Sarnia is also one of Ontario's principal gateways to the United States and is located across the St. Clair River from the state of Michigan, just an hour northeast of Detroit. Sarnia was originally called The Rapids but was renamed Port Sarnia in 1836 by Sir John Colborne. It is Lake Huron’s largest city, and one of Ontario’s busiest marine centres. The Blue Water Bridge is the fourth busiest crossing between Ontario and the United States. Sarnia is the northern starting point for the St. Clair Parkway, one of three such recreational drives in Ontario. Sarnia is geographically more southerly than over 25% of the continental United States.
The Sarnia Watefront Festival from May to mid September includes the Highland Games in mid August with events being held in Centennial Park. Centennial Park also lights up with 60,000 twinkling bulbs during The Celebration of Lights from mid November to January.
Bluewater Fun Park offers visitors a chance to cool off with two waterslides, two speedslides a leisure pool, a children’s poo,l as well as beach volleyball and minatiure golf. Picnicking is permitted.
Canatara Park on Lake Huron encompasses 259 acres and has a beach with supervised swimming and a boat launch for centerboard sailboats. Nature trails and a small petting farm will keep the little ones amused. For those with more action in mind there is Hiawatha Horse Park and Slots where you can experience the thrill of live harness racing.
Sarnia is geographically more southerly than over 25% of the continental United States giving it a wonderful temperate climate. Over one hundred parks, a beautiful waterfront parkland, fifteen miles of all purpose trails, miles of sandy lakefront beaches, modern motels and fine restaurants make Sarnia a destination worth visiting.