN, MUNICIPALITY OF the future live side by side. Nestled south of the 401, its your 22413 Hoskins Ln, Rodney N0L 2C0 link to Lake Erie’s beautiful South Coast. Ph: 519-785-0560 | E: westelgin@westelgin.net www.westelgin.net Ad on p41

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EVENTS Elgin County is home to numerous lively events and vibrant cultural festivals throughout the year – here we feature the major events in Elgin this year. Visit www.elgintourist.com for a comprehensive listing of events.


EVENTS SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL, AYLMER - PHOTO © AYLMER EXPRESS

DATE EVENT DETAILS

CONTACT

Weekends SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL in March 10am - 3pm. Enjoy wagon rides through the Springwater Forest. Tour the and March old-fashioned sugar shanty for demonstrations on maple syrup production. break 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

March 18 - 20

March 26

PALMER’S MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

34308 Lake Ln, RR #1, Port Stanley 519-769-0007

CANADALE SPRING GARDEN SHOW

Canadale Nurseries, 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas Pauline Intven-Casier pic@canadale.com www.canadale.com

EASTER BUNNY IN SPARTA

Sparta House Tea Room, Sparta 519-775-2313 or Sparta Country Candles, 519-775-0054 www.spartacandles.com www.spartahouse.com

AYLMER AND EAST ELGIN HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot St, Aylmer Elaine Earhart, 519-773-3445 www.aylmerfair.ca

9am - 3pm. 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. 9am - 5pm. Help us welcome spring with local vendors, free seminars and demonstrations, landscape displays, workshops, kid’s club activities, special guests, charity lunch and festive spring fun! 12pm - 3pm. One free picture with the Easter Bunny. Easter egg hunts, gifts, draws, and picture mounting. Fun and surprises. Donations to Caring Cupboard appreciated

April 4 - 6

See website for details.. The annual Aylmer Home and Garden Show is a three day event with exhibits by various local and area organizations and businesses. There is something for everyone, all under one roof! April 9

May 7

6TH ANNUAL VIMY LECTURE

Elgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 2pm. Elgin County Museum honours the memory of Wallacetown native Lance-Sgt. Ellis W. Sifton, who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously 519-631-1460 ext. 160 www.elgincounty.ca for his actions on the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

TIM HORTONS KIDS TROUT DERBY

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

SPARTA COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE

Sparta Village www.spartacandles.com Sparta Country Candles, 519-775-0054

See website for details. Bring the kids out for their own fishing derby, with special prizes sponsored by Tim Hortons. May 14

9am - 3pm. Come to Sparta and enjoy the bargains at our annual Sparta Community Garage Sale, rain or shine.

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CONTACT

May 21 - 22

Backus-Page House SCOTLAND FOREVER - THE ROAD TO CULLODEN 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 9am - 4pm. This living history event shares an important piece of Scottish history which would lead, in time, to widespread Angela Bobier 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca Scottish emigration, including into the Talbot Settlement

June 3 - 5

PORT STANLEY ARTISTS’ GUILD 26TH ANNUAL SHOW & SALE Royal Canadian Legion, Fri 7pm - 10pm, Sat 12pm - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm. The Port Stanley Artists’ 310 George St, Port Stanley Sharron 519-782-7472 Guild presents their 26th Annual Show and Sale of original fine arts, in a portstanleyartguild.com wide variety of mediums. Free Admission and parking. Barrier-free.

June 4

FREE BEE DAY

Clovermead, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com

EDISON FEST

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

Families arriving between 9 am and 10 am enjoy Clovermead Adventure Farm for free the entire day. June 4

7:30am - 6pm. Family fun festival that recognizes Canadian Connection to Thomas Alva Edison, the Inventor. Music, vendors, youth talent, bouncers, games, free draws, fire safety house, food and refreshments.

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June 11 - 12

June 12

ROSY RHUBARB FESTIVAL

Saturday 8:30am & Sunday 9am. The annual Rosy Rhubarb Festival celebrates rhubarb, fun and community spirit in the village of Shedden. There is lots to see and do at the Rhubarb Capital of Canada!

