Southwestern Ontario attractions

Top Choice Museum in Guelph

Guelph Civic Museum

Housed in what was originally an 1854 sandstone convent and extensively transformed in 2012, this attractive LEED-certified museum offers exhibitions, programs and events digging up the history of the city (named af…
Top Choice Market in St Jacobs & Around

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 two years earlier. Folks still come from miles for the farm-…
Park in Elora & Fergus

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 the Cascade waterfalls – a sheet of white water spilling ove…
Church in Guelph

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 London, England's Houses of Parliament). It's hard to move around town without catching a …
Gardens in Hamilton

Royal Botanical Gardens

Northwest of Hamilton, Canada's largest and most spectacular botanic gardens comprise over a thousand hectares of trees, flowers and plants, including numerous rare species. There's also a rock garden, an arboretum …
Museum in Hamilton

Dundurn Castle

Delightful and unexpected, this column-fronted, 36-room mansion once belonged to Sir Allan Napier McNab, Canadian prime minister from 1854 to 1856. It sits on a cliff overlooking the harbor amid lovely chestnut-stud…
Historic Building in St Thomas

North American Railway Hall of Fame

From its home in the painstakingly restored Canada Southern Station, built in 1873, the North American Railway Hall of Fame operates a small free museum and oversees the ongoing restoration of this incredible buildi…
Historic Site in London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Explore London's history at this 30-building village on the eastern edge of town. Costumed blacksmiths, farmers and craftspeople carry out their duties in true 19th-century pioneer-village style. At the adjoining Fa…
Museum in Kitchener-Waterloo

Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo's most modern attraction is this primary-colored local history museum set on 24 hectares. It's the gateway to the Doon Heritage Crossroads, a recreated pioneer settlement where costumed volunteers do their …
Museum in Leamington & Pelee Island

Pelee Island Heritage Centre

Near West Dock, the small Pelee Island Heritage Centre has one of the best natural history collections in Ontario. Engrossing displays cover early indigenous to 20th-century history, geology, wildlife, industry, sai…