Lambton County, located along the St. Clair River and lower end of Lake Huron, is in many ways the heart of Ontario's Bluewater country. The brilliant blue waters of the lake and river are difficult to take your eyes off when driving along the St. Clair Parkway or shoreline north of Sarnia, so it's best to stop to take it all in. Better yet is a scenic cruise or boat outing for water sports or fishing. Lambton has a long love affair with marine traditions as is evident by nautical history displayed at the network of museums that span the county. It also has a love affair with oil since North America's first commercial oil well was discovered at Oil Springs in 1858 and the details of that relationship are visible throughout the Oil Heritage District. Sarnia is known as a petroleum processing centre, but it is also an artistic city where galleries and outdoor art exhibits are very accessible to visitors. Theatre and music are also vibrant traditions at Sarnia's Starbright Festival, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and Grand Bend's Huron Country Playhouse that shares its talents with Huron County. Manicured parks, Blue Flag beaches and trail systems at nature reserves and waterfronts complement the region's beauty. Some of the world's best preserved Devonian fossil beds are found at Rock Glen Conservation Area while globally rare kettle concretions are found near Ipperwash Beach. Pinery Provincial Park features rare Carolinian oak savannahs, high dunes and the old Ausable River channel with its unique wildlife. Equally original shopping and dining experiences await visitors across the county.
Arbor Acres Plaza has all your needs covered: Beer Store and LCBO Agency Outlets Laundromat, Chip Stand Take-out, Picnic area, Scooped Ice cream, Soft serve ice cream -24 flavours Variety store, Fresh produce & Meats, gifts & beach wear DVD rentals, news stand, OLG Lottery, propane, firewood, book exchange, fireworks, ATM.
Garbo’s Fashions offers a unique shopping experience for women who are looking for something different. Garbo’s is located in beautiful downtown Sarnia overlooking the waterfront. Our clothing lines range from casual to dressy. You can find the fabulously popular line Desigual, always popular Michael Kors, Canadian lines… Frank Lyman, Robert Kitchen, Simon Chang – casual In Wear, Part Two and for something a little edgier Angels Never Die and Anna Scott. Garbo’s has become famous for their Second Yoga Jeans – so comfortable you could do yoga in them. Yoga jeans are designed to make women of all ages, body shapes and walks of life feel confident,
Well treed lots in a rural setting make Warwick Conservation Area the ideal campground for a quiet family camping outing. Warwick features 232 large serviced sites, offering serviced group camping, a swimming pool, playground equipment, and accessible trails. A wide variety of recreation activities are offered at our visitor centre throughout the summer. Warwick is especially accessible for our American visitors, only 30 minutes east of Sarnia and Port Huron. Located just 10 minutes off Hwy 402 at Warwick Village. Take advantage of our $60 Buck Weekends (check out our website for the dates).
Artists Ralph MacEachern & Vickie Guerette create Metal Works, Driftwood Art, Hot Glass Creations, Slate Art, Encaustic, Pen & Inks, Acrylics, Jewellery & so much more! Come see our unique new and recycled pieces. Art Workshops Available. Our pieces have traveled to their new homes as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, California, Arizona, Florida, Vancouver, Calgary and of course all across Ontario. Take a trip to our studio surrounded by the beautiful Carolinian forests of Port Franks Ontario; you will be delighted and surprised. See you soon! By the way, Art By 3 stands for Ralph’s works, Vickie’s works and their joint works. Follow us on Facebook
FIDDLER ON THE MOOSE - A MUSICAL RIDE ACROSS CANADA with JESSE and FriendsMAY 2 -19VPP favourite Jesse Grandmont leads us on a musical celebration from coast to coast, of great Canadian bands and artists...sharing humorous Canadian tidbits (and timbits) along the way.THE BIRDS AND THE BEES by Mark Crawford - THE NEW HIT COMEDY Everyone’s Buzzing AboutMAY 30-JUNE 17You’ll laugh out loud as The Birds and the Bees tackles sex, love, family, beekeeping…and the artificial insemination of turkeys.HAPPY TOGETHER 1967 - MUSIC and MEMORIES of CANADA’S CENTENNIAL YEARJULY 4-23It’s a celebration of the timeless music, classic television shows, memorable movies and the
