Southern Ontario Tourism
    Southern Ontario Traveller April 2005 Issue    

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The Southern Ontario Traveller

Chatham-Kent and the Baseball Hall of Fame

The Southern Ontario Traveller The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society Heritage Room's brand new exhibit entitled "Black Mecca: The Story of Chatham's Black Community" highlights famous Blacks who have called Chatham, Ontario home. One such person is baseball legend Ferguson (Fergie) Arthur Jenkins, born December 13, 1943 in Chatham. He is a seven time 20 game winner, received the prestigious National League Cy Young Award in 1971 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. He has the distinction of being Canada's first Hall of Fame Member.

Birthplace of a Literary Giant

The Southern Ontario Traveller Come to Huron County - Ontario's West Coast for heaps of history, famous faces, and pretty places. Follow the original Huron Tract set out by the first settlers of the County, ending at the historic downtown Square in Goderich. Stop at one of our many towns and villages along the way to visit the famous and friendly faces our local artisans. See the pages of her stories come alive when visiting the Alice Munro literary garden in the Town of Wingham, birthplace of renowned novelist and short story writer, Alice Munro. Stroll along the Lake Huron shoreline to watch our legendary beautiful sunsets, or attend original theatre in Blyth, Goderich or just outside of Grand Bend.

Grey County's Canadian Heroes

The Southern Ontario Traveller Many Great Canadians call Grey County home and are celebrated in our museums and visitor centres. Grey Roots features the stories of 5 local heroes in its foyer. "Billy" Bishop was the top scoring Canadian and Imperial fighter pilot of WWI and his home in Owen Sound houses the Billy Bishop Museum. Tom Thomsom was one of Canada's most distinquished artists and an inspiration to the Group of Seven. The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery celebrates the innovative spirit of Thomson through its collections. Other local heroes include Agnes Macphail, Canada's first female MP who represented Grey County in the early 1920's, Harry Lumley who was the NHL's first teenage goalie and one of its greats, and Catharine Sutton or Nahneebahweequa, who championed Native rights in the 1860's.

Guelph's World War I Connection

The Southern Ontario Traveller Looking to learn more about the famous? Come to Guelph and Wellington County. Explore McCrae House where the famed WWI poet John McCrae ("In Flanders Fields") was born. Learn about the man, his family and the historic events they took part in. See the famous perform at the River Run Centre or the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre. Come travel with AgriTours Canada, by plane or bus, visit fabulous places and meet soon to be famous faces. Stay at Washer's Eden Bed & Breakfast, an 1870 vintage Victorian home, which has played host to the likes of Liona Boyd, Valdy and Stuart McLean. (Courtesy of Guelph Museums)

Canada's Prime Minister called Kitchener Home

The Southern Ontario Traveller While visiting Kitchener, discover Woodside, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Joseph Schneider pioneered this area in 1807 and the Joseph Schneider Haus is now a working museum and gallery. Stop at The Aud (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium) to check out the Sports Civitan Hall of Fame, a parade of historical faces, each with a story to tell. The Waterloo County Hall of Fame at Doon Heritage Crossroads grew out of a proposal in 1965 to establish a local Sports Hall of Fame, which was expanded to include pioneers and community builders. Over 400 individuals and groups are recognized for their contribution to the community.

A Great Mohawk Captain settled in Burlington

The Southern Ontario Traveller Built between 1937-1938 as a replica of the original home of Captain Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea - the Joseph Brant Museum is Burlington's community museum. Through guided tours, exhibits, interactive displays, a hands-on discovery gallery, and educational programming Joseph Brant Museum tells the important story of Burlington's historical founding, settlement and development. Built between 1835-1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, an English immigrant settler. In 1987, the Ireland House at Oakridge Farm became Burlington's second museum. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm interprets the lives of the Ireland family, the historic farmstead with its buildings, yards, gardens, and contents as they were acquired and used by the Ireland family from the 1830s until the 1900s.

