Southwestern Ontario | Travel & Tourism Information Guide
Discover a land of charm, culture and diverse natural beauty set down between two Great Lakes. Venture to the southernmost point of mainland Canada or to land's end at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Spread your wings at some of the world's most renowned birding spots and witness the spectacular late summer migration of thousands of monarch butterflies. Hike along towering limestone cliffs and through rare Carolinian forests. Join a chorus of resounding ovations at theatres all over the region. Visit vibrant cities and enchanting towns that celebrate their ancestry. Come and experience Southwestern Ontario - where nature's gifts are abundant and hospitality is a way of life.
Black Heritage Route
Trek along the route of the secret Underground Railway that once carried American slaves to freedom in Canada. Follow the Heritage Trail from the North American Black Historic Museum to the home of Rev. Josiah Henson - The inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Grand River Country
Enjoy a leisurely float down a Canadian Heritage River or experience Aboriginal culture on its shores at Odrohekta - The Gathering Place. Celebrate a rich German heritage in Kitchener-Waterloo and venture to nearby Mennonite communities where the main mode of transportation is still horse-drawn buggies.
Strap on your scuba gear to explore sunken ships and a labyrinth of sea caves in an amazing underwater marine park. Be awed by towering limestone cliffs and rock formations, rare orchids and a sky streaked with fiery hues as the sun dips behind one of the area's many lighthouses.
Ontario's West Coast
Boat, picnic or seek out the glorious sunshine along glittering white beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Set out for a drive along the brilliant blue waters of the St. Clair Parkway where you'll discover picturesque little towns, magnificent floral gardens and 16 riverside parks.
Lake Erie North Shore & Pelee Island
Focus your binoculars on hundreds of species of birds at Point Pelee National Park - one of the world's most renowned bird sanctuaries. And ponder the bouquet of a fine vintage with an award-winning wine maker on Pelee Island - the southernmost tip of Canada.
Stroll along the Avon River replete with graceful swans and later rub shoulders with the Bard at the incomparable Stratford Festival. Explore charming little ports-of-call as you make your way to a 4,000-year-old miracle of nature at Long Point Provincial Park - a designated UNESCO world biosphere region.