This itinerary for a getaway on the backroads of the lush western countryside of Norfolk County will appeal to families and others who enjoy the outdoors.
While here, you must:
- Marvel at the view of Lake Erie from the top of the dunes at Sand Hill Park, then roll down the hill to the beach.
- Ride a dirt bike or quad at Gopher Dunes. If you don’t know how, they can teach you and let you ride. There are many events at Gopher Dunes each year, including the CMRC Monster Energy Pro National MX Race.
- Paddle your canoe through Deer Creek Conservation Area, and camp the night under the stars.
- Canoe Big Creek.
- Check out the wind turbines of the Erie Shores Wind Farm.
When to come: April through October.
Where to stay: You will need to stay overnight. Book your campsite at Sand Hill Park or Deer Creek Conservation Area, operated by the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. You can also camp at Gopher Dunes on event days.
What to eat: Pick up groceries at roadside stands set up by farmers (see below), and buy some steaks and burgers at YU Ranch. Cook up your own meal at your campsite. For a treat, go to Andy’s Drive-In for a hamburger, fries and milk shakes.
- Goji Ontario
- Heritage Lane Produce
- Ontario Popping Corn Co.
- Spearit Farms
- Stonkus Apiaries
- The Market Garden
- YU Ranch
Historic highlight: As you travel through this part of Norfolk County, you will likely pass through the Langton and Glen Meyer areas. At one time, the Roosevelt Dance Hall attracted musicians and bands, including Rick Danko, who lived in the area and would later work with Ronnie Hawkins and The Band. This is the heart of tobacco country. In days gone by, tobacco workers would take Saturday night off to party at the dance halls. The Orange Hall near Guysborough was another dance hall.