Located near beautiful Lake Huron, between the Pinery Provincial Park and Grand Bend, Klondyke Trailer Park has been offering families the best in vacation camping for over 40 years. Owned and operated by the Kelders Family, the park boasts 3 swimming pools, a splash pad and large sun decks, all shaded by large palm trees. Kids can enjoy 2 playgrounds while Mom and Dad are on the tennis court. We also have a soccer field, basketball court and sand volleyball court. Weekends are full of activities, and family dances in the large pavillion are a blast. The large trailer parts store, convenience store, laundry room, games room and rec hall are available to all
Nestled in rural Lambton County you will find the Oil Museum of Canada at the southern outskirts of the Village of Oil Springs. This National Historic Site provides an opportunity to learn about a fascinating era in Canada's history and the birthplace of the modern oil industry. Uncover the birth and growth stories of this new industry at the time, as well as social life in the early oil boom town of Oil Springs and the industry's evolvement when and after activity moved eight miles north to Petrolia. Imagine the strange sights, sounds and stories. History happened here in the Oil Heritage District. Stroll through four climate-controlled indoor galleries and investigate seven outdoor
This private museum has an international collection of some 6,000 objects all artistically displayed in a historic gallery setting. From unusual fossils to rare and remarkable gems, dinosaurs and artifacts, our vast collection is always on permanent display, with regular new additions. Of particular interest are the extensive exhibits of colourful, exotic insects, shark jaws, seashells, fluorescent minerals and one of the largest displays of mounted bears in Canada.Whether you're looking to while away a rainy afternoon with your kids or booking a bus trip full of budding entomologists, we have delights to suit everyone's interests. We suggest you allow a couple of hours to fully view
In Grand Bend one is never far from the sun, sand and surf that everyone loves. This prime resort town has a lovely downtown streetscape and a landscaped waterfront park with a picnic area, beach volleyball court, children’s playground and splash pad. The beach house has washrooms, showers, lookout deck and picnic area for bathers. The main beach is always a busy spot, but a quieter strand is located on River Road south of the boat launch. Grand Bend’s Blue Flag beaches are backed by clean sand and towering pines that have made this resort area famous, but what makes the community most exciting are the countless activities that await visitors. Shops and boutiques offer endless
Cathcart Campground is located north of Sombra on the St. Clair Parkway, a scenic route of beautifully landscaped parks, trails and boating facilities maintained by St. Clair Township along the St. Clair River. The park has riverfront campsites, sheltered boat launch, a playground and a huge picnic pavilion in view of the gorgeous blue water of the river. All campsites have water and sewer hookups. The St. Clair River Trail offers safe, off road cycling and hiking all the way to Corunna. Located close to the USA-Canada ferry crossing in Sombra.
Branton-Cundick Campground is located just north of Sombra on the St. Clair Parkway, a scenic route of beautifully landscaped parks, trails and boating facilities maintained by St. Clair Township along the St. Clair River. The park contains a children's playground, picnic pavilion and picnic area set among giant shade trees in view of the brilliant turquoise expanse of river. All campsites are serviced with water and sewer hookups. A boat launch provides easy water access for water sports and fishing. The St. Clair River Trail runs through the park and continues along the river as an off road, well packed trail for cycling or walking. Located close to the USA-Canada ferry crossing in Sombra.
Canatara Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Canada and features 1 kilometre of gorgeous, sandy beach on Lake Huron backed by spectacular, old growth oak forest, dunes and Chipican Lake. The entire park is interconnected by cycling trails, picnic areas and washrooms. Children can enjoy the Kiwanis Farm with its petting animals, waterfowl, streams and a dirt jump course for bikes.
