Must see attractions in Southwestern Ontario

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    Point Pelee National Park

    About 13km southeast of Leamington, this well-loved national park features nature trails, a marsh boardwalk, lookout towers, forests and lovely sandy…

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    Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

    About 100km northeast of Windsor, this historic site is the location of the clapboard home of Father Josiah Henson, an escaped slave who later became a…

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    Chimczuk Museum

    Sharing the building with the Art Gallery of Windsor, this remarkable museum unfolds the region's history in an inclusive and in-depth way, integrating…

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    St Jacobs Farmers Market

    This quintessential country market 3km south of town has an earthy soul, and a shiny new face after renovations in 2015 replaced a building gutted by fire…

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    Northwest of Hamilton, Canada's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens comprise more than a thousand hectares of trees, flowers and plants,…

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    Woodland Cultural Centre

    This well-conceived indigenous cultural center has a performance space, museum and gallery. Though dated in its presentation, the museum provides an…

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    Wellington County Museum

    A National Historic Site midway between Fergus and Elora, this austere, red-roofed former 'Poor House' provided refuge for the aged and homeless for…

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    Elora Gorge Conservation Area

    About 2km south of Elora is this photo-worthy plunging limestone canyon through which the Grand River seethes. Easy walks extend to cliff views, caves and…

  • Avon River

    Stratford's swan-filled Avon River (what else were they going to call it?) flows slowly past the town, with plenty of riverbank lawns on which to chill…

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    The Griffin House

    This well-preserved early-19th-century home belonged to Enerals Griffin, an escaped slave from Virginia who arrived in Canada via the Underground Railroad…

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    Guelph Civic Museum

    Housed in what was originally an 1854 sandstone convent and extensively transformed in 2012, this attractive museum has attained LEED (Leadership in…

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    Art Gallery of Hamilton

    The largest art museum in southern Ontario, the sleek AGH has a wide-ranging collection of 10,000 works, with a strong emphasis on modern art and 19th…

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    Six Nations of the Grand River

    Southeast of Brantford is Six Nations of the Grand River – a reserve designated for the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and the…

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    Bell Homestead National Historic Site

    You might know that Alexander Graham Bell, on 26 July 1874, shaped our futures by inventing the telephone (though the US Congress credits Italian Antonio…

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    Bayfront Park

    Take a stroll to gorgeous Bayfront Park where you'll find a calm harbor with fancy yachts and a beach with people fishing. In summer, they are joined by…

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    Schneider Haus National Historic Site

    This National Historic Site was one of the first homes in the area, originally built for a prosperous Pennsylvanian Mennonite, Joseph Schneider. It has…

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    Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

    Lording over downtown Guelph is the dominant stone-faced bulk of this basilica and church in the Gothic Revival–style (think England's Houses of…

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    Amherstburg Freedom Museum

    This history museum explores the role of Amherstburg as the destination of many escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad, their experiences before…

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    Fort Malden National Historic Site

    This British fort was built on earthwork embankments along the river in 1840. Beginning with the arrival of the fur traders, the area saw a lot of…

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    The Mennonite Story

    This interpretive center offers a deep dive into the fascinating world of the Mennonites – their history of persecution and dispersal around the world,…