Welcome to Southwestern Ontario
For more grit, stop in the thriving university centers of Guelph, Waterloo and London, each with their own appeal if you dig deep. Nearby Stratford, birthplace of Justin Bieber and yet a remarkably cultured country town, is home to the penultimate festival of Shakespearean theater in honor of the bard’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
From here, you can head northwest until the farmlands dissolve into the sandy shores of Lake Huron, or follow the dead-flat fields of gold – wheat, corn and everything-growing regions – until you reach the north shore of Lake Erie and quirky Pelee Island, Canada's southernmost point. The end (or beginning) of the road is in Windsor at the USA border.