You’ll Be Surprised! Petrolia, in the 19th century was the birthplace of the world’s oil refining industry and the richest town in Canada. Remnants of the oil boom glory days are still visible in town. The downtown is attractively styled in keeping with its heritage of manicured parks, flowerbeds, well-tended properties and library. Mansions complete with elegant woodwork, ostentatious towers and stained glass windows can be seen as outlined in a heritage walking tour brochure of Petrolia. Boutiques, restaurants, bed and breakfast homes, golf and live theatre entertain visitors. Local producers of fresh, wholesome foods come to the Petrolia Farmers’ Market on Fletcher
Your time is precious so visit Discoveries That Matter in Sarnia & Lambton County. With “Blue Flag” rated beaches and million dollar gallery and museum exhibits, our blue water vacation playground offers attractions for all ages in all seasons. Be sure to stop by and take your picture with our giant Canada geese! Visit us online: www.tourismsarnialambton.com/bwvg
Canadian Artwork is One-Of-A-Kind At Gift of Art & Foodies, we bring the work of artists and craftspeople from across Canada to you. Everything we sell is handmade by some of the top professional artisans in the country. We carry the Sid Dickens blocks, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, prints, paintings, glassware, soaps, cards, ironworks, giftware and home decor, as well as an extensive selection of gourmet treats including: local and imported artisan cheeses, fudge and brittle from St Jacobs, British foods, loose leaf teas, specialty sauces, spices, rubs, preserves and snacks Follow us on Facebook or foodiesgrandbend
Grog's Pub & Grill has been a mainstay of the Port Franks - Grand Bend beach scene for many years. We feature an authentic menu and a fun lovin' atmosphere. Bring in the whole family and crew for a delicious meal. Our freshly made signature ZANEY Bread will get your mouth watering. Besides our original Zaney Bread, Grog's is recognized far and wide for our Pizza, Wings and Burgers. We also offer a wide range of appetizers and main dishes to please everyone. While you wait, enjoy a fresh bowl of our Soup of the Day or some Garlic Strips. Great taste doesn't have to be pricey, either. Grog's offers meals for any budget. If you don't have time to dine in, take advantage of the GROG'S 2 GO
The Harbourfront Inn is uniquely located along the water's edge of Sarnia Harbour and directly across the road from Centennial Park. The Bluewater Bridge, linking Sarnia, Ontario to Port Huron, Michigan is just around the corner. Each of our 102 rooms feature a 32" LCD TV, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board. We offer free wireless Internet access for all guests. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before setting out to explore the area. A stroll along the waterfront boardwalk can take you to the Sarnia Bay Marina, Centennial Park or right to the heart of downtown where you can explore the shops or dine in the restaurants. While you're here, why
Established in 1972, the Parkway is renowned for its huge, beautifully manicured greens. Located along the shores of the St. Clair River, we are just minutes from the Bluewater Bridge and a short drive from the greater London area. This beautiful course, set among rolling hills between picturesque groves of hawthorne and crab apple trees, is a golfer's delight. Lengthy fairways and beguiling slopes make St. Clair one of the most challenging and enjoyable links to play. Enjoy the Driving Range and Hawthorne's Bar & Grill. The course is located behind the Mooretown Campground and the adjacent Moore Sports Complex, so this is the perfect place to stay, play and enjoy a variety of
Lorne C. Conservation Area is a nature lover’s delight and features a number of wildlife ponds and nature trails. This family campground includes 145 serviced sites, a swimming pool, visitor centre, playground equipment and much more. Take advantage of our $60 Buck Weekends (check out our website for the dates). The Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area is located on Petrolia Line just minutes west of Petrolia.
