The Southern Ontario Traveller
The Colourful Splendour Of Fall...In Southern Ontario

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In this issue of the Southern Ontario Traveller:

Green is a Golfer's Favourite Colour
Colours are Magic in Georgian Bay
Gorgeous Fall Gardens and Trails
Camping Under Fall's Abundant Canopy
The Best of Getaways - Unlimited Golfing and Fishing!
Harvest Festivals that Tempt your Tastebuds!
Hiking, Cycling and Wineries - a Route to Perfection
Lake Erie Autumn Breezes say Get Away for Fun!
Reflections of Colourful Autumn on the Grand River
Culinary Treats from a Bountiful Harvest
Discover Fall Entertainment in the Forest City
Fanciful Fall Feasts and Shopping Secrets
Autumn Colours and Fall Fun in Guelph and Wellington County
Stratford's Swans Savour Autumn
If Anything Pumpkin is your Favourite...
Autumn is a Time for Historic Tales in Goderich
Apples, Great Events, and Loads of Colour Await, in Brantford and Area this Fall!
You'll Find Friends in Oakville this Fall
September Means Butterfly Migrations
Fresh Fall Harvest in a Countryside Setting
Bruce Peninsula Hiking Festival & Art Show
Don't Put Your Golf Clubs Away Yet - Come to Stone Tree!
Grey't Fall Colours
Get Cozy by the Fireplace
Escape to Niagara and be Enchanted!
This Fall Add Colour To Your World



Green is a Golfer's Favourite Colour
Norfolk County offers the best of fall colours - especially greens! You just can't believe how great the golfing is in Norfolk County throughout the fall (well into October and some years November!) Warm days- no bugs- no traffic. Travelodge Simcoe has partnered with four of the very best courses for tremendous golfing and pricing- Greens at Renton, Pine Valley, Lynn Meadows, and Delhi Golf and Country Club. And talk about flexibility. We will customize your package to suit your needs. You tell us how many nights you want to stay and how many rounds you want to play - we will take care of the rest. Call today to take advantage of our great package pricing.

Colours are Magic in Georgian Bay
Visit Grey County this fall and enjoy the splendour of the Niagara Escarpment draped in all its autumn glory. Miles of hiking and biking trails wind through the natural beauty of the area. Canoe down the scenic Sydenham River or visit the seven local waterfalls through forested uplands and across valley floors. Toss a line into the clear clean waters of Georgian Bay and experience the joy of fishing for our famous Chinook salmon. Relax in the evenings in our hot tub at the Days Inn Owen Sound and enjoy dinner at our full service restaurant "Kincaid's. Let us show you "Georgian Bay Hospitality at its Best".

Gorgeous Fall Gardens and Trails
Fall at The Arboretum, University of Guelph, is a wonderful array of colour, amidst 408 acres of natural green space with tree and plant collections, gardens and approximately 10 km of trails. Test your knowledge or educate yourself by strolling through the plant collections where plants and trees are labelled or take one of the many workshops. The Arboretum's spectacular sights can also be enjoyed through a pre-arranged group walking tour, dinner theatre (November - April) or by renting a function room for your meeting, wedding or special event. Admission is free to the grounds, which are open dawn until dusk daily.
(Photo credit: H. Kock)

Camping Under Fall's Abundant Canopy
A multicoloured landscape and quiet spaces make the fall season one of the best times to visit Sarnia & Lambton County. Whether taking a hike along the Ausable Gorge or within Rock Glen's Carolinian forest, you'll see the many vibrant fall colours of the trees and plants that are provincially distinct to this area. At Pinery Provincial Park catch the Carolinian forest at its peak in the second last week of October. Cool nights and sunny days make it an ideal time to camp, hike or bike. Don't forget about our many unique and hearty fall fair and craft shows where you're sure to find one-of-a-kind items, home-cooking and true fair atmosphere.

The Best of Getaways - Unlimited Golfing and Fishing!
The warm days and the cool nights beckon. Fishing, camping and golfing seasons can extend well into late October and even early November at Rochester Place Resort Inc. in Southwestern Ontario. Golf Getaways or Fresh Fishing packages are offered all season; special fall rates begin after Labour Day. The fall offers a more tranquil time to enjoy these leisurely pursuits as well as birding at our local conservation areas, walking or cycling along our miles of waterfront parks and the nightlife of our neighbouring communities.