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See website for details. A 10km extreme race with military style obstacles, event was designed for the fearless athlete. It is such a great day, right TOWNthis OF down to the 80’ long mud put! TOWN OF

Shedden Keystone Complex, HWY #3, Talbot Line www.rosyrhubarbfestival.com 519-637-8612 Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer 519-773-9037 www.catfishcreek.ca

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Indulge yourself with a stroll around Aylmer — walk downtown to visit a shopping mecca of quaint boutiques, antique shops, several fragrant bakeries and unique gift and souvenir stores. Visit the Aylmer Farm Market on Tuesdays, featuring the bounty of Ontario. Linger a moment in extensive park systems including Rotary Park, only the second one in Canada to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Take the heritage walk or visit the murals that illustrate our history, then stop at one of our fine restaurants to complete your touring, walking or shopping experience in Aylmer. Whatever your desire might be, let it be realized amid the esthetic wonders and enticing fragrances found along your nostalgic journey through Aylmer, Ontario.

For more information or to receive your ForExplore more information or toTour receive your free Our Treasures Map, free Explore Our Treasures Tour Map, call 519-773-3164 or visit www.aylmer.ca call 519-773-3164 or visit www.aylmer.ca

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JUMBO THE ELEPHANT MONUMENT

1 Imagine circus crowds marvelling at the elephant purported to be the “largest ever held in captivity”. In 1985, the 100th anniversary of Jumbo’s tragic death after being struck by a locomotive, St. Thomas dedicated this 38-ton life-sized statue. ST. THOMAS CHURCH 2 OLD Stroll the pioneer cemetery where most of St. Thomas’s early settlers were buried and during summer months tour the church which was built in 1824.

3 DOWNTOWN Shop over 300 unique restaurants and shops in a downtown which boasts 3 kilometers of historic Victorian buildings, beautifully painted murals, lush parkettes and, historic plaques and banners which bring the past to life. ELGIN COUNTY RAILWAY MUSEUM

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

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

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

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

9 Find farm fresh produce and meats, homemade preserves and baking, handmade crafts and artwork at this Saturday morning community meeting place, Mother’s Day to November. CITY BREWING COMPANY 10 RAILWAY 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


EVENTS DATE EVENT DETAILS PORTSIDE GALLERY 20 YEARS IN RETROSPECT

June 12

1pm - 4pm. Nineteen artists will celebrate a retrospective art show and sale for our 20th anniversary. They will exhibit the development of their art over the years.

June 17

SHEDDEN TRACTOR PULL

Friday at 4pm. It’s fun, it’s loud and it’s exciting. Come watch the competition! June 17-19 June 18 - 19 June 18 - 26 June 25

June 30

July 1

GREAT LAKES INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW

St. Thomas Municipal Airport info@glias.ca www.greatlakesinternationalairshow.ca

LAVENDER BLOOM CELEBRATION

47589 Sparta Line, Sparta 519-494-5525 www.steedandcompany.com

10am-6pm. The 2016 Great Lakes International Air Show will delight spectators of all ages. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-4pm. Discover the beauty of Lavender in bloom. Indulge in the scent. Escape.

32553 Erin Line, Fingal HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP 1pm. Family camp is a wonderful introduction to horses and farm activities for the 519-762-5402 www.duderanchontario.com whole family. Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hayrides, campfire, and more.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Belmont Danni Bartlett, 519-644-1552 www.belmonthub.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & KIDS COUNTRY CARNIVAL

Miller Park, 171 Graham Street, West Lorne 519-785-0560 www.westelgin.net

CELEBRATE CANADA IN PORT STANLEY

Port Stanley Main Beach info@portstanley.net www.portstanley.net

KIDS, COPS AND CANADIAN TIRE FISHING DERBY

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

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW/BREAKFAST

Miller Park, 171 Graham Street, West Lorne 519-785-0560 www.westelgin.net

BALLS BIKE RALLY

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

See website for details. The day starts with a kid’s Country Carnival, a fish fry at 5pm followed by opening ceremonies, baseball games and the snake lady show at 7pm. Fireworks begin at dusk. July 2