Moore Museum preserves the history of life in Moore Township on the St. Clair River. The 12-building historic village engages you in discovering the life and work of past generations. Your heritage journey features a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, Victorian cottage, historic church and more. Popular displays include the early 20th century general store and Lionel model train exhibit room. Self-guiding tour booklets for both adults and children and hands-on activity centres involve all ages in exploring the past. Ramp access and paved walkways make the site accessible and a picnic area invites you to linger. Open March & April, Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 4 pm; May to August, Fri. to
MacPherson’s Restaurant is a long time, local favourite specializing in good home cooked food at reasonable prices. Be sure to pick up a dozen of our yummy butter tarts for the ride home. Many travelers stop to climb the big dune just around the corner. We are fully licensed featuring good wines and cold beer. Eggs Benny, Liver & Onions, Great Burgers, Prime Rib, Pastas and Fresh Lake Fish are our favourites. Try our daily specials and homemade desserts - Family Dining at its best! Visit our interesting Gift Shop. Variety Store, Lottery terminal, Video Rentals & Fuel. ATM on site Find us on Facebook
Grand Bend's Beach Bar and Grill. Newly renovated. Open 7 days a week from May until October. Best view in town. Come and relax by the beach with one of our signature cocktail features and delicious menu items. Free parking. This eatery specializes in tantalizing and tasty dishes the entire family will enjoy. From sumptuous Steaks, Chicken and Seafood to Classic Burgers and sandwiches you are sure to come back again and again. The Growling Gator has been serving vacationers and the local residents of Grand Bend for many years now. We offer a breath taking patio, beautiful deck seating as well as a comfortable inside dining area if you choose. The beach view sunsets from our deck are
Whitecaps at the Bend is a friendly pub in downtown Grand Bend that is a Great Lakes BBQ legend for locals & visitors alike, open year round. Enjoy great food, live bands and open jams, DJ’s and dancing, darts, billiards or catch the game on the big screens with multiple satellite sports coverage.Whatever your reason for coming to Whitecaps, you'll always have a great time. This turn-of-the-century Main Street building is now a Grand Bend hot spot that brings fun, food and friends together. Try our 14 beer selections on tap, perfectly smoked in-house ribs, pulled pork & brisket or AAA melt in your mouth steaks. Pastas, seafood, salads, home made soup, sandwiches and daily
Sandpiper Cottages consists of six small, rustic housekeeping cabins in back of the main cottage - situated on the beach on Lake Huron at 7280 Leighton Drive, Port Franks, Ontario (between Grand Bend and Forest off 21 Highway). They are equipped with a two burner hot plate, microwave, full size fridge, electric kettle, electric fry pan, toaster, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and a crock pot. There are two rooms in the smaller cabins with double bunk beds and a fold down couch in the kitchen/living area. In the larger cabins there are three small rooms with double bunk beds and one single bed, with a fold down couch in the living room. A one-room cabin is also available. You need to bring
A. W. Campbell Conservation Area campground is nestled around Lake Morrough. Forested hills, 145 campsites and a meandering river provide the backdrop to an active area which provides a host of recreation opportunities including a swimming pool, boat rentals, mini-golf, playground equipment and nature trails. There is a full slate of exciting activities throughout the summer months. Take advantage of our $60 Buck Weekends (check out our website for the dates). Access is off Nauvoo Rd. just north of Alvinston.
Cast off with us under the watchful eye of the Captain and his crew aboard the Duc d'Orleans II! We offer daily two hour luncheon cruises (with commentary and music) on the beautiful St. Clair River and we are conveniently located in downtown Sarnia, Ontario, just minutes away from the US border, casinos, and much more. The ship is also an ideal setting for weddings and corporate functions. Motor coach parking is available beside the ship so walking is minimal and we are also handicapped accessible. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ducdorleans2
Grand Bend Motorplex is a multi-purpose motorsport facility consisting of a ¼-mile Dragstrip, a ¼-mile high banked Oval track, a multi-circuit Road Course for cars & motorcycles, and a Moto-X facility. Operating from May to October. It hosts some of the largest motorsports events in the country plus open drag, moto-x, and lapping days for the public. With ample parking, VIP suites, tiered seating, pit area/campground with washrooms and showers, and a licenced food court, a trip to GBM is an outstanding day or weekend adventure. There are also tremendous opportunities for club or corporate gatherings.
Midori is an upscale sushi restaurant located on Main Street in Grand Bend, just seconds away from the beach. They are committed to the highest quality of food and service. Their eclectic menu will leave you wanting more! Come and experience Midori for yourself. Let the good times roll!