Oakville's Celebrity Claim is Golf

The Southern Ontario Traveller Did you know that the Oakville Glen Abbey Golf Course is known as the "shrine of Canadian golf?" The Jack Nicklaus designed Glen Abbey Golf Club has played host to 22 Canadian Open Championships since 1977, and hosted the 100th Anniversary of the Bell Canadian Open in 2004. Also, located at the site of the Glen Abbey Golf Course, you can learn more about the exciting past of golf including its development in Canada and our greatest champions such as Tiger Woods and Michael Weir at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, associated with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Brantford Gets Royal Approval

The Southern Ontario Traveller Discover why Brantford is "The Telephone City" with a visit to the Bell Homestead National Historic Site. See the home on the Grand River where Alexander Graham Bell first conceived the idea for his telephone in 1874. Designated by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1997, the Homestead has been carefully restored and furnished with original Bell family artifacts. To learn more about Bell, and many of Brantford's other famous sons and daughters, take a stroll along the Walk of Fame, located in the City's downtown. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is just one of the many famous Brantfordians you'll learn about.

Norfolk's Halls of Fame and Shame!

The Southern Ontario Traveller Visit the Norfolk Heritage Centre in Simcoe, where the new exhibit, "Norfolk Names in the News" celebrates Norfolk celebrities from May 5 to June 11. See dozens of Norfolk celebrities from the past 200 years including Abigail Becker (pictured here), "The Heroine of Long Point", who became a Norfolk County celebrity for decades after saving seven sailors from drowning in a shipwreck off Long Point in 1854. Unfortunately not all of our celebrities were "heroes." Check out some of our local scallywags in our Norfolk Hall of Shame! When visiting Norfolk County stay at the Travelodge in Simcoe. We have all of the amenities you need - indoor pool, sauna, steam room, health club on premises, free enhanced continental breakfast, just to name a few.

Niagara Falls - Miracles, Myths & Legends

The Southern Ontario Traveller As water thunders down from 300 feet above her, an anonymous young woman stretches her arms toward her creator then disappears into the mist... or so the legend goes. This sacrificial tale of native folklore is but one of many which surround the miracle of Niagara Falls. Gaze upon this mighty wonder from the comfort of the 4-diamond Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa - closest hotel to the brink of the Falls. Enjoy award-winning cuisine in the Terrapin Grille and a relaxing massage for two in your room or in our Spa at the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa.

Famous Faces Abound in Stratford

The Southern Ontario Traveller Stratford welcomes famous faces to the four stages of the Stratford Festival of Canada. Previews begin April 19 with the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young performers get a start at the Kiwanis Festival of Performing Arts, April 18 - May 2. The Stratford Concert Choir presents Baroque Fireworks on April 2. Enjoy a burst of spring at the Stratford Concert Band's April 10 concert. Join us for the Stratford Chamber Music Series on April 17. Visit Tango for an intimate night of jazz with John McNab and the Ralph Fraser Trio on April 1, East Coast favourite, Ron Hynes on April 9 or Matt Minglewood on April 15. Famous faces can always be found in Stratford.

Hobnobbing with Stars in Stratford

The Southern Ontario Traveller Put on the sunglasses, tie a scarf around your head, a la movie star style, and drive over to Stratford for a bit of red carpet treatment. Our great restaurants are standing by to serve you with delicious meals and fine wines, and the stores are filled with treasures in anticipation of your arrival. Now that the Festival theatre actors are back in town, you just might rub shoulders with a star or two while you're out! Lucy Peacock and Seana McKenna are starring in Fallen Angels, William Hutt is in The Tempest, and Cynthia Dale is in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Festival season begins April 19. Stratford is 4 Seasons!

Essex County is rich in history

From Amherstburg to Zug Island; each home has its story. Rochester Place, nestled at Deerbrook on the north shore, is no different. Just 4 miles west is the community of Belle River where rumrunners including the infamous gangster Al Capone satisfied the thirst of grateful international clients. Just 4 miles to the east is Stoney Point (Pointe-aux-roches), a village steeped in French Canadian tradition. Surf Club Drive was home to boxer Joe Louis for a number of years. Long ago, a stagecoach stop existed at what is now known as Rochester Place. Where the dirt road met Ruscom River, a community was born. Rochester Place now consists of a campground, a marina, an 18-hole golf course and a licensed dining lounge - ready to greet "lovers of fascinating history".