Ontario's Southwest – Shaped by Nature


Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Ontario Hockey Federation, City of Sarnia and Municipality of Lambton Shores, announced that Sarnia-Lambton, Ont., will host the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Nov. 2-8, 2014. It will mark the seventh time in the 29-year history of the event that it will be held in Ontario.


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Elgin County Economic Development and Tourism want you to experience all that Elgin County has to offer this summer by entering a contest to win one of three prize packages valued at approximately $400 each. The contest will run from June 25 – September 1, 2014.


From intimate live theatre and engaging museums to inspiring art galleries, warm sandy beaches, tantalizing food, family adventures and unique boutique shopping, you’ll have a summer experience to remember in Elgin County.


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Birding in Ontario’s Southwest is known around the world thanks to important birding migration sites such as Point Pelee National Park and Long Point Provincial Park.  The region’s rich Carolinian ecosystem also provides an important breeding ground for species that are rarely found elsewhere in Canada.


Now anyone can enjoy birding in Ontario’s Southwest with the launch of Canada’s South Coast Birding Trail map.  This map highlights 17 key birding hubs which are prime birding locations to get started, and many more primary sites which are an integral part of the experience and should be included around the hubs as birders map out their route.


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In June 2014, the Savour Elgin/Elgin Arts Trail Experience Guide will be distributed to over 175,000 people as an insert in the Summer Edition of the LCBO Food & Drink magazine. By partnering with Food & Drink magazine, Elgin County will be able to reach a wide audience that is specifically interested in culinary and cultural attractions. These promotional efforts are supported by the Local Food Fund administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.


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Fun is the watchword as HMCS OJIBWA celebrates the opening of its first full season on Saturday, May 17 right beside HMCS OJIBWA in Port Burwell.  In addition to tours inside and outside the submarine, a great day of fun and bargains has been planned by a local group called the Bayham SubMissions.  Proceeds go to the Museum of Naval History. There’s also submarine races for children 10 and under organized courtesy of Explorer’s Association BPSC Scouts of Straffordville as part of the Third Annual OJIBWA Fest.


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RED dollars flowing to HMCS OJIBWA

April 30th, 2014 | Posted by JT in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Ontario Rural Economic Development Program RED that is. The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs announced today that the Elgin Military Museum is to receive a Rural Economic Development (RED) Grant for $20,000 to go towards the development of on-line booking and audio guide systems.


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Elgin County Economic Development will provide local businesses with the opportunity to learn successful methods of creating a strong brand and attracting their target market at the eighth installment of the Elgin County Conference Series. Essentials of Marketing will be held on May 7, 2014 at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club and will feature presentations from experts in print, TV, radio, and online marketing. Topics presented will include: communicating in a changing media landscape, partnering with not-for-profits and secrets to online success.


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Elgin County Economic Development and the Elgin County Homes have successfully completed the 2013 Local Food Challenge to increase the amount of local food served in Elgin’s three long-term care facilities. “This project highlights Elgin County’s commitment to local food and to supporting our local businesses and agricultural producers,” said Warden David Marr.


With a $15,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund, Elgin was able meet its goal of increasing local food purchases in its Homes from 9% in 2012 to 15% in 2013, spending a total of $116,050.30 on local (Ontario) food.


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The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” voted as a finalist for “Best New Event” in Ontario is back for its fifth consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Friday April 11th & Saturday April 12th.  “Eat & Drink Norfolk” provides an opportunity to come out to a relaxed atmosphere in the AUD at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds, to mix and mingle while sampling local products from over 40 participating vendors. Many well-known local restaurants, breweries, distillery and food producers are back again while several new vendors are participating for the first time.


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Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) released updated research-based information about its Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Partnership Program today confirming the importance of festivals and events to the Ontario economy in terms of this industry’s ability to contribute to regional GDP, create jobs and generate taxes at all levels of government. Ontario festivals and events are estimated to annually drive $2.3 billion in contribution to regional GDP, support almost 50,000 full-year job equivalents (FYJE) and generate approximately $1 billion in taxes.


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