We take much pride in the fact that our family has successfully owned and operated the Bluewater Motel for many years. Each of our rooms is unique and offers you, our valued customer, all that you expect in terms of genuine cleanliness, comfort and personal attention, without spending a fortune. That's why our customers come back year after year, and we know you will too!! Recently Renovated, Non smoking rooms and smoking rooms available, one storey convenience, kitchenettes, air-conditioned, beautiful gardens, outdoor pool, WiFi Internet & fax phone system. Close to restaurants, bingo, miniature golf, fitness facilities, Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre, shopping malls,
Located in a picturesque country setting, Huron Country Playhouse is just minutes from Grand Bend and sparkling Lake Huron in the heart of Ontario's West Coast. This popular vacation destination is full of charm and endless possibilities to discover breathtaking beaches, culinary delights, outstanding accommodations, unique shopping and countless recreational pursuits. There are 650 theatre seats in the mainstage, and the Playhouse II has been completely renovated with a fully raked 300-seat auditorium. Infrared hearing and wheelchair access are available to patrons who require special assistance. A visit to the Huron Country Playhouse takes less than an hour from Stratford, London and
Pinery Provincial Park is located on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, Ontario. It is a natural environment-class Provincial Park created to help preserve Ontario's largest oak savanna and its 9 km. of beach dune ecology. To preserve this habitat, a population control program for White Tailed Deer has been implemented. During the early 1960s, when the value of native savanna was not recognized, large numbers of Red and White Pine trees were planted in the park, displacing the native vegetation. That is also how the park got its name. The Old Ausable Channel is a wide, slow-moving river which flows through the park. It was separated from the main Ausable River when two channels were excavated at
Xtreme Water Sports offers cool fun with its water sport rentals located directly on Grand Bend's beach. Quality, safe, stable, 3 seater SEADOO rentals, SPEED BOAT charter service, wakeboarding, water skiing, kneeboarding, toe surfing, tubing and sunset pleasure cruising! SAILBOAT charters (lessons free!) & FISHING charters. 20' WATER TRAMPOLINE equipped with a launch pad! NEW - FLYBOARDING! Experience the thrill of flying – a must try!! Family fun on the blue water! Specials are offered on weekday mornings
The Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn is the finest hotel and conference centre in Sarnia, Ontario. You will enjoy first class accommodation, licensed restaurant, banquet, and meeting room facilities. Our staff offers the finest in customer service at all levels. The property has a seasonal outdoor pool to relax in and enjoy the warm summer days of Southwestern Ontario. We offer complimentary, made to order, hot breakfast, Monday thru Friday. Each morning complimentary newspapers are available at the front desk for you and parking is always free. WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is also a complimentary service as well.
Glass In Motion is owned and operated by Sharon and Garry White.We became interested in glass after visiting a glass studio on Granville Island in Vancouver in 2005. Working with glass as an artistic medium soon became our passion. We opened our Sauble Beach studio in 2008 and the Grand Bend location in 2013. In our studios we create lamp worked focal pendants, ear rings and fused glass art. From the beginning Sharon had envisioned developing a platform that would give anyone, regardless of age or skill level, the opportunity to come into the studio and create a souvenir or gift. In 2010 Sharon began her FunShop concept and it was an
Cobblestone Lodge fronts directly onto beautiful Ipperwash Beach, Lake Huron, known for it's shallow sandbars and gorgeous sunsets with 2 miles of beach. There are 9 housekeeping cottages, 1 housekeeping cabin and 2 bunk cabins. All cottages and one cabin are outfitted with electric refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, frying pan, plus dishes, pots and pans, utensils & tea pot. BBQ 's are available to rent. Free hot water shower rooms available for cottagers. Pets welcome! Cottages all have flush toilets. Cabins use bathhouse flush toilets. Toilet paper and garbage bags are supplied. Pillows are in all units. Bedding, pillow cases, towels, face
"Our shoppe is home to an eclectic mix of unique custom furniture, handicrafts and giftware, as well as an ice cream parlour, and gently used book corner! We are proud of our work and our ability to re-use, re-claim and recycle! Using old windows, doors, barnboard you name it, we've come up with an interesting new piece that will look amazing in your home! All of these items are handcrafted at Petrolia Enterprises! The shoppe is constantly filled with original pieces made specifically for the current season. In spring and summer, birdhouses are in high demand while fall brings pumpkins and spectacular fall decor. Our Christmas displays are a highlight of the holiday season, with
The Lambton Heritage Museum, on Hwy. 21 south of Grand Bend, is home to an outstanding collection of distinctive, one-of-a-kind items, each having its own story to pass on to future generations. Here you will discover the only remaining horse-drawn ambulance in Ontario, the largest collection of pressed glass water pitchers in Canada, a church built in 1867, rare John Goodison steam engines, an exceptional collection of stoves made by the Doherty Stove Co. and a notable collection of furniture from 19th century Lambton County.Since opening in 1978, the Lambton Heritage Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the agricultural and industrial heritage of Lambton County. The
Forest Lambton Museum exhibits beautiful family heirlooms. Signature exhibits include antique telephones, clocks and cameras. It opens Wed.-Sun., 1-4 p.m. at 8 Main St. North in Forest.
