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Land of the Motorcycle

Ontario's Southwest

There's a world of motorcycle touring to be discovered in your own backyard!



Surrounded by Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Huron, Ontario's Southwest offers pristine beaches, world-renowned motorcycle events, VQA wineries, fantastic cuisine, and more than enough twists, turns, and drops in the road to keep your adrenaline pumping.

The Lake Erie Shore

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Motorcycle Riders on their way to PD 13
 

The “Lake Erie Shoreline Cruise” is a must-ride route with secrets to discover around every curve. This route stretches from the beautiful Grand River delta at the eastern end of the region all the way west to Windsor. In Port Dover, don’t miss an opportunity to eat, drink, and sleep at the legendary Erie Beach Hotel. Their famous perch by the basket and celery bread are out of this world.

Port Dover is also home to the world-famous Friday the 13th event. This motorcycle party of epic proportions has to be experienced to be believed!

From Port Dover, scenic twisty roads lead to Turkey Point where you’ll find hamlets, beaches, parks and mini-putts that feel like they’re straight out of a postcard. The road continues west past Long Point Provincial Park and its fabulous beaches to Point Pelee National Park, where birders from around the world gather to witness spectacular bird migrations. Spend the night at one of the well-kept campsites or head up to the mainland for some good old fashion hospitality in one of the region’s bed and breakfasts. Port Burwell’s Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast is particularly charming and is just steps away from the beach and the historic Port Burwell lighthouse.

The Western End

Though Lake Erie is without a doubt a jewel, there is also plenty to see and do inland, and more than enough pavement to please your tires. Are you lucky? The Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor is a world unto itself with four-star accommodations, gaming, dining, and a packed schedule of top-billed concerts and performances. From Windsor ride east along the southern shore of Lake St. Clair and then follow the meandering curves of the Thames River to Chatham-Kent, which was a crucial refuge on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. If you’re a history buff, the museums here are fascinating. And if you need to rest your weary bones, check in to the Retro Suites and choose from a variety of kitschy theme rooms. 

From Lake Huron and Back Again

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Field at sunset
 

From Chatham, ride north to Grand Bend on Lake Huron for a suntan and some people watching on the beach. And be sure to check out a race at the Grand Bend Motorplex to see how the professionals get ‘er done! Southeast lies the city of London Ontario and the lively London Fringe Festival. Though London itself is a fairly large urban centre, outside the city limits you will be thrilled to find a winding maze of rural roads chockfull of natural beauty, small-town charm, and man-made attractions that could keep a curious rider busy for weeks.

One of my personal favorite places to visit is Clovermead Apiaries in Aylmer along Highway 3. You might say it’s the bee’s knees. From Aylmer you can head south to ride the excellent Elgin & St. Thomas Route. Wind your way through the country roads, stop for some unique shopping experiences in Sparta and watch the sunset from the beaches of Port Stanley. Rent one of the many beachside cottages for the weekend and use it as your homebase as you explore the many routes that make the area a favourite of motorcycle riders.

Heading northeast you'll find yourself in motorcycle-friendly Oxford County. With so many relatively unknown paved rural roads you might be happy to get lost! Fortunately there is an excellent map charting some 187km of scenic roads and even some smaller short cuts just to keep it interesting.

 

There is so much to be discovered in the area. Have a look at OntariosSouthwest.com to learn more.


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