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Image courtesy of Perth County Visitors Association & photographer Susan Farrish

Travel from Shakespeare to the Shoreline
in Huron and Perth Counties – the heart of South Western Ontario

These days, when we’re all considering taking out a loan just to fill up the gas tank, it's time for all of us to think local when considering fall travel plans in south western Ontario.  Thank goodness we have such wonderful lands to roam – so close to home and more than 150 B&Bs in this region – listed on the BBCanada pages

The good news is that you don’t have to go far to get a taste of the countryside and coastline in SW Ontario.  It’s easy to tour, taste and linger, as they say, to enjoy farm-fresh foods at farm gates, markets and restaurant tables, charming villages and vistas.  Be warned – you may get addicted to the casual, laid-back style at historic inns and B&B homes that keep those in-the-know coming back to this region year after year.  Consider environmentally and budget-friendly experiences this fall: the Shakespeare to the Shoreline jaunts and short journeys will satisfy even the most jaded traveler. 

Image courtesy of Perth County Visitors Association & photographer Susan Farrish

Explore this classic rural area with the Shakespeare to the Shoreline themed routes and self-guided touring suggestions.  Huron County’s lakeshore will dazzle the eye – golden sands and shifting shades of blue changing with the wind and the clouds and the waves.  Irresistible in the summer, this coastline beckons with a stark beauty in the colder seasons that will bring the poet out of anyone.  Over gentle green hills toward the east, Perth County welcomes you to explore the Amish communities this fall with open-door tours of farms, homes and businesses – one of the best-kept secrets of the region and an opportunity not to be missed.  Visit to find complete information.
Right Image courtesy of Perth County Visitors Association & photographer Susan Farrish

Rediscover authenticity!  Laze a day away with some offbeat, non-big box shopping experiences and locations, where you’re likely to meet the owners and curators themselves – craftspeople passionately working within the diverse themes of Shakespeare to the Shoreline:  antiques, art galleries and studios, farm markets, gardening, history and heritage buildings, theatre and music, farm to table dining from white linen-style to casual picnics and welcoming accommodation at the shore or along a country road. 
Decelerate to a stroll and enjoy the pace of the villages from east to west in Perth and Huron, from the Hamlet of Shakespeare to the coastline communities. All the routes use Highway #8 as a central corridor, to take you from just outside of Stratford to historic Goderich, bustling Bayfield, stony St. Marys, affable Mitchell and all the communities linked by the Side Tours you’ll find online at:

Left Image courtesy of Perth County Visitors Association & photographer Susan Farrish | Right Image courtesy of Huron County Tourism | Right Image courtest of Huron County Tourism

The theatre experience that only Stratford can offer is enhanced when travelers make plans to stay another day and get out of town, following the themes and routes offered along historic Highway #8.  This old surveyed road encourages theatre visitors to go west, and take time to relish the very best of the bountiful harvests to be found in the stops, shops, vistas and villages of the area.  The great Stratford theatre productions for 2008 continue for weeks to come and with great fall drives added to this cultural experience -- travelers are sure to find every reason to spend more time in this special setting.

Get curious!  Browse unusual shops or linger at a sunny sidewalk table at one of the restaurants in towns – Stratford, Goderich and Bayfield have a roster of great spots for some serious people-watching.  Great noshing and finer fare – all the creature comforts – it’s what the B&Bs in this region of SW Ontario are all about.  The routes of Shakespeare to the Shoreline give you options to visit many of the best locations where both countryside and community-based hosts will welcome you and provide their own recommendations on where to stop, shop and dine and tour, taste and linger in a relaxed and rural setting, not far from the city.
Huron County's bed and breakfast hosts offer lakeside and in-town locations: visit to find a comprehensive choice of lovely homes to sample. 

The Stratford Festival's fall season is available at: If you start your visit in Stratford, the area B & Bs can be found at and the Stratford Association of Bed and Breakfast accommodation page can also provide additional information.

South western Ontario offers many B & B accommodation choices if you wish to travel further a field. Visit:

For brochures contact Tourism Goderich at 1-800-280-7637.  For more information visit: and for Perth and Huron County information visit: and Enjoy the fall season and Happy Trails!


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