Dusk or 10pm. Come shop, dine, and stay during Canada Day. End your day with fireworks at Port Stanley Main Beach. July 2

See website for details. Bob Izumi has organized a fantastic fishing derby with the help of the Ontario Police Association and Canadian Tire. It is a great family outing. The event starts around 9:00am. You won’t want to miss this fun day ! July 3

See website for details. Delicious breakfast served until 11:30am. Over 100 cars anticipated in our shaded park. Vendors on site. A great family event you won’t want to miss!! July 8 - 10

Fingal Ball Park 519-764-2219 www.southwold.ca

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS & PARADE IN PORT BURWELL Port Burwell Legion to Cenotaph cbuchanan@amtelecom.net Parade will begin at 11:30am. Parade followed by Flag raising, dignitary greetings, children’s activities, Country music, fun on the beach, refreshments www.bayham.on.ca & lunch available. Visit the Marine Museum & Lighthouse! See website for details. Bicycle parade from the Fire Hall to Don Yeck Park, hotdog lunch, games for kids and much more! Fireworks begin at dusk in Don Yeck Park.

July 1

Shedden Keystone Complex, HWY #3, Talbot Line info@sheddentruckandtractorpull.com www.sheddentruckandtractorpull.com

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer VAN FEST 519-773-9037 See website for details. Come see Canada’s Premiere Truck Show, including custom vans, pick-ups, and 4x4’s. Show and Shine is Saturday from 10am - 4pm. www.catfishcreek.ca

Fireworks at dusk. Enjoy music, games, face painting, cake and fireworks !! July 1

CONTACT Portside Gallery, 187 1/2 Main St, Port Stanley Pat Curtis, pdc@start.ca www.portside.cuttingpromotions.com

See website for details. Ride with a thousand for charity. Ride, eat and enjoy the entertainment. Camping is available

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DISCOVER BAYHAM GATEWAY TO ERIE’S SHORE

COME RIDE THE TRAIN FROM PORT STANLEY PSTR is an operating tourist railway. We are located in the beautiful lakeside village of Port Stanley, Ontario. We are Elgin County’s longest running tourist attraction!

DISCOVER… natural treasures & attractions. ENJOY… sandy beaches, historic sites, unique festivals, bird & butterfly migrations, museums, historic 1840 lighthouse and Port Burwell Provincial Park. VISIT… the Erie Shores Wind Farm (Tours 519-874-1461), restaurants & shops.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse 20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St. 519-874-4807 May-Sep

Wind Energy Outdoor Info Kiosk 5361 Brown Rd, Port Burwell

Trains depart the station Wednesday through Sunday 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm during July & August. 309 Bridge St., Port Stanley Reservations not required. This ad is good for a $2.00 discount on one child fare when presented to the agent. Check our website for special events

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

Trans Canada Trail & Cycling/Hiking Routes Brochure guides available at the Lighthouse Travel Info Centre

Port Burwell Provincial Park & Beach, 1888-ONT-PARK

2016 BAYHAM EVENTS

June 4 ...... Vienna Edison Fest 7:30am – 6:00pm Jul 1.......... Canada Day Port Burwell 11:30 parade, followed by cake and festivities

Jul 29-31 . Bayham Beachfest Port Burwell, Family fun weekend; fireworks Sunday at dark

Aug 27...... Talbot Trail of Yard Sales Aug 27...... Straffordville Watermelon Fest,

DISCOVER OUR GOOD NATURE!

Sep 24 ...... Doors Open East Elgin 10am-4pm Nov 6 ........ Vienna Remembrance Service 11am Nov 6 ........ Port Burwell Remembrance Parade 2pm Nov 12 ...... Edison Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser Dec 3 ........ Port Burwell Santa Claus Parade 6pm Dec 10 ...... Straffordville Santa Claus Parade 10:30am

• SEASONAL & OVERNIGHT CAMPING • • PLAYGROUND • HIKING • PICNIC AREAS • • CANOE & PEDAL BOAT RENTALS • FISHING • • SPECIAL EVENTS • MUCH MORE •

Parade 10am, Family Fun Day

MUNICIPALITY OF BAYHAM

519.866.5521 • bayham@bayham.on.ca

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Experience some of Ontario’s most beautiful natural features and best outdoor recreation opportunities.

