Middlesex County launches 2016 Invest in Middlesex County video series

Middlesex County launches 2016 Invest in Middlesex County video series

Middlesex County is proud to release their latest round of “Invest in Middlesex” promotional videos. The series of eight videos profiles people and companies that make up the Middlesex economy and highlights the County’s economic development brand, “Invest in Middlesex County…we appreciate your business”.


The videos, officially launched at a special event at the County’s Administrative Office today, offer a thought-provoking look into local businesses, and the reasons why they call Middlesex County home.


Click here to read more.

Middlesex County launches new Trails Guide

Middlesex County is proud to announce their updated “Middlesex County Trails Guide”; a publication that provides residents and visitors to the area with detailed information on the numerous recreational trails found throughout the county. The new guide has been released under the tourism arm of the County “Visit Middlesex County” in partnership with Middlesex-London in motion™, Healthy Kids Community Challenge of Middlesex County, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, and all area conservation authorities.


Click here to read more.

1st Annual REGENERATE Food Festival Building Economic Growth for Communities in SW Ontario

Several groups from across the food value chain in SW Ontario have come together to spearhead and create the Regenerate – Farming, Food and Community Festival. This 4-day event will be held from Sept 29th to Oct 2nd in two communities – London and Ridgetown, Ontario. The festival’s main goal is to build rural economic development in SW Ontario around a food economy, as well as linking rural and urban communities together through food.


Multiple events will be held at various venues over the 4-days; each workshop/event will focus on educating and supporting: primary producers, consumers, tourists, chefs and culinary professionals. Everyone is invited to this first of its kind food festival.


Click here to read more.

Riders set out on the second annual Dunnville Grand Tour

On Saturday August 20 the two-day Dunnville Grand Tour brought out more than 300 riders for 25, 50, 75 and 100 kilometers rides along the lakeshore and Grand River in Haldimand County. Atilla Elek tour organizer has seen the increase in cycling tourism in Haldimand County in recent years and has organized the tour to help Dunnville capitalize on this trend. Cyclists travelled in from London, the GTA and elsewhere in Ontario to join in the weekend-long event.


Cycling Event - DGT (2) (1)


Click here to read more.

New Head Winemaker at Burning Kiln Winery



Burning Kiln Winery names Lydia Tomek as Head Winemaker of the award-winning St. Williams based winery known for appassimento style wines.


Tomek has been selected as Head Winemaker at Burning Kiln Winery effective immediately. Tomek, a celebrated winemaker out of the Niagara region joins the Burning Kiln team with extensive knowledge of her craft, Tomek was Head Winemaker at Hernder Estate Wines where she spent the last ten years of her career. Tomek has also held winemaking positions at Hillebrand Winery and Jackson-Triggs.


Click here to read full press release.


For all the die-hard Canadian country music fans, the CCMA and London Host Committee have orchestrated a CCMA Awards Pre-Show experience to optimize the historic event of London, Ontario hosting Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards Show for the first time. Before the 2016 CCMA Awards Show goes live, before Canadian celebs strut their stuff down the John Deere Green Carpet, the CCMA Awards Show Countdown Concert will get fans rocking with a line-up stacked with 2016 CCMA Award nominees. Make a day of the festivities with the CCMA, and head down to Talbot Street to partake in the excitement on Sunday, September 11.


Click here for more information. 


A marque event as part of Country Music Week, Huron County FanFest features back-to-back performances by ten of Canada’s brightest country stars, and gives country music fans the opportunity to meet, greet and have their photo taken with their favourite acts at the Huron County FanFest photo wall. Country Music Week and artist merchandise will be available onsite for purchase. Best of all – this is a FREE event.

Forked River Opening On-Site Taproom

Forked River Brewing has announced the upcoming opening of a new taproom at its retail outlet in London. On Saturday July 30th at 11:00 AM, the new bar in the expanded retail area at 45 Pacific Court, Unit 4 will start pouring glasses and samples of a variety of Forked River beers, including core brands such as Capital Blonde and Riptide Rye, and rotating seasonals.


Click here to read more.

Over 500 Cyclists Registered for Bluewater International Granfondo



Over 500 Cyclists Registered for Bluewater International Granfondo


SARNIA, ON, July 14, 2016 – The Bluewater International Granfondo Committee is thrilled to announce that the inaugural cycling event has already exceeded the 500 rider limit and registration is now closed.

“Our extremely supportive community has come through once again. With their awesome support we are now sold out,” said Kenneth MacAlpine, Chair of the Bluewater International Granfondo. “What started as a vision for Sarnia-Lambton has now become a reality and we are ecstatic about it.”


Cyclists will be travelling to Sarnia-Lambton from British Columbia, Quebec, Georgia, New Jersey, and destinations throughout Ontario and Michigan.  Over half of the participants are from Lambton County, a strong indication of the growing cycling culture in our community.


Click here to read the full media release. 



New SWOTC Board of Directors

The Board of Directors and staff of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) are pleased to announce its new Board of Directors as elected at its Annual General Meeting on June 8th, 2016.


We are pleased to welcome Bradley Oke and Brad Rice to the Board, and thank Laurie Hawkins and Karen Matthews for their many years of service to the Board and to the tourism community. Laurie served as Board Chair, while Karen served as Secretary Treasurer.  They will be truly missed.


Click here to read the full announcement.