Map of Stratford and Middlesex County. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Stratford area and Middlesex County
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Many consider Middlesex County the prettiest part of Ontario and the perfect place for a Sunday drive through the countryside: a pleasant mix of rolling, verdant farmland, picturesque towns with Victorian steeples, and popular beaches along the vast shore of Lake Huron. (In southwestern Ontario there are 584 beaches with some 257 km of beach front-more than half of this length is on Lake Huron.) Next to the Niagara Peninsula, Middlesex County draws the most tourists in Ontario, mainly for its spectacular beaches and the world-renowned Stratford Festival, but for its butterflies, baseball, and elegant stone architecture, too.
Beachville has Canada's largest open-faced limestone quarries and is the site of the first recorded baseball game, played on June 4, 1838. The Beachville Museum has two huge barns packed with thousands of treasures including locally found mastodon bones and a one-man threshing machine.
Grand Bend [B1-B2]
Grand Bend is a famous resort town where Main Street leads directly to the bustling beach. For a somewhat quieter stretch of sand, take the River Road, south of the boat launch. Hikers and cyclists will enjoy the Rotary Nature Trail, which links to Pinery Provincial Park and an additional 10 km of trails and beaches. Nearby, the Lambton Heritage Museum is an antique lover's delight, with old wood stoves, pressed glass and china, and "Currier and Ives" lithographs. Grand Bend Motorplex features drag racing and hot-rod races every summer weekend.
Ingersoll [E8] It was near Ingersoll, around 1840, that the first cheese factory in Canada was built. In 1866, The Big Cheese, a mammoth round weighing 3,311 kg, measuring 1 m high and 2 m across, was manufactured to promote the cheese industry in Oxford County. The Ingersoll Cheese Factory Museum site has early cheese-making equipment, farm machinery, and a blacksmith shop.
Port Franks [C1] The Ausable River flows into Lake Huron at this hamlet, creating sand flats for fun beachcombing. Among the forested sand dunes, reportedly the highest on Lake Huron, can be found the rare Karner blue butterfly. The Karner Blue Sanctuary has several walking trails. Other nature and hiking areas include the Thedford Conservation Area, the Forested Dunes Nature Reserve, and the Savannah Hiking Trail.
St. Mary's [C6] This scenic little town on the Thames River has one of the biggest collections of historic stone buildings in Ontario. Its fine limestone steeples and well-known limestone stone quarries earned St. Mary's the nickname "Stone Town." The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame features artifacts and memorabilia highlighting baseball's Canadian roots. The St. Mary's Museum houses an archival collection of photographs, local newspapers, maps, and genealogical files. Swimming in St. Mary's Quarry-a deep freshwater-filled old limestone quarry-is a great summer experience.
Stratford [B7] Legend has it that this tranquil rural town, located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, was named by a homesick English settler. The meandering Avon River winds through hectares of groomed parkland where picnicking, paddle boating, canoeing, and feeding the resident white swans are popular. This is home of the Stratford Festival of Canada, the internationally renowned North American classical repertory theater, which annually attracts over 580,000 theatergoers. The tree-lined streets, vibrant Victorian downtown core, art galleries, and numerous restaurants add to Stratford's charm.
Grand Bend Beach Lambton Heritage Museum Huron County Playhouse Pinery Provincial Park Grand Bend Motorplex
Cheese Factory Museum Ingersoll Community
Museum Pathway of the Giants Sports Hall of Fame Miss Canada IV Speedboat
Port Franks Dune Forest Complex Sand Hills Golf Course
St. Mary's Museum Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame St. Mary's Quarry
Wildwood Conservation Area
Stratford-Perth Museum Stratford Festival Costume Warehouse Brickman's Botanical Gardens Gallery Stratford
Map of Stratford and Middlesex County. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Stratford and Middlesex County with cities and towns