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Venture Through the Deep South of Ontario
Ontario's southernmost region borders Detroit, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron – with Lake St. Clair mixed in for good measure. Enjoy a tour of the area, as you drive from Sarnia, to Leamington, and finally Windsor.
Launch this southern Ontario road trip in Sarnia. Accessed easily by Highway 402, Sarnia is nestled along the shores of Lake Huron to the north, with the St. Clair River acting as the diving point between it and Michigan's Port Huron. There's plenty to see and do in Sarnia, so prepare for full days of adventure.
Check out the Stones 'N Bones Museum when you start your exploration of Sarnia. Spread across two floors, the Stones 'N Bones Museum will dazzle the sense and illuminate the mind with its impressive collection of artifacts, fossils, and wide range of dinosaur-related exhibits.
With 650,000 square feet of retail space, the Lambton Mall is a premier shopping destination in Sarnia. You'll find it adjacent to Lambton College between London Road and Exmouth Street. Each year in mid-January, it hosts the Great Mall Haul.
Outdoor The St. Clair River, fed by Lake Huron, is an ideal destination for outdoor recreation. Fishing, boating, and lots of sight-seeing make it excellent for all ages. Each year, the St. Clair River hosts the Sarnia Salmon Derby in late April.
The next stop on this drive tour around Lake St. Clair is Leamington. Found directly south of Sarnia, Leamington is home to Point Pelee National Park, and rests on the edge of Lake Erie. Aside from the gorgeous views the city yields of Lake Erie, there are also some truly exceptional attractions to visit.
Not far outside of downtown Leamington is the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, one of the best bird watching locations you'll find in all of Ontario. Explore the Jack Miner site, where you and the kids will have a chance to hand feed ducks and geese – and other water fowl – during the visit. Best yet, admission to this site is always free.
Each year during the third weekend in June, the Leamington Agricultural Society hosts the very fun Leamington Fair. The all-weekend event features your favourite fair and carnival highlights, fun for all ages, live music, a wide range of food vendors, and so much more.
Point Pelee National Park might very well be one of Ontario's premier outdoor destinations. Looking out onto Lake Huron, Point Pelee NP is a wide open expanse of marshes for kayaking, and lots of bird watching chances, especially within the Red Cedar Savannah Habitat.
On to the last leg of the trip. From Leamington, make your way northwest into Windsor. Your best bet will be to head north to Highway 401, which is then a straight shot west into Windsor. There's a ton of history to find in Windsor, like the Duff-Baby House, Mackenzie Hall, and the Underground Railroad Monument.
Be sure to visit the Canadian Club Brand Centre during your stay in Windsor. Whether you're a big fan of the classic whisky or a novice, you're sure to enjoy a tour of the facility. Tours generally last 1.5 hours, during which time you'll be guided through the Speak Easy room, the Canadian Art Gallery, and the very popular Sampling Room.
Spend an afternoon during your stay in Windsor at the Buxton National Site & Historic Museum. Not far from downtown Windsor, this historic and meaningful site is an homage to the Elgin Settlement, which was established by Rev. William King in 1849. It's been open since 1967, and features a schoolhouse, a barn, and a log cabin.
Especially ideal during the summer months, the Adventure Bay Family Water Park is the perfect destination for you and the family in Windsor. There's a wave pool, great for all ages, Cannon Cove, a three-level adventure area for kids 3-12, and plenty of intense slides for the older members of the family.