Located in the wonderful town of Grand Bend, on Lake Huron’s sandy shores, Pine Dale Motor Inn provides the best accommodations and facilities around. Pine Dale Motor Inn is your best choice for accommodations while you take in all the attractions in Grand Bend. Whether you enjoy award-winning theatre, go golfing at our many local courses, or spend the day at the beach, your visit to The Pine Dale Motor Inn will become a memory cherished for years. The off-season is the best time to explore the numerous trails and fascinating landscape of Pinery Provincial Park through photography, fall colour tours, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing. Groups can use our
Green Haven is a beautiful 11-acre park located just 1 block north of Main Street in Grand Bend. It’s a short walk (10 minutes or less) to everything Grand Bend has to offer: downtown core, sandy beaches and world-famous sunsets, grocery/shopping, great dining/entertainment, golf and more! It is a very clean and quiet park with friendly and helpful staff. The majority of the park is seasonal with mostly a mature clientele and some younger families. All overnight sites have a picnic table and a fire pit. Green Haven is an authorized Northlander Industries dealer and offers on site trailer sales of new and used park models. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Located in a serene marina setting in the Village of Point Edward, the Holiday Inn-Sarnia/Point Edward is ideally situated at the foot of the international Bluewater Bridges and Highway 402. The hotel is located minutes from shopping, museums, parks, live horse racing, the Chemical Valley and the Point Edward Charity Casino. You will Stay Connected to everything! You will be sure to sleep soundly in all of our guestrooms! We feature a five-story Tower Section that showcases contemporary designs, pillow top mattresses and spacious guestrooms. Our newest renovation includes guest rooms with Two Double Beds and Two Queen Beds. In the West Wing, our Business Class King rooms offer another
Point Edward's Watefront Park has a fantastic view of the twin Bluewater Bridges spanning the St. Clair River between Michigan and Ontario as well as the constant parade of boat traffic between the river and Lake Huron. Enjoy a stroll or bicycle ride along the Bluewater Shoreline Trail, snack on fresh fries or ice cream from the food concessions, visit St. Paul's Anglican Church with its historic mariner traditions or see the Port Huron lighthouse across the river. Boaters can use the services of local marinas. The nearby Point Edward Casino offers gaming and entertainment on the shoreline in its nautical themed lounges.
Rock Glen Conservation Area is located two kilometres northeast of Arkona, Ontario, Canada at 8680 Rock Glen Road. Phone gatehouse at 519-828-3071 or phone Ausable Bayfield Conservation office toll-free at 1-888-286-2610 for information. The admission fee (subject to change) is only $4.00 per person or $3.50 per walk-in. That includes admission to Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre. Two picnic pavilions can be reserved for groups. More and more brides and grooms are being married at Rock Glen Conservation Area. Driving Directions: From Sarnia or London take Exit #44 off 402 to Arkona on County Rd #79. Park is located on Rock Glen Road, 2 km.