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


EVENTS

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT, BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM

DATE EVENT DETAILS July 9

July 9

135 Queens Line, Rodney Fairgrounds CACTUS, CATTLE & COWBOYS WESTERN FESTIVAL See website for details. Enjoy the Western Festival with many vendors, family 519-785-0560 events, live entertainment, cattle and horse breed displays, wagon rides, and www.cactuscattleandcowboys.com a horse parade at Noon.

WANNA’ BEE DAY

Clovermead, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer, 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com

HIGH TEA & HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW

Sparta Church Museum, 6073 Quaker Rd, Sparta Sally Martyn, 519-775-2292 tcg@execulink.com www.villageofsparta.com

KIDS FISHING DERBY

Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina 519-785-0163 www.westelgin.net

ANNUAL STREET DANCE

Co-Trac Ford Dealership, 204 Main St., Dutton Katie Ambrose 519-762-3209 www.duttondunwich.on.ca

Kids who dress up like a bee may enjoy Clovermead Adventure Farm for free the entire day. July 9

2pm - 4pm. Enjoy a special high tea while you watch a historical fashion show featuring men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing from early 1800’s to the later 1900’s. July 10

9:30am - 11:30am. An exciting time for children to get together and learn the tricks of fishing. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rodney July 16

9pm - 1am. This annual event is held to raise money for the local sporting groups and the recreation department. July 17

July 23 - 24

CONTACT

Quai Du Vin Estate Winery, OFF THE WALL..AND OFF THE VINE ART SHOW 11am - 5pm. Enjoy a delightful summer day filled with creative art, excellent 45811 Fruit Ridge Line Penny Crichton, 519-709-5948 wine, craft beer, music, and local savoury food. Over 50 local and regional Artists displaying original art for sale. Free admission and parking. An event offthewallartshow.com not to be missed!

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND

Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 9am - 4pm. Re-enactments, displays, vendors, food and hands on activities from many time periods including Fenian Raids, Civil War, War of 1812, WW1, WW2, and much more.

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

July 29 - 31

Port Burwell East Beach BAYHAM BEACHFEST Friday evening, Saturday all day, Sunday fireworks at dusk. Fun for the whole Grahame Notman, family; bouncy castles, kids dance and movie night, live music for the adults notmanconsulting@eastlink.ca bbeachfest@gmail.com and a spectacular close out firework display.

July 31

Port Glasgow Marina ANNUAL FISH FRY & FIREWORKS 4:30pm -10pm. Come out for a family fish fry put on by West Elgin volunteer 519-768-2939 groups. Enjoy a live band throughout the day and fireworks at dusk.

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EVENTS DATE EVENT DETAILS Saturdays in August

Aug 6

HONEY FESTIVAL

Clovermead, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com Admission $12.99+tax/person Group of 5 or more receive $1 off each admission

STEED & CO LAVENDER - FAIRY FESTIVAL

Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta 519-494-5525 www.steedandcompany.com

PORT STANLEY HARBOURFEST

Port Stanley Harbour & Village info@portstanleyharbourfest.com www.portstanleyharbourfest.ca

AYLMER FAIR

Aylmer Fair Grounds, 139 Pine St E, Aylmer Elaine Earhart, 519-773-3445 www.aylmerfair.ca

ELGIN HISTORICAL SHOW (KETTLE VALLEY PIONEERS)

Dan Patteson Conservation Area, Highbury Ave, North of St. Thomas 519-631-1270 www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

9am - 5:30pm. Bee Happy at Clovermead…inspect an open bee hive and ask the beekeeper your questions, see how honey is harvested from the honeycomb, dip your own beeswax candle, enjoy fresh bread with honey and butter, kid’s B craft, beekeeper dress up, and free honey samples. A Bee Beard demonstration at 2:30 pm. Meet the Bee Princess and Sticky the Bear, Wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, jumping pillow, pedal go carts, play area, corn maze, farm animals, and (face painting$). Come for fresh family fun on the Adventure Farm. 12pm - 4pm. Discover the Lavender Fairy and learn about her important job. Indulge in an afternoon filled with fairy fun and more. Escape to fairy land !

