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Ontario’s Southwest is the ideal destination for weekend road trips and short getaways with family and friends. From one-of-a-kind experiences to culinary delights that will impress the pickiest eaters and the most adventurous foodies, there’s something for every taste. Take in the sights, get acquainted with animals, or spend time relaxing by a peaceful campfire. Explore all that Southwestern Ontario has to offer, starting with these five must-see picks!
Awaken Your Spirit: A Spirit Horse Encounter at TJ Stables
Walk amongst the historic Ojibwe Spirit Horses and gather around the fire at the authentic Metis fur trade Tipi encampment during this 3-hour experience. In 1977, only four ponies remained, but through conservation efforts, these horses have been returned to their ancestral lands near Walpole Island to live once again as the Little Horses of the Big Woods. Experience the horses’ incredible spiritual power, listen to oral stories passed down by generations of First Nations People and immerse yourself in the Metis culture through art and music.
Windsor Graffiti Scooter Tour at WindsorEats
Zip around Windsor on an official Bird Canada electric scooter, rolling through streets and alleys to see the many visually stunning ways artists, both local and internationally renowned, have used the urban landscape as their canvas. This tour will take you to some of Windsor’s best photo spots and ensure you get the perfect pic. WindsorEats owners Pina and Adriano are working with ERCA on reforestation and, as they have throughout the pandemic, showing their support to local businesses.
A Taste Of Farm Life at Udderly Ridiculous
Udderly Ridiculous has opened its doors for those looking to experience farm life and learn about the land and the animals. On this 2.5 hour tour, take a lively pack of goats and alpacas for a walk and spend some quality time out in the field gathering eggs, discovering the rich ecosystem that surrounds the farm, and listening to the stories of founder Alvin Haskett.
Udderly Ridiculous works to aid producers both locally and globally, setting an admirable goal of supporting at least 50 local producers, artisans and service providers in their first year and grow that number exponentially as they expand.
Gastronomic Tasting Experiences at Lavery Culinary Group
Gastronomes and foodies alike will love experiencing the ultimate, intimate, authentic hands-on dining experience guided by a top culinary professional that culminates in a multi-course farm-to-table tasting menu and wine pairings. Lavery Culinary Group acts as an incubator and lifts the culinary scene in London. It’s an unforgettable taste of local.
Country Campfires at Snyder’s Family Farm
Enjoy a campfire in your own socially distant area, perfect for groups of family or friends up to 5 or 10 people. You’ll arrive to find the campfire pre-lit, with everything taken care of—all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!
To adapt their business during the pandemic, Snyder’s created an entirely new section of the farm so people can book in bubbles and remain physically distanced from others. Your bubble, a private sunset campfire, and some delicious s’mores—who’s in?
To learn more visit ontariossouthwest.com
Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation works with 10 Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and tourism industry stakeholders across Southwestern Ontario to promote Ontario’s Southwest as a vibrant and prosperous tourism region.