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5 ways to make the most of summer in Ontario’s Southwest

Summer is here and that means vacation time, beach season and Ontario adventures! Did you know Ontario’s Southwest is home to three Blue Flag beaches and is home to some of Ontario’s most beautiful wineries? Here are five ways to make the most of summer in Ontario’s Southwest.  Zip through the Carolinian Forest at Long Point Eco Adventures Welcome to your summer adventure! Long Point Eco Adventures is home to eight zip lines, 14 platforms & a 40-foot rappel in the heart of the Carolinian forest. Start your day at Long Point Eco Adventure’s ground school, then work your way through the thrilling zip line and tree top course. Round out your day by sticking around for one of their Stargazing Tours (from one of the darkest points in Southern Ontario!) then settle in for the night in a Wilderness Suite. Long Point 2

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Sip and Savour at Burning Kiln Winery The shores of Lake Erie are home to Ontario’s longest growing season and is Canada’s southernmost wine region. Burning Kiln Winery is housed in a re-purposed tobacco pack barn, and has already won numerous awards since opening in 2011. Pair your visit with a lunch or dinner on their patio overlooking the vineyard. The Lake Erie Perch Tacos and Charcuterie and Port Dover Cheese Shop Platter are local favorites! Burning Kiln

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  Paddle Big Creek Recharge with a guided paddle down Big Creek, part of an internationally recognized marsh and wetland, a gentle waterway which will suit kayakers of all levels. The lush forest surrounding you on the paddle will soon have you thinking of this as Canada’s Amazon. Perfect snack for the paddle: Local Norfolk County strawberries!

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Big Creek 3 https://vine.co/v/enOanTjD3Qv Take a Trip to the Tip Stretching 42 kilometers out into Lake Erie, Long Point is often said to be the most remote and vast piece of wilderness left in Southern Ontario. How do you get there? Take a Zodiac Boat Tour with Long Point Tours and experience this natural wonder for yourself. Tip: On a clear day you can see the remains of a shipwreck dating back to the 1800s! Zodiac Tour 3

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https://vine.co/v/enOh20eDtla Dine at Schofield’s Bistro They are known for their farm to table cuisine, and summer is the perfect time to try their truly local dishes. From meats, fruits, veggies and cheeses all coming from Norfolk County, one thing’s for sure: you won’t leave here hungry! Schofields

There’s this and so much more to experience in Ontario’s Southwest this summer! Enter to win a foodie getaway here, or a best beach adventure for 4 here here. What are your favourite vacation spots in Ontario’s Southwest? Let us know with #DiscoverON on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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