While the towns, counties, and villages of the area may run at a slower pace, there’s absolutely nothing sleepy about them. 

In fact, the list of things to explore and experience is endless. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or a visit to a quirky museum, there isn’t a lack of fun to be uncovered in this region. The slogan on Ontario’s license plates — Yours To Discover — will turn into your mantra in no time! 

Outdoor activities

Perhaps one of the best-known outdoor attractions in the region is the Elora Gorge, about a half-hour drive from Guelph through Highway 6. The Grand River flows through it, bordered by 22-metre tall cliffs. It’s an ideal spot for embracing the elements and drifting down on an inner tube. If you’re looking for a bit more speed, kayaking is also a popular activity.  

"Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or a visit to a quirky museum, there isn’t a lack of fun to be uncovered in this region."

A blue flag beach is a distinction that indicates a beach is as environmentally safe as it can possibly be. Bayfield Main Beach in Bayfield, proudly flies its blue flag on its sands. If that weren’t enough of a draw, this spot is said to have the best sunsets in the region, if not the province. And if the white sands weren’t compelling enough, dunes and bluffs also surround the area, begging to be explored.  

Artistic endeavours

When it comes to Canadian theatre, Stratford is the Mecca. World-renowned for its festival, this city only showcases top talent. Christopher Walken, Eric McCormack, Christopher Plummer, Maggie Smith, and William Shatner are amongst many well-known actors who’ve participated in plays at the festival. While it’s best known for its Shakespearean repertoire, the festival also showcases more contemporary, yet classic, performances.  

Family friendly fun

Stimulate your senses with the freshest produce around. The year-round farmer’s market in St. Jacobs is the largest in North America, with 600 vendors offering fruits and veggies straight from the fields. There’s also other local food to be tasted, with a chance to chat with its makers. If that’s not enough to whet your palette, there’s also a museum dedicated entirely to Canada’s sweetest product: maple syrup!  

North America’s largest truck show takes place in Fergus from July 25–27. Not only does it feature 18-wheelers as far as the eye can see, there’s also a demolition derby, country music, and a special children’s area. 

THEMUSEUM in Waterloo is an innovative space for the whole family. While its exhibits delve into the past, it does so in interactive ways that encourage visitors of all ages to get hands-on.