Trip Inspiration | Off the Beaten Track

Past Tents

Friday, March 23, 2018 12:00 AM by Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

Cozy cabin rentals that offer a comfy take on summer camping.

The arrival of camping season can inspire cheers from some members of the family, but tears from others. Fortunately, there’s a solution to the great divide: redefine your definition of camping. 

I had visited Norfolk County a couple of times in the past, using the area as a springboard to a great ride, following the Waterfront Trail, Port Dover to Fort Erie, or as part of a rail trail tour weekend on an Ontario By Bike Ride, from Dundas to Port Dover. I felt I knew something about the bike scene in the area. But it wasn’t until I recently spent a weekend dedicated to exploration and cycling adventures that I experienced a true appreciation for all things Norfolk. 

A 4-day cycle along Lake Erie shorelines.

This four-day journey, which begins and ends in St. Thomas, takes you along quiet rural roads and a waterfront trail, down Lake Erie’s northern shoreline and through communities with rich maritime heritage and vast agricultural lands.

Trails suitable for all skill sets.

Located on the east side of Woodstock, The Pines has 14 kilometres of trails suitable for all skill sets ranging from a 1-km kid-friendly loop and pump track to the more difficult (and aptly named) black diamond trails like Bloody Lung.