Author: Megan Carman

If you are new to Canada and want to get to know the local culture, history, food, and people in Ontario's Southwest, the best way to do that is by travelling locally. No matter which season you arrive in, don’t wait before you start exploring. It would be a shame for you to miss out while waiting for warmer weather. To help you get started we’ve put together a “must visit” list that you should check out this winter. 

Last year was the time to explore local. And through that exploration, you may have noticed something; we have so much to offer locally in Ontario's Southwest! This year, you should continue seeing what's available in your own backyard and we bet that these local gems will be places that you want to come back to again and again!

There’s something special about road-tripping in Ontario’s Southwest during the fall. It could be the scenic backroads that you take or the picturesque small towns you visit along the way. Or maybe it’s the restaurants you discover that only serve the freshest, locally sourced, fall flavours.

3 Girl’s Getaway Staycation Itineraries

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 AM by Megan Carman

It’s been a long time since you’ve been able to really hang out with your besties. Let’s face it, “girl’s nights” on Zoom haven’t been the same. And since you’ve done your part to keep social distanced from anyone outside of your household, it’s time for you to reward yourselves with a girl’s getaway to catch up and reconnect!

We’ve designed three staycations in Ontario’s Southwest that are perfect for a Girl’s Getaway.

Pedestrian-Only Weekends

Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 AM by Megan Carman

If you are looking for something new, fun, and safe to do this weekend, check out the nearest pedestrian-only zones in Ontario’s Southwest. "Pedestrian-only" areas mean that the roads are closed to cars to allow pedestrians to dine, shop, and walk safely in the open street.

Diamonds are Made Under Pressure

Friday, March 26, 2021 4:00 PM by Megan Carman

The best part about supporting local is getting to know the people behind the businesses that make it all happen. This knowledge allows you to properly appreciate everything that goes into running the restaurants, bakeries, distilleries, breweries, and experiences that you love.

To help you get to know the new gems across Ontario’s Southwest, we interviewed 5 tourism businesses that either opened, or were in the process of opening a new component, right before the pandemic hit.

Experience Maple Season from Home

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:00 PM by Megan Carman

Staying home, safe, and social distanced means that you aren’t traveling during the colder months. If being home at this time of the year is new to you, or even if it isn’t new, challenge yourself to be as open to new experiences as you’d be on vacation. Locals often overlook the amazing experiences within their own backyards because they aren’t in the “tourist mindset”.