Explore St. Thomas
For St. Thomas take Wharncliffe Road (Hwy 4) or Wellington Rd. south and continue south through Union to Port Stanley.
Known as the "Railway Capital of Canada", St. Thomas is just a few minutes south of London. The St. Thomas "On Track" group is busy restoring the city’s railway heritage. Visit the Elgin County Railway Museum, open seven days a week from June 1 to Labour Day or attend the city’s annual Iron Horse Festival each August. Train enthusiasts might also want to stop by Jumbo Hill commemorating world-famous circus elephant Jumbo’s tragic demise when felled by the Grand Trunk Railway in St. Thomas back in 1885.
Just south of St. Thomas and still only 25 minutes from London is the picturesque fishing village of Port Stanley, complete with mooring trawlers, tugs and watercraft of all sizes—including the occasional tall ship. It’s fun to poke in and out of the many boutiques along the route to two main beaches, or dine at one of several restaurants or small inns nearby.
The town’s large sandy beach attracts families from all over. Cozy bed-and-breakfasts abound, along with the fully restored 1849 vintage Kettle Creek Inn featuring comfortable guest rooms and suites.
Every weekend from late March through December, families and friends are drawn to Port Stanley to take the scenic "Port Stanley Terminal Rail" tourist train along the Kettle Creek Valley to either Union (40 minutes round-trip) or St. Thomas (90 minutes roundtrip). Enjoy seasonal themes like the Easter Bunny or Santa Express, or murder mystery rides. Visit www.pstr.on.ca for complete schedule.
The Lake Erie shoreline is also host to spectacular bird migrations—from Tundra Swans to the American Kestrel. Almost all manner of hawk take wing each fall near Hawk Cliff. To get to Hawk Cliff, take highway 4 to County Road 27, turn right on Highway 22 and proceed to Lake Erie.
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