Harvest Festivals that Tempt your Tastebuds!
Harvest is celebrated in Niagara throughout the fall. The Marshville Heritage Festival September 4-6, the Niagara Wine & Food Classic September 10-12, the 53rd Annual Niagara Wine Festival September 17-26, and the Niagara Food Festival September 14-26 are just a few of the many events to delight the family! "Outdoor Art in Niagara", our newest guide, showcases the range of artwork found across the Niagara landscape. Approximately forty-five sculptures, murals, memorials and art gardens are featured in the premiere edition. If you are visiting Niagara, stop at Gateway Niagara at the Casablanca exit in Grimsby and visit our Information and Welcome Centre, open 7 days a week year round.

Hiking, Cycling and Wineries - a Route to Perfection
Fall in Elgin County - what a perfect season to hike and bike. The St. Thomas - Elgin Tourist Association has created seven cycle routes, which complement seven hiking trails for you to enjoy. Visit historic Sparta, the beaches of Port Stanley, explore the Old St. Thomas Church, see the birthplace of Kenneth Galbraith in Dutton or Joe's Bush in West Elgin. Did I forget to mention the winery routé - 3 wineries all along one route or the breathtaking scenery of Port Burwell? All for you to enjoy at your own pace in Incredible Elgin on Lake Erie's North Shore. Call today to receive our Cycling / Hiking Booklet.

Lake Erie Autumn Breezes say Get Away for Fun!
Late summer sunsets, crisp autumn breezes, vibrant coloured leaves rustling on the branches - they are all signs of a changing season. Before you close the windows and retreat to the house for an early hibernation, consider a fall getaway to Canada's south! The Seacliffe Inn offers several packaged retreats where you can experience autumn's natural grace. Consider the Summer Adventure package, available until September 30, where you can explore your adventurous side with kayaking on Lake Erie at Point Pelee National Park. Or, bring your sweetheart along for the Fall Colour tour, which includes a romantic picnic lunch in the Park and a wine tour at one of the local wineries.

Reflections of Colourful Autumn on the Grand River
When autumn leaves begin to turn, summer makes way for a unique experience canoeing the Grand River. Fall offers its own magical time, letting go the heat of the summer and displaying a vibrant change in colour as autumn makes its presence known. Set aside time for family & friends and spend a day paddling down a river that offers nature at its best. You can canoe from Paris to West Montrose, passing historical landmarks and a variety of wildlife as you take in the fall foliage. Canoeing the Grand will rent canoes to individuals & groups & remains open till the second Saturday in October. It is conveniently located in Kitchener.

Culinary Treats from a Bountiful Harvest
Combine escapism with the pursuit of "uniqueness". Stay at the Kettle Creek Inn - savour our "North Shore Lake Erie" cuisine with everything from organic lamb & beef to fresh perch & pickerel. You may time your visit for the Port Stanley Artists Tour September 25 & 26 (oil painting, left, called "Windy Day"). Definitely tour the back roads of Elgin County, stopping at such unique places as Winter Wheat, the Pinecroft & our local fruit & grape wineries to name just a few. In answer to all your questions, we have developed a touring map to all our favourite places. Stay at the Inn & sample a "Gentler World"!

Discover Fall Entertainment in the Forest City
Autumn in London heralds the opening of the 2004/05 season for the Grand Theatre and Orchestra London. StationPark All Suite Hotel located on Richmond Row offers a variety of packages including "A Grand Rendezvous". This includes overnight accommodation in a two-room suite and tickets to a play at the Grand. StationPark also offers "Rendezvous with a Maestro" that includes accommodation and tickets to a Pops Concert (Natalie McMaster will be performing in January) or Masterworks or take in a Red Hot Weekend (Pop or Rock music with local performers).

Fanciful Fall Feasts and Shopping Secrets
Travel to Huron County - Ontario's West Coast for the best in fall colours, country drives, crisp fall hikes, fine food and dining. Treat yourself to a four-diamond experience while dining at the Benmiller Inn and the Little Inn of Bayfield - their award-winning chefs will create a memorable fall feast. Experience the goodness of a home cooked breakfast at a charming bed and breakfast featuring the fall bounty of the Huron Harvest Trail. Hike the Maitland Trail - always gorgeous and sometimes rugged. Cycle the Goderich to Auburn Rail Trail and enjoy the fall countryside vistas. Shop the scenic main street of Bayfield as fall leaves rustle about your feet.