Aug 6 - 7

9am - 9pm. Nautical celebration of the Port Stanley harbour includes tall ship cruises, professional street performers, live music, antique train rides, vendors, fireworks at dusk and more! Aug 11 - 14

Aug 13 - 14

CONTACT

See website for details. Come out and celebrate the 170th Aylmer Fair! The fair includes farm animals, a petting zoo, demolition derbies, horse shows, agricultural exhibits, food vendors and midway rides. 9am - 5pm. The Elgin Historical Show is always the second full weekend in August. An Antique show to demonstrate how farming was done in the pioneer days.

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

ANNUAL EVENTS FEB. 26-27 - Railway City Arts Crawl JULY 1 - Canada Day in Pinafore Park JULY 8-10 - Ribfest JULY 9 - Nostalgia Nights JULY 16-17 & 22-24 - Day out with Thomas AUG. 18-21 - Iron Horse Festival LABOUR DAY WEEKEND - St. Thomas Fire Muster Days OCT. 15 - Doors Open St. Thomas

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HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH, FINGAL

DATE EVENT DETAILS Aug 19 - 21

FRED EAGLESMITH CHARITY MUSIC FESTIVAL

See website for details. Come out and see this popular entertainer for the day or the weekend. Fred’s line-up includes Americana, Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and just great song writing. Enjoy Canadian music at its best.

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

Aug 20

Balmoral Park, Aylmer AYLMER SWEET CORNFEST 519-773-3164 10am - 2pm. The Aylmer Merchants would like to say thank you for shopping locally this year! Join us for a free celebration of fun, food and laughter www.aylmer.ca in the park! There will be wagon rides, jump & bounce activities, BBQ food, games, snow cones & more! Downtown, merchants will have sidewalk sales & coupon promotions!

Aug 20

3 PORT TOUR - BICYCLE RIDE

Start/Finish at East Elgin Community Complex brett@aylmerexpress.ca www.threeporttour.com

TALBOT TRAIL OF YARD SALES

County Wide Danni Bartlett, 519-644-1552 www.elgintourist.com

PEACHFEST

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

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELON FEST

Straffordville Community Centre Park, 56169 Heritage Ln Rose - gardner@amtelecom.net or Pauline 519-866-5573 www.bayham.on.ca

SHEDDEN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY FALL FAIR

Shedden Keystone Complex, HWY #3, Talbot Line Shirley Longhurst, 519-764-2939 www.sheddenfair.com

HORSESHOE J DUDE RANCH - FAMILY CAMP

32553 Erin Line, Fingal 519-762-5402 www.duderanchontario.com

BUSKER’S DAY

Clovermead, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com

All Day. 50, 100 and 160 km routes throughout Elgin County’s quiet roads and beautiful scenery. Fully supported ride includes lunch at Port Bruce and a t-shirt. Best ride in Southwestern Ontario. Start and finish at East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer. Aug 20

All day. 100 kilometres of yard sales, farm produce stands, unique shops, museums, wineries, art galleries, and so much more. Just follow the Talbot Trail. Aug 20 - 21

Aug 27

Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm. Help celebrate peachfest with pick your own peaches, peach baked goods and free farm fun.

All day. Fireman’s pancake breakfast at fire hall, silent auction, food and craft vendors, car show, kid’s activities, free face painting, pony and midway rides and a movie at dusk. The parade starts at 10am, from school to park. Aug 27 - 28

Sept 3

9am - 5pm. Come out for the fun, food, and the friendship. Something for everyone!

1pm. Family camp is a wonderful introduction to horses and farm activities for the whole family. Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hayrides, campfire, and more. Sept 10

Musicians, magicians, actors, performers who sign up in advance to perform on stage for 45 minutes, can enjoy the entire day for free with their family.

