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Sample from the cultural smorgasbord of history, creativity and drama that flourishes along the shores of the Grand River.

Travel through vibrant communities around the Grand River, a watershed that flows through rural Southwest Ontario. Admire fashion from the 1660s to the present (including contemporary Canadian design) at the Fashion History Museum. Explore Elora by raft gondola and make note of the exciting renovation progress of the heritage Elora Mill Inn and Spa.


Delve into Ontario’s Indigenous history and modern day culture at the Woodland Cultural Centre and visit significant Iroquois landmarks in Brantford. Check out Mennonite hamlets around St Jacobs and get a taste of Scottish culture in Fergus.


Take in Broadway-worthy theatre at North America’s largest Shakespearean repertory theatre company at the Stratford Festival, and get a rare glimpse behind the scenes with The Forum workshops and programs. All you closet Beliebers; don’t fight it! Download the Bieber-iffic map to follow in his footsteps throughout his hometown.


Savour handmade chocolates and cheeses as you pass through Woodstock, the ‘Dairy Capital of Canada’. Follow tradition and steal a kiss on Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge and immerse yourself in the growing arts, nightlife and live music scene in one of Ontario’s hippest towns.


Plan your visit around the Six Nations ‘Champions of Champions’ PowWow in July in Ohsweken or the Fergus Highland Games Festival, the largest outside of Scotland. Get into the groove during the Hillside Music Festival outside of Guelph in July, or Elora’s RiverFest in August.


Image location: Props from Behind the Scenes, Stratford Festival, Stratford

 