Autumn Colours and Fall Fun in Guelph and Wellington County
The leaves are changing colour and Guelph and Wellington County have many ways for you to enjoy the autumn splendour! Take in one of the Guelph Arts Council's guided historical walking tours, and learn all about Guelph past. While enjoying the banks of the Speed River you can pop into the River Run Centre for a performance. Coming soon is the romantic musical "I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change" or the Songwriters' Festival, a celebration of acoustical music. For a different look at the fall leaves, take a ride on one of the historic streetcars at the Halton County Radial Railway or explore the natural environment while walking the trails of the Arboretum.
(Photo credit: D. Palmer)

Stratford's Swans Savour Autumn
Venture on a romantic fall walk along Stratford's Avon River viewing the glimmering reflections of red and yellow on the water with our swans. Let the crisp clean air sweep you into Meadow Rue Corner Nature Gardens located right beside the river. Enjoy its peaceful swaying natural plantings with no pesticides added. A variety of natural flowers, with a touch of majestic colours, waits for your appreciation. Continue over to Gallery Stratford, where you can view paintings from Doris McCarthy, or walk through Millennium and Confederation Park. Treat the family to the Stratford Fall Fair featuring agricultural exhibits, games and the demolition derby.
(Photo credit: J. Lennon)

If Anything Pumpkin is your Favourite...
Come and explore Bruce County, we offer a number of wonderfully landscaped back roads that are tree lined with breathtaking autumn scenery and the rugged landscape of the Niagara Escarpment or take a coastal drive along the shores of Lake Huron or Georgian Bay. It's Harvest time with all that implies, so make sure to drop by one of our town Fall Fairs; a must in the autumn is to spend some time at Pumpkinfest, which takes place in Port Elgin the first weekend in October.

Autumn is a Time for Historic Tales in Goderich
Goderich paints a pretty picture in the fall. Enjoy a stroll across the Menesetung Bridge, an abandoned rail bed lined with planks. Along the route, admire the waters of the Maitland River, and delight in the spectacular display of colour. Wander to the Huron Historic Gaol and discover the story of Aina, an Irish immigrant who was admitted to the county asylum as autumn made the transition to winter back in 1847. Bread and Water: One Woman's Journey Within These Walls is a collaborative installation at the Gaol, Aug. 28-Oct. 24 set both indoors and outdoors.

Apples, Great Events, and Loads of Colour Await in Brantford and Area this Fall!
A countryside drive with spectacular fall colours ablaze is yours to discover in Brantford and area. Located in the heart of Grand River Country this community boasts many quality attractions that will give you and yours every reason to get out and enjoy the fall fresh air including the Twin Valley Zoo, that is a real family treat, or pick your own apples at Orchard Home Farm off Highway 24 N. Circle your calendar now for some fabulous fall events in Brantford and start your own family tradition! Enjoy the St. George Apple Harvest Festival set for September 18th and 19th; Doors Open Brant - A Heritage Celebration on September 25th; and Harvest Home at the Bell Homestead set for October 3rd at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site.

You'll Find Friends in Oakville this Fall
This month, Oakville would be delighted if you would indulge in the rich and vibrant grandeur the town has to offer. Oakville is celebrating the 2004 Bell Canadian Open hosted by the Glen Abbey Golf Club from Sept. 6-12. You don't want to miss this memorable event as the championship celebrates its 100th anniversary. If golf doesn't strike your fancy, then be sure to attend one of Oakville's other events. You can enjoy great jazz and fine dining on the beautiful grounds of Erchless Estate at Jazz on the Sixteen on Sept. 10th. With the change of the seasons comes the annual Autumn Festival in Downtown Oakville on Sept. 18th. Celebrate the harvest in style while enjoying a corn roast, a one-day sidewalk sale, an art exposé, free hayrides, live entertainment and much, much more!

