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In the 35th issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Ontario's South Coast, a popular destination because of its rich rural heritage, beautiful scenery, and year-round activities.

Ontario's South Coast on the North Shore of Lake Erie in the counties of Haldimand and Norfolk invites everyone to enjoy the many wonderful events, festivals and activities we have to offer. Situated in a rich rural area of Southern Ontario, you will find charming little ports along the lake, sandy beaches, small towns, quaint villages and vast lands producing a bounty of diverse agricultural crops. Carolinian forests are unique to this part of Canada because of our moderate climate.

Long Point is famous as a World Biosphere Reserve where visitors from around the world study birds and other ecological phenomena. It is also home to the National Headquarters of Bird Studies Canada (www.bsc-eoc.org) and the Long Point Bird Observatory where you can observe bird banding first hand. The Grand River has been declared a Canadian Heritage River because of its significant history and incredible natural beauty. Witness thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies each fall at Rock Point.

A multiplicity of festivals takes place every year attracting thousands of visitors (see below for festivals and dates). Relax on a lunch or dinner cruise along the Grand River (www.boatfarm.on.ca) or on the Lake (www.harbourprincesscruises.com). Ecological boat tours to the Lighthouse at the tip of Long Point are an educational adventure. Explore the Lynn River and Black Creek on the River Rider. Bring your canoe, kayak or boat and reel in some yellow perch, pickerel, pike, bass or walleye. Divers can explore the many sunken wrecks in the Lake. Rentals are available. Try your skill at our numerous 9, 18 or 27 hole golf courses challenging the skill of both pro and novice. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre (www.lighthousetheatre.com) in Port Dover draws happy audiences to its plays, musicals and presentations in ever larger numbers each year. Tours of art galleries, museums and historic homes such as Ruthven, Cottonwood Mansion and Backus Homestead provide a meaningful cultural experience and an insight into the history of the area.

Come visit this beautiful part of Southern Ontario and stay in the unique accommodations provided by the members of Ontario's South Coast Bed & Breakfast Association (www.bbcanada.com/associations/southcoast).

Additional websites:

Ontario's South Coast Tourism
www.ontariossouthcoast.com
Long Point Country Chamber of Commerce
www.portrowan-longpoint.org
Port Dover Board of Trade
www.portdover.ca
Simcoe Chamber of Commerce
www.kwic.com/~chamber
Norfolk County
www.norfolktourism.ca
Haldimand County
www.tourismhaldimand.com

Festivates and Events 2003

June 4-8: Dunnville Mudcat Festival
June 22:
Norfolk's Heritage Garden Tour (Eva Brook Donly Museum)
June 22:
Communities in Bloom Summer House Tour (Dunnville)
June 29:
Vittoria Strawberry Festival
June 30:
Port Rowan Lion's Club Chicken BBQ & Car Show
July 1:
Caledonia Canada Day Celebrations
July 1:
Port Dover Canada Day Celebrations
July 5-7:
Canadian Open Country Singing Contest ( Simcoe)
July 12-13:
Caledonia Garden Tour
July 18-19:
Cayuga Fest
July 18-20:
Port Dover Fishfest
August 1-4:
Caledonia Millfest
August 1-4:
Simcoe Friendship Festival
August 2-5:
Golden Horseshoe Agricultural Antique and Steam Show (Caledonia)
August 6-10:
Turkey Point Summer Fest
August 9:
Selkirk Country Festival
August 15-17:
Jarvis Cornfest
August 16-17:
Port Dover Summer Festival
August 17:
Port Rowan's Ribfest
August 23:
Norfolk Dragonboat Challenge (Port Dover)
August 23, 24:
Dunnville Agricultural Fair
Labour Day Weekend:
Bayfest, Port Rowan
September 6:
Caledonia Celebrates 150
September 17-21:
Delhi Harvest Fest
September 20:
Norfolklore: 2003 Genealogy Fair (Simcoe)
September 20-21:
Annual Open House, Canadian Drilling Museum (Selkirk)
September 25-28:
Caledonia Fair
October 7-13:
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show
October 24-26:
Waterford Pumpkin Festival
October 25:
Ruthven's 6th Annual Spirit Walk (Cayuga)
November 8:
Port Rowan Festival by the Bay
November 12-16:
Waterford Lantern Tours
November 29-Jan.4:
Simcoe Christmas Panorama

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