With 120 km of Lake Erie shoreline to discover, from your vacation rental in St. Thomas, it is the perfect summer playground for an Ontario family vacation. There are tourist beaches for sunbathing, swimming, boating and fishing. Situated on Ontario’s South Coast, St. Thomas in Elgin County is overflowing with studios and galleries, wineries, farm markets and quaint rural villages that offer unique shops and unforgettable experiences.
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For water lovers, it is just a five-minute drive south to Lake Erie. This great lake is the largest body of water in close proximity and can be used for public swimming, recreation and boating. Sun yourself on this soft sandy stretch of beach or take a dip in the warm shallow shore waters of Lake Erie, and just a short 10 minute drive to Port Stanley where you can let the warm Lake Erie breeze calm you as you relax by the water’s edge, during a sun-filled weekend. Port Stanley’s Main Beach is one of the longest stretches of sandy beach on Lake Erie’s north shore and is packed each summer with visitors who come to enjoy a multitude of shoreline activities including swimming and boat rides of all sorts. This beach is the only Beach on Lake Erie to receive the prestigious Blue Flag designation. Blue Flag recognizes beaches and marinas that have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, education, safety and services. Port Stanley’s Main Beach offers lifeguards during peak hours, washrooms, and accessible services.
You will enjoy touring historic and picturesque Elgin County and St. Thomas on foot, two wheels or four. With Elgin’s temperate climate, you can squeeze in a few more days of cruisin’ before you need to put the bike away for winter. From your luxurious lodging or vacation rental, explore the Talbot Trail as it winds its way through Elgin and along the scenic coastline. The perfect day trip by car or motorcycle, it follows the original path of Elgin County’s forefathers.
In addition, St Thomas, although a relatively small city, offers a well-developed art and theatre scene. The Princess Adventure Playhouse acts as a venue for Elgin Theatre Guild performances, hosting a thriving community theatre and small musical groups. Elgin Public Art Centre is just one of the many gallery and art centres that attract art enthusiasts from the area. The museums and cultural activities make St. Thomas a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of major cities. Many of the restaurants showcase award-winning chefs and feature fresh produce and wine from the local orchards and vineyards.
Winter activities take our visitors inland, where they can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing along our over 100 km of hiking trails. Spend the weekend in one of the many luxurious hotels St. Thomas and Elgin County have to offer.
Be pleasantly surprised. Get out and discover Ontario’s South Coast! St. Thomas, a vibrant little city, will offer you a wide range of vacation rentals and accommodations, condos, cabins, hotels, cottages and house rentals, all yours to enjoy.
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