F.I.N.E. A Restaurant is a well-established, quaint little restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and superb cuisine, located in the heart of Grand Bend, Ontario, on Lake Huron. Open year round, with seasonal hours. We are proud to support our local growers who enable us to provide you with only the best and freshest of ingredients. Take a break from the beach and stop in for one of our daily specials, a glass of our homemade Sangria on the patio or have us cater your lakeside luncheon or dinner. You will truly enjoy your Fabulous Interesting New Experience!
Mooretown Campground is located beside the Moore Sports Complex on the St. Clair Parkway, a scenic route of beautifully landscaped parks, trails and boating facilities maintained by St. Clair Township along the St. Clair River. The park features serviced tent and trailer sites under tall shade trees, a playground, planned children's activities and an outdoor swimming pool. Cozy bunk cabins are available for folks who do not have camping equipment. The St. Clair Golf Course is conveniently located behind the park and the adjacent Moore Museum also makes a great place to visit and explore. The Sports Complex has twin ice arenas and an indoor swimming pool.
Lambton Heritage Forest at Port Franks encompasses oak savanna forest, high dunes, wetlands and numerous trails that allow public access to explore this rare and beautiful ecosystem. The nature reserve protects exquisite oak forests and savannah meadows with habitat for Carolinian species that only live in the microclimate along the lake. On hot summer days the scent of juniper and pine among the dunes is intoxicating and the buzzing of cicadas creates a magical atmosphere. The Karner Blue Sanctuary has several walking trails at 9904 Nipigon Street. Thedford Conservation Area has nature trails located along the Ausable River Cut on Hwy 21. A series of interconnected trails can be accessed
Visit the Olde Haus Cafe for a treat that is hard to beat! Fresh, classic salads and soups complement savoury preparations of panini sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and decadent desserts. Breakfasts and lunches are prepared with loving care and served in the classic ambience of a turn-of-the century home in the heritage town of Forest. In summer, an outdoor patio makes the experience even more enjoyable. Guests can browse a collecton of gifts and gourmet goodies to take home. Catering is also available for all types of functions.
Petrolia in the nineteenth century was the birthplace of the world’s oil refining industry and the richest town in Canada. Remnants of the oil boom glory days are still visible in town. The downtown is attractively styled in keeping with its heritage of manicured parks, flowerbeds, well-tended properties and charming Victorian architecture. Buildings unique to the affluent oil boom include Petrolia’s Victoria Hall and library. Mansions complete with elegant woodwork, ostentatious towers and stained glass windows can be seen as outlined in a heritage walking tour brochure of Petrolia. Boutiques, restaurants, bed and breakfast homes, golf and
Forest has Victorian architecture in its downtown block that presents fine examples of local heritage. The library at the west end of King St. is located in the beautifully refurbished train station. The Forest skate park and rail trail are adjacent to the library on Railroad Way; great recreational venues for skate boarding and cycling. The Kineto Kiwanis Theatre shows movies downtown in its original, old fashion cinema. Fresh produce is available at local markets and pick-your-own farms. The Esli Dodge Conservation Area at the south end of town has a picnic area, pond, trails, tennis courts and an amphitheatre on the island. The village hosts special events each year. The rambling,
Ipperwash Beach has a shallow, sandy shore perfect for swimming where series of sandbars extend into the lake over 100 metres. This is a beachcomber’s paradise that seems to stretch on endlessly. One can walk for kilometers along the white, sugary sand or relax under the aromatic pines and cedars in picnic areas between the dunes. This is one of the finest, most popular beaches in Ontario with some free parking and public toilet facilities. Boat launching and water sport rentals are available as well as shops and restaurants where beachgoers can browse between swims. The shoreline is a good area to see unusual birds such as the Rufous-sided Towhee and Prairie Warbler in various
