The vibrancy of autumn colours in Elgin County & St. Thomas is the ideal backdrop for harvest festivals, and scenic hiking and biking trails. Outdoor activities across the region attract crowds of tourists who revel in the rural charm of this sprawling agricultural centre.
Harvest festivals take place in many different forms across elgin county. From honey and apples to wine and pumpkins, these events tickle the taste buds and feature lots of fun. in the friendly town of aylmer, clovermead’s annual Honey Harvest Festival boasts an adventure farm and plenty of family-friendly activities. attendees see how honey is harvested, dip a beeswax candle, see a live bee hive opened and watch a bee beard demonstration. approximately thirty minutes southwest of aylmer, just outside of port stanley, great lakes Farms hosts an apple Fest with lots of apple treats, farm fun and apple picking. enjoy fresh local apples while surrounded by the breathtaking autumn countryside.
Visitors looking for fruit wines, should stop by Rush creek Wines in september for their annual harvest festival. this two-day event is a family favourite that hosts wine tastings, wagon rides, entertainment, an open house and more. northwest of st. thomas, Ferguson produce welcomes scarecrow fans to their annual scarecrow pumpkin Festival each october. pick the perfect Halloween pumpkin, take a wagon ride with the kids, check out the corn maze and make your own scarecrow. Visitors who enjoy the corn maze at Ferguson’s will also have fun at the Belmont corn Maze. experience the fun of a walk on the farm while you wander on 10 acres of twists, turns and trivia. the maze becomes haunted in time for Halloween and the season ends with the great pumpkin smash where visitors can smash their jack-o-lanterns.
For those looking to enjoy nature uninterrupted, elgin county offers numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as ideal locations to witness the fall migration of birds. Journey to Hawk cliff in port stanley in september and see the flight of hawks. elgin county’s numerous parks, wildlife management areas and conservation areas are also great places for hikers and bikers. the region boasts over 100 km of trails winding through the countryside for on-foot or two-wheeled enjoyment, and is connected to the trans canada trail, the longest recreational trail in the world.
As the summer melts away and cooler temperatures produce a kaleidoscope of autumn colours, a new side of elgin county & st. thomas is revealed. a trip to the region will have visitors relishing in the fruits of the harvest and all of the rural culture and charisma that goes along with it. Visit www.elgintourist.com to plan your fall adventure.
Want to enjoy a couple of rounds on the green during your next vacation? Look no further! Public and private clubs abound, with English-style course architecture the new trend in course design. Elgin County’s proud to feature several courses designed by world-renowned architects, and holds bragging rights as home to the exclusive and prestigious private Redtail Golf Course near Port Stanley, one of Canada’s top 100 golf courses.
35593 Lake Line, Port Stanley
Phone Number: 519-782-7447
Website: www.thebluffsgolfclub.com Unique and picturesque nine-hole golf course and driving range overlooking Lake Erie 5km west of Port Stanley. Licensed clubhouse, patio, season and play passes, practice putting green and event planning.
43765 Talbot Line, ST. Thomas
Phone Number: 519-631-8617
Located just east of St. Thomas, Fore Golfers Only has the largest selection of golf equipment, both new and used in the country. A must see for any golfer.
320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley
Phone Number: 519-782-7500
Scenic 18 hole golf course with bar, lounge and pro shop, able to support all levels of tournaments. Also beautiful setting for banquets and weddings.