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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.

I was attending a tourism conference in this southwest Ontario city in mid-spring and walked into a large, industrial space in the Old East Village Area of town. There was a gleaming coffee shop off to one side; the sort of place that looks like one you’d find in Toronto’s West Queen West area or Vancouver’s Gastown. Past that was a lovely, bright grocery store selling lots of local foods and organic products. 

Sipping through Norfolk

Monday, July 4, 2016 11:00 AM by Chelsea Brimstin

Savour complex wines and craft beers on this tour of Norfolk County

Spending the day at the beautiful wineries and breweries of Norfolk County, I got to try some of the most delicious drinks and tasty snacks you can find in Ontario's Southwest.

Canada's Best Beach Town

Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:00 PM by Jim Byers

Jim Byers explores Grand Bend.

I’ve spent many a day kicking down the streets of Lahaina on Maui. I’ve paraded down Duval Street in Key West and strolled the piers of California from San Diego to Santa Cruz. I’ve been lucky enough to hit the beaches of Thailand and Sardinia, of St. Lucia and Senegal.

Downtown Sarnia Kicks It Up a Notch

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:00 PM by Jim Byers

Jim Byers experiences great food, beer, art and more.

SARNIA, ONTARIO - A sleek new craft brewery. A stunningly designed art gallery with some of Canada’s top works of art. Inventive restaurants run by outrageously entertaining foodies. 

12 Beautiful (Back) Road Trips

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:00 PM by Louise Gleeson

Take the road less traveled.

Road trips are a great time to reconnect. When I hear the words road and trip, I think of rolled-down windows and off-key singing to an endless loop of tunes.

Enjoy great meals and one-of-a-kind shopping on this two-day getaway.

Itinerary highlights: fabulous food, antique stores, art galleries, a winery and a lavender farm.

My Favourite Places to Stay

Monday, November 4, 2013 6:00 PM by Susan Varano

Book here for an outstanding overnight stay.

Deciding where to stay when visiting the beautiful region of Ontario’s Southwest can be tricky. With a myriad of places to choose from it’s a real Pandora’s Box of vacation opportunity.  So to help I thought I would share my favourites.