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Southwestern Ontario (Central) - Destinations Overview
Welcome to gently rolling Southern Ontario farmland. For the purposes of this website the central portion of Southwestern Ontario forms a rectangular area running from the about the town of Clinton in the west to just east of the town of Ancaster in the east and from the Lake Erie shoreline in the south to Elora / Fergus in the north.
Many of Southern Ontario’s major rivers run through the central part of Southwestern Ontario. This includes rivers like the Maitland, Grand, and Thames. The rivers begin to widen in this region and can even accommodate powered watercraft in some stretches. All of these river systems have their own unique character and offer great hiking and paddling experiences. They also boast significant populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass along with spring and fall runs of rainbow trout (steelhead). Most major rivers also have a significant fall run to Chinook salmon.
The climate in the central part of Southwestern Ontario is moderate with warm - often hot - summers and winters that hover between freezing and -10 c. It is not uncommon to see winter with temperatures plunge to -20 c or colder for short periods of time; while summer temperatures can soar to over +30 c for extended periods.
Visitors to this region will find many local trails that are suitable for both hiking and cycling. The famous Bruce Trail follows the Niagara Escarpment as it winds its way through this ever changing and scenic part of Southwestern Ontario.
We are now entering a region where large to medium sized cities blend with rural farming communities to bring a distinctly rural flavor to the urban landscape. Major cities in this area include Guelph, Kitchener / Waterloo, Cambridge, London, Woodstock, Brantford, Stratford and London.
Southwest Ontario (Central) Points of Interest