From breweries to beaches, hand-crafted wines to legendary sunsets, and lots of surprises in between, Sarnia-Lambton (known as Ontario’s Blue Coast) has all the ingredients for the perfect fall adventure.
We’ve gathered all the must-see spots to help you plan your own fall weekend getaway to Ontario’s Blue Coast.
CIDERIES & WINERIES
Nothing says fall like apple picking, and what better place to get your apples than at a cider house that specializes in all things apple. With over 40 acres of planted fruit, you can be sure to get the tastiest apples (and pears!) at Twin Pines.
Once you’ve picked your apples, head into the cider house and do a tasting of their British-style ciders – all made with apples grown on the property.
Bonus: Don’t miss the secret garden tucked away on in a quiet corner of the farm. Beautiful flowers and winding pathways make this an unexpected treat!
Near Twin Pines you’ll find Alton Farms Estate Winery, the very first winery to open its doors in in this emerging wine region. Enjoy a glass of Cabernet Franc on the patio, and pair your wine with a charcuterie board, or a pizza from their wood-fired oven, then work off your lunch with a wander on their vineyard hiking trials.
Refined Fool is a must visit for their lively brewhouses, cheeky beer names, and of course the delicious beer itself. Check out their two locations: the original in downtown Sarnia, and their newest spot, an open concept dining and beer experience.
Did you know: The name “Refined Fool” is a play on “refined fuel”, a nod to Sarnia’s petroleum industry.
In the heart of Sarnia-Lambton’s farm country you’ll find this brand-new brewery which opened in Summer 2018. Enjoy a beer on their patio, or in their barn-inspired brew house. Don’t miss the photo-worthy interior, including the vintage tractor above the bar.
It won’t take you long to see where the name “Ontario’s Blue Coast” comes from – you don’t have to travel far to get stunning views of the blue water of Lake Huron.
In the heart of Sarnia is Canatara Park, one of 26 Blue Flag beaches in Canada. The beach stretches nearly a kilometer along the shore of Lake Huron, and while the white sand and sapphire water will make you feel like you are miles away from any city, you are just minutes from downtown – very convenient on those cooler fall days.
A short drive outside of Sarnia is Pinery Provincial Park. With 10 km of sandy beach on the shore of Lake Huron, this park is a popular summer destination, but in the quieter fall months, it isn’t unheard of to have a long stretch of sandy beach all to yourself.
Fall is also an excellent time to explore the Oak Savanna and Coastal Dune Ecosystems, or to rent a canoe and paddle the Old Ausable Channel – a provincially significant wetland.
The Blue Water Bridge crosses the St. Clair River, connecting the communities of Point Edward/Sarnia, Ontario to Port Huron, Michigan. Spend an evening exploring the park under the bridge, watching barges head from the river out into Lake Huron, and take in a beautiful sunset. It’s perfect way to wind down a perfect day exploring Ontario’s Blue Coast.
NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Where: Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario (about a 3 hour drive from Toronto, 1 hour from London, 2.4 hours from Kitchener-Waterloo)
When to go: Enjoy these spots year round, or plan your trip to line up with the fall colours. Check out the full fall colour report here. Twin Pines Orchard and Cider House has an annual celebration of all things apple every fall. This year the Applefest is September 29th-30th, 2018.
Where to stay: The Hampton Inn by Hilton is a short drive (or walk) to the Blue Water Bridge, and the shops of Point Edward. Or stay in the heart of Pinery Provincial Park in one of their roofed accommodations. Find more nearby accommodation here.
What to bring with you: For brave swimmers – a swimsuit for a fall swim! A cooler is handy to keep any fruit, beer or wine you buy along the way chilled.
Find out more about Ontario’s Blue Coast here.