Monday, 19 November 2012

Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism Celebrates Area Heritage with New Guide

 Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism is pleased to announce the release of the Elgin County Heritage Guide.

Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism released the guide to promote heritage tourism and attract visitors and residents to experience historic places in Elgin County and St. Thomas. The guide showcases the area’s rich history and encourages travelers to visit historic places and events.

"Interest in Canada’s heritage places is growing," said Tourism Development Coordinator Kathryn Russell. "As a result tourists are becoming increasingly drawn to heritage attractions. Communities that promote heritage can create popular tourist destinations. Heritage tourism enthusiasts tend to stay longer, spend more money and participate in multiple heritage-related activities while on trips."

This comprehensive guide includes: museum listings, heritage walking tours, maps, events, heritage buildings and attractions, historical plaques and information on barn quilt tours in the area. A digital copy of the guide will also be available for download on

For a copy of the Elgin County Heritage Guide please call (519) 631-1460 ext. 164, email or visit Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism at 450 Sunset Dr. St. Thomas.


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Only a Week Left to Register for Growing Your Agri-Business

Elgin County’s Economic Development Department acknowledges the area’s agricultural roots in the latest instalment of the Elgin County Conference Series to be held in mid- November.

Growing Your Agribusiness
is a one-day seminar that will give business owners the opportunity to increase their skills and access tools that will help them successfully run and grow their agribusiness.

Topics presented will include business planning; financial management, succession planning, the SWOTC agri-tourism toolkit, the Greenbelt Ontario (, and personal stories from agribusiness owners. Dynamic presentations will be delivered by speakers ranging from Ministry representatives and professional organizations to successful agribusiness owners.

Growing Your Agribusiness will take place Wednesday, November 21 at the New Sarum Diner. Registration information, agenda and speaker biographies are available at or by phoning 519-631-1460 x 168.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Holiday Events in Elgin & St. Thomas


St. Thomas Sat., November 17th, 6pm
Aylmer Sat., November 24, 2pm
West Lorne Fri., November 30, 7pm
Port Stanley  Fri., November 30, 7pm
Springfield Sat., December 1, 1pm
Rodney Sat., December 1, 5:30pm
Port Burwell Sat., December 1, 6:30pm
Fingal Sun., December 2, 2pm
Belmont Sun., December 2, 6pm
Straffordville  Sat., December 8, 10:30am

Festive Events

11th Annual Aylmer-Malahide Museum Christmas Tour of Homes
November 16 & 17

12 Days of Christmas: A Bank Holiday Extravaganza
November 23 - December 1, The Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne

St. Thomas Holiday Fantasy of Lights,

December 1-31, Pinafore Park

Christmas Spirit Walk
December 1,
Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer

Annual Christmas Carol Sing
December 2, The Old St. Thomas Church

3rd Annual Home for Christmas in West Elgin & Dutton-Dunwich
November 23- December 7

Port Stanley Terminal Rail Santa Treats Trains
November 24 &25, December 1,2,8,9,15,16,22 &23

Christmas Open Houses

Pinecroft Holiday Decorating Workshops
November 13,17,20 & 24

Shelley McVittie's Gallery & Cobblestones - November 10 & 11

Rush Creek Wines - November 10 & 11

Canadale Nurseries -  November 10 & 11

Heritage Line Herbs - November 17 & 18

Horton Farmers Holiday Market  - November 17

Sparta Country Candles - November 24 & 25

Steed & Company Lavender - November 24 & 25

STEPAC Winter Gift Shop Sale  - December 6th