Southwestern Ontario Travel Region

Kayaking in the Elora Gorge, Elora, Ontario, Canada - click here to zoom in!

Southwestern Ontario is a large part of Southern Ontario, with a large part of Ontario's population, fertile farmland, bustling cities, and some of Canada's mildest climates.  For more information about the individual cities and counties of Southwestern Ontario, browse the articles below or visit the official Provincial tourism website.

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Norfolk County

Norfolk County FairNorfolk County, whose weather and soil conditions make it home to some of the best agricultural land in the Province.  Former centre of the tobacco crop in Ontario, many local farms have switched to peanuts, lavender, ginseng and hazelnuts.

Norfolk also contains the Long Point Biosphere Reserve, including the Long Point Provincial Park - a great place to spot migrating birds resting from crossing the lake.


Haldimand County

Cayuga Speedway, in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.Haldimand County is racing country.  Both the Cayuga Speedway and the Toronto Motorsports Park are located in Haldimand county, and are some of Canada's premier racing facilities.  Racing fans from across the province come to see the NASCAR Canadian Tire  Series race each spring.


But that's not all this area has to offer!  The Grand River and Lake Erie both offer many opportunities for sports, relaxation and fishing.


Elgin County

The shores of Lake Erie in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.Small, welcoming communities dot the countryside of Elgin County, like the towns of St. Thomas and Aylmer.  Small tourist communities like Port Stanley take advantage of the clean air and low traffic to offer travellers a "change of pace".

But there is still much to see and do while relaxing!  There are nine regional museums with focuses on regional history, industry and military events.  Restored steam and diesel train tours travel leisurely through the countryside.  County-wide cycling and hiking trails and routes are a great way to explore the more than 20 huge murals painted on walls around the county.



This part of Southern Ontario is known for its amazing farm produce.The Chatham-Kent region has a rich background - it was the terminus for the Underground Railway, which helped fleeing slaves during the American Civil War. 

This region also boasts a long shoreline on Lake Erie, with abundant beaches, fishing, and sailing.  Many local shipwrecks attract divers, and the warm Southern Ontario climate attracts a wide variety of southern birds that cannot be seen in the rest of Canada.

Essex County

Rondeau Bay marinas, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.Essex county is the southernmost county in Canada.  It lies on the same latitude as Northern California.  The county has 402 kilometers of Great Lake shoreline - much of it sandy beaches.  Like many other counties along the Lake Erie shore, this region is ideally suited to grow grapes and other fruit and vegetable crops.

The city of Windsor is not only a great casino and harness racing destination, but there are a wide variety of cultural and historical attractions, from the many theatres and performance spaces to museums and attractions celebrating the Underground Railroad.


Brant County

Country Roads in Brant County, Ontario, Canada.Brant County mixes some of the best of what Southern Ontario has to offer: the unspoiled countryside of the Grand River watershed, the markets and fresh foods of Ontario's agricultural heart (including a Brant County specialty: herbs like lavender, ginger and Echinacea) , and the shops and inns (and increasingly, the spas and golf courses) of small-town Ontario.

Towns in Brant County include Scotland, Burford, Paris and Onondaga, all surrounding the city of Brantford.


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