September Means Butterfly Migrations
Rondeau Provincial Park, in Chatham-Kent, invites you to their 4th Annual Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival. Rondeau Provincial Park is a major stopover for the Monarchs and many thousands can be seen on a sunny September afternoon. Butterfly hikes, Monarch tagging, children's activities and an art fair are only some of the activities that you can expect at this year's Monarch Festival. Come celebrate the amazing Monarch and the incredible journey that it survives to make it to the wintering grounds of Mexico. The festival is put on in partnership with the Friends of Rondeau. Hours are 8 am - 8 pm; $9 park entrance fee.

Fresh Fall Harvest in a Countryside Setting
It's October 1804. Pioneering Mennonites have completed the arduous trek from Pennsylvania to Ontario by Conestoga wagon. The land is awash in the colours of hardwood forest. By 1904, the muted colours of their fall crops blanket the land. Now, those fall crops abound at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market & Flea Market. The plethora of sights and scents from the grapes, pumpkins, broccoli and apples make for the busiest month of the year. The fall ambience is further enhanced with surprise performances by visiting Oktoberfest bands, comical hay bale horses and pumpkin people.

Bruce Peninsula Hiking Festival & Art Show
October 1, 2, 3: Discover the incredible natural features of the Bruce Peninsula! Hike some of the most scenic stretches of the Bruce Trail! See art inspired by the rugged landscape. The Tobermory Community Centre is the hub of activities, which range from guided hikes, displays, a photo workshop, a feature presentation and more. This is a chance to learn about geology, wildlife, birds, ferns, astronomy, outdoor survival, rattlesnakes and flying squirrels.
(Photo credit: E. Meleg)

Don't Put Your Golf Clubs Away Yet - Come to Stone Tree!
Enjoy the remaining days of summer at Stone Tree near Owen Sound…the only facility in the Georgian Bay area where you can experience the best of golf, tennis, swimming, physical fitness and casual dining, all in one first-class facility. Weekday Golf Special, Monday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm; 18-hole round of golf, including power cart for only $45 per person (all incl.). Golf & Dine Anytime - make it a full day at Stone Tree. 18-hole round of golf, including power cart, and a delicious full course lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch in The Grill! $65 per person (all incl.).

Grey't Fall Colours
Explore Grey County's fall colours on 3 recommended tours: South Grey Historic Mills, Scenic Beaver Valley and the Waterfall Colour Tour. From the rolling hills and river systems of South Grey to the rugged edges of the Niagara Escarpment along south Georgian Bay, there is an abundance of grey't drives, trails, and scenic lookouts. Grey County hosts the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Meaford, Sept. 22-26 or there are numerous studio tours, apple harvest events or salmon jumping at area fish ladders to enjoy.

Get Cozy by the Fireplace
As attention draws inland away from the blue hues of an ever-changing lake, fall whispers, igniting the Huron coastline in colour. Crispness is in the air - the fireplaces are lit at Brentwood on the Beach. Begin the day with a hearty home-made breakfast, then grab a sweater and set out for a walk along the shoreline. Drive the coast and view a palette of changing leaves that has you stopping at the roadside stands for pumpkins and gourds. It's harvest time. Come join us for a cup of cider.

Escape to Niagara and be Enchanted!
Autumn, a magical season! A time of conclusion with harvest and a time of preparation for the harsh winter ahead. What a wonderful time to visit the Niagara Peninsula! Enjoy the spectacular colours of the season along the Escarpment as well as all along the Niagara Parkway. The reflection of autumn foliage on the Niagara River and Lake Erie is captivating. The Holiday Inn Fort Erie/Niagara Convention Centre is an ideal choice for accommodations while in the Niagara area. Enjoy our indoor pool, giant Jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room and games room. Freeland's Fine Dining restaurant on site.

This Fall Add Colour To Your World
Drive through rolling farmland and quaint villages to the historic Drayton Festival Theatre for Fiddler on the Roof, which opens September 7th. Follow the splendid colours of the season to the tranquil surroundings of Drayton, just 35 minutes north of Waterloo. Fiddler on the Roof is the final show of the season. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most acclaimed musicals in the history of North American Theatre! Eight shows are staged weekly from September 7th to October 23rd.
(Cast of Fiddler on the Roof - Photo credit: Drayton Festival Theatre 2004)


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