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Southwestern Ontario (North) - Destinations Overview
Welcome to rolling Southern Ontario farmland. For the purposes of this website the northern portion of Southwestern Ontario forms a rectangular area running from the Lake Huron shoreline in the west to just east of the town of Grand Valley in the east and from the town in Fergus in the south to Chesley in the north.
Many of Southern Ontario’s major watersheds have their source in the northern part of Southwestern Ontario. This includes rivers like the Saugeen, Maitland, Grand, and Thames. 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 northern 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.
Although there are really no “major” cities in this region there is an abundance of small towns and villages that boast many of the conveniences of our larger centers.
Southwest Ontario (North) Points of Interest