Fashion History Museum exhibit
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Fashion History Museum
74 Queen Street East,
Cambridge, ON N3C 2B1
Like food and shelter, clothing is a necessity as well as a cultural expression. The Fashion History Museum's collection consists of over 10,000 garments and accessories dating from the 1660s to the present. Alongside historical dress, the museum is building a contemporary Canadian designer collection as well as a comprehensive library and archives of fashion related publications and... More Info
Open: Mar 14 to Dec 16
Phone: (519) 654-0009
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
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Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
2501, 25th Sideroad,
Milton, ON L0P 1B0
Visit Ontario's largest lavender farm, and learn about growing lavender, distillation and the drying of lavender buds for use in the production of many great lavender products. Don't forget your camera to take pictures of the beautiful fields. Relax in one of the most beautiful and fragrant settings in Ontario and take in a lifestyle classes like yoga. Take educational farm tours and discover... More Info
Open: Jun 1 to Aug 31
Phone: (519) 512-0522
People wearing life jackets and helmets floating down the river with a huge cliff face behind them.
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Elora Gorge Conservation Area
7400 Wellington County Road 21,
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River Valley. The Grand River rushes through the gorge, which has 22-metre high cliffs. Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids. (Please note that warning signs are... More Info
Phone: (519) 846-9742
Toll Free: (866) 668-2267
Elora Brewing Company
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Elora Brewing Company
107 Geddes Street,
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Surrounded by century old heritage, The Elora Brewing Company provides a true craft beer experience, accompanied by some of the best 'farm-to-table' food in the heart of downtown Elora. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 805-2829
A foxhunt with horses, hounds and crowd
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Elora and Fergus Tourism
10 East Mill Street,
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
If - when you think of Elora and Fergus - you think of the dramatic beauty of the Elora Gorge, world class festivals, a haven of arts and culture, all with a heritage river running through it, you'd be right. But think further - of an outdoor adventurer's dream, summer music festivals on the banks of the Grand River, and arguably one of the prettiest farmers' markets in Ontario. In Fergus,... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 846-9691
Toll Free: (877) 242-6353
Breadalbane Inn and Spa
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Breadalbane Inn and Spa
487 St. Andrew Street West,
Fergus, ON N1M 1P2
Two delicious menus and dining venues - one great restaurant using the best locally sourced fresh ingredients, including carefully selected fish, meat, game and vegetables. Traditional pub fare with a twist in the Fergusson Room or regional Italian in Scozia. Discover the warmth and tranquility of The Breadalbane Inn located in beautiful Fergus. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 843-4770
The West Montrose Covered Bridge spanning across the Grand River
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West Montrose Covered Bridge
1232 Rivers Edge Drive,
West Montrose, ON N0B 2V0
The West Montrose Covered Bridge was built in 1881 and is recognized as a historic site by Ontario's Archeological and Historic Sites Board. It is Ontario's last remaining covered bridge and has a 198' span across the Grand River. Visitors come from all over the world to see, walk across, and photograph this picturesque and unique bridge. The roof over the bridge protects the large timbers and ... More Info
Phone: (519) 669-1647
Exterior view of St. Jacobs Farmers' Market & Flea Market
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St. Jacobs Farmers' Market & Flea Market
878 Weber Street North,
Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Experience Canada's largest year 'round Farmers' Market! Shop throughout three buildings and outdoors too. Stroll among 400+ vendors including local farmers, growers, butchers and bakers. Vendors will be showcasing local and international foods of every description, from garden to gourmet. Browse the many local crafts, housewares, wearables, accessories and quality flea market finds. Bring... More Info
Phone: (519) 747-1830
Toll Free: (800) 265-3353
The Mennonite Story Visitor Centre
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The Mennonite Story Visitor Centre
1406 King Street North,
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
This interpretive centre is a must for those interested in learning more about the Mennonites. Take a self-guided tour starting with a short video (in English or French) about "The Old Order", who still travel by horse & buggy and live largely rural lives in the area. Then browse through an extensive exhibit of informative photos, artifacts and displays that describe the history, culture and... More Info
Phone: (519) 664-3518
Block Three Brewing
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Block Three Brewing
1430 Unit 2 King Street North,
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
Block Three Brewing Company has been making beer in St. Jacobs, Ontario since 2013. At Block Three we are focused on artisanal small-batch beers that showcase the craftsmanship of our brewers. We strive to make interesting and unique beers that you can be proud to serve to your family and friends. We like trying new beers as much as you do. We offer a constantly changing bottle and draft ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 664-1001
A delicious plate of sausage, mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy.
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Anna Mae's Bakery and Restaurant
4060 Line 72,
Millbank, ON N0K 1L0
Welcome! Here in the Village of Millbank you will find a full service, family owned and operated Mennonite restaurant and bakery. We specialize in homemade Mennonite cooking and baking and offer a variety of daily specials which include your choice of meat, potato, vegetable and dinner roll. Each guest can customize their own meal. Come in today and try our famous Broasted Chicken. For the... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 595-4407
Stratford Festival
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Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street,
Stratford, ON N5A 6V2
From flights of outrageous fancy and madcap musical mayhem, to the most harrowing depths of despair, the Stratford Festival’s playbill invites you to discover the drama! Join us for memorable productions, including musicals, contemporary classics and the best of the Bard. Bend your mind with The Forum: our popular series of talks, performances and events that help you explore the season’s... More Info
Open: Apr 1 to Oct 31
Phone: (519) 273-1600
Toll Free: (800) 567-1600
The Restaurant at Bruce Hotel
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The Restaurant at Bruce Hotel
89 Parkview Drive,
Stratford, ON N5A 4R5
Set on six and a half acres, The Bruce Hotel offers unparalleled service in the heart of Stratford. Nouveau Ontario is our approach to cooking. Nouveau Ontario pays homage to our love of French cooking technique and Ontario, with its wonderful ethnic mosaic and bounty, provides us with the inspiration for our menu. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 508-7102
A bowl of soup with carrots in the background
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Dairy Capital Cheese Shoppe
474 Dundas Street,
Woodstock, ON N4S 1C4
Stop by Dairy Capital Cheese Shoppe in downtown Woodstock to enjoy a selection of finest Canadian and imported foods from around the world. Choose from a wide variety of cheese and cheese related products such as cheese fudge, cheese baskets and cheese boxes. Take time to visit our Deli & Cafe to enjoy our healthy breakfast or lunch options prepared with top quality ingredients and baked on... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 537-7623
Chocolate prepared from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar
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Habitual Chocolate
389 Dundas St,
Woodstock, ON N4S 1B6
Love chocolate? Indulge in exquisite chocolate from Woodstock's Habitual Chocolate — a bean to bar chocolate company. Cocoa beans are bought from small family farms all over the world and various flavourful dark chocolates are handcrafted in the store. Choose from an assortment of dark chocolates to custom chocolates crafted for special occasions. Soy free, nut free, gluten and vegan options... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 535-1341
Front view of Woodland Cultural Centre with dog statue on front lawn
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Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street,
Brantford, ON N3T 5V6
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization which preserves and promotes the culture and heritage of the First Nations of the Eastern Woodland area. The Centre offers programs in the area of language, research, library, museum and museum education. The museum’s collection includes more than 35,000 artifacts, featuring items such as archeological specimens, sculptures and crafts.... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 759-2650
Toll Free: (866) 412-2202
Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of The Mohawks
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Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of The Mohawks
794 Colborne Street E,
Brantford, ON N3S 7V1
This was the first Protestant church in Upper Canada and is now Ontario's oldest surviving church. It is one of two Royal Chapels in North America but the only one located on a First Nation Territory. Built in 1785, it was given to the loyalist First Nations, primarily Mohawks, but accompanied by Onandagas, Cayugas, Senecas, Oneidas and Tuscaroras who had supported the British during the... More Info
Open: May 21 to Sep 5
Phone: (519) 758-5444
Close up of a meal with bread, cheese and meat
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Born and Raised Restaurant, Hamilton
224 James St N,
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3
Born and Raised is the hip and retro restaurant on James Street North founded by former Top Chef Canada competitor Chef Vittorio Colacitti. The menus feature local, seasonal, and fresh ingredients from Hamilton infused with European and Asian flavours and techniques. A wood-fired oven imported from Italy provides a beautiful focal point that adds to the restaurant's warm, laid-back and... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 768-5233
Collective Arts Brewing
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Collective Arts Brewing
207 Burlington Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8L 4H2
We are a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, photographers & filmmakers. Our brewery is dedicated to promote artists and raise creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 426-2347
Exterior view of The Barracks Inn
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The Barracks Inn
425 Wilson Street East,
Ancaster, ON L9G 2C4
The Barracks Inn, a century stone building, featuring 18 deluxe, luxuriously appointed rooms, subtly blending unique period décor, with the finest of guest amenities, exuding an understated elegance, and latest in-room technology. Step inside one of our spacious 18 deluxe guestrooms or suites and experience the ultimate in Ancaster hospitality. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 445-1234