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Sept 10 - 11

Sept 10 - 11

Sept 15 - 17

Sept 16-18 Sept 17 - 18

Sept 24

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

4799 Hawk Cliff Road, Union 519-858-3442 or thamestalbot@ttlt.ca www.ttlt.ca

HERITAGE FARM SHOW

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

APPLEFEST

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

FALL FESTIVAL AT FAMILY FLOWERS

Family Flowers 44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas 519-631-6004 www.familyflowers.ca 

RODNEY ALDBOROUGH AGRICULTURE SOCIETY FAIR

Rodney Park, 135 Queens St in Rodney 519-768-1858

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

4799 Hawk Cliff Road, Union 519-858-3442 or thamestalbot@ttlt.ca www.ttlt.ca

SCARECROW FALL FESTIVAL

Sparta Village, Sparta House Tea Room, 519-775-2313 or art@shelleymcvittie.com www.thevillagecollective.com

10:30am - 4:00pm. Explore Hawk Cliff with a guided tour ! Please join TTLT staff and volunteers for expertly guided tours of the 230-acre property. See diverse habitats of songbirds, plants, butterflies and the hawk migration Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 9am - 4pm. Demonstrations planned include threshing, a market, historic agricultural displays, food, Sunday worship service and musical entertainment. Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm. Help us kick off the apple season with u pick apples, apple baked goods and lots of farm fun activities.

Thu + Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-5. Wander through the life size straw castle, pick out a pumpkin and carve it at the carving station, enjoy an ice cream treat from Mr. Cool’s, have your face painted, visit the mini farm animals, fall decorating inspiration and supplies - a day of free family fun to kick off the Fall season! #fallfestival The Fair includes a tractor pull, parade, farm olympics, sheep show, miniature horse and cattle show, demo derby and lots of entertainment. 10:30am - 4:00pm. Explore Hawk Cliff with a guided tour ! Please join TTLT staff and volunteers for expertly guided tours of the 230-acre property. See diverse habitats of songbirds, plants, butterflies and the hawk migration 10am - 4:30pm. We are so excited to welcome some incredible vendors and introduce a line-up of new and talented crafters and artisans who will be proudly displaying their harvests for your enjoyment.

Sept 24

Sept 30 Oct 2

CONTACT

Aylmer, Bayham, Malahide DOORS OPEN EAST ELGIN 10am - 4pm. Discover what our communities offer, whether you stumble upon bgibbons@bayham.on.ca or a hidden treasure, visit a location not usually open to the public or experience a 519-866-5521, www.malahide.ca, www.aylmer.ca, www.bayham.on.ca special festival or event, your journey will leave you wanting more.

WALLACETOWN FAIR

All Day. Bring the whole family out for great entertainment, agriculture, rides, tractor pull and so much more! This year’s theme is Barnyard Mardi Gras.

Wallacetown Fairgrounds 519-762-2737 www.wallacetownfair.com WALLACETOWN, FAIR

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Stay connected when you visit Elgin County! Library PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN MAKER SPACES WIRELESS INTERNET E-BOOKS & MAGAZINES REFERENCE SERVICES TOURIST INFORMATION NEW ON-LINE CATALOGUE! TEN BRANCHES Aylmer Belmont Dutton Port Burwell Port Stanley Rodney Shedden Springfield Straffordville West Lorne

www.elgincounty.ca/library

Twitter:@LibrElginCounty www.facebook.com/elgincountylibrary

DATE EVENT DETAILS Saturdays in October & Thanksgiving Monday

Oct 29

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

FAMILY HARVEST PARTY

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

PUMPKINFEST

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

CANADALE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Canadale Nurseries, 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas Pauline Intven - Casier pic@canadale.com www.canadale.com

9am-5:30pm. Celebrate the world of pumpkins this fall. Pick your-own pumpkin from our field, try pumpkin bowling, fire walnuts from a cannon and shoot a giant apple sling shot. Enjoy a wagon ride, bee train ride, visit farm animals, get lost the in corn maze, and enjoy the fall decorations. Take a spin on the pedal carts or bounce on the giant jumping pillow/pad. Don’t miss the great Pumpkin Drop from the windmill tower and the Pumpkin Cannon Artillery Show...there’s bushels of fresh family fun in our Adventure Farm! Paint your own pumpkin and shoot it from the pumpkin cannon($). Come play with your family and Bee Happy at Clovermead. Please see clovermead.com for details. 1:00pm - 7:00pm. Indoor and outdoor harvest themed activities, crafts, games, refreshments, museum and trail tours for the whole family. Children $6.00, Adults $3.00