When it comes to bountiful fresh fruit and beautiful scenery, Arkona has more than its share. Its orchards contain thousands of fruit trees that include apples, pears, plums, peaches and cherries. Blossom time in May is gorgeous and July is even better when fruit ripens at U-pick farms. The Ausable Gorge is a 1700-hectare valley designated as an Area of National & Scientific Interest by Carolinian Canada. The gorge was carved out thousands of years ago by the river, exposing the underlying fossilized bedrock, making the gorge a world-renowned treasure for fossil enthusiasts. Collecting is allowed in some areas. The forest is home to exceptionally diverse plants and animals that are
St. Clair Township’s camping and recreational facilities are second to none. Located north of Sombra, Branton Cundick Park and Cathcart Park campgrounds offer river front access and quiet relaxation with serviced sites, showers and playgrounds. Located south of Sombra, MacDonald Park and Marshy Creek Park have scenic picnic areas or a pavilion while Brander Park also features a splash pad and playground. Sombra Village is the location of the first ferry crossing south of Sarnia from Marine City, Michigan. The service operates daily to shuttle pedestrians and vehicles across the river non-stop every 15 minutes. This is a quick and convenient way to cross the border and it avoids
Sarnia, with its twin Bluewater Bridges spanning the St. Clair River, is an international gateway to Ontario. Sarnia’s hospitality industry is well developed with numerous excellent dining and entertainment choices for visitors. The city has many parks that beautify the waterfront: Canatara Park, at the end of Christina St. North, has nature trails and one kilometre of Lake Huron beach supervised by lifeguards. Giant oaks create a shady picnic area around Lake Chipican. A Children’s Farm has a petting zoo, duck pond and miniature buildings. The adjacent BMX Bike Track features berms, ramps and jumps for all levels of riders. Bayshore Park, on Front St., sports an antique steam
Many historic sites can be explored with an Oil Historical Audio Driving Tour from the Oil Museum of Canada. Ingenious jerker lines that power several pumps from a single motor, rigs and a rail tanker car are set up in the area where many wells are still producing oil. Whimsical metal sculptures enhance the oil fields where ghostly cranks creak as they turn ancient oil pumps. At Oil Springs, the museum presents a movie and many new exhibits that show how oil was formed under the earth's crust. A diorama dramatizes the adventures of early oilmen who prospected for, drilled and extracted oil in foreign countries. See North America's first commercial oil well and gum beds that prompted oil
When most people think of Grand Bend's place name, the magnificent curve of Lake Huron's shoreline comes to mind. However, the sharp bend in the Ausable River actually gave Grand Bend its name. The old channel can still be seen paralleling the shoreline off River Road. Grand Bend has a lovely downtown streetscape and a newly landscaped waterfront park with a picnic area, children’s playground and splash pad. The beach house has washrooms, showers, lookout deck and picnic area for bathers. In Grand Bend one is never far from the sun, sand and surf that everyone loves. The main beach is always a busy spot, but a quieter strand is located on River Road south of the boat launch. Another
The hidden village of Port Franks seems to be worlds away from the bustle of everyday life and yet it is so accessible to visitors. Port Franks has abundant accommodations, shops, marina facilities, restaurants and some of the most beautiful, wooded campgrounds in Lambton County. These resorts are perfect for families since they maintain quiet surroundings, recreation facilities and organized activities for children. Tennis courts, a skateboard park and washrooms are located at the community centre at 9996 Port Franks Rd. The Ausable River Cut flows into Lake Huron at Port Franks, creating a sheltered harbour for boats that can navigate upstream for a considerable distance. Wind and water
St. Clair Township’s camping and recreational facilities are second to none. Campers can also enjoy spacious sites and an outdoor pool at Mooretown Campground or use indoor recreation facilities at the Mooretown Sports Complex, which has a Junior Olympic swimming pool, fitness centre and twin ice pads. The adjoining St. Clair Parkway Golf Course has a beautiful layout among rolling ravines and hawthorn trees. In Mooretown, the Moore Museum is a veritable mirror of the past. The pioneering lore and marine heritage of the area are displayed in nine buildings; a church, old-fashioned machine shop, log cabin, Victorian cottage, wooden range light, schoolhouse and railway station.