Oct 29 - 30

Weekends in November

CONTACT Clovermead, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer 519-773-5503 www.clovermead.com Admission $12.99+tax/person Group of 5 or more receive $1 off each admission

Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm. Come celebrate the fall harvest with u pick apples, pumpkins, farm fresh baked goods, farm fun activities as well as special events for this weekend. Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate the season with free family photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer. Exciting decorating demonstrations and workshops, live entertainment and free kids crafts. A Christmas Wonderland!

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EVENTS DATE EVENT DETAILS Nov 1 Dec 31

Nov 17 - 19

Nov 18 Dec 3

Nov 19 - 20

Nov 25 Dec 31

Nov 26 - 27

Dec 3

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Port Stanley info@portstanley.net  www.portstanley.net

PARADE OF POINSETTIAS

Family Flowers, 44329 Talbot Line, St. Thomas 519-631-6004 www.familyflowers.ca

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT

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

SANTA AT SPARTA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Sparta House Tea Room, Sparta www.spartacandles.com, www.spartahouse.com Sparta House Tea Room, 519-775-2313 or Sparta Country Candales, 519-775-0054

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Port Stanley info@portstanley.net  www.portstanley.net

STEED & CO LAVENDER CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta 519-494-5525 www.steedandcompany.com

CHRISTMAS DINNER IN THE MUSEUM

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

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WALK

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

Open year round, see business hours. Participating store host Annual Christmas Open Houses, Dickens Parade, Shop Local Event, Festival of Lights and more. Enjoy fine dining restaurants and Pubs throughout our festive village. Thu - Sat 9-5 It’s a beautiful sight to see over 13,000 poinsettias bursting into colour! Complimentary Hot Cocoa, Coffee and Spicer’s donuts to treat you while you stand by the 12’ Poinsettia tree, get inspirations from the 10 holiday themed trees, feed the live nativity animals, and talk to the local professional growers on site. Pick out your fresh winter greens, and enjoy the sales and specials. #poinsettiaparade See business hours. During the Western Elgin shop local event visit each business location for draw tickets to win in-store draw prizes. Draws will be held on December 7th. 12pm - 3pm. Come out and get your free picture with Santa and get it mounted. Participating businesses will have draws and a free gift. Donations are greatly appreciated to the Caring Cupboard.

Evenings. Lions Landing Marine Park across Kettle Creek and Port Stanley Christmas Lights, Selbourne Street behind Foodland, donation to Make-AWish Foundation or Local Food Bank. Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun Noon - 4pm. Discover many wonderful lavender gift ideas. Celebrate warm Christmas cheer and delightful lavender treats. Lavender gift collection door prize draw. 5:00pm. A multi-course meal of 1850s recipes. Ticket Price: $100 per person includes a $50 donation receipt. Servers are in costume and the museum decorated to complete your historic Christmas dining experience

Dec 3

CONTACT

6pm-9pm. 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!

SPRINGWATER FOREST

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SANTA CLAUS PARADES DATE TBD

EVENT DETAILS DUTTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Dutton

FINGAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Fingal

PORT BURWELL SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Port Burwell

STRAFFORDVILLE SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Straffordville

DICKEN’S DAYS NIGHT PARADE

Port Stanley

WEST LORNE SANTA CLAUS PARADE

West Lorne

AYLMER SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Aylmer

SPRINGFIELD SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Springfield

RODNEY PARADE & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

Rodney

BELMONT SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Belmont

3:30pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information

TBD

2pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information

TBD

6:30pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information

TBD

10:30am. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information

Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 26 Dec 3 Dec 3 Dec 4

7pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information 7pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information 2pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information 1pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information 2:00pm-6:30pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information 6pm. Visit www.elgintourist.com for more information

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CULTURE THRIVES ON ONTARIO’S SOUTH SHORE

Explore the Township of MALAHIDE Escape the pace of the everyday in Malahide.

Allow our walking trails, winding bike paths, parks, Carolinian forests, agricultural landscapes and sunny beaches to transform you. Explore a community rooted in rich heritage where horse and buggies line country roads and farm-gate shopping is welcome. Nourish your soul at unique art galleries, quaint shops and tranquil restaurants. Fish and camp; explore a migratory bird viewing area; experience an apiary with bee education centre and adventure farm; or just relax at the Port Burce beach and pier.

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EVENTS

PERFORMING ARTS DATE May 5 - 14

EVENT DETAILS

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KNICKERS: A BRIEF COMEDY BY SARAH QUICK

Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St. Aylmer 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com

7:30pm. The paper mill of Elliston Falls has been shut down, sending the town spiralling into an economic depression. When a chipper tourism officer arrives to lend a hand, she discovers an unlikely business partnership in the three brassy friends that make up the local chapter of Weight Watchers.

Port Stanley Festival Theatre WICHITA LINEMAN: THE MUSIC OF GLEN CAMPBELL See website for details. A wonderful tribute to Glen Campbell, featuring a 519-782-4353 non-stop parade of hits, from “Rhinestone Cowboy” to “Gentle on My Mind”, box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca at the brand new Port Stanley Festival stage. www.portstanleytheatre.ca

May 24 June 4

June 8 July 2

LADIES FOURSOME - BY NORM FOSTER

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 519-782-4353 box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

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Periscope Playhouse, Port Burwell, Grahame Notman www.periscopeplayhouse.ca notmanconsulting@eastlink.ca

BIRDS OF A FEATHER - BY SIMON JOYNES

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 519-782-4353 box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

See website for details. Take four ladies, 18 holes, a friendly wager, and watch the sparks fly! The outing becomes more than anyone bargained for. A new Canadian comedy classic by Canada’s favourite playwright.

June 9 - 26

See website for details. A comedy by Michael McKeever. Come for the beach stay for the show July 6 - 23

See website for details. Competitive bird watchers converge on a quest for the rarest of birds, as arch rivals clash in a battle of wits, technology, and high stakes. A laugh-filled search !

Port Stanley Festival Theatre THIS ONE - BY DENISE MADER See website for details. A world premiere, it explores the bond between 519-782-4353 mother and daughter, rural roots, and the wonder of fresh baked pecan pie ! box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

July 27 Aug 13

Aug 17 Sept 3

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES - BY MARK CRAWFORD

Port Stanley Festival Theatre 519-782-4353 box.office@portstanleytheatre.ca www.portstanleytheatre.ca

SENIORS OF THE SAHARA

Periscope Playhouse, Port Burwell, Grahame Notman www.periscopeplayhouse.ca notmanconsulting@eastlink.ca

See website for details. Join us for our season closer and see what the birds and bees really have been up to É chance encounters, love among the turkeys, a comedy about fresh starts!

Sept 15 - 26

See website for details. A comedy by Barbara Pease Weber. Come for the beach stay for the show

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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 8348 Longwoods Road, (Middlesex Rd. 2) 6.5 km west of Delaware 1/2 hr west of London Call 519-264-2420

info@ltvca.ca

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PRIzING INFoRMATIoN

Enter for your chance to win one of three exciting weekend prize packages, each valued at $700!

FAMILY WEEKEND GETAWAY

Weekend camping pass at Springwater Conservation Area Family Pass for Clovermead Adventure Farm • Family Pass to tour the HMCS Ojibwa Submarine Gift certificates to dine at area restaurants

VILLAGE HIDEAWAY

Two night stay at Kettle Creek Inn Tour and gift certificate for an area winery and lavender farm Tickets for two to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre • Gift certificates for local art galleries

BEACH RETREAT

Two night stay at the Windjammer Inn • Two passes to ride the Port Stanley Terminal Rail Gift certificates for local art galleries • Dinner at GT’s On The Beach Stand-up paddle